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All that Glitters discounted in October!

Until 31st October TroGlitter cast acrylic sheets are available at a 20 per cent discount, while glitter mugs and bottles are available with a staggering 35 per cent off. Glitter products continue to grow in popularity, and with the rush to get festive products to market underway there is no better time to stock up on supplies and materials. Perfect for all occasions from personal gifts to corporate presentations, drinking bottles and mugs have grown in popularity thanks to their reusability. Easy to personalise with a laser engraving machine, these insulated mugs keep warm drinks hot for up to four hours, while the drinking bottles keep them warm for up to 12, making them the perfect product to offer customers during the cold autumnal months.

Posted: 4 October 2022

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Autumn Fair 2022 delivers on inspiration & discovery

Thousands of retailers visited Autumn Fair, the UK's wholesale marketplace for Home, Gift, Fashion and Sourcing, yesterday at the NEC Birmingham to source new products from hundreds of exhibitors as well as enjoy a host of insightful and educational talks and inspirational catwalk shows. The show floor was buzzing throughout the day, and feedback from exhibitors highlighted the volume of quality orders being placed while visitors were delighted to discover so many exciting new brands and products.

Posted: 5 September 2022

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Curious Universe launches #summerrocks campaign

Driven by a fresh directive as part of a broader strategic approach to maximise consumer awareness of its key lines ahead of the key Christmas buying period, Bath-based toy company Curious Universe is excited to launch its #SummerRocks campaign. The Instagram based campaign aims to celebrate all the fun of the summer season whilst also providing parents with creative and hands on activities to keep kids entertained over the summer holidays. The activation – which involves a mixture of family and parent influencers as well as some kidfluencers - focuses on a selection of the company's most fun and creative rock painting kits offering a variety of themes - including the Dazzling Rock Painting Kit, Galaxy Rocks Kit and the stunning Mandela Stones Set. The campaign will see influencer families sharing their rock painting creations via a their social platforms over the coming weeks, providing their followers and parents with summer holiday activity ideas as well as showcasing the wide range of results that can be achieved with the rock painting kits.

Posted: 1 September 2022

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Spectrum Noir unveils Colorista - for everyday creators

Spectrum Noir, the creator of premium but affordable art materials, is launching an exciting new lifestyle colouring sub-brand called Colorista. The brand, which has positivity, individuality and creativity at its core, will launch alongside its exclusive Make Your Mark social media campaign. Featuring a unique 10-week prompt programme of colourful fun, Make Your Mark aims to ignite inspiration and imagination among its diverse community. To join in the fun of the campaign, participants can interpret words such as 'Rituals' and 'Happy' and reflect this in a piece of work produced in their own individual styles. For a chance to feature on the brand's social media channels, creators can tag @Colorista.offical and #MakeYourMark

Posted: 25 August 2022

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Snowtap partners with Blueprint Collections

Graphic design and illustration brand, Snowtap, has signed a deal with leading stationery and gift licensee, Blueprint Collections, to create a range of social stationery and gifts to launch in spring 2023. The news comes shortly after Snowtap was shortlisted for the Henries 2022 greeting card awards. The new range will feature the beautiful artwork from Snowtap, which includes illustrations in watercolour, line drawing and hand-drawn typography, with witty and motivational puns. The art takes inspiration from the natural world, and features a range of animals. Items in the Blueprint offering are set to include mugs, pencil cases, notebooks, pens, sunglasses cases, drinks bottles and more

Posted: 18 August 2022

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ExaClair launches Avenue Mandarine Sewing Kits range

ExaClair Limited, the UK distributor for the Avenue Mandarine brand, has announced a new Masks to Sew Kit with wild animal designs. This new creative box contains all the material needed to create three fun wild animal masks - elephant, tiger and giraffe. The pre-cut felt shapes together with the punched sewing lines make it easier for younger children to learn how to sew. The plastic needle prevents little fingers being injured and the large eye makes it simpler for youngsters to thread it. The small shapes are made from self-adhesive felt to make it easier for youngsters to decorate their masks.

Posted: 11 August 2022

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New Christmas florist crepe paper kit from Clairefontaine

ExaClair Limited has announced the addition of a Christmas Decoration Kit to the popular florist crepe paper creative kits from Clairefontaine. This new kit gives users the opportunity to create a beautiful hanging decoration for the festive season featuring red poinsettias, which can be a particular Christmas favourite. Everything needed is in the box, including step-by-step instructions, four 25cm wooden sticks to create the frame, four thick board templates for creating perfect petals and leaves, five assorted sheets of florist crepe paper, wires, gold glitter and a burlap bow to complete the rustic look.

Posted: 19 July 2022

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Putting your best foot forward

In the growing world of personalisation, TheMagicTouch has again created another great opportunity for customers to benefit from the massive potential of personalised shoes and footwear. This original and easy method to personalise and decorate all kinds of shoes and footwear is using the cmpany's new DTF transfer and toner-based processes. The finished transfer is vibrant and more importantly durable. The advantages of the DTF transfer technology include no cutting, no weeding, and no pre-treatment. Plus full colour digital transfers at a low cost.

Posted: 23 June 2022

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Rex London launches new products for summer

Help your customers to refresh their homes without breaking the bank, with bright, practical and eco-friendly accessories from Rex London.

This year promises to be big on colour, with our kitchens enjoying bold, vintage-inspired pops of colour against rich and earthy blues and greens. Rex London's stylish storage tins are ideal for organising utensils on open shelving, another big trend for kitchens in 2022.

New ranges in the kitchen collection this season include recycled cotton aprons (which are sold in fully recyclable cardboard tubes), food containers and salt & pepper tins, all carrying Rex London's unique, retro-style designs.

Posted: 8 June 2022

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ExaClair launches new collection of Clairefontaine fine art sets

ExaClair Limited, the UK distributor for Clairefontaine, is delighted to announce its new collaboration with the renowned German graffiti art brand MOLOTOW, by releasing a selection of six fine art competence sets.

The sets contain specially chosen essentials from both of the brands to highlight watercolour or acrylic techniques. Each set combines a variety of products, such as Molotow ONE4ALL marker pens or AQUA COLOR brushes with carefully selected Clairefontaine Fine Art papers that perfectly complement these artistic instruments. All of the items are contained in either a handy portfolio or gift box that can be both personalised and easily stored.

Posted: 8 February 2022

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