Gem of the Week ~ Kate Lewis Design

Long standing member of the Ice the Cake network, Kate Lewis Design is our Gem of the Week this week. We stole a moment with Kate herself to hear all about this fabulous company and her exciting confession! When did … Continue reading

Royal Christening Special ~ Gorgeous Gifts and Theming

For most of us, silver-plated rattles and Dior sleepsuits are not likely to be our typical purchases for a Christening gift! Luckily, you have us at Ice the Cake to guide you through the very best of Christening gifts from … Continue reading

Crazy in Love with these Christmas Cards

Now is the time to start thinking of buying your Christmas Cards, especially if you are sending them abroad. So we at Ice the Cake wanted to show off some of our amazing designers. Sam Osbourne, Kate Lewis, Kathryn Deeley and Knots and Kisses have sent us there Christmas Selection for you to browse through.

Make someone smile when the postman delivers some of theses fabulous cards!

All the above are from Sam Osborne 

All the above are by Kate Lewis

All the cards above are by Kathryn Deeley

All the cards above are by Knots and Kisses

Remember that the Ice the Cake Shop is now open and you can find some lovely gifts for christmas on there too as well as many of these cards.

Boutiques & Planners ~ Wrapper Star Day 3

Some great contacts made today with Wedding Boutiques & Wedding Planners…….word is spreading & there’s nothing better than a recommendation. Lovely feeling to have heard such positive feedback today.  

Photography ~ Gentle Visions Photography

Photography ~ Gentle Visions Photography

Photography ~ Gentle Visions Photography

Photography ~ Gentle Visions Photography

Sent out 4 sample bars today to new enquiries; hope they like them! One is a Kate Lewis Design bar; love Kate’s designs & we’ve received a fair amount of wedding blogging interest about our collaboration.

Design agreed for another August Wedding  today – place settings with an Oxfordshire venue who has just agreed to list me as one of their recommended ‘local’ suppliers. It’s a striking silver & blue design from a stationery company I have worked with a number of times.  Their designs look great on my wrappers.

Contact WrapperStar:
Telephone: 01993 774622.
Email: hello@wrapperstar.co.uk
Website: www.wrapperstar.co.uk

Christmas Treats for 8th December – Kate Lewis Design

A bit of background on your company

Kate Lewis Design is, unsurprisingly, the creation of me ~ Kate Lewis, a designer & illustrator with a background in fashion and gifts. I began in October 2009, making Wedding Stationery that is not only beautiful but also has the diversity to allow you to personalise your big day right from the word go.

Since 2009 I have seen my business grow and it seemed only natural to take my designs into the big scary world of greeting cards! I have been selling my cards locally through a gorgeous gift shop called Mootiful Gifts for over a year, which has been overwhelmingly successful. I launched my online shop ~ www.klhandmadecards.co.uk ~ last month which is getting more popular by the day. A very exciting time for me!

Where are you based?

I am based in Macclesfield, Cheshire, but sell nationwide through my websites.

 

What types of gifts do you make?

I design & make greeting cards for every occasion, all of which can be personalised and brought to life with the sparkliest glitter! I also sell handmade Christmas decorations which is a great escape from the printers for me!

With my background in the gift industry I am itching to expand into gifts but need to get Christmas out of the way first! I have plenty of ideas up my spotty little sleeves, so watch this space!

What is your greatest achievement so far?

I’m incredibly proud of how much Kate Lewis Design has achieved in just a few years. To have 2 website selling sparkly stationery & cards is more than I could have imagined when I began this journey on my kitchen table! Last year I made it into the top 100 Businesses in the ‘Barclays Trading Places Award 2010’ which was an amazing achievement for me as such a young company. My most recent achievement is from the very fantastic Ice The Cake who presented me with a “Special Recognition” at their recent awards, a fantastic achievement for Kate Lewis Design!


What do you have available for Christmas?

I have over 20 Christmas card designs ranging from the adorably cute Christmassy fairies & elves to the festive fabric appliqué designs from presents to puddings! I even have a card that you (or your children!) can leave for Santa on Christmas Eve…….well why should he miss out!!

I also have handmade decorations ranging from sewn felt stars with sequins, ribbon and buttons to the sparkliest beautiful butterflies!

  

How can people get in touch with you?

The best way to see my work is through my websites:

WEDDING STATIONERY: www.katelewisdesign.co.uk

Or you can email me: kate@katelewisdesign.co.uk

Or give me a call on: 07805 713328

You can also find me on Twitter @katelewisdesign

And on Facebook katelewisdesign1

  

What do you love about Christmas?

I love EVERYTHING about Christmas! Anyone who knows me can vouch that I am always covered in glitter and this is the one time of year that I actually fit in!! I love the excitement, the glitter, the magic, the food & drink, the tree, the decorations and of course the time spent with family & friends.

Any other comments…

I’d just like to say a huge thank you to Sue for her continued support!
Also as a little Christmas treat I’d like to offer 15% discount off any Christmas cards ordered before 20th December 2011! Just type in the code ITCXMAS15

HAPPY CHRISTMAS everyone!!!

Love Kate x 
 

To see Kate’s wonderful work in person pop down to Puss Bank School, Barracks Lane, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK10 1QJ between 3pm-4.30pm tomorrow (Friday 9th December).

‘Credible & Incredible’ Supplier of the Week – Kate Lewis Design

This weeks ‘Credible and Incredible’ Supplier is… Kate Lewis Design.  Kate is a semi-finalist in our InCREDIBLE Wedding Supplier of the Year Awards and has been selected for ‘Special Recognition’ in our Ice the Cake Loves… section on our website which will be launching shortly.
 
Please tell our readers a bit about you & Kate Lewis Design… 

Hellooooo! I’m Kate from Kate Lewis Design Wedding Stationery. I love anything glittery and I don’t like anything dull. I love dolly mixtures, marshmallows and lemon meringue pie but I don’t like Turkish delight, green beans or twiglets. I love drawing and making things but I don’t like housework! In fact my love of ‘making things’ is really how Kate Lewis Design started! Having made numerous wedding invitations for friends and family over the years, and after doing my own wedding stationery in 2009 I finally realized that maybe I could do something real with it! So Kate Lewis Design Wedding Stationery was born! 

What inspired you to start working for yourself?
Having worked in the commercial world of fashion design for years I was fed up of making the fat cats richer and had been threatening to start my own stationery company for at least 5 years. Then a combination of events which happened in a very short space of time which really started the ball rolling; 1- my old boss (now great friend) up’d sticks and started anew doing something she absolutely loves. 2- I just LOVED making the stationery for my own wedding, and so many people said I should do it for a living. 3- I was made redundant just before we were married and it seemed like the perfect timing, a fresh new start! So that was it and I’ve not looked back since!

How do you come up with your designs/ what influences you?
All sorts of things influence me; friends, family, every day events, new fabrics or sparkly things. I’m very lucky to have the most amazing family and friends who all inspire me in their own little ways. Colours and combinations of colours usually spark off my initial ideas. I also love everyday things – the birds outside my studio window inspired the lovebirds design for example! I have quite a ‘visual’ way of thinking; so I can see a new design in my head instantly which can come from a description of something, a colour combination or just a great picture. Ideas pop into my head all the time so I scribble my sketches down on anything any everything before I forget them! I have been known to wake up in the middle of the night, run into my studio and start sketching new ideas on the back of an invoice – oops!

What would you call your ‘style’?
I think I have a few ‘styles’ from vintage and pretty to sketchy and fun. A lot of people would describe my style as ‘sparkly’! As I love to add glitter or Swarovski crystals whenever I can!

What is currently your favourite design?
My favourite design changes all the time, but right now I’d say it is my Appliqué Cake range. When I design this I made the appliqué by sewing the fabric pieces together to form the bunting & cake and used this as the artwork to print. I love how it shows all the detail of the fabric and stitches and when I add all the sequins & Swarovski crystals it really stands out as something quite different.
 

Who inspires you?
My parents inspire me – they both work really hard and I think that has certainly influenced a big part of who I am.  My husband is also a huge inspiration to me – he writes music and loves it so much, his enthusiasm is catching!  

If you weren’t doing this job what do you think you would be doing?
Coming from a fashion background I have toyed with the idea of setting up my own wedding dress label. It is still something that is always at the back of my mind! I made my sister wedding dress, it was a challenge to say the least but one I loved doing! I almost made my own wedding dress 3 years ago, but fortunately I found the perfect one so I was off the hook! (I did make the bridesmaids dress though!)

You recently designed Ice the Cakes new ‘Approved’ Logo (Thank you!) Where did your inspiration come from?
I had an image in my mind of an ‘approved’ stamp – but prettier, if that makes sense! It’s hard to explain how I come up with ideas, as they’re already in my head before I’ve had chance to think about it! The Ice the Cake colours work so well together it was easy to make it look pretty.

If you could design stationery for anyone in the world who would it be and why?
Can I be cheeky and have 2 answers? My first would be – my best friend Sarah. I can’t wait for her to get married and we’ve known each other for so long it would be such an honour to make her wedding stationery…….but I know this will actually happen (soon I hope) so I guess it’s a cheat answer! So my second answer would be Kylie! I’m not a huge fan of ‘pop’ music but I have always had a soft spot for Kylie, I adore her elegant style and her costumes are to die for! Ooh can you imagine the sparkle and feathers she would want on her invitations, it would be amazing fun!

How do you spend your time when you are not working?

I’m always working!  I love cooking and baking so when I do get chance I’ll be in the kitchen trying a new recipe. I also love music and as my husband is in a punk band (he writes, sings, plays guitar & produces!) I love to watch him at various gigs with a glass of wine in hand of course! We also love walking and we’re so lucky here in Macclesfield to be surrounded by amazing countryside and forests – a five minute drive and you’re sounded by the great outdoors!

Do you have a current special offer for Ice the Cake readers?
Yes – of course I would like to offer any Ice the Cake readers a whopping 15% off any wedding stationery ordered before the end of 2011.  Just quote ITC15 when you place your order!


A Message from Kate… add your comments
I’d like to say a massive than you to Sue for asking me to be featured – I’m really chuffed.
Also I have a few exciting things coming along in the world of Kate Lewis Design………
 

…Firstly I’m launching a range of greeting cards which can be personalised and will of course be super sparkly! You can have a sneak preview of a few designs on my blog: http://katelewisdesign.blogspot.com/p/greeting-cards.html
The new website should be ready to launch before Christmas – fingers crossed! But you can already order by email or via facebook.
 

….Secondly I will be adding a new section to my Wedding website which will be a more ‘cost conscious’ way to get your wedding stationery – I am very excited about this so watch this space!!!
 

Website: http://katelewisdesign.co.uk/home.php
Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/katelewisdesign
Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kate-Lewis-Design-Stationery/251230019718
Blog:
http://katelewisdesign.blogspot.com/
Ice the Cake would like to thank Kate for the great job she did on our new blog logo.

Definitely deserving of recognition of being both ‘Credible and Incredible’. xx