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Paper craft kits

paper craft kits
  1. sloth paper craft kits

Love sloths, pugs, flamingos or unicorns? Always wanted one of your very own? Well now you can with these fabulous new paper craft kits from Flamingo Paperie.

I made a couple of these kits, and they are fun, a lot bigger than you realise, really sturdy and I don’t think you need to be a paper craft expert!

Each kits contains everything you need to complete it, even a pair of scissors.

The models are big! For example the sloth is over 30cm long, so not far off life-size.*

The paper craft kits are presented in a 100% recyclable/biodegradable gift box. I think they’re great for a treat for some crafting me-time, a perfect gift for a friend and good news for the environment too.

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What’s inside the paper craft kits?

If you’re worried you aren’t experienced enough to complete a kit, then you needn’t be. There’s a picture for guidance on the front of each kit. On the bottom you’ll find some basic tips and instructions, with more instructions inside. All the tools you need are in the box, including glue, in an easy to apply tube with nozzle, scissors, scoring tool if required, cocktail sticks to help spread the glue into difficult to reach corners and sheets of card printed with the templates ready to cut, fold, score and stick.

Animal kits

There are 5 different animals to choose from, sloth, flamingo, unicorn, pug and t-rex. They have varying levels of ‘difficulty’ though it’s not so much a difficulty, rather a time required to complete each one. The quickest is the unicorn with an estimated 3 hour construction time, the longest is the t-rex with an estimated 18 hour construction time.

sloth paper craft kits

 

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Floral kits

Both sets of flowers look really stunning when complete and you don’t have to be an expert paper crafter to make them look good. The estimated construction time for each kit reflects the time required to complete it. It’s not a reflection of how experienced a crafter you need to be. Each peonie flower takes about 2.5 hours while each rose is estimated to take about 4 hours. There is enough in each kit for 6 flowers. These are fun projects to do alone but I recommend completing the flowers with friends. Have a crafting afternoon.

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Leaves and Feathers

The leaves and feathers kits is a set of templates for various leaves and feathers to be drawn round and cut out. The kit contains 10 sheets of different coloured card and 10 metres of twine so you can use them to embellish your gift wrapping. Alternatively they would make a beautiful forever wreath or table decoration.

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Who are the kits for?

The guidance on the box suggests that the kits are suitable for over 12 years old but that under 12 could complete with supervision. I made the peonies with my 11 year old daughter and she had no problem completing it (in fact her flower looked better than mine but don’t tell her I said that!).  I would say age 8 upwards with help. You don’t have to make the kits in one go so you can stagger the completion to suit the attention span of the child. Equally if you’re completing this on your own, you don’t need to set aside 18 hours in one sitting to complete the t-rex, you can do it in stages as fits your time.

I made the flamingo on my own but over a few days, doing a little bit here and there. It isn’t difficult. I did take care to line up the tabs carefully and to hold them in place while the glue set but I was really impressed with how quickly it stuck.

A few tips from my experience

The animals are made of thick card which keeps shape really well. The models are really sturdy once built.

The flowers are made of tissue paper. Mine travel about as I have them on display at fairs and I’ve inadvertently squashed them a few times, you wouldn’t know! I readjust them very easily, and quite often!

The glue takes a while to dry on the tissue paper on the flowers. The tissue goes a bit soggy if you stick too many petals together at once. Our other hint would be hold the peonies upside down to stick the petals on. This gave a better shape and was easier to stick the petals.

My biggest tip would be to do the flowers as a group. This was fun. Plenty tea and cake and chat while we cut and stuck.

If you have any questions about the kits then just drop me an email.

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*Three toed sloths are approximately 58cm long, at full stretch, according to LiveScience, our model is over 30cm and he’s not stretched out!

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Easter cards

easter cards

Easter isn’t very far away so I’ve picked out a couple of Easter cards, gift wrap and gift ideas below. If you’re a busy person struggling to find time to order cards then how about an Easter/Spring bundle?

Easter Cards

Butterfly Tree, illustrated by Kim Anderson

I love this card, it’s glittery and just so pretty. Butterflies can symbolise hope, life, transformation…all things that our mothers give to us. Lots to be grateful for.

Painted Eggs, illustrated by Gerry Murray
Painted Eggs

A beautiful flittered design with a tree of eggs. This card is also flittered (glittered) with eco-friendly, vegetable based, non plastic glitter!

Two Bunnies
, illustrated by Kate Garrett

Easter isn’t complete without bunnies and these two might be the cutest pair of fluffy bunnies you could send to someone.

Easter Wishes
Easter Wishes
, illustrated byJennifer Bartlett

Possibly the sweetest card you could send this Easter to a loved one or someone special. I think this would be the perfect card from a grandparent to a grandchild.

Pink Butterfly Cloud
, illustrated by Laura Stone

With butterflies being a symbol of new life, you can’t go far wrong with this stunning design. This card is a slightly larger size of 150 x 150 cm too and with the die cut along the top, it looks fabulous on any mantlepiece.

Easter Wrap and Gifts

Whichever card you choose, you’ll be sending an exclusively designed one that will make someone say, ‘wow, thank you that’s beautiful’. If you need gift wrap to go with it then I would recommend either the Flowers one from Flamingo or the Flowers and Stars, that also has matching gift tags. (All Flamingo gift wrap and tags are 100% recyclable)

colour in garden

If you’re looking for gift ideas then you might like the colouring in garden poster. This would be a great gift or holiday activity for all ages. Some of the illustrations are detailed enough for the expert ‘colour in er’ while they will still look good after some embelishment from little hands too.

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Floral greeting cards

Phoenix Trading March new cards

Find the perfect card from our exclusive range of illustrated designs. With plenty of cards to choose from, including blank floral greeting cards and new designs added regularly. The card you need is right here, whatever the occasion.

Bestselling floral greeting cards

Thank you floral greeting cardsThree flower jars

Gardening Themed Cards

Floral Birthday Cards

birthday cornflowersButterfly Birthday

Sympathy Cards

If you like your sympathy cards to say something on the front then we have some great ones to choose from. If you think a floral illustration does the job just as well then take a look at the floral range.

with sympathy thinking of you

We don’t just have cards. We also have some fabulous gift wrap and gardening themed stationery too.

Gift wrap

Are you looking for pretty floral paper, something garden related or something colourful.

blue floralin the gardenbirds and birdhouses

Stationery

If you need a set of notecards for yourself or to drop a line to a friend, or to make notes or shopping lists, then we have note cards and jotter pads for you.

blue wellies and flowersbirds and birdhouses

Artists

We have several artists who illustrate our floral greeting cards designs exclusively for Phoenix Trading but some of the most popular ones are:

Alison Vickery

Gerry Murray

Claire Henley

Mikki Butterley

Diane Dimerci

Karen Tye Bentley

Lorraine Duff

If you think I’ve missed something in this selection please leave a comment so I can add it in, thank you. If you’d like a mixed pack of cards then you can get on in my shop. I’ll email you to ask what cards you’d like in your pack.

 

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Exclusive cards for exclusive businesses!

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If you’d like to see a better range of greeting cards available locally, all high quality with stunning artwork and illustrations, at prices that are really good value – then why not stock Phoenix cards in your area?

Stunning cards from Phoenix Trading

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If you don’t know where to start, and what to order first, we’ve even put a pack together of some of our bestsellers to get you off to a great start.

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