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The environmental impact of paper receipts at Christmas

For many, gift giving is as much a part of Christmas as any other tradition. This means a considerable rise in the number of purchases of all sorts of items, from clothing and toiletries to electronics and our favourite festive treats. But this increase in spending can come with a downside, particularly when it comes to sustainability. There's one unexpected part of Christmas that may be having one of the biggest impacts on the environment, and it's paper receipts.

Posted: 29 December 2022

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Who rules the world...?

The second collection of crochet patterns for iconic women from amigurumi expert and author Carla Mitrani is coming in 2023. Choose your favourite icon from this collection of 15 new patterns for inspirational women who have shaped the world. There are scientists, performers, writers; athletes, campaigners and environmentalists including: Josephine Baker; Anne Frank; Wangari Maathai and Dolly Parton. As a Dolly fan, I for one cannot wait!!

Posted: 27 December 2022

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The Crafty Kit Company & Moomin collaborate!

The Crafty Kit Company has announced the release of its most exciting product range to date - a joyful partnership with ©Moomin Characters Ltd. Working with The Point 1888.Agency, CKC will launch a range of 12 craft kits in January 2023, based on the beloved artwork of The Moomins' creator, Tove Jannsson. The needle felting, cross stitch and embroidery kits, all designed and made in Scotland, will contain everything the beginner needs to start crafting. They will appeal to both the craft and gift market - and of course to the growing community of Moomin fans worldwide.

Posted: 22 December 2022

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LSS expands into the arts & crafts sector

The team behind London Stationery Show are delighted to announce the show's expansion into the arts and crafts industry. As the UK's only trade event dedicated to the paper and writing instruments industry this is an incredibly exciting development that will see a broader range of products on offer than ever before. According to Mintel's UK Hobbies and Interests Market Report for 2022, one in five adults have embarked on a new hobby since the outbreak of COVID-19. With people spending more time at home now than they did prior to the pandemic and a subsequent rise in concern for achieving the perfect work/life balance, more people are reaching to arts and crafts to de-stress and detox from the digital world.

Posted: 20 December 2022

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Curious Universe awarded best in UK

Bath based arts, crafts, books and toy company, Curious Universe, fought off stiff national competition to be awarded Business of the Year in the Small to Medium Sized category in the UK at a prestigious annual awards ceremony hosted by Sir Trevor McDonald and sponsored by Lloyds Bank - namely, The Lloyds Bank British Business Excellence Awards. Celebrating the contribution of SMEs to the UK economy, this award is no mean feat.

Posted: 15 December 2022

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LaunchPad Goes Live For 2023!

For the past six years London Stationery Show has proudly championed emerging businesses who are looking for their big break into the industry and 2023 will be of no exception. LaunchPad is back and on the hunt for new and unique businesses to shine a spotlight on. The competition gives six small business owners the opportunity to exhibit their products alongside top brands in the industry at the next edition of London Stationery Show, taking place from 16th-17th May at the Business Design Centre. As a specialist trade show attracting the UK's biggest retailers and most influential buyers in the paper, arts and crafts, writing instruments, and greeting cards sectors, this is a fantastic opportunity for emerging brands to meet buyers with real purchasing power.

Posted: 13 December 2022

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Marvellous metallic brush pens

The edding 1340 Metallic brush pens are perfect pens for craft projects: ideal for designing guest books, birthday cards, Easter eggs, Christmas cards, scrapbooks and bullet journaling. The edding metallic brush pens can add great highlights to any creation thanks to their soft flexible nib and create a shiny effect for lettering, drawing, sketching and layout designs on both light and dark-coloured paper.

Posted: 9 December 2022

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Craft Buddy is having a BEARY awesome 2023

Craft Buddy welcomes the world's favourite bear to their big crafting family! Paddington Bear is the latest addition to Craft Buddy's prolific licensed ranges, following its success with Disney, Star Wars, Marvel, Peter Rabbit & The Smurfs. To continue its success with the launch of Crystal Art Buddies, Craft Buddy is also expanding the L.O.L Surprise collection to add more sparkles to the glittery dolls!

Posted: 8 December 2022

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Pentel's countdown to Christmas

Pentel has launched a social media Christmas campaign, packed full of activity and guaranteed to deliver inspiration and creativity throughout the festive season. As the company counts down to Christmas the campaign focuses on its wide range of Pentel Arts products and the flagship EnerGel range. Working closely with influencers, each tasked with different projects, Pentel aims to demonstrate the versatility of these products and encourage followers to engage and connect with the Pentel brand.

Posted: 6 December 2022

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Pantone's Colour of The Year - revealed!

Pantone's Colour of The Year, Viva Magenta, is oh-so gorgeous and perfect not just for upcoming Valentine's Day - it'll brighten up the high street all year round! Pantone's Colour of the Year, Viva Magenta 18-1750, has been described as: vibrating with vim and vigour. It's a shade rooted in nature descending from the red family and expressive of a new signal of strength. Viva Magenta is brave and fearless, and a pulsating colour whose exuberance promotes a joyous and optimistic celebration, writing a new narrative.

Posted: 5 December 2022

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