You look festive!

Hello-ho-ho lovely TIS fans!

It’s so hard to believe that 'it’s Christmas already', and it seems to 'come earlier every year', doesn’t it?

This year has been a strange one, and we are really glad to have the wonderful distraction of Christmas!

It feels like it was just last month that we started on this exciting project, but it was June! It’s amazing ‘how time flies when you’re having fun’!

We’ve come a long way since then. Our very first card collaboration was 'You look festive' and it’s so interesting to see how the brand has evolved since that first design. We knew that we wanted a blend of illustration and photographic textures, but along with that came elements of design like our speech bubbles and cute little embellishments, font, logo and the card backs.

Coming up with the idea for the back of the cards was so much fun. All sayings begin somewhere and for a reason. Some sayings date back hundreds of years and are still in use today. In fact, we can thank William Shakespeare, the playwrite and not the guy who received the second COVID-19 vaccine, for many a turn of phrase!

We’ve always wanted our cards to be quirky, fun, playful and nostalgic. Dare we now add a tad informative to that formula? We enjoy learning about where and why sayings originated, and we hope you enjoy reading about them too! We also repeat elements from the front of the card on the back design. For example, the font, the colour of the saying and any teeny graphics from the speech bubble will always appear on the back. We feel this adds a sense of continuity and completeness to the card.

Our cards are very much a reflection of who we are. We spend a lot of time trying to figure who our customers are. What would you like to see in our shop? What would you like to feel and experience from an interaction with us? Who do you send our cards to? We are constantly evolving, growing and learning from you, our customers. We are listening to suggestions and exploring new trends, always staying true to our brand. In the new year, we will be adding loads of new designs and products to our range. We plan to do this to provide you with a holistic, one-stop shopping approach to sending that special person a bit of love, encouragement, cheer and cheers!

With Christmas almost upon us, we have set our sights on Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Easter and Father’s Day, not to mention next Christmas!! There’s been talk of monthly subscriptions and plans for ‘make-it-your-own’ designs where you can add someone’s name or age, if you dare! And, .....sssshhhhh, don’t tell anyone, but we might even be talking about an ever so slightly ‘off colour’ range of cards for those situations that require really colourful sayings!!

We really are so excited about our prospects for 2021 and we hope that you will come along on this journey with us!

A safe 'Merry Christmas' to you and yours!

Lots of love,

Lisa and Jill

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