Tuesday, 8 December 2015

A little Christmas Cheer

December is all about RED! 

Our Gift wrapping paper has been really popular so far this festive season. We've had a promotion in the Country Living Magazine Gift Guide, as well as features in the Papercrafter and Crafts Beautiful magazines. We've also been out and about attending local gift markets and Christmas fairs. 

Our range of wrapping papers have been designed and created with the same ethos as all our stationery - They are UK made and 100% recycled materials. Most of our wrapping papers are designed for all year round gift wrapping - and not just for Christmas. 

Our Christmas range of wrapping papers are printed in vibrant red and green, and match Jane Means Ribbons perfectly. Did you know that I am one of Jane's gift wrapping bloggers? This basically means that Jane and her team send me a whole bunch of lovely ribbons to use with our products to promote to you all. Jane's ribbon are made from excellent quality materials and are really nice weight of ribbon. The range of colours available are just simply fabulous. With a little imagination, they make a plain wrapped gift look something quite spectacular.

Here we have wrapped a gift in one of our typography wrapping paper sheets, added a wooden feather, and finished with red stitched ribbon and gingham ribbon. 

We recently launched our wooden shapes range too! The wood shapes are cut in -house by us using locally sourced marine ply wood. They can be added to gifts plain, painted or decoupaged. 

Why not add a little mod podge or pva glue to a wooden heart with some of our gift wrapping paper? Add a little gingham ribbon for a superb finishing touch. 

Are you having a craft event or selling at a craft fair this festive season? We think our little wooden brooches look lovely with a little stitched ribbon on the promotional tags to finish. 

Hope you all have fun crafting, wrapping and making gifts for everyone this Christmas. Take a look in our Christmas shop where you will find lots of ideas and inspiration.

Sunday, 23 August 2015

Hot Chocolate Wedding Favours

Today I have a really nice project for you, using our  printed 2" circle tags, with melted chocolate, and finished with grosgrain ribbon. They make really nice favours for your wedding guests.

Start off with some clear shot glasses. Ours were purchased on ebay, and are the disposable ones. 

Melt some good quality cooking chocolate over a pan of boiling water, or in a microwave.  You can add flavourings at this stage if preferred.  

Pour the hot chocolate into the shot pots, and add some wooden spoons / stirrers (also purchased on ebay). I waited for the chocolate to cool down before I added the wooden spoons. (I only needed to wait 60 seconds). The wooden spoons should stand in the melted chocolate on their own. 

This is what your little hot chocolate pots should look like. 

We then decorated the hot chocolate pots with some of our printed 2" tags.  I added 2 tags, and stuck them on the front and the back of the top of the wooden spoon. 

You can add a few sugar crystals to the top.

When the chocolate has set, add the hot chocolate pots into a clear cello bag, and add a little pretty ribbon tied into a bow. Ours is from a selection of stitched grosgrain ribbon from www.janemeans.com. To finish, add the personalised tags if you are adding them into cello bags.

We think they make lovely little favours for your wedding guests, and they taste good too! 

**To make the hot chocolate, simply warm some milk, dip the plastic container with the chocolate attached to the spoon into the hot milk to loosen from the plastic mould - and stir until the chocolate has melted! **

List of products used:

Disposable shot glasses
Good quality cooking chocolate
Clear cello bags
Ribbons from Jane Means 

*Items can be purchased by clicking on the highlighted blue wording.


Thursday, 18 June 2015

British Flower Week

Did you know Monday 15 June to Friday 19 June 2015 week is British Flowers Week? The UK's national campaign to showcase and celebrate locally grown flowers and foliage; from independent florist growers and nurseries. Take a look at www.britishflowerweek.com to see if there is an event or florist participating near you.
With this in mind, we thought that we would have our own little celebration of our own 'flower week' by showcasing our top 10 favourite floristry delights -  from petals to bouquets, to paper flowers and ribbon roses!

1. Shropshire petals. ( www.shropshirepetals.com) choose from their range of 100% naturally picked and
eco-friendly petals. They've even a petal calculator if you're not sure of amounts required.

2. Paper flowers - There is a huge trend for single stemmed paper flowers for bridesmaids or brides this year. Why not log into pinterest to view hundreds of templates of how to make these gorgeous extra large roses. ( www.pinterest.com)

3.  Owl House Flowers https://owlhouseflowers.wordpress.com/weddings/  A fantastic resource for seasonal Yorkshire Grown cut flowers and foliage.

4. Paper flower Roses from Razzle Dazzle Rose ( www.razzledazzlerose.co.uk) simply dress boxes, bags, paper bows or presents. There are many colours available for your craft projects.

5. Jane Means (www.janemeans.com) A simple ribbon rose adds a perfect finishing touch to wrapped presents.Take a look at the blog here for a tutorial of how to make the perfect ribbon rose. 

6. New Covent Garden Flower Market (http://www.newcoventgardenmarket.com/flowers) A must for any wholesale florists. An Early start is needed as they start trading at 4am, but the sweet scented smell of the market more than makes up for your early start. Flowers from all over the world available.

 7. Natures finest! A simple but amazingly effective arrangement. Natural and hand picked from British country cottage gardens. Perfect for a summer dining party or on your wedding tables.

Take a tin can, paint it, or spray it in your chosen colour, add an assortment of flowers wrapped in brown kraft tissue paper and add a personalised tag - or why not add a table number?

9. British Daisies - How many of us remember making daisy chains when we were little? Try this modern take on a daisy chain by adding them to a wreath like anna-rosa.tumbler.com. Take a previously soaked wet foam wreath, (add your choice of ribbon before your daisies), and work your way around adding the flowers until the wreath is complete.  

10.  Lavender and Wheat ( whimsicalweddingwonderland.com) perfect for summer weddings, simply yet so effective. Gather together a few strands of lavender with a spring of wheat and some fresh rosemary. Tie together with some natural raffia and add the chairs or church pews.

Monday, 8 June 2015

Bunting Wedding Placecards

A friend of mine recently said she wanted to create a bunting theme for her table setting at her forthcoming wedding, and wanted to keep a rustic and brown kraft theme. So this is what we came up with. 

Using our plain brown kraft placecards, and a few essentials such as ribbon and sharp scissors; we had a great afternoon in the sunshine cutting, sticking and creating! 

Here's what we used to create the gorgeous bunting above:

A pack of our plain brown kraft placecards

available on our website here: 

We used our natural twine and extra fine cutting scissors, ribbon from Jane Means.

To create the bunting around the jar, the hanging bunting and the bunting on the placecards, we chose these gorgeous raspberry stitched and pale blue with white dotty grosgrain ribbons:

both available from Jane Means. 

we added a little pink gingham table cover, and some hanging bunting to match too!

As well as a little of my absolute favourite bunting combination - pale blue dotty with red stitched ribbon!

Each bunting was cut into small enough triangles to glue onto our natural twine, then glued onto the flat placecard with some stix 2 high tac pva glue. We found this was the best for a quick dry, and it also dries clear! 

We had a fabulous afternoon playing around - and love the completed look - we hope you like them too xx 

*all items can be viewed by clicking on the highlighted wording to go direct to the products. 

Thursday, 14 May 2015

10 ways with Hessian / Burlap

Morning Everyone!

It seems that the rustic and natural look is still on trend for weddings this year. Some of our brides like just natural tones, and some like pastel tones mixed with a bit of brown kraft card and lace. 

There's one thing for sure though, you can't have a rustic and natural wedding without some hessian! ( or burlap as our American friends call it!).

Here's our top 10 favourites ....
images courtesy of : Razzle Dazzle Rose Pinterest  Wedding Chicks

hessian ribbon is available in my shop here:

Use it for your wedding, use it on wreaths at Christmas, decorate an old tin can, 

What will you decorate with yours?

Monday, 20 April 2015

A little Seaside Inspiration

Hi Everyone

I recently raided my lovely box of Jane Means ribbons, and was instantly inspired by the thought of lazy hazy days by the sea, warm sunshine, sandcastles, walks along the dunes and ice-creams; hence our latest blog being very seaside inspired!

Keeping our theme natural (of course!) we used our brown kraft pillow boxes, and brown kraft matchboxes for our summer inspired gift theme. 

Jane Mean's blue and cream stripe grosgrain ribbon, and the Royal Blue and white grosgrain ribbon matches our natural stationery and accessories  perfectly. 

Royal Blue and White Stripe Grosgrain Ribbon (100M)           

Simply wrap your gift in plain brown kraft wrapping paper, add a length of ribbon and tie a bow to the front. Complete with one of our navy or printed brown kraft tags and you're done. 

We think they make perfect gift for male or females!

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Recycled Kraft Gift Wrapping Now Available

Hi Everyone!

Sorry I've not posted for a while - We've been really busy with designing stationery for brides-to-be since January - and haven't stopped! Plus we've been busy working behind the scenes at Razzle Dazzle HQ designing our new recycled kraft gift wrap range. The recycled gift wrap has been designed and created by us to meet the need and demand for recycled and on trend gift wrap. 

We have designed 3 ranges so far, (with more in mind already!) The vintage range, and the black and red patterned range. Today I thought I'd post about the vintage range as follows- 
 The vintage range includes  of wrapping paper designed with vintage bicycles, watches, stags and vintage sheet music. We sell the vintage kraft wrapping paper on our website in kits that include additional tags and twine too! The full range including kraft paper bows, pinwheels and eyeleted tags can be viewed here: http://www.razzledazzlerose.co.uk/new-gift-wrapping-papers-146-c.asp

We were recently invited to 'pitch to the retailers' at the Spring Fair at Birmingham NEC with our new gift wrap range. The 5 judges were all retail experts in retail, stationery and the gift wrapping world. After a VERY nervous pitch (that was televised too!), they all gave me some fantastic feedback. Fingers crossed, we will be in retail outlets across the UK with the gift wrapping paper and accessories soon! 

We think the wrapping paper is great for all year round gifts, and is perfect for wrapping men's presents as well! What do you all think?