November Winners for Inspire wren Competition!

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We have been running monthly competitions for a while now!  If you would like the chance to win a prize of free pop up cards just enter in our competitions on facebook! Like and follow our page to support our charity aims and sometimes give a comment to impress the judges.  The last two months have been based on two fantastic animations of Pop UP cards made by Tim Wheatley down in London  if you want to see his other work!  You can see the animations he has done for us on our facebook page.

Novembers competition asked for folk to say who they would like to see over Christmas … inspire wren! people.


Winning 3 Wren pop up Gift Cards

1. Mary Lothian 
Christmas Dinner with the founder of Mary’s Meals, Magnus Mafarlane -Barrow
2. Christine Goody
Christmas Dinner with Charlie Chaplain who died Christmas Day 1977

3. Val Roberts

First Christmas Dinner this year with out her dear husband.

4. Best Wren based puns Credit goes to Mrs Ross of Orkney!  This clever lady is full of clever puns and totally inspires us with her Pun ability!!

The prize is 3 Wren based Gifts.  A wagtail and wren Frame card ( as in the animation) ,  A wren and flower card and a “wren will I see you again?” Boxsilhouette card.wren-competition-2-1024x608 - November Winners for Inspire wren Competition!


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Mrs Pop UP starts up "mini" Instagram Account

Instagram??? Yes Mrs Pop UP has started to instagram “popupdesigns” she is going to share wooden gift cards with recipes! 

If you know her well, she loves baking, the bake off, making me fat, and all things cooking! She is the Pop UP Star baker! 

This photo shows her second post.. Lemon drizzle cake done for our local Garage “Davy Mcleods” who repaired our mini yesterday  (really great garage and nice folk there)… hence the mini pop up card! Still going to trade in the mini, we think as it needs a new clutch, brakes and a headlight bulb so I might eat cake for comfort! (not true as cake has already gone to the garage to say thank you). I think Mrs Pop UP plans to post the recipes on this website newspage here  if you want to make one.

 She is very very good at baking we all know and her recipes are sort after often!…/great-brita…/the-mini-card

Christmas Products available and selling well for 2018

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A whole new range of Christmas products are available if you would like a flyer and price lists, just email pop UP headquarters and we will send you out the brochure shown.  Many Birdacious, Beautfiful, Buildable Robins and Trees (with Robins!) to see and make for Christmas.  We have also experimented with coloured wood for the first time! Baubles in Christmas postbox red are proving to be a hit in many shops.

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Workshop Expansion

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We have spent the week fitting in our two new large laser cutters! One is named Fiona and one Andy, both are monsters! It has taken 4 weeks plus to get them installed, the blade beds never came so all this week I have been making custom blade beds, fitting the new large bore 150 mm extraction chimney (Mrs. Pop UP footed the ladder!). Lots of work…. but now I hope we can produce many more wooden gift cards quickly for our charity aims.
Hard to express the effort involved in doubling the workshop size, building foundations, walls, roof, electrics, fitting out inside the shelves and arch etc, purchasing new desks, laptops to drive machines, making the access paths easier to get the machines in, installation, buying new quiet fans, visiting the dump with rubbish and now finally making the custom blade beds!! When we started 3 years ago I thought 100 cards a week would be enough to make some reasonable funds for charity. Now we can easily do 100 an hour. We are decommissioning one machine, the first little benchtop “named China 1” It has done it’s service and is now moving to my neighbour next door! Massive thanks to all those who have helped in the process of expansion.
1. Foundations James Mckenzie and Martin
2. Buildings Highland timber buildings Terry Bayford Highland Timber Buildings
3. Electrics 1st phase and 2nd Simon Wilderspin
4. Paths access for machines concreate etc James Mckenzie again!
5. Laser cutters from Radecal Machines Newcastle
6. Laptops from IT Central Elgin
7. Fitting and help around Mr. Gabrielle Pretto, Mrs Pop UP and neighbour Terry.

Birdies birdies and birdies!

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Lots has been happening in Pop UP world with the design of many bird related products.  We have been very pleased to be working with the design team at “i like birds” to develop some products for marketing and possibly for sale nationwide.  Inspiration came from designing a few larger products that could have pop up cards attached,  so lamp shades, birdie trees and bird boxes were added to the list with a lovely new way of getting a double sided bird ( well a principle we had used before in the Hap-Bee Birdie Card).  So a new design of Wren, Blue tit were created to add to  the lamp shades, bird boxes and birdie trees.  The challenges are in the packing as they all our much bigger to post and to fit into standard sized postable boxes for delivery at a sensible price.  We are excited about these products and will probably display the range at the launch in 2019 at the Scottish Gift Trade Show.  The i like birds products are being offered as prizes and gifts at the Harrogate Trade Show in July 2018 on the mygifttrade exhibition stand.  All very exciting for a birdacious future!

If you would like to see more about what we are currently designing or find out more about our charity partnerships please link to our facebook page where you can follow our journey.

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