8x8inch Greetings Cards – Newest Designs

Good morning everyone and happy Hump Day to you all!!

How are you all? Are you having a good week?

Many apologies for the radio silence here at Cards And Candles For All Occasions recently, we have had so much going on both personally and behind the scenes with the business that there really have not been enough hours in the day. I cannot believe that we have already reached the end of June, where has the year gone? Time is passing so quickly.

Whilst I have been missing from the blog, I have been working behind the scenes on paperwork, accounts and all of the usual boring things, but I have also been working on some new greetings cards designs which I would like to share with you.

Each of these greetings cards are 8x8inch in size and are blank inside for your own message, although a verse can be added upon request. These cards have not been designed with a specific occasion in mind, they are more for those days when you want to let someone know you are thinking of them but a traditional greeting is not appropriate.

I have created the first three designs in our new range and hope to add many more designs to the range soon.

The cards shown here are the first designs in our new range of handcrafted greetings cards and we are looking to expand this range over the coming weeks.

They are created using a mixed media background, overlaid with a solid colour cardstock which has had shapes diecut/punched out and then the shape which was cut has then been added to embellish the overall design before I added a sentiment to complete the card.

Do you have a specific greeting or sentiment you would like to see added to this range? Is there a particular colour scheme that you have in mind? I would love to hear from you.

You can contact me through our Facebook page at Cards And Candles For All Occasions

Or by visiting the contact us page on our Cards And Candles For All Occasions Website

We would love to hear your thoughts on this new range and will be adding many more colourways and sentiments over the coming weeks so please check back soon.

xxx Love Laura xxx
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A New Year, A New Plan… Moving Our Business Forward

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We are back!!!

Happy New Year, I Hope you all had a wonderful festive period with your loved ones and are having a great start to 2017.

Today we re-open Cards And Candles For All Occasions after our extended, one month, Christmas break and along with those closest to me we have decided that I need to make some changes to the way I run the business.

As much as I love the handcrafted work I do and dealing with so many amazing people, both customers and suppliers, over the past few months I have been forced to stop and look at my own health too. Since launching Cards And Candles For All Occasions in April 2010, I have been working full time hours every day of every week, some times working straight through the night to meet customer deadlines or get things all done and the realisation has now come to me that I cannot continue in this way.

At thirty six years old, I have been suffering with Fibromyalgia, Depression and Anxiety for a number of years and especially over the past eighteen months my health has been deteriorating, there are days where I feel unable to function but I sit at my desk doing the best that I can to fulfill all of my commitments to our business and customers.

The end part of 2016 was particularly difficult for me as my health was not in a good place due to the hours I was working, I was taking on more orders than I could handle as I did not want to disappoint anyone and in turn this was adding to the need for working excessive hours and stress levels were rising. It was getting to the stage whereby I could barely function effectively as I was so exhausted, in huge amounts of pain and I constantly felt stressed. Something needed to change.

I took the decision to have an extended break over the Christmas period to give myself some time to recharge (I slept most of Christmas, only really waking up for my pain medication), re-evaluate the future of Cards And Candles For All Occasions and plan the best way to move forward with my business. The thought of closing the business was considered and discussed, but this is the last thing I want to do. I know what I want to do, I just have to put those plans into action.

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Over the last couple of weeks we have made a lot of decisions about the future of Cards And Candles For All Occasions and how we plan to move the business forward… in order for me to be able to continue with the handcrafted business which I love, the biggest change I have to make is to reduce the hours in my working week.

Until now I have pretty much been working seven days a week, every hour possible and it is having a detrimental effect on my health – the increasing pain, the insomnia and exhaustion, the mental effects of Fibromyalgia, they all contribute to making me miserable and the thing I have found hardest of all is accepting that I cannot keep up with the lifestyle and working life I held before Fibromyalgia took over.

I never thought I would end up in a wheelchair with a chronic illness at just thirty five years old!! But here I am, this is the life I have and now I have to move forward with a plan to make the most of what I have, make things so that they are manageable and in the bigger picture remember to look after myself too.

I need to find a suitable “Work + Life = Balance” otherwise, as a friend stated this morning:

You need to stick to the plan sweetheart or you will be permanently closed. Invest in you xx

The last thing that I want to do is to be forced by my health to close my business, but I can totally agree with the above comment as the way I was going before Christmas I was heading for a serious burn out and I cannot afford either physically, mentally or financially to risk this in the long-term.

Today is a big day for Cards And Candles For All Occasions as not only are we re-opening for 2017, but today is also the day we are implementing the changes which have been decided upon which will allow me to continue to work with you, our wonderful customers, on the unique, handcrafted and personalised products we all love.

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As I have said above, the biggest change we are making to Cards And Candles For All Occasions is our business working hours, with immediate effect our working hours are as follows:

Monday – open from 11:00am until 5:00pm

Tuesday – open from 12:00noon until 6:00pm

Wednesday – CLOSED

Thursday – open from 11:00am until 5:00pm

Friday – open from 11:00am until 5:00pm

Saturday – CLOSED

Sunday CLOSED

We hope that you will understand our reasons for reducing our working hours and in time, once we adjust to our new schedule we are hoping that it will make us more efficient in dealing with your enquiries and processing/handcrafting your orders. My hope is that by reducing my working hours it will help to improve my mental and physical health allowing me to be more productive when I am working, therefore if all goes to plan there should be minimal disruption to our customers.

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The second change that we are making to Cards And Candles For All Occasions to help in moving forward more efficiently is lead times for our orders, with immediate effect we have listed below the minimum amount of notice we will require for each product we sell to allow us to source materials, design and handcraft your product ready for dispatch:

Standard Greeting Cards
Minimum 10 days notice

Keepsake Cards (eg. Bookatrix, Easel Drawer, Handbag)
Minimum 14 days notice

Exploding Box Keepsake
Minimum 21 days notice

Ecosoy Candles
Minimum 14 days notice

Wooden Gifts (eg. Themed Frames, Plaques, Candle Holders)
Minimum 21 days

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support and look forward to working with you throughout 2017 and beyond.

xxx Love Laura xxx

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Handcrafted Exploding Box Keepsake – Special Memories

One of our lovely regular customers recently contacted me looking for something special to give to her Mum who is terminally ill.

She was looking for a handcrafted exploding box keepsake which could incorporate some of her Mum’s special holiday destinations, favourite musicians, tv programmes, etc so we decided that the twelve internal sides of the exploding box would have photographs of each of her Mum’s likes including her favourite flowers, cream tea, cruise ship holidays and a photograph of her great-grandsons.

The recipient is a lover of cream tea and loves to bake cakes for her family, hence our chosen centre piece of cup and saucer (she only drinks from a china cup and saucer, no mugs for this lady!).

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Our customer received her order yesterday and is over the moon with the finished piece, so I just hope that her Mum loves it too ๐Ÿ’–

I am quite pleased with how this keepsake has turned out and would love to hear your feedback.

xxx Laura xxx

Wordless Wednesday – Our Etsy Shop Has ReOpened

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Happy 60th Birthday Mum

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Today would be Mum’s 60th birthday but on 23rd February 2007 Mum was taken from our lives but there is never a day passes when she is not in our thoughts ๐Ÿ˜”

Happy birthday Mum, thank you for everything you ever did for me, everything you ever gave me, everything you said to me and being the best Mum I could have asked for. The biggest gift you ever gave me was life and the confidence, support and courage to face the world, regardless of what was thrown my way.

I will never forget the card I found in my suitcase when I was in Benidorm, a much needed holiday due to problems at work, it simply read:
“Don’t let the ba***rds get you down! Mum”
I still have that card, and that sentiment is always with me. Thank you Mum!!

“Every day become more like my Mother
And I couldn’t be prouder”

A lot has changed in the past nine years, there are so many differences in my life – I hope you would be proud of the choices I have made, the decisions and options, the walking away and starting afresh. I’m happy now but I always miss you ๐Ÿ’–

๐ŸŽ‰ ๐ŸŽˆ Happy 60th Birthday Mum!!! ๐ŸŽˆ ๐ŸŽ‰

Love you with all my heart, you are always in my thoughts xxxxx

Christine Thomson

Birthday wishes, sent to Heaven
from your family below
We miss and love you dearly
and we wanted you to know

Your birthday’s not forgotten
and your memory lives on
We celebrate the life you had
even though you’re gone

If we were given just one wish
one which could come true
We’d wish you back beside us
to spend this day with you

We will always love and miss you
and often shed a tear
Especially on your special day
today and every year

๐Ÿ’– ๐Ÿ’”ย ๐Ÿ’– ๐Ÿ’”ย ๐Ÿ’– ๐Ÿ’”ย ๐Ÿ’– ๐Ÿ’”ย ๐Ÿ’– ๐Ÿ’”ย ๐Ÿ’– ๐Ÿ’”ย ๐Ÿ’– ๐Ÿ’”ย ๐Ÿ’– ๐Ÿ’”ย ๐Ÿ’– ๐Ÿ’”ย ๐Ÿ’– ๐Ÿ’”ย ๐Ÿ’–

๐Ÿ’– ๐Ÿ’”ย ๐Ÿ’– ๐Ÿ’”ย ๐Ÿ’– ๐Ÿ’”ย ๐Ÿ’– ๐Ÿ’”ย ๐Ÿ’– ๐Ÿ’”ย ๐Ÿ’– ๐Ÿ’”ย ๐Ÿ’– ๐Ÿ’”ย ๐Ÿ’– ๐Ÿ’”ย ๐Ÿ’–

๐Ÿ’– ๐Ÿ’”ย ๐Ÿ’– ๐Ÿ’”ย ๐Ÿ’– ๐Ÿ’”ย ๐Ÿ’– ๐Ÿ’”ย ๐Ÿ’– ๐Ÿ’”ย ๐Ÿ’– ๐Ÿ’”ย ๐Ÿ’–

๐Ÿ’– ๐Ÿ’”ย ๐Ÿ’– ๐Ÿ’”ย ๐Ÿ’– ๐Ÿ’”ย ๐Ÿ’– ๐Ÿ’”ย ๐Ÿ’–

Exciting #HugsForNoah News!!!

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Anyone who follows our blog will know that we are huge supporters of #HugsForNoah… our friends little boy who was born with Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus.

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The family had their home renovated by DIYSOS a couple of years ago and the episode was first shown on BBC1 in August 2014:

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I have just read the most amazing news on Noah’s mummy’s Facebook page this morning:

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“BBC1 31st March at 9pm Noah’s โ€ช#โ€ŽDIYSOSโ€ฌ Big Build WILL be on YAY

Amazing to be on BBC1 again they rang hubby a few weeks ago to ask and we said yes !!!!!!!! For us it’s about awareness

If your thinking of having a baby then please take folic acid B9 & B12 3 months before conception

If you already have neural tube defects in your family then you need a higher dosage and you can only get this from your doctor here’s some folic โ€ช#โ€ŽFactsโ€ฌ

http://www.gofolic.org.uk/facts please copy & paste this info & share this help us raise awareness โ€ช#โ€ŽHugsForNoahโ€ฌ โ€ช#โ€ŽTheBoyWhoGrewABrainโ€ฌ”

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How amazing is this that BBC1 have decided to re-broadcast the episode of DIYSOS featuring Noah Wall and his family – as Shelly has said, it is so important to raise awareness about the conditions which Noah has and also the importance of taking Folic Acid along with Vitamins B9 and B12 pre-conception and during pregnancy. This is something which needs as much awareness raised as possible and through Social Media and public speaking, this family are doing an amazing job of doing so ๐Ÿ™‚

We are incredibly proud of Rob, Shelly, Noah and their family and all that they continue to achieve throughout their campaigning and their own health difficulties. They truly are an amazing family and an honour to call our friends.

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Please share this post far and wide, tell your friends and loved ones, watch Noah’s DIYSOS episode on 31st March 2016 and help share the word on the importance of folic acid and vitamin B9 and B12!!!

Together we can support this amazing family in all that they do โค

Personal Project: Noah’s 4th Birthday

Some of you will know that we have recently been working on a ‘secret’ project which we were unable to share with you all. This was a set of plaques for a very special little boy’s 4th birthday party.

This little boy is Noah… you will have seen him mentioned on our blog, he is the little boy behind www.hugsfornoah.co.uk – Noah and his family are a huge inspiration to us and with everything they go through each day, they always have a positive outlook on life. The phrase “dreams come true” definitely stands where this family are concerned.

When we were invited to Noah’s birthday party we knew that we wanted to do something special for him, so when his mummy told us that they were having a Toy Story themed party we knew exactly what we wanted to do ๐Ÿ™‚

As all of the items in this blog are Toy Story, therefore copywritten and Trademarked by Disney, we will be unable to reproduce these items for sale.

All of these Toy Story items were handcrafted by us as gifts for Noah’s birthday.

Firstly we designed, had laser cut and then we handpainted four different quotes, each painted in bright colours and finished with glitter accents:

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Then we also had designed and CNC cut, Noah’s name with the phrase “To Infinity And Beyond” which was handpainted in bright acrylic paints before we added small themed embellishments:

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Of course, as Noah’s birthday party was themed, we needed to handcraft a greeting card to suit, complete with a personalised insert with our message:

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And of course as anyone who knows Noah’s family will know, each time they host an event whether it be a Birthday, Easter, Christening or Gala Dinner they always have a little something for everyone to take home as a reminder of the special day, so to complete our gifts for Noah’s birthday, we handpainted laser cut number 4’s and cupcakes in nice bright colours before threading these using round beads and star/teddy shaped beads and attached to keyrings.

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We had a fab time at Noah’s 4th birthday party yesterday and these are just a few of the photos taken on the day ๐Ÿ™‚

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Noah had such a busy and exciting day yesterday alongside the fact that he isn’t very well so we didn’t get to see him open his presents as he had an early night, but we have just seen photos on Facebook of him opening his presents from us so here they are:

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And of course, no Noah event would be complete without the obligatory Boothpix selfies, so here is ours โค

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As you can see everyone who attended Noah’s 4th birthday party had an amazing time and we would just like to thank Shelly, Rob, Noah and family for inviting us to be a part of Noah’s special day… it was a long day but worth every second.

Sending you all lots of love and hugs, and lots of get well soon hugs to Noah.

Hopefully we will see you again soon, and perhaps arrange a weekend visit over the summer.

xxx Lots of love, Laura and Dan xxx