Alex was born in the village of Shotley Bridge in county Durham in the North East of England. She first began printing her own greetings cards in a very small way in 1998 and her range grew slowly for a few years. In 2005 she made the decision to expand her card business in a bigger way by releasing 60 new cards. The response was huge and within 2 years she had expanded her card ranges and moved on to selling wrapping paper and art prints. Her business is located in an old sawmill by the banks of the Derwent in the village of Ebchester. It is a natural haven for all sorts of wildlife with weasels, otters and just about every garden bird you can imagine likely to schedule an appearance at any moment. It is an environment that perfectly compliments the artwork that she publishes today.
Berni lives and works from her home studio in Worcestershire surrounded by beautiful countryside. She has been creating greetings cards for over twenty years and in that time her range of ‘Whispers on Wings’ fairies designs sold over half a million cards worldwide last year alone. Berni has developed her own individual style using multi layered handmade papers. She produces images that have a delicate soft three dimensional quality and texture. Because of this it is said that her pictures can be ‘touched with the eyes’.
SABIVO Design is a boutique publisher, specialising in design and production of beautiful handmade greeting cards. They are proud that their product is exclusively British, from design concept to packaging in house.
The greeting cards combine a contemporary feel with romantic elements. Printed on luxury Italian board and hand finished with extra dose of sparkle, jewels and pretty hand tied organza bows, SABIVO Design greeting cards are guaranteed to delight every customer.
It started with a (broken) dish…
‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, nothing was stirring other than the peace-invading racket of Jack colliding with the dishwasher, smashing half of the crockery into irreparable smithereens and simultaneously vandalising no less than three of his limbs. Dominique headed to the scene of the disaster and tried to locate Jack in the tangled heap of saucepans and body parts on the floor. As she searched the wreckage, an idea came to her. She retrieved Jack, covered him in plasters and set off to find a pencil and some paper. Before long they had created their first greeting card.
“I knew that I couldn’t be the only one living with a clumsy twat,” explained Dominique. “There had to be other people out there, just like me, sweeping up the shattered remains of dinnerware and spending their Saturdays in A&E waiting rooms.”
The sales figures of the card in question suggested that this was indeed the case. The pair, encouraged by their findings, began to monitor their friends and family, looking for other characteristics and behaviours that warranted a sending occasion.
“We just sort of followed them. Made notes. Produced pie charts. Pretty standard greeting card stuff,” Jack told us.
Dominique and Jack have been building their collection in this way, card by card, all printed on to a delightfully weighty board and finished with rounded edges.