Vivid Please Stationery Giveaway

Guys! It’s National Stationery Week here in the UK which runs from 31 March – 6 April. This means you are all in for some serious treats as I’ll be posting more frequently than usual to bring you giveaways, inspiration and to share my favourites with you.

This time last year I interviewed the fab duo behind Vivid Please. You can also take a look at when Vivid Please interviewed me on their blog! Then in November, I was lucky enough to meet them at Renegade. I’ve been a long time fan of their quirky illustrated stationery and prints, so just had to share them with you today.

Vicky and David have kindly agreed to give away the goodies below to one lucky Claireabellemakes reader! There are plenty of options to enter on the widget below. I actually own the craft blogs notebook and I love it.


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This giveaway is open worldwide and closes on 14 April. The winner will be drawn at random and contacted shortly after.

Make sure you check out the Vivid Please Etsy store as they are also offering an exclusive coupon code to you lovely lot! Use DOODLEPOP for 10% off until 6 April. (Orders will be posted out after 3 April).

More giveaways coming this week! Don’t you just love National Stationery Week? Use the hashtag #NSW14 to search for more paper goodness this week.





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Goodie Goodness Handmade Subscription Box

Today I’m excited to be sharing with you a fantastic new handmade subscription box. Following great success in the Netherlands, Goodie Goodness has now launched in the UK.

Goodie Goodness Handmade Subscription Box

What makes this box different? Goodie Goodness curate the box to introduce you to new artists, designers and small creative businesses. The monthly box includes 2-5 unique handmade products including a card introducing the makers and explaining the stories behind each item and designer.

What is included in the Goodie Goodness box is a surprise each month! I really like the idea of discovering new makers that I may not have found otherwise. Here is a peek into the August box.

Note – the box is slim and fits through a letter box, so no collecting from the post office!

Goodie Goodness Handmade Box

The bakers twine, cute tag and hand stamped box immediately communicates the handmade theme.

Goodie Goodness Subscription Box

Goodie Goodness Postcard

When you open the box you are greeted with pretty wrapping and a card introducing the designer for the month.

Goodie Goodness Box Card

Sian Elin is a small Wales-based online boutique selling interior products. Her story was included on the card and described each product included in the box.

Sian Elin Handmade

This card is hand drawn and printed on fantastic quality card. Perfect to send to one of my creative friends.

It's Always Time To Create Card

Two luxury cotton tea towels were included which are also hand drawn, sewn and printed in Wales. Sian tells us they are from a new collection influenced by Moorish and Islamic architecture.

The quality is high and they would make wonderful gifts. Something different which I may not have selected myself, but I really like the unusual patterns.

Sian Elin Printed Tea Towels

Sian included a card with a coupon code and giveaway information.

Goodie Goodness Business Cards

These cute polka dot paper straws were included as a little extra. You can never have too many paper straws!

Polka Dot Paper Straws

I adore the idea of a curated box as it allows you to discover new artisans and receive surprise items of fantastic quality. I am sure I’ll be revisiting Goodie Goodness site to buy another box for myself or a gift box for a friend.

Anything that embraces handmade is a win in my eyes and this is a unique kind of subscription box!

You can take a look at the contents of previous boxes here. Past artists include one of my favourite Etsy stores – Vivid Please.

The monthly subscription costs £14.99 (+ £5.00 shipping) or can alternatively be purchased as a one off box. Find out more on the Goodie Goodness website or contact them on Twitter or Facebook.



Disclosure: I was sent the Goodie Goodness Subscription Box to review. All opinions are my own.

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Instalife: Bring on Spring

I haven’t posted an Instalife update for a while, so I thought with the change of season it was about time. Here’s a little bit of what I’ve managed to get up to during a month of horrendous migraines!

Cambridge Yarn Bomb

Quentin Blake Exhibition at The Fitzwiliam Museum / The latest Cambridge Yarn Bomb

My DIY Pom Pom Bike Basket / Taking a train journey & loving the ticket stamp

Work Life in Cambridge

My City commute with the cows! / Anthony Gormley’s Feet (and mine)

Being frugal with the stationery at work & tidying the office

Remembering Nan

Sorting Nan’s things & finding her sewing machine / My new Janome – named Romy

A travel sewing tin of Nan’s (She was named Poppy) / Her garden in the sun

Claireabellemakes Jewellery

Making up some new pendants /organising my ring display for a stall

Setting up for a vintage fair / new galaxy print studs (more coming!)

Claireabellemakes Instalife

A kind gift from a friend in the mail / Tammy sleeping against G’s arm (silly thing!)

Daffs always bring me a smile / My faves from the Vivid Please gang

A month of mixed emotions and tricky times, but at least I managed some craft and to keep blogging, which keeps me going for sure. I hope you enjoyed my month of giveaways on the blog! May will be fun as I have lots of crafty meet ups planned and it is G’s birthday. He has requested an ice cream bar at home, so I am busy planning that!

You can follow me on Instagram here, but be warned – my feed is mainly cats and craft! 🙂


National Stationery Week 2013

22 – 28 April is National Stationery Week in the UK! It seems like every week is a National-something-week at the moment, but this one is right up my street and aims to “Get Britain Writing”. Having just joined Anna’s Post Circle (along with 170 others), I now have another excuse to buy pretty stationery.

Here are my fave finds in the lovely world of stationery….

Rose Digital Collage Sheet P…


Large Plain Notebook – The B…


Modern Stationery Set . Hell…


120 Handmade Tandem Bicycle …


Pink, Linen, Aqua Garden Jap…


Map Envelopes A2 with Labels…


Medium Aqua Chevron Paper Ba…


Vintage WOOD QUILL or Dip Pe…


Rubber Stamp – Enjoy laser c…


Button Rubber Stamp


Wooden Rubber Stamp Set – Al…


Typewriter Print: You’re…


Treasury tool supported by the dog house

I also want to recommend some great stationery subscription boxes:

The Green Gables Eco Stationery Club which fellow craft blogger Hannah Ackroyd has reviewed here.

Green Gables Eco Stationery Club

The It’s Paper Dear stationery subscription box by Zie of Darling Dear is a fabulous surprise box of goodies including notebooks, pencils, stickers, journalling cards and more. I love getting this as a treat and reviewed a box on my blog here.

It's Paper Dear


I also want to give another shout out to Vivid Please, one of my favourite Etsy shops for stationery and quirky gifts. You can read my interview with them by clicking the image below.

Vivid Please Prints

Lastly, what do you think of my stamp bunting card? I tried hard not to cut into the Queen’s head!

Stamp Bunting Card

Any finds you’d like to share with me? Post in the comments below!


Giveaway Winner: Homemade Gifts Vintage Style

Homemade Gifts Vintage Style

Thank you to everyone who read my interview post with Sarah Moore, author of Homemade Gifts Vintage Style.

The winner of the book giveaway is Jenni Vane Stobbs! Congratulations Jennie!

Please email me your address to so I can arrange for the prize to be sent to you.