Isn’t this just SOOOOO AMAZING!!! :)

…..I received the following email today from a follower:…

Isn’t that just the best? After 30 years they would like to replace it!

I am just so delighted. At the moment I can’t lay my hands on a poster, amongst my vast collection of new and old work. For the moment I just cannot recall the caption, so Ive given it a temporary title “When is the paper delivered?”

This is also a blurred copy of the original. Its twice as blurred because its the same image but twice as big:)

When is the paper delivered ?

 

It was obviously a popular theme because I did the following around that same era and for the same poster publisher Scandecor

A job worth doing is worth doing well

 

Posters were indeed very popular back in the day and my royalty income was pretty darned good:)

Thank you HD for making my day

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The Creative Dilemma

…One of many.  Neurotic peeps that we are 😉

Unless you have a deadline, imposed by the Art Director, Publisher…..’HOW DO YOU KNOW WHEN TO STOP?’

I had already finished my latest creation ‘A Solo Dawn Chorus’ for My Fine Feathered Friends range, and here it is……

A Happy Birthday for a special peep on a special day

And I thought I’d finished, BUT, Oh No!

I couldn’t place it but there was something, ‘incomplete’ it about it. I kept returning to it, looking for that something. I knew it wasn’t finished. ‘Finishing’ a work of art may removing as well or as adding! On this occasion it was adding something. I knew that at least. But, what was it?

I wanted the bird to enjoy being alone, singing at the top of its voice, fine, that worked. Maybe it was the background, the sky. Too bland? I had added a small sun in one version to the right of the picture, but somehow that didn’t work, just floating there!

Even while it was in our gallery it was still niggling me. So I took it down and added a bigger, warmer sun, behind the flowery lettering and that did it for me. I added a few fields at the bottom of the picture, to ground the image, literally, and it worked.

 

A Solo Dawn Chorus MBMFFF10

It also managed to bring out ‘Happy Birthday’.

NOW, it’s finished …..or is it?

 

 

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Pitching to Giants was a Fabulous Opportunity BUT…………….

                                                 ……..IN A STRICTLY TIMED 10 MINUTES!!!???  

My first pitch was with the lovely Catherine Laycock of Belly Button Designs , she was very encouraging, loving the colours and styles. ‘All That Jazz’ was Catherine’s favourite range. Being the first it’s a bit worrying that one may be forgotten by the end of the afternoon. But hey, who would forget ‘Miko Greetings Cards’

Secondly, I was invited to show retailer Brent Milburn Rhymes with Orange! What a totally brilliant name! Love it! He was pleasantly surprised by the number of different styles in our ranges. My studio of many years was in Gt Titchfield Street, just around the corner from him. Really pleasant and nice guy. He was very interested and I do hope we can work together.

My third pitch was to wonderful Sarah Bertram, buyer for the major retailer Scribbler. I have to say I did wonder if our ‘warm smiley’ cards were suitable for their ‘gag’ taste. Sarah was keen on our ranges and said they were now looking for the more gentle humour to interest new customers and therefore is very interested in Miko Greetings. Phew 🙂

I was deeply interested in Bianca Mastrodomenico, card buyer for all National Trust’s Properties. Our cards would be just perfect for the National Trust customers. Especially ‘Artistic License’ pointing a gentle finger of fun at some famous art and artists. Then there is ‘My Fine Feathered Friends’ and not forgetting ‘All That Jazz’ Oh! and ‘The Cat’s Muse’, ‘Just Look at You’ etc etc….

I took the liberty of telling Bianca that I would love to have had the opportunity of showing her our ranges. Alas there wasn’t the time available, but she eagerly accepted a Miko Greetings sample pack. Fingers crossed…

A Taste of Life
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Pitching to 4 Giants of the Industry in the ‘Dragons’ 2.

Friday was an exciting day as 36 Publishers were invited to pitch to only 3 of 18 Major Greetings Card Retailers. Arranged by Sharon Little of the ‘Greetings Card Association’ and held at ‘The Business Design Centre’

We brought along our sample pack to leave with the Retail Dragons

How about that for Recycling?

Read about who we were lucky enough to pitch to at Dragons 2, in the next blog.

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‘Miko Greetings’ appearing in ‘Progressive Greetings’ again. You lucky peepings.

Thanks to all our lovely editorial peeps in Progressive Greetings, our Greetings Card industry publication.

We are showing off our latest range ‘The Cats Muse’.  Giving you ‘that warm smile’ again.

 

 

 

They have headed our piece ‘Feline Good’ …….If only I had thought of that:)

 

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Puuurrruse ourrrrr latest ‘Occasions’ rrrrrange……

…….’The Cats Muse’ where cats play with wuuurrrrrrrds.

Who wouldn’t be delighted to receive this amorrrrous pairrrr enjoying a night out in Parrrris.

A Parisian Prosecco Moment
Send it to your partner, to lovers, to your valentine, for an anniversary, a birthday, or for no reason other than because……

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Guess who went to ‘Scaramanga Marketing’ Marketing Workshop Yesterday??

Well, this lucky guy for a start……..

Guess who went to Scaramanga’s Marketing Workshop

Getting on for 3 hours of fact finding, inspirational Marketing on a Budget! Given by Claire Scaramanga and Ruby Plenderleith, respectively Managing Director and Marketing Executive of Scaramanga Marketing.

A menagerie of 20 or so new businesses gathered at The Start Up Croydon Premises.

Tim Higham, Film maker. Thowheetha Shaah, Family Solicitor and Mediator. Simon de Cintra, helping presenters to confidently present etc., too many to mention apart from Miko Greetings aka Miko Cartoon…of course! 🙂

We learnt about memorable branding and getting your business brand out there! Twitter being useful for up to date brief conversations, facebook for more detailed news. Drip feeding information, consistency and building trust. Etc Etc Etc.

What I thought so impressive, was that Claire and Ruby took time out of their very busy schedule to share their knowledge. Scaramanga being a very major player in marketing companies. You should see their list of clients! Phew!

So my advice is to look out for their next Marketing on a Budget Workshop. In the meantime check out their wise words.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Greetings Card Printer. Our Hero!

As a Greetings Card Creator and Publisher:

I start with an empty head! (No change there then!)

A blank canvas!

Work my nuts off!

Tough life! 🙂

and send a PDF to my Greetings Card Printer!

Miko Greetings Business Card PDF

 

They get their little elves and fairies working….

Not only do they do a fab print job! BUT they also print us some brilliant business cards for SFA!

Imaging Centre Business Cards Miko Greetings New Ranges

and more…..

Imaging Centre Business Cards for PGLive 2017 Miko Greetings

Thank you guys at  The Imaging Centre.

Love ’em to bits.

 

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What Do You Think of Our Newest Greeting Card Ranges?

Our newest ranges: "The Cat's Muse" . "Off The Record" . "Just Look At You!"Do you like fun or funny or interesting greeting cards? Have we got a treat for you!

Make that 12 treats: 3 new ranges of greeting cards, each with 4 designs already printed and ready to go. (More designs are planned for each of these new ranges, so stay tuned!)

From Miko, we bring you “The Cat’s Muse” — puurrfect for lovers of cats and pampuurring.

Toby’s new range is “Off The Record” — black-and-white photography of vinyl records.

Our other new range is “Just Look At You!” — for fun birthday greetings by the number — and introduces Miko Greetings customers to our third talented artist, children’s book author and illustrator Annie Horwood.

Do you like these new greeting card ranges?
Tell us what you think, and help us spread the word!

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Miko may draw one of his famous My Fine Feathered Friends….

…..but only if you’re good and you visit @Progressive Greetings Live and go to ‘Stand 736’ @MikoGreetings.

Mik May Draw One For You...If You're Very Good :)
Miko May Draw One For You…If You’re Very Good 🙂

On the other hand if you aren’t a #greetingscardretailer and you purchase @MikoGreetings #Greetingscard or two.

It’s worth asking Miko….but only nicely, of course!

Miko Drawing one of his famous My Fine Feathered Friends, Close up.

 

 

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