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Handmade New Baby Cards

As you may have heard we are busy getting ready for our Royal visit at the Mill with the Queen and the Princess Royal coming for a tour on Wednesday (we are so excited!) - but will we be congratulating the Queen in person on becoming a Great Grandmother?  Prince William and Kate's baby is due today the 15th of July but we all know first babies can …


Gerald and James - Win a limited edition work of art!

Papermilldirect is a part of a much bigger company called James Cropper PLC  the market leader in speciality papers and technical fibre products.  The beautiful card that you use in your crafts and for your wedding stationery is just one small (but very important) product from our Mill based up in the Lake District. A recent innovative project f…


Our New Design Team revealed!

Drumroll please...! We are pleased to announce the very first members of our new design team.  It was a really tough decision as we had so many excellent applications.  I hope you agree we have picked a very talented bunch! Barbara Daines of Glitterarti Ruth Hamilton of A Passion for Cards Kerry Cox of A Load of Old Pickle Sandie Dunne of Th…


Papermill Direct Design Team Call

Join our design team - tell your friends! Hello Paper Crafters! We're really excited to be announcing our very first Design Team Call.  Please have a read through all the details below. If they sound exciting and you would like to work with us fill in the  form below and tell us all about yourself!  Please also share this design team call with an…

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Displaying Cards at a Craft Fair

In this part of our series 'Selling Handmade Cards' we look at creating an engaging display at a craft fair. Selling face to face at a craft market is a great thrill.  Having someone pick up one of your handmade cards and being able to explain to them exactly how it was made and your inspiration, is something that is very dificult to recapture wit…

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Paper gift bag and box tutorials

Making your own gift bags and gift boxes is great for saving a few pounds, it also makes your gift wrapping unique as you can carefully embellish the bags and boxes in your own style. We've collected these tutorial from around the internet - you can also take a look at our paper gift bags and gift boxes Pinterest board - a great resource for crafty…

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The art of Paper Cut!

Last week we were indulging in letterpress - this week we wanted to share some amazing papercut art from UK artists. Tea Glorious Tea - Made by Julene  Holmes made Crafts - Love Birds papercut Uber paper cut artist Rob Ryan! Suzy Taylor - Personalised Paper Cut Art Rosie Plus the Boys - Butchers Cut Joanna Ashley - You say tomato papercut Pe…


Get involved with our Pinterest Community board!

Recently we posted about the benefits of using Pinterest as a marketing tool for your card making and papercrafting business.   Papermilldirect Community Pinterest Board This week we're really pleased to be inviting you to our first community board.  We'd love those of you that are on Pinterest to contribute to our papercraft tips and techniques b…

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What is an Angel Policy?

Angel Policies can be very confusing but they are something that a card maker using stamps and die cuts and planning to sell handmade cards, should be aware of.  If you are basing your business on these stamps and die cuts it's important to know that you are not breaching any copyright laws.   With the arrival of online market places people are …

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Halloween Paper Crafts

 Boo! Halloween is creeping up on us! We've been busy hunting out some excellent halloween paper craft tutorials for you to make up.   If you need to stock up on orange, black and green card for all your makes this Halloween, head over to our Mill shop, we have a useful Pick n' Mix paper and card selection boxes, so you don't end up with too much o…

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Paper Matrix - 3d paper sculpture tutorials

Weaving paper to make a sphere Paper Spider Tutorial Paper Hot Air Ballon Tutorial Paper Matrix We discovered 'Paper Matrix' earlier in the week and had to share a few of the amazing sculptures and templates they offer for making 3d paper gifts and decorations.  We particularly loved the balloons, they would make excellent little gifts to…

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Selling Handmade Cards - Using Twitter

  Twitter is not just a way for celebrities to let us know what they're eating for breakfast, it can be an exceptionally useful tool for  building up awareness of an online business and networking with useful contacts. Twitter is a social network where you can connect with other people and businesses by 'following' their tweets.   A tweet contains…

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Paper Christmas Trees

Christmas trees all made from paper!  We've collected some inspiration for you all to make beautiful paper decorations for the festive season!  These little paper trees will look fab and they'll also be lots of fun to make - and that's the important part, right! Wonderful colourful paper Christmas trees made from paper scraps and patterned paper -…

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Using Paper Craft Forums

Paper party people Chatting on niche paper crafting forums is a great way to meet other paper crafters, get feedback for ideas, and also begin to build up some familiar faces on other social networks.  This can be really useful if you are looking to build up an awareness of your blog, shop or just get some first hand advice about selling and makin…


Competition Winner!

We were so pleased to be sent three lovely cards from Joanne, the winner of our £100 gift voucher from our recent competition.  Arent' they wonderful - and all made from card of course!  If you have made any cards, we'd love to see them over on our Facebook wall, it's a great place to get feedback too if you have any paper cra…

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Wedding Stationery - Save the Date

Many of our customers are professional wedding stationers, creating beautiful handmade wedding invitations, place holders and table plans for brides and grooms across the UK.  One of the reason why our textured and pearlised white card is so popular! Recently 'Save the Date' cards have become ever more popular.  This is usually because venues are s…


Christmas Challenge Competition

  Amy Heller  - Handmade Christmas Card Hello wonderful paper crafters! It's Christmas competition time We have an amazing prize to offer for this exciting Christmas papercraft competition. A free box of card or paper every month for a year from our pic n mix selection! So you can stock up on whatever colours and thickness you need every …

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Selling handmade cards to high street shops and galleries

The next installment of our 'How to sell handmade cards' series! We're looking at what you need to know before you can start selling your cards to bricks and mortar shops.  There is something quite amazing about having your cards stocked by a real shop, especially if it's local and you can visit it. It's important to wear your 'business person hat…

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Starting a Wedding Stationery Business - Creating a Portfolio

Gorgeous Handmade Wedding Stationery from GlitzySparkle In the last post on starting your own Wedding Stationery business we received lots of comments from stationery designers who had been invited to create wedding stationery for a friend and had found that they then got the bug for designing wedding stationery.  Many designers and makers offer t…


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