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Belly Button had a great time getting into the festive spirit this morning by taking part in festive Friday!

We sent out over 1800 of our fabulous Marmalade cards. Everyone sat around the table and we had mulled wine and mince pies!IMG_9571

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Rachel and Kerry writing their cards
IMG_9576Our personalised cards ‘Merry Christmas wishes from the Belly Buttons’

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Festive FridayWe would love to know if you took part in Festive Friday!

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cosy-christmasHere at Belly Button we love getting ready for a cosy Christmas, snuggled up by the fire with hot chocolate and mince pies!

Our Marmalade range is perfect for the cozy christmas lover, inspired by festive jumpers, gingerbread and Christmas puddings.

Look out for these festive lovelies in shops near you.

We would love to know which design is your favourite!

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Paloma giftwrap 3IMG_0181Tie the ribbon on the perfect present with our gorgeous Paloma giftwrap!

Belly Buttons fabulous new range of Paloma giftwrap has arrived, with three beautiful new designs including the classic Paloma hearts, butterflies and blossom.

Each sheet measures 500 x 690mm and is double sided, with one silver and gold foiled side.

Look out for these lovely designs in shops near you!

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Screen shot 2013-10-28 at 12.15.26Just a quick little blog post today to tell you all that we have been spotted on Print and Pattern!

Our best selling Platinum range was shown in the Paperchase Christmas collection on Marie’s lovely blog last week.

Take a read here

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A vintage Christmas…

Whilst flicking through the newspaper the other day I came upon an article about the very first Christmas card! 

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This card is thought to be one of the very first Christmas cards to be designed and made. The date on it is undecipherable and either reads 1842 or 1849! The idea for the Christmas card  is thought to have come about by a few people at the same time. Each sending greetings to each other in the festive season. 

William Egley a printer’s apprentice may well have been one of the first to design one. He printed and sold a few hundred cards. His first example resides in the British Museum. They also have lots of other Christmas designs.

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Christmas Day, design for a Christmas card, 1874 
Group of figures, including a child holding a sprig of holly at left, trees beyond, within border . 

Also, the head of Birmingham’s School of Design, W A Dobson sent a number of hand-painted cards to friends. Then an artist, J C Horsley actually designed a pictorial card in 1846 at the request of a certain Sir Henry Cole who had the design commercially produced for sale in 1846. These were sold at a princely sum of one shilling and 1000 were printed!  Today, Sir Henry Cole is celebrated every year with the Henries Awards.

From 1870 onwards the fashion for sending Christmas cards grew and has remained until this very day. 

Here at Belly Button we love getting a hot mug of tea and sitting down to write our Christmas cards. So, make sure you get started soon! 

To find out more about the history and future of greetings cards take a peek at the wonderful GCA who have some great ideas on the gift of giving a greetings card.

A recent survey found that 91% of people surveyed preferred a real card rather than an online e-card! But we all knew that already! 

There is nothing more lovely in this life than receiving a beautifully designed greetings card! This year we will be sending a variety of the cards to all our Belly Button friends! (pictured below).

Happy Sending Everyone!

Ps, don’t forget the last posting dates with Royal Mail!

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