Happening Just Once a Year: It’s Time For PG Live 2016.
Today marks the opening day for PG Live 2016. Running from the 10th-11th May at the Business Design Centre in London, Progressive Greetings Live is the only UK trade show dedicated to greeting card publishers.
While the show is perfect for any retailers who want to stock up on the latest and greatest greeting cards, visitors will also find that some publishers also carry gift wrap, stationery and gift products to compliment their card ranges.
This year sees the biggest ever show, with the Progressive Greetings team playing host to over 250 exhibitors and welcoming thousands of greeting card retailers.
Unfortunately I won’t be able to attend the show myself this year. I’m not however missing out as I’ve managed to get a sneak peek at some of the new ranges that will be officially launched at the show.
In today’s post I’ll be sharing a preview of these ranges for all of you who can’t make the show, or want to know which exhibitors to look out for.
So without further ado, let’s take a look at what’s in store at PG Live 2016.
Previewing The New Greeting Cards Launching.
Coulson Macleod – Stand 112 in the Springboard Section.
Following the popularity of their original black and white concertina greeting cards Coulson Macleod will be launching 3 ‘Luxury Concertina Cards” the small card with a BIG message. The new greetings card range is printed with an opulent rose gold foil, beautifully set against a heavyweight textured cream card and matched with Kraft envelopes. Already racking up pre-orders before they’ve even been released, the new cards are sure to become best-sellers for Coulson Macleod’s founders Hannah and Mark.
For more information please visit the Coulson Macleod website.
Rocket 68 – Stand 708.
Rocket 68 will be launching 6 brand new designs from their popular, Henries-nominated range ‘Zoo Buddies’. A quirky squad of cute animals join the existing troop. In addition a range of 4 gift wrap designs will be unveiled. Wrapping paper is a new venture for Rocket 68 so designer Jill is very excited to be showcasing it at PG Live.
For more information about the new range please visit the Rocket68 website.
Kali Stileman – Stand 98.
PG Live 2016 will see Kali Stileman showcasing their brand new ‘Animal Selfies’ greeting card range. 20 delightful designs for girls, with pretty flowers, lovely lace and sweet animal goodness. Each animal character is wearing a flower crown, a touch of royal glamour perfect for any selfie. Carrying on the luxurious touch every card is supplied with a luscious gold envelope. To match the cards, Kali and Lucy will also be showcasing fabulous Animal Selfie gift wrap, printed on a lovely thick paper, it’s the best choice when wrapping presents for selfie fans of any age.
Find out more about the Animal Selfies collection at the Kali Stileman website.
Eloise Hall – Stand 84 (Springboard).
Eloise Hall will be introducing PG Live 2016 visitors to their brand new ‘Africa’ card range. This collection is inspired by Eloise’s time spent working in a Zimbabwian safari park after leaving school. For Eloise it was an unforgettable and magical experience, which saw her living in a mud hut surrounded by incredible wildlife under the big African skies.
For more information on the new range please visit the Eloise Hall website.
Paper Salad – Stand 207.
This year at PG Live Paper Salad are launching 12 brand new occasion cards which they’ve added to their popular ‘Pretty Things’ range. Cards are designed in the same unique style, printed with super bright neon inks on FSC board and finished with gorgeous copper foil. Each card is hand-finished with a cute 3D attachment and individually cello wrapped with a matching neon envelope. The Paper Salad team will also be showcasing some beautiful new social stationery with neon colours and bespoke patterned envelopes
To find out more please visit the Paper Salad website.
Paper Rose & The Art Group – Stand 325.
Paper Rose & The Art Group will be exhibiting ‘Totem Pals’, a brand new range from talented designer Eleri Fowler. Featuring beautifully illustrated woodland and jungle animals, the range folds out into super cute stackable keepsake boxes. The collection is being introduced with 8 collectable designs.
Other exciting new ranges to be shown at PG Live 2016 include: Mulberry Park – 6 general designs featuring 3D shop scenes finished with a dusting of flitter. Also Toby LittleDude – More hip than the hippest of hipster humans, Toby LittleDude has 108k+ Instagram followers and is launching with 14 humorous designs.
For more information please visit the Paper Rose website.
YTR Design – Stand 812 (Springboard).
YTR Design will be arriving at PG Live 2016 with a heap of new card ranges to appeal to every taste and occasion. ‘Charmed’ is a set of fabulous designs featuring luxury keepsake jewellery. ‘Secret Notes’ provides a chance to include a little secret with your card to let that special someone know how much you really care. ‘Sparkle and Shine’ brings a soft spring palette of pink, peach, grey, blue and green. Also featuring beautiful silver foil detail, it’s the perfect range for those who love all things pretty. Last but not least ‘Letters of Love’ allows you to mix & match gorgeous alphabet cards to create fabulous, personalised bunting for any occasion; an ideal way to spell out a special name or greeting.
To find out more please visit the YTR Design website.
Manic Minotaur – Stand 666 (Springboard).
Bursting onto the greeting card scene in style Manic Minotaur will be exhibiting for the first time at PG Live 2016. Visitors to the show will be introduced to a collection of over 60 greeting cards, 14 of which are launching exclusively at the show. New card designs include the ‘Fruit Punch Party Squad’; a range of 10 greeting cards featuring some fruity, colourful characters.
For more information please visit the Manic Minotaur website.
Blue Eyed Sun – Stand 524.
Industry favourites Blue Eyed Sun (who we last saw in the top 10 greeting cards of 2015) will be launching two gorgeous new ranges of hand finished greeting Christmas cards at PG Live 2016.
‘Vintage Too’ is a fresh, contemporary new generation of their best selling ‘Vintage’ range based on original embroidered artworks by textile artist, Jo Corner. These beautiful cards are litho printed on FSC board and embossed to give a realistic look and feel. There are 30 new designs in the range, each matched with a vibrant red envelope.
‘Fleur’ (shown above) are based on original illustrations by Blue Eyed Sun’s chief designer Jo Corner. Beautifully embossed on textured GF Smith board the cards are hand-finished with coloured jewels. This stunning new range includes 30 designs, add to an existing collection of 30 everyday Fleur cards. These wonderful square Christmas cards are blank inside and come with a festive red envelope.
Vintage Too & Fleur Cards will retail at £2.99 each to find out more please visit the Blue Eyed Sun website.
Yellow House Art Licensing – Stand 136.
Celebrating 5 years in business, Yellow House Art Licensing will be launching 3 significant new art brands at PG Live 2016. Yellow House continues to provide unique artwork for licensees in stationery, gifts, wall-art, and much more. Launching with Yellow House at PG this week are their recent signings Cressida Bell, Catherine Rowe, and Hello Marine. Contemporary, memorable images and attention to detail are testament to the vision of Yellow House, one of the UK’s most exciting art licensing agencies. Representing leading art brands, established artists, and rising stars they aim to offer Great Art-Simply Licensed.
For more information visit the Yellow House Art Licensing website.
Studio Seed – Stand 806 (Springboard).
Studio Seed will be introducing a brand new, beautifully designed and foiled Everyday range called ‘Wordplay’. Designer Tamsin wanted to create a light-hearted, playful collection with captions flexible enough to be used for quite a few occasions. At Studio Seed the team are all about spreading kindness and with this range they make the job easy with gorgeous, contemporary cards. Studio Seed will also be launching a brand new Christmas collection called ‘Snowball’. 8 die-cut bauble shaped cards with a metallic twine hanging loop.
For more information on the new designs please visit the Studio Seed website.
Always Sparkle – Stand 748 (Springboard).
Always Sparkle are excited to be launching their new ‘Colour Me Happy’ collection at PG Live 2016. The range features 12 birthday cards, which are all bright, colourful and fun. As with previous Always Sparkle greeting cards, the range features 12 birthday cards, which are all bright, colourful and fun. The range is printed on 300gsm FSC certified board. A6 in size, each card is co-ordinated with colourful envelopes.
To find out more please visit the Always Sparkle website.
Five Dollar Shake – Stand 425.
The Five Dollar Shake team (known for their handmade luxury cards) will be giving PG Live 2016 visitors a first look at their new 2016 Christmas collection. A beautiful selection of Christmas singles and packs, featuring a generous helping of Liberty print fabrics, silver & gold glitter, ‘sequin’ and ‘cracked ice’ effect boards, and hand embellished with bows and an array of genuine crystals. As frequent award winners for their Christmas cards it’s fair to predict that these new festive cards will be a huge hit at this years show.
To see more of the new ranges please visit the Five Dollar Shake website.
Stripey Cats – Stand 732.
Stripey Cats (who you may remember from their sweet cards for dog lovers) are welcoming all of the PG Live visitors to the Party with their sweet new ‘Party Bus Invitations’. The eye catching invites feature a double sided design printed on a high quality card. Available in packs of 8 cards with matching envelopes, the social stationery will be on show with all of Stripey Cats best-selling wobbly eyed animal cards.
To find out more please visit the Stripey Cats website.
I Drew This – Stand 87.
I Drew This founder Ilona Drew will be showing the brand new ‘Landmarks’ range at this year’s PG Live 2016. A stunning and colourful range of 18 greeting cards featuring key Landmarks around the UK. Printed on a high quality 350gsm board, these are the first releases from what will be a growing collection of iconic cards. Each card design is matched with a recycled Kraft envelope.
For more information please visit the I Drew This website.
Rose Hill Designs – Stand 662 (Springboard).
Rose Hill Designs has 24 brand new designs for PG Live 2016. Fantastic additions to the popular ‘Make your Pet Famous’ range, the designs including: 3 Dogs called Gucci, Rozie, Buddy and 3 cats called Milly, Ciccio and Gina. All of the new designs are available as Art cards and Birthday cards; matched with a sunny yellow envelope.
The collection will also be going festive this year with an 6 Christmas card deigns including: Ollie, Tiger, Monty, Benson, a Golden Lab puppy and a Boxer. Christmas designs are co-ordinated with a seasonal red envelope.
To find out more please visit the Rose Hill Designs website.
Really Good UK – Stand 320.
Really Good UK will be exclusively launching a grand total of 4 new ranges at PG Live 2016. Including a brand new range from ‘Fresh Today’. Shown above, the collection features bright and bold cards with fun and quirky statements. The greeting card range is inspired by retro hand painted shop signs, which fold from the top in a sandwich board style; a simple and effective way to brighten anyone’s day.
To find out more about the new ranges launching at PG Live 2016 please visit the Really Good UK website.
Laura Sherratt Designs – Stand 405.
Laura Sherratt are launching 60 new designs at this year’s PG Live. The new cards include additions to the popular ‘Ditsy Daisy’ card range and the ‘Mail Male’ collection. Each of the cards is hand-embellished in the UK with Laura’s signature charm and style.
To find out more please visit the Laura Sherratt Designs website.
About PG Live 2016.
Progressive Greetings Live opens today.
Tuesday 10th May: 9.30am – 6.00pm (with free after-party until later).
Wednesday 11th May: 9.30am – 4.30pm.
Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, Islington, London N1 0QH.
To register for a ticket and find out more please visit the PG Live website.