Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
We would like to wish all our customers, suppliers and artists a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

What a year 2016 has been with four wedding, two big birthdays, and one baby here at Paper Rose and The Art Group, there hasn't been a month gone by where we haven't had something to celebrate.

In January we started the year with saying goodbye to our much loved Managing Director Jayne Myers, with Chairman Stuart McKay taking on the helm.

February saw us at Spring Fair, it's an event we love as we get to see so many of our customers from all over the world, and we are excited to be announcing we will be at the NEC for 2017 on stand 3M10-N11 5-9th February 2017.

In March we were finalising our second year of the exciting "On the Cards competition" winners, these fabulous cards are due to launch in Paperchase in early 2017 having closely worked with the Universities, Students, Sherwood Press, G.F.Smith and Paperchase. We have already launched the 2017 competition....

In April we saw our beautiful Kate from the Warehouse have her gorgeous son Casper! Welcome to the Paper Rose Family! And in the studio we saw another Kate (Our Studio Manager) turn the big 4.0!

In May we saw our brand new website launch! We couldn't be happier now the Trade shop and website are integrated together making shopping online a smoother experience. We also attended PG Live with us launching our new ranges Totem Pals, Toby Little Dude and Jojo's Jungle. It also saw the lovely Vikki from Customer Services tie the knot! Congratulations Vikki and Simon.

June saw us launch our Spring 2017 collections featuring a range of new and best selling ranges. There is still time to order for Valentine's Day 2017!

July saw the second wedding of the year with Senior Designer Sarah marry the lovely Christopher.

August came in the midst of a heatwave with us visiting a charity close to our heart, Great Ormond Street Hospital, were we attended their annual event. We launched later in the year a range called Inky Pots that will benefit Great Ormand Street. It also saw our Chairman Stuart turn the big 70! Happy Birthday Staurt!

September saw our third wedding of the year, congratulations to designer Jojo and Eddie what a wonderful extravaganza was had! This also saw us finalisng our Christmas 2017 offering, with this launching to our customer in January. We've included some of our most popular ranges as well as a few new exquisite surprises for 2017!

In October we saw our final wedding, with Richard from Customer Services marrying Jo in a beach ceremony in Mexico! Congratulations to both! We launched 6 new English Rose designs featuring exquisite laser detailing.

November came with us all preparing from Spring Fair 2017, we have some very exciting new licensees lined up and will be announcing in early January. In the meantime we launched more of our popular range Aquarupella and

December came in a rush, with our annual sales conference and 2017 range launches, as well as our annual charity event from Christmas Jumper Day.

We can’t wait to see what exciting things 2017 will bring, and are looking forward to continue working with all of our brilliant customers and suppliers.

Wishing everyone a fabulous Christmas and a very Happy New Year
Festive Friday

If you hadn't guessed by now Christmas is well and truly on it's way, the Christmas adverts have all launched and there is festive food in all the supermarkets. Christmas is that special time of year where we send out a card to send our good wishes for the year. Festive Friday is now in it's fourth year, driven by the Greeting Card Association it has become an iconic start to the postage of Christmas Cards.

The idea is that on the last Friday in November, it's a special day for everyone in the card industry (and all lovers of cards) to send their personal Christmas cards. We hope to create a great sparky first wave of beautiful cards arriving in the first week of December to get everyone in the Christmas card-sending mood!

To celebrate Paper Rose & The Art Group will be taking part this Friday to help get the festive season off to a great start. We've attached the official poster created by the GCA explaining how you can take part. The GCA have lots of ideas on their website about how you can take part and here are a few below,

Take part in the GCA’s Festive Friday Twitter Giveaway!
We’re reprising this – as it went so brilliantly last year! Help us create another massive wave of free publicity for the day – all you need to do is give away a pack of Christmas cards (or two if you prefer) to your lucky winner!

Here's how to take part:
Post a photo of your giveaway prize at 9am on Festive Friday using the words:

It’s #FestiveFriday! RT&follow by 9pm today for a chance to #win in our #giveaway. Get sending your Christmas cards!

Tweet your winner after 9pm and, if the winner has ‘followed’ you, send a private message congratulating them and get their address details for the prize. If the recipient then posts a photo of their prize a few days later, this can also be retweeted.

More ideas!
Change your Facebook and Twitter covers and email sign off images to Festive Friday ones in the lead up to the day - these are all in the toolkit below. And post lots of lovely pics on Instagram.

Donate some (old or new) Christmas cards to a good cause: contact your local school, play centre, an elderly people’s home, charity, hospital ward for elderly people or children, community centre or church group. Give them a lovely box of free Christmas cards, details of Festive Friday and a poster (see toolkit below) to help them to organise a Christmas card sending event on the day.

Organise a Festive Friday event at work using the toolkit below. Get your staff together for an hour to write their Christmas cards, provide the cards and postage and send them all out on the day.

Take photos! Post these on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and remember to tag us! @GCAUK

And most important of all - remember to send lots of Christmas cards!