Monday 27 April 2020

Pop-up Box Card and how they work

I remember seeing my first pop-up box card on a Facebook group I'm in. 
WOW! Just WOW! Did someone make that? So I set to work on making my own.
I remember the first one I made took me almost all day, but the magic of seeing it pop open was so worth it!  I set about making one for each of my family members birthdays. They became easier and I found ways around the long-winded ways on You Tube making them quicker at least.

They come flat, but with a gentle squeeze of both sides they pop up into a box and the little graphics, hearts or whatever bob around and bring a unique sense of magic to the recipient. 

Everyone who received a card loved them 
With practice, it was sourcing the graphics
which turned out to be the most time-consuming part.

This is the first one I made for my make-up mad niece. 

The Mad Hatters tea party for a friend
(on the left.)

This one I made for my brother who is mad
on all kinds of pushbikes

I worked on ideas that were quicker to make 
and in turn, this made them affordable. 
I love the way these hearts bob around 
and the glitter card catches the light. 

Watch again how they work......apologies for the awful video..... 
I didn't intend to share it.... but hey-ho! 

I'm going to work on more 'Off the shelf' cards and as time goes on fill up my shop a little with Popup Boxes for special occasions. 

I have toyed with the idea of offering these as kits, what do you think?  I'm keen to know your views so please pop me a comment. 

Any questions will be answered. 

Pop over to the website link POP UP CARDS  to see more. 

Monday 13 April 2020

Favourite Quote Invitations

Not all couples want flowers or graphics on their stationery but if you are one of these, what are the alternatives? 

How about using your favourite quotation? 

Above are just 4 ideas from invitations we have created in the past.
Of course, there are many more and we love bespoke invites as much as you do so make it personal.

What about places you hold dear: London, Paris, New York

We met in ........................ He proposed in........................... We married in..........

Favourite lyrics from a song: Love, love changes everything

Favourite film or book quotation and it doesn't have to be about love: We're mad, bonkers, completely off our heads. But I’ll tell you a secret. All the best people are.

I'm sure you can get your creative thinking caps on and come up with something unique that reflects you both. And, of course, I'm here to help you along the way.

If you like what you see above or have ideas of your own, feel free to contact me and let me know what you are looking for, perhaps I can help.

Tel: 01609 776 866
Our studio in Northallerton,
 North Yorkshire DL7 8DW is open
Tuesday - Friday
10.30 a.m. - 4.30 p.m. Saturdays by appointment.
The website is of course open 24/7:

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Saturday 11 April 2020

Not every Bride wants to be called a 'Princess' - Informal Wedding Ideas

Not every couple wants an all singing all dancing event. In fact, I had one Bride who planned her wedding 2 years in advance. She thought that by being organised and prepared she'd avoid the stress and anxiety. WRONG! 4 weeks before her wedding, when everything was paid for, she backed out!

Why? The thought of being centre of attention for a whole day became overwhelming.
When I asked why, she told me "It's just not me!.... or rather it's just not us!"

Not EVERY Bride wants to be called a Princess!

The balance of having the wedding 'you want' as opposed to the wedding 'everyone expects you to have' is a fine one.

My advice is....
"Do not buckle under peer pressure"

It's quite acceptable to have a small, quiet, intimate wedding, and to be honest, these weddings usually go down better and are much more memorable that the huge affairs where couples feel obliged to invite everyone from distant cousins to people they haven't seen for years.

Hey! And don't think that having a small, informal wedding, will be any the less meaningful.

Better to have a small group of people who want to share your day, than a stadium full of folk who feel obliged to be there because your mum was friends with her aunty twice removed.

Here's some tips to have a great day:

Forget the sit down meal!
Have the wedding late in the day, followed by an evening buffet and disco.
or how about a BBQ or Tea party?

Ditch the DJ!
Consider playing music through your iPod.

Ditch the photographer! 
Of course, you could provide guests with disposable cameras, but if you want decent photos, ask a friend who's pretty good with a camera or make sure you find a photographer who will take pictures as a sort of camera capture of the day, with no-one having to be ordered about and made to pose for hundreds of photographs.

And.... what about this great idea?
Get all your friends to take photos and get them to upload them to a Pinterest Board you have created or what about Instagram using a hashtag. Make little cards to give out at your reception with the website/URL where you want them to upload their photos!

Still want photos?
To save money.... why not ring the local College or Uni and ask if one of their students would be interested in photographing the day.... great experience for them!

"Who you have at your wedding
 is far more important 
than how many you have
 at your wedding".

And what about my Bride that cancelled just before her wedding?

Well.... she did get married, about a year later.
This time a small wedding with just a few close family and friends
Much more relaxed and more in keeping with the couple's personalities. 

A fairytale ending, without the 
Princess pomp and ceremony.
And by all accounts.... 
they had a ball! 

Are you having an informal wedding? 
Share your ideas in the comments below and inspire others!

If you're looking for  inspiration, for an informal wedding....
 pop over and take a look at OFF BEAT BRIDE there are some great ideas!

Friday 10 April 2020


I belong to this awesome FB group WEDDING SCAMMERS- DON'T LET THEM WIN!

Action Fraud is the first place to report money lost to wedding fraud. You can report via their website or by phone. They are supposed to cascade the information to the local police force of the scammer involved but in practice, we have found this does not happen.
Inland Revenue
Occasionally traders may require a report to Inland Revenue. Inland Revenue have advised us that the Police and Trading Standards do not send them information about businesses who are being investigated for fraud. A separate report needs to be made direct to Inland Revenue.
Signs of an unregistered business that is not paying tax include:
  • no proper invoices/ does not provide paperwork
  • invoices/ receipts that don’t state an address for the trader
  • trader does not display their address on their website/ quote/ invoice
  • requests payment via Paypal “friends & family” saying it’s to avoid fees
Trading Standards
Telephone: 03454 04 05 06 Open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. Closed on bank holidays.
Money Claim Online aka “Small Claims Court”
The system is fairly easy, you start online here You will require the traders name and address.
DMCA Takedown
This is used when a trader is using stolen images on their Facebook page or profile to trick clients into booking them or buying from them. Facebook will usually take the stolen content down with 48 hours. Start a DMCA claim here by clicking the copyright button:
Please note that the copyright holder must make the claim. That is usually the photographer who took the images.
Paula Brown from Ollievision Photography also has THIS ADVICE if you are considering Buying wedding services safely on Facebook or Online – a guide for couples who want to avoid being scammed!

Thursday 9 April 2020

Katie B Art Business Cards

And now for something a little different......

I love to help and support small micro-businesses and many of the printers only offer large print runs. 

Printing and branding can easily eat up a large chunk of your budget when first starting out. 

Your brand needs to say something about YOU. 

Katie, from Katie B Art, supplied me with the bee graphic and I did the rest. 
The circular wording around the bee lent itself perfectly to a square format card The unusual square shape made her branding more memorable.

 The great thing about these business cards is that you can punch a hole in a corner and add some string or butchers twine and you have a swing tag. Dual purpose and not limiting the business card to just being 'A business card'.  

If you want to stand out, don't go for conventional! Your product and service need to set you apart, not make you a clone.  

Please pop over and say a big hello to Katie and tell her I sent you!

Find Katie B Art on FACEBOOK 

If you like what you see above or have ideas of your own, feel free to contact me and let me know what you are looking for, perhaps I can help.

Tel: 01609 776 866
Our studio in Northallerton,
 North Yorkshire DL7 8DW is open
Tuesday - Friday
10.30 a.m. - 4.30 p.m. Saturdays by appointment.
The website is of course open 24/7:

Let's be social! Find us on:

Wednesday 1 April 2020

A special message to all my wonderful couples

How are you doing? Very up and down I imagine like most of us?
I thought I’d send you a bit of happy post just to keep you up-to-date from my end at least.

I’m upset, of course, for all those who have had to or will have to cancel their weddings this year. Everything is a bit uncertain at the moment and I fully understand that dates are not able to be rearranged.
I’m sure you know how I value each and every one of you who supports my small business. 

I started it 20 years ago on a wing and a prayer with no money in the bank and refusing to borrow money to make it work. I thought if it worked it worked and if it didn’t it didn’t. But better to try and fail than live a life wondering ‘what if’. Thankfully, I've managed to keep my head above water and I'm still needed to do what I love best. 

I want to reassure you I'm not closing... that's not an option and there are benefits to having a small humble property with an amazing landlord. I'll be back open to the public as soon as I possibly can.  The website will be open 24/7 in the meantime. So all is well with the world. 

I’m not going to lie and say it was easy, some months especially in the early days,  were terrifying, but I’ve always had the belief that everything works out in the end and all will be well. It's thanks to you that it works! 

The success of any business lies with your customers and I really feel honored that you trusted me to make your wedding stationery. A little bit of me goes out with every order. So, here’s the thing, if you bought your invitations from me, I will make you FREE OF CHARGE some small A7 change of date cards when you’ve managed to reschedule your wedding. It’s not a lot I know, but if you’ve sent your invites out, you’ll only need to change a few details and I think this will help. It’s just my way of giving back in gratitude for helping support me.

Get in touch via email:
Tel: Mobile 07816 537 275
Home: 01609 780 507

Keep up to date or contact me through fb:

Please be aware that the page will most probably contain less wedding stuff and more home life, cat pictures, garden pictures, motivational quotes and whatever else randomly pops into my head right now. 

I think I'm acting a bit on the weird side at the moment.... but hey... that's nothing new! This isn't a time for being 'normal'.... it's a time for being human! 


(As above.... it may get a bit random!).

If you have any worries or concerns please feel free to chat.
In the meantime, stay safe, stay calm and stay positive.
This is just 1 day of the whole of the rest of your lives together.

Thank you so much for your continued support,
it means the world to me!

REMEMBER: We’re in this together.

Love and bright blessings,
Sue xox

P.S. Just a little side note....I'm using this time to catch up on Blogging, Adding to my website, building up my Pinterest board and doing lots of other important but often neglected work-related stuff... so to avoid lots of cat and home and random stuff, please let me know what you need to see or read and I'll write about that. 

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