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Do the Hokey Cokey – ra ra ra!


Knees bent, arms stretched, it’s a “ra, ra, ra!” for Clare Maddicott’s latest offering for children, Hokey Cokey. The 28 die-cut, square pull-


out cards make up this range of wonderful children’s cards. Designed by illustrator Reuben


McHugh, the range covers ages one to 10 for boys and girls, as well as a selection of general kids’ birthday cards. These 140mm square cards pull out to reveal an extended printed image inside that includes a writing panel, left blank for the sender’s own message. All cards are accompanied by fun, printed polka-dot envelopes. Clare Maddicott has also launched two gift wrap designs and eight social stationery packs from the Hokey Cokey range. The gift wrap features one design for girls and one for boys, both printed on glossy 130gsm paper. The stationery packs contain eight single- sided 140mm square cards with envelopes, which are presented in a hanging cello pack. The packs cover party invitations for boys and girls, as well as coordinating multiple-choice thank you cards. T: 01638 569050 www.maddicott.com


Over the moon in A perfect example for a young boy is


Freddie who dreams of being an astronaut and fl ying into space in his cardboard cut- out rocket ship! The cards come with a white 100gsm envelope and die-cut top printed on 300gsm coated FSC board.


Since launching back in 2010 Design Hogs have built a customer base of over 90 UK independent retail outlets and also export around the world. T: 01234 364188 www.designhog.co.uk


Dreaming, teething and


running Printing on premium card with watercolours is the signature style of Gaya Cards.


New to their exciting collection is this range for children, with four specifi c ages - 2,4,5 and 8 - picked for the distinct life stages happening then. Two is the age of teething and tantrums, four is the age of running, fi ve is a big number as that’s when school begins, and by eight youngsters we all want to be something – a fi reman, rock star, even an elephant, everyone has a dream T: 020 7976 6617 www.gayacards.com


Bright colours and bouncy


castle fun Hambledon Studios have a number of bright, fun and varied collections of children’s cards. Selective is their fantastic value in stock line with coloured foil expertly used to highlight the bright artwork on these fun 3D birthday cards. Bouncy castles and play centres are on every three-year-old’s birthday wish list. The little friends peeping


through the apertures add that extra bit of cuteness and fun! Gold by Arnold Barton is one of Hambledon Studios’ premium instock lines with particularly fab examples of boys’ cards – robots and pirates are always a hit and the fun fi nishes of deep emboss and holographic foil really help bring the designs to life. All stock lines are permanently available and regularly refreshed with up-to-date design and artwork. They cover every occasion and boast quality fi nishes and wonderful editorial. T: 01282 686002 www.hambledonstudios.co.uk


Even superstars must eat


a cardboard rocket New from Design Hog Greeting Cards is the Kids Party collection – fun for boys and girls alike.


their greens… There is a riot of occasion cards on the market for children, all jostling for attention. But what if you


want something a little different? Perhaps you don’t want to wish your child happy birthday or good luck at sports day – but remind them to brush their teeth, tidy their rooms or eat their vegetables?


Artist Charlotte Strawbridge gets right to the true heart of childhood with ‘Even...’ a quirky and striking new range featuring child characters in popular guises – including soldiers, ballerinas, fairies and superheroes.


And the message is that, whoever the child might be, there are certain things in life that they must all do – even superstars! Sweet and sure to raise a smile. check out the grumpy faces on the characters – look familiar?


This is a collection of eco-friendly cards with card and envelope


from responsibly managed forests, vegetable-based inks and compostable outer slips. Great value too at a low trade price of 69p! Nine designs are currently available; the cards are blank inside, sized 152mm x152mm. T: 03333 200473 www.theheartofagarden.com


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