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Friday, 29 October 2010

Award Winning Website www.morethanwords.uk.com

www.morethanwords.uk.com has received a Silver Website Award from Mumpreneur UK!!  
The award was judged on design, ease of use, navigation and content.  


I'm very proud to share that we built this website from scratch ourselves (Mr MTW and I)....in fact, just wait until you see the new website launching VERY soon! 


Website Awards

Having worked our way through hundreds of websites during The Mumpreneur Award judging, it became VERY clear that there are so many mumpreneurs out there with fabulous websites! We want to ensure that these sites are rewarded, and that their customers can see that their high standard is being recognised. We're looking to acknowledge mumpreneurs who have realised the importance of getting your business online, and doing it well!
Requirements for Entry:
  • The website is run by a parent, or parent-to-be
  • The website is not offensive
  • The website is hosted on it's own domain
  • The website is live, with all links active
So, what are we looking for:
  • The website should be visually pleasing
  • The website should be easy to navigate
  • Ecommerce sites should include a simple payment process
  • The website should be clear and easy to understand
  • The website should include ample information about the products/services provided

A huge thank you to this fabulous not-for-profit organisation for their continued support of More Than Words and the hundreds of other mumpreneurs out there.

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

This week's favourite bespoke typographic designs....

A contemporary black framed personalised More Than Words 
vintage-inspired Destinations Blind.

700 x 300mm, available in any print colours and priced at £125.  
Proving a very popular Christmas gift for men at the moment!


A bespoke 400 x 400mm canvas for a little girl's nursery (£85)
in beautiful bold colours.


...and finally, I absolutely love this original 40th birthday gift! 
600x400mm 'birthday theme' canvas (£110)



Visit www.morethanwords.uk.com for more inspiration.  All prices include VAT and courier postage (UK).

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Only the Best Quality Materials

I regularly receive feedback from customers letting me know how pleased (and often surprised) they are with the fantastic quality of More Than Words products.  In a little corner of the More Than Words website we talk a bit about the quality of our artwork but I wanted to go into more detail to highlight the efforts we really do go to in order to ensure each piece of our pieces is produced to exacting standards and Fine Art quality.


More Than Words offers four products (or 'panel types' as we call them) canvas, acrylic, 'vintage' framed canvas and framed prints.  

Prior to launching the company we searched high and low for products that would ensure our customers would never be disappointed with the quality of our artwork.  In fact, in many cases we don't even realise bad quality until we see an exceptional quality item.  I hope that this post will provide an insight into the finish you should expect from all high quality art producers.

Canvas
Our museum-quality heavyweight 450gsm 100% matte cotton canvas is approved to Fine Art Trade Guild standards.

Sturdy wooden support frames are made from FSC approved kiln-dried redwood pine, measuring a chunky 45mm deep.  These premium stretcher bars are hand cut and planed to size, with a curved profile and rounded edges which ensures minimal contact with the front of the canvas, preventing cracking and impression marks.  


Each piece of artwork is hand-stretched around the frame (a highly-skilled process) and finished on the rear with artists backing tape.  The corners of each canvas are professionally trimmed and not folded so there will be no unsightly bulges around the edges.  Our canvas is produced in a way that ensures you don't need to worry about sagging so there is no need for tightening wedges.

Hand-finished with artists backing tape...
with a stamp from one of our fabulous craftsmen.
100% natural cotton canvas.
In fact, so natural that you can see the cotton
seeds and fibres on on the rear of your artwork.
We think it adds character.
An example of a very poorly finished
synthetic canvas (a sample sent to us by a supplier)
All artwork is produced using Giclée (pronounced "zhee-clay") fine art printing with pigment-based UltraChrome and Ultra Violet (UV) inks for superior colours and longevity.  These assure your print will remain vibrant for over 75 years.  We aim for the highest print resolution possible.  

More Than Words : Using the highest print resolution we can find.
An example of poor quality resolution printing.
To complete the process, each piece of artwork is sprayed several times with a Fine Art approved satin varnish, which not only helps to add further protection against light and moisture but also enhances the inks and helps to protect against yellowing and marking.

Diamond-Polished Acrylic
A stunning contemporary finish to your design.  Our high-quality acrylic is supplied with four aluminium spacers so that your artwork sits away from the wall. Your design will be printed on to a heavyweight acid-free professional paper using UV archival inks and then applied to the acrylic using a special heat-sealing process.


Prints
Our framed designs are printed onto professional 225gsm acid free archival paper using UV archival pigment inks.  Each print is mounted with a beveled, off-white textured mount.  Each chunky frame is 45mm deep and available in dark brown, light brown or black ash.  


Framed to Fine Art standards
Beveled off-white textured (hand-cut) mount
which sits perfectly on top of your artwork
More Than Words : 45mm deep frame available in light, dark or black ash wood

Vintage Framed Canvas
A swept ornate frame supplied in black, white, silver and gold. Designs are produced using a 360 gsm natural archival canvas, printed with UV archival pigment inks and finished with a Fine Art Trade approved satin varnish. The print is then hand stretched around a 3mm board and hand mounted into the deep set heavy ornate frame - total chic!


Fixtures, Fittings and Packaging
All of our artwork is provided with appropriate wall fixings which will ensure your artwork hangs safely on your wall.

Your artwork will be carefully bubble wrapped and secured inside purpose-made recycled cardboard before it makes its way to you via courier.




"Simply Stunning" Original Presents

I was excited to be contacted by Donna Taberer a couple of weeks ago in her quest to find an original birthday gift.


Donna, who came across my work via our Eton High St stockist (Hush Home), felt More Than Words typography fitted the bill perfectly and asked me to create three bespoke designs for her.  Each piece was completely personalised, using custom words and 'matching' colours so that each design complimented the other.  


I just wanted to share this fantastic feedback from Donna upon receiving her artwork today (which has made my day!)...it was a joy to work with her.

"They are simply stunning. 
Although I have seen your work before both designs have exceeded my expectations.
At times when it's so impossible to think of original presents, your art is inspirational.
You have been a total delight to work with - so creative, quick and patient.
I have already recommended you to friends and I will definitely use you again."

Personalised 'Life Is A Journey'

These bespoke designs are available from £85 at www.morethanwords.uk.com

Monday, 25 October 2010

More Than Words gets Five Stars from Mumpreneur UK!


Mumpreneur Products: More Than Words

More Than Words is an online company run by Lisa Long. It provides bespoke and limited edition typographic art. The Bespoke Designs, that we're reviewing, are created using your own choice of words, your own colours and size specification.

Today we're reviewing the Framed Prints. These are supplied in a stunning deep-edge ash frame designed exclusively for the customer with a beveled cut mount, however More than Words also offer Canvases, Vintage Framed Canvases and Acrylics, so there is a style to suit everybody and every occasion.
The Process
Where the website explains that this is your design created using your specification and your words, it sounds all very appealing... until you actually get down to it. I am really indecisive. I could win an award for it. What WORDS do I want? I don't know! COLOURS!? You mean I have to choose?! I could feel the panic rising within me. I gave Lisa some details about Mumpreneur UK, who's behind it, what we're all about and of course our branding. It wasn't what she'd asked for, but that didn't deter her from creating a proof. She came up with some suggestions of words we could use, and a colour theme for us... and everything was perfect! We received the first proof in 2 days. We made some amendments, and tweaked the design here and there, added our own word ideas (Lisa's ideas started my creative juices flowing...) and voila. Our art was designed.
The Product
A week after approving the proof, we received the framed print. The quality is fantastic. Both the quality of the design and print, and also the quality of the thick and sturdy frame. I was very impressed with the overall presentation of the product, and it's clear that this is a top quality item, and not a make-shift piece of personalised art. These framed prints start from just £65... and are clearly worth every penny. They'd make a great addition to ANY room in the house, as well as being the perfect gift for a special occasion. I'm thinking of those hard-to-buy occasions such as the parents anniversary, or Grandma's 80th birthday!

The Best Bits
  • There was a quick turnaround time from sending the initial information to receiving the proof, and then to receiving the final product too!
  • Lisa was willing and happy to make any amendments to the design to ensure we were completely happy. So you can guarantee you'll be pleased with the design.
  • The service was friendly and professional, and at no point was a disappointed in the service I was receiving.
  • The actual product itself is very well made, and top quality.
    Summary
    I cannot find a fault in the service or products of More Than Words, and would highly recommend the service, and the products.

    Thursday, 21 October 2010

    **New** Personalised 'Mr & Mrs' Framed Print by More Than Words

    We have created so many of these simple designs that they will now be offered as standard through the More Than Words website. Our Personalised Mr & Mrs framed print is available in any background, word colour and font of your choice.
    A chunky 600 x 250mm print set in a black, light or dark wooden frame hand-finished to our usual fine art standards.

    Another fantastic keepsake to commemorate weddings and anniversaries. 

    We would be more than happy to add a first dance song or wedding date to the design.  Simply enter your words and special requirements and via our website and you will receive your design proof within 5 working days.

    Only £80.00 (includes free UK courier delivery).  Visit http://www.morethanwords.uk.com/ for more details.

    Wednesday, 20 October 2010

    Bespoke Typographic Artwork : Highlights

    It's time for another round up of just a few of our favourite recent typographic designs. Thanks so much to each customer for allowing me to share! 
    A stunning 8 x 10 inch Vintage Framed 'Wedding' Canvas (£90)
    A gift for the Bride and Groom celebrating their wedding in Italy.
    
    400 x 400mm Bespoke 'Baby Girl' Canvas (£85)
    
    400 x 400mm Bespoke Canvas (£85)
    This customer has so many amazing friends that she wanted to capture their names to hang pride of place in her kitchen. How lovely!  On receiving her artwork she sent me some very kind feedback :
    "I just wanted to tell you that my canvas has just arrived and I love it,
    it has taken pride of place on my kitchen wall, where everyone can see it.
    Can I also just say how well made it is and well worth the money.
    It has been a pleasure to do business with you and I hope to return soon."
    300 x 300mm Bespoke 'Baby Boy' Canvas (£75)
    We just love this piece heading all the way to Australia after our
    customer spotted Dannii Minogue's typographic artwork. 
    Very meaningful to us after the premature births of our two boys.
    "The design is beautiful. Harley will love it.
    I wanted something really special as he
    is a special little man to me going
    through what he had to, and you just made it perfect."

    Tuesday, 19 October 2010

    Last Order Dates for Christmas (UK Delivery)

    It's hard to believe it but Christmas is now less than 10 weeks away! 

    We want to avoid disappointment and are expecting to be very busy between now and then (based on the fact that Christmas orders are already coming in!) so please note the following dates for last orders to guarantee that your artwork is delivered in time for Christmas.


    As it will take 5 working days to receive your design proof (and perhaps additional time should your design need alterations) we ask that you place bespoke orders no later than 1st December.
     

    Each piece is made to order and may take up to 14 working days for delivery.  Please place your order no later than 6th December.

    
    Boxed Gift Certificates (from only £25.00) 
    What could be more fun that offering one of our Boxed Gift Certificates for Christmas.  They can be be unwrapped on Christmas morning, then the recipient can have fun during dinner discussing past times and favourite things...and ultimately compiling the words that will be used in their bespoke typographic design.  Perfect!

    Please place your order no later than 15th December.
     
    

    

    Monday, 18 October 2010

    Bespoke Typographic Poetry Artwork

    Announcing the launch of our new bespoke typographic theme - Personalised Poetry artwork.
    More Than Words is collaborating with a top UK-based poet, residing in the beautiful English Lake District, who will create poetic works of art for our customers.

    Another perfect gift for all occasions.  All we need from you are your words and details and leave the rest to us!  Prices start at £115 for a 400 x 400mm framed print displaying your verses in a beautiful More Than Words typographic design. 

    More Than Words wants to realise your artistic dreams
    By celebrating your memories with our new bespoke theme.
    In collaboration with a top UK poet, we can offer customised verses
    Which combine with our designs for art that intrigues and immerses.

    You first pick your frame type and select your perfect size
    Ready for us to make your commission into a delight for your eyes.
    You then mix the colours and the words you'd like to use
    And leave it up to us to create a masterpiece for you.

    You'll receive your poem by email within three working days
    And once you are happy, the printing will get underway.
    Within 14 working days, it will then hang upon your wall
    Encapsulating your words in a piece that will enthrall!

    I first came across our fantastic poet and lyricist (Dragons Den's Theo Paphitis is a fan!) when searching for something different for my boys to give their Grandmother ('Nanny') for her birthday.  I sent across all of the details that wanted to be included and within a few days I received an email.  It was perfect!  In fact 'Nanny' cried when we created a piece of art out of the poem and handed it to her to unwrap on her birthday.  The poem is of course very personal but I don't mind sharing as an example of just how fabulous our poet is!

    And here is our poetic masterpiece:

    There's No-One Like Nanny
    Let's bring out the balloons for the birthday girl,
    Our wonderful Nanny; the kindest lady in the world!
    There's absolutely no excuse for you not to celebrate
    Since you're fabulously trendy and in your prime at fifty-eight.

    We absolutely adore you, in every possible way
    And you deserve to have lots of fun for your birthday, today.
    You're the cream of the crop and we couldn't wish for another
    As you are simply the best Nanny for this pair of brothers.

    We love going for coffees with you, when you visit us on the train
    And we love going to your big house, as we get there on a plane!

    And of course we also like to visit your little London house;
    Made even more appealing with the sketti that fills our mouths!

    So to our very special nanny, finally we would like to say
    That we hope all of your dreams come true on this very special day.
    We hope that today and the year ahead are as good as they can be
    Love and birthday wishes from Elliot, aged one and Morgan,aged three!



    Order your Personalised Poetry artwork at http://www.morethanwords.uk.com/

    Saturday, 16 October 2010

    More Than Words recommended by VeryGoodService.com

    We did it!   verygoodservice.com finds companies with great products and customer service and we are delighted to now be listed as one of their recommended companies, as a result of an overwhelming list "fabulous customer reviews" about More Than Words, after a campaign launched a couple of weeks ago.

    You can read our fabulous list of reviews on the verygoodservice.com facebook page...but here's a snippet of some of the lovely comments left by happy customers:

    "The customer service is amazing, nothing is too much trouble."

    "Our MTW gorgeous acrylic has just gone up in our playroom and everyone who has seen it has said its 'beautiful' 'unique' 'fantastic idea' 'really special' and asked where it is from. We having being passing on the MTW word .. fab service from beginning to end especially when I need to make some 'tweaks' (ie changed my mind a bit!) Now planning who I can order more for as presents. A great company offering gorgeous products."

    "Can't recommend this company enough- great products, service and style!!"

    "I've now made my third purchase from More Than Word Art and can say that Lisa's customer service is second to none. I'd have no hesitation in recommending her and her art work to everyone."



    Thank you so much to those who took time to leave a comment!

    Wednesday, 13 October 2010

    More Than Words listed on SheerLuxe

    Today I'm very proud to announce that More Than Words is now nestled amongst amazing brands on SheerLuxe - a luxury online directory helping consumers find stylish brands, desirable products and designer goods! 

    The SheerLuxe team dedicate their time to "finding affordable gems....and editing the well known to find the unknown".

    I was over the moon to be contacted last week, inviting More Than Words to list on their hand-picked luxury brand directory.  With over 120,000 members, they love our products and feel we're a great fit for their audience.  It's very exciting and we're honoured to feature alongside such great businesses. 

    You can find More Than Words listed in their art, gift stores and wedding sections.  Click here to see our listing :  http://www.sheerluxe.com/directory/gift/more-than-words.htm

    Tuesday, 12 October 2010

    Bespoke Typographic Designs...and launching the 'All That's British' Canvas

    It's been a while since I've had the time to share recent pieces of More Than Words typographic artwork so I wanted to do a little round up with some designs from the last week.  Lots to choose from but here are a few favourites...

    The first is a bespoke framed print for a very lovely customer (another one of our cherished Twitter followers).  Using a picture of the beautiful bride and her bridesmaid I was able to match the exact pink colour for the 'I Wanna Be Yours' text.  Read on their wedding day, a funny poem by John Cooper Clarke....the perfect anniversary gift for her husband.
    I wanna be your vacuum cleaner
    Breathing in your dust
    I wanna be your Ford
    Cortina
    I will never rust
    If you like your coffee hot
    Let me be your coffee pot
    You call the shots
    I wanna be yours

    I wanna be your raincoat
    For those frequent rainy days
    I wanna be your dreamboat
    When you want to sail away
    Let me be your teddy bear
    Take me with you anywhere
    I don’t care
    I wanna be yours

    I wanna be your electric meter
    I will not run out
    I wanna be the electric heater
    You’ll get cold without
    I wanna be your setting lotion
    Hold your hair in deep devotion
    Deep as the deep Atlantic ocean
    That’s how deep is my devotion




    Another one of our popular 'Favourite Things' typographic designs capturing this couple's 'Happy Days...
    ...and a bespoke birthday design to celebrate a 40th birthday...

    Sunday, 10 October 2010

    Bespoke Typographic Art....On a Splash-Back!

    What have we been up to at More Than Words HQ now?  Only a bespoke typographic kitchen splash-back!  

    More Than Words specialises in capturing memories as works of art...and this is no exception.  A couple of months ago a customer came to me and asked if I could capture her favourite foods and drinks, restaurants, childhood comforts (mmmm, mum's Sunday roast and Auntie Ess's chip butties) on a splash-back for her new kitchen.  What a fantastic talking point.  And here it is!  


    A simple More Than Words bespoke typographic design in precise colours selected by the customer (in fact, the exact match to the Dulux paint on the walls), produced onto toughened heat-proof glass (with matching surrounds of course!).  
    Currently this is not a service offered through our website but we would be more than happy to provide you with a quote for the design and production of a bespoke 'typographic' splashback (UK only) if you fancy brightening up your kitchen or bathroom.  The design can be as simple or complex as you wish.  All you need to do is email sales@morethanwords.uk.com with your requirements and we'll take it from there!

    Friday, 29 October 2010

    Award Winning Website www.morethanwords.uk.com

    www.morethanwords.uk.com has received a Silver Website Award from Mumpreneur UK!!  
    The award was judged on design, ease of use, navigation and content.  


    I'm very proud to share that we built this website from scratch ourselves (Mr MTW and I)....in fact, just wait until you see the new website launching VERY soon! 


    Website Awards

    Having worked our way through hundreds of websites during The Mumpreneur Award judging, it became VERY clear that there are so many mumpreneurs out there with fabulous websites! We want to ensure that these sites are rewarded, and that their customers can see that their high standard is being recognised. We're looking to acknowledge mumpreneurs who have realised the importance of getting your business online, and doing it well!
    Requirements for Entry:
    • The website is run by a parent, or parent-to-be
    • The website is not offensive
    • The website is hosted on it's own domain
    • The website is live, with all links active
    So, what are we looking for:
    • The website should be visually pleasing
    • The website should be easy to navigate
    • Ecommerce sites should include a simple payment process
    • The website should be clear and easy to understand
    • The website should include ample information about the products/services provided

    A huge thank you to this fabulous not-for-profit organisation for their continued support of More Than Words and the hundreds of other mumpreneurs out there.

    Wednesday, 27 October 2010

    This week's favourite bespoke typographic designs....

    A contemporary black framed personalised More Than Words 
    vintage-inspired Destinations Blind.

    700 x 300mm, available in any print colours and priced at £125.  
    Proving a very popular Christmas gift for men at the moment!


    A bespoke 400 x 400mm canvas for a little girl's nursery (£85)
    in beautiful bold colours.


    ...and finally, I absolutely love this original 40th birthday gift! 
    600x400mm 'birthday theme' canvas (£110)



    Visit www.morethanwords.uk.com for more inspiration.  All prices include VAT and courier postage (UK).

    Tuesday, 26 October 2010

    Only the Best Quality Materials

    I regularly receive feedback from customers letting me know how pleased (and often surprised) they are with the fantastic quality of More Than Words products.  In a little corner of the More Than Words website we talk a bit about the quality of our artwork but I wanted to go into more detail to highlight the efforts we really do go to in order to ensure each piece of our pieces is produced to exacting standards and Fine Art quality.


    More Than Words offers four products (or 'panel types' as we call them) canvas, acrylic, 'vintage' framed canvas and framed prints.  

    Prior to launching the company we searched high and low for products that would ensure our customers would never be disappointed with the quality of our artwork.  In fact, in many cases we don't even realise bad quality until we see an exceptional quality item.  I hope that this post will provide an insight into the finish you should expect from all high quality art producers.

    Canvas
    Our museum-quality heavyweight 450gsm 100% matte cotton canvas is approved to Fine Art Trade Guild standards.

    Sturdy wooden support frames are made from FSC approved kiln-dried redwood pine, measuring a chunky 45mm deep.  These premium stretcher bars are hand cut and planed to size, with a curved profile and rounded edges which ensures minimal contact with the front of the canvas, preventing cracking and impression marks.  


    Each piece of artwork is hand-stretched around the frame (a highly-skilled process) and finished on the rear with artists backing tape.  The corners of each canvas are professionally trimmed and not folded so there will be no unsightly bulges around the edges.  Our canvas is produced in a way that ensures you don't need to worry about sagging so there is no need for tightening wedges.

    Hand-finished with artists backing tape...
    with a stamp from one of our fabulous craftsmen.
    100% natural cotton canvas.
    In fact, so natural that you can see the cotton
    seeds and fibres on on the rear of your artwork.
    We think it adds character.
    An example of a very poorly finished
    synthetic canvas (a sample sent to us by a supplier)
    All artwork is produced using Giclée (pronounced "zhee-clay") fine art printing with pigment-based UltraChrome and Ultra Violet (UV) inks for superior colours and longevity.  These assure your print will remain vibrant for over 75 years.  We aim for the highest print resolution possible.  

    More Than Words : Using the highest print resolution we can find.
    An example of poor quality resolution printing.
    To complete the process, each piece of artwork is sprayed several times with a Fine Art approved satin varnish, which not only helps to add further protection against light and moisture but also enhances the inks and helps to protect against yellowing and marking.

    Diamond-Polished Acrylic
    A stunning contemporary finish to your design.  Our high-quality acrylic is supplied with four aluminium spacers so that your artwork sits away from the wall. Your design will be printed on to a heavyweight acid-free professional paper using UV archival inks and then applied to the acrylic using a special heat-sealing process.


    Prints
    Our framed designs are printed onto professional 225gsm acid free archival paper using UV archival pigment inks.  Each print is mounted with a beveled, off-white textured mount.  Each chunky frame is 45mm deep and available in dark brown, light brown or black ash.  


    Framed to Fine Art standards
    Beveled off-white textured (hand-cut) mount
    which sits perfectly on top of your artwork
    More Than Words : 45mm deep frame available in light, dark or black ash wood

    Vintage Framed Canvas
    A swept ornate frame supplied in black, white, silver and gold. Designs are produced using a 360 gsm natural archival canvas, printed with UV archival pigment inks and finished with a Fine Art Trade approved satin varnish. The print is then hand stretched around a 3mm board and hand mounted into the deep set heavy ornate frame - total chic!


    Fixtures, Fittings and Packaging
    All of our artwork is provided with appropriate wall fixings which will ensure your artwork hangs safely on your wall.

    Your artwork will be carefully bubble wrapped and secured inside purpose-made recycled cardboard before it makes its way to you via courier.




    "Simply Stunning" Original Presents

    I was excited to be contacted by Donna Taberer a couple of weeks ago in her quest to find an original birthday gift.


    Donna, who came across my work via our Eton High St stockist (Hush Home), felt More Than Words typography fitted the bill perfectly and asked me to create three bespoke designs for her.  Each piece was completely personalised, using custom words and 'matching' colours so that each design complimented the other.  


    I just wanted to share this fantastic feedback from Donna upon receiving her artwork today (which has made my day!)...it was a joy to work with her.

    "They are simply stunning. 
    Although I have seen your work before both designs have exceeded my expectations.
    At times when it's so impossible to think of original presents, your art is inspirational.
    You have been a total delight to work with - so creative, quick and patient.
    I have already recommended you to friends and I will definitely use you again."

    Personalised 'Life Is A Journey'

    These bespoke designs are available from £85 at www.morethanwords.uk.com

    Monday, 25 October 2010

    More Than Words gets Five Stars from Mumpreneur UK!


    Mumpreneur Products: More Than Words

    More Than Words is an online company run by Lisa Long. It provides bespoke and limited edition typographic art. The Bespoke Designs, that we're reviewing, are created using your own choice of words, your own colours and size specification.

    Today we're reviewing the Framed Prints. These are supplied in a stunning deep-edge ash frame designed exclusively for the customer with a beveled cut mount, however More than Words also offer Canvases, Vintage Framed Canvases and Acrylics, so there is a style to suit everybody and every occasion.
    The Process
    Where the website explains that this is your design created using your specification and your words, it sounds all very appealing... until you actually get down to it. I am really indecisive. I could win an award for it. What WORDS do I want? I don't know! COLOURS!? You mean I have to choose?! I could feel the panic rising within me. I gave Lisa some details about Mumpreneur UK, who's behind it, what we're all about and of course our branding. It wasn't what she'd asked for, but that didn't deter her from creating a proof. She came up with some suggestions of words we could use, and a colour theme for us... and everything was perfect! We received the first proof in 2 days. We made some amendments, and tweaked the design here and there, added our own word ideas (Lisa's ideas started my creative juices flowing...) and voila. Our art was designed.
    The Product
    A week after approving the proof, we received the framed print. The quality is fantastic. Both the quality of the design and print, and also the quality of the thick and sturdy frame. I was very impressed with the overall presentation of the product, and it's clear that this is a top quality item, and not a make-shift piece of personalised art. These framed prints start from just £65... and are clearly worth every penny. They'd make a great addition to ANY room in the house, as well as being the perfect gift for a special occasion. I'm thinking of those hard-to-buy occasions such as the parents anniversary, or Grandma's 80th birthday!

    The Best Bits
    • There was a quick turnaround time from sending the initial information to receiving the proof, and then to receiving the final product too!
    • Lisa was willing and happy to make any amendments to the design to ensure we were completely happy. So you can guarantee you'll be pleased with the design.
    • The service was friendly and professional, and at no point was a disappointed in the service I was receiving.
    • The actual product itself is very well made, and top quality.
      Summary
      I cannot find a fault in the service or products of More Than Words, and would highly recommend the service, and the products.

      Thursday, 21 October 2010

      **New** Personalised 'Mr & Mrs' Framed Print by More Than Words

      We have created so many of these simple designs that they will now be offered as standard through the More Than Words website. Our Personalised Mr & Mrs framed print is available in any background, word colour and font of your choice.
      A chunky 600 x 250mm print set in a black, light or dark wooden frame hand-finished to our usual fine art standards.

      Another fantastic keepsake to commemorate weddings and anniversaries. 

      We would be more than happy to add a first dance song or wedding date to the design.  Simply enter your words and special requirements and via our website and you will receive your design proof within 5 working days.

      Only £80.00 (includes free UK courier delivery).  Visit http://www.morethanwords.uk.com/ for more details.

      Wednesday, 20 October 2010

      Bespoke Typographic Artwork : Highlights

      It's time for another round up of just a few of our favourite recent typographic designs. Thanks so much to each customer for allowing me to share! 
      A stunning 8 x 10 inch Vintage Framed 'Wedding' Canvas (£90)
      A gift for the Bride and Groom celebrating their wedding in Italy.
      
      400 x 400mm Bespoke 'Baby Girl' Canvas (£85)
      
      400 x 400mm Bespoke Canvas (£85)
      This customer has so many amazing friends that she wanted to capture their names to hang pride of place in her kitchen. How lovely!  On receiving her artwork she sent me some very kind feedback :
      "I just wanted to tell you that my canvas has just arrived and I love it,
      it has taken pride of place on my kitchen wall, where everyone can see it.
      Can I also just say how well made it is and well worth the money.
      It has been a pleasure to do business with you and I hope to return soon."
      300 x 300mm Bespoke 'Baby Boy' Canvas (£75)
      We just love this piece heading all the way to Australia after our
      customer spotted Dannii Minogue's typographic artwork. 
      Very meaningful to us after the premature births of our two boys.
      "The design is beautiful. Harley will love it.
      I wanted something really special as he
      is a special little man to me going
      through what he had to, and you just made it perfect."

      Tuesday, 19 October 2010

      Last Order Dates for Christmas (UK Delivery)

      It's hard to believe it but Christmas is now less than 10 weeks away! 

      We want to avoid disappointment and are expecting to be very busy between now and then (based on the fact that Christmas orders are already coming in!) so please note the following dates for last orders to guarantee that your artwork is delivered in time for Christmas.


      As it will take 5 working days to receive your design proof (and perhaps additional time should your design need alterations) we ask that you place bespoke orders no later than 1st December.
       

      Each piece is made to order and may take up to 14 working days for delivery.  Please place your order no later than 6th December.

      
      Boxed Gift Certificates (from only £25.00) 
      What could be more fun that offering one of our Boxed Gift Certificates for Christmas.  They can be be unwrapped on Christmas morning, then the recipient can have fun during dinner discussing past times and favourite things...and ultimately compiling the words that will be used in their bespoke typographic design.  Perfect!

      Please place your order no later than 15th December.
       
      

      

      Monday, 18 October 2010

      Bespoke Typographic Poetry Artwork

      Announcing the launch of our new bespoke typographic theme - Personalised Poetry artwork.
      More Than Words is collaborating with a top UK-based poet, residing in the beautiful English Lake District, who will create poetic works of art for our customers.

      Another perfect gift for all occasions.  All we need from you are your words and details and leave the rest to us!  Prices start at £115 for a 400 x 400mm framed print displaying your verses in a beautiful More Than Words typographic design. 

      More Than Words wants to realise your artistic dreams
      By celebrating your memories with our new bespoke theme.
      In collaboration with a top UK poet, we can offer customised verses
      Which combine with our designs for art that intrigues and immerses.

      You first pick your frame type and select your perfect size
      Ready for us to make your commission into a delight for your eyes.
      You then mix the colours and the words you'd like to use
      And leave it up to us to create a masterpiece for you.

      You'll receive your poem by email within three working days
      And once you are happy, the printing will get underway.
      Within 14 working days, it will then hang upon your wall
      Encapsulating your words in a piece that will enthrall!

      I first came across our fantastic poet and lyricist (Dragons Den's Theo Paphitis is a fan!) when searching for something different for my boys to give their Grandmother ('Nanny') for her birthday.  I sent across all of the details that wanted to be included and within a few days I received an email.  It was perfect!  In fact 'Nanny' cried when we created a piece of art out of the poem and handed it to her to unwrap on her birthday.  The poem is of course very personal but I don't mind sharing as an example of just how fabulous our poet is!

      And here is our poetic masterpiece:

      There's No-One Like Nanny
      Let's bring out the balloons for the birthday girl,
      Our wonderful Nanny; the kindest lady in the world!
      There's absolutely no excuse for you not to celebrate
      Since you're fabulously trendy and in your prime at fifty-eight.

      We absolutely adore you, in every possible way
      And you deserve to have lots of fun for your birthday, today.
      You're the cream of the crop and we couldn't wish for another
      As you are simply the best Nanny for this pair of brothers.

      We love going for coffees with you, when you visit us on the train
      And we love going to your big house, as we get there on a plane!

      And of course we also like to visit your little London house;
      Made even more appealing with the sketti that fills our mouths!

      So to our very special nanny, finally we would like to say
      That we hope all of your dreams come true on this very special day.
      We hope that today and the year ahead are as good as they can be
      Love and birthday wishes from Elliot, aged one and Morgan,aged three!



      Order your Personalised Poetry artwork at http://www.morethanwords.uk.com/

      Saturday, 16 October 2010

      More Than Words recommended by VeryGoodService.com

      We did it!   verygoodservice.com finds companies with great products and customer service and we are delighted to now be listed as one of their recommended companies, as a result of an overwhelming list "fabulous customer reviews" about More Than Words, after a campaign launched a couple of weeks ago.

      You can read our fabulous list of reviews on the verygoodservice.com facebook page...but here's a snippet of some of the lovely comments left by happy customers:

      "The customer service is amazing, nothing is too much trouble."

      "Our MTW gorgeous acrylic has just gone up in our playroom and everyone who has seen it has said its 'beautiful' 'unique' 'fantastic idea' 'really special' and asked where it is from. We having being passing on the MTW word .. fab service from beginning to end especially when I need to make some 'tweaks' (ie changed my mind a bit!) Now planning who I can order more for as presents. A great company offering gorgeous products."

      "Can't recommend this company enough- great products, service and style!!"

      "I've now made my third purchase from More Than Word Art and can say that Lisa's customer service is second to none. I'd have no hesitation in recommending her and her art work to everyone."



      Thank you so much to those who took time to leave a comment!

      Wednesday, 13 October 2010

      More Than Words listed on SheerLuxe

      Today I'm very proud to announce that More Than Words is now nestled amongst amazing brands on SheerLuxe - a luxury online directory helping consumers find stylish brands, desirable products and designer goods! 

      The SheerLuxe team dedicate their time to "finding affordable gems....and editing the well known to find the unknown".

      I was over the moon to be contacted last week, inviting More Than Words to list on their hand-picked luxury brand directory.  With over 120,000 members, they love our products and feel we're a great fit for their audience.  It's very exciting and we're honoured to feature alongside such great businesses. 

      You can find More Than Words listed in their art, gift stores and wedding sections.  Click here to see our listing :  http://www.sheerluxe.com/directory/gift/more-than-words.htm

      Tuesday, 12 October 2010

      Bespoke Typographic Designs...and launching the 'All That's British' Canvas

      It's been a while since I've had the time to share recent pieces of More Than Words typographic artwork so I wanted to do a little round up with some designs from the last week.  Lots to choose from but here are a few favourites...

      The first is a bespoke framed print for a very lovely customer (another one of our cherished Twitter followers).  Using a picture of the beautiful bride and her bridesmaid I was able to match the exact pink colour for the 'I Wanna Be Yours' text.  Read on their wedding day, a funny poem by John Cooper Clarke....the perfect anniversary gift for her husband.
      I wanna be your vacuum cleaner
      Breathing in your dust
      I wanna be your Ford
      Cortina
      I will never rust
      If you like your coffee hot
      Let me be your coffee pot
      You call the shots
      I wanna be yours

      I wanna be your raincoat
      For those frequent rainy days
      I wanna be your dreamboat
      When you want to sail away
      Let me be your teddy bear
      Take me with you anywhere
      I don’t care
      I wanna be yours

      I wanna be your electric meter
      I will not run out
      I wanna be the electric heater
      You’ll get cold without
      I wanna be your setting lotion
      Hold your hair in deep devotion
      Deep as the deep Atlantic ocean
      That’s how deep is my devotion




      Another one of our popular 'Favourite Things' typographic designs capturing this couple's 'Happy Days...
      ...and a bespoke birthday design to celebrate a 40th birthday...

      Sunday, 10 October 2010

      Bespoke Typographic Art....On a Splash-Back!

      What have we been up to at More Than Words HQ now?  Only a bespoke typographic kitchen splash-back!  

      More Than Words specialises in capturing memories as works of art...and this is no exception.  A couple of months ago a customer came to me and asked if I could capture her favourite foods and drinks, restaurants, childhood comforts (mmmm, mum's Sunday roast and Auntie Ess's chip butties) on a splash-back for her new kitchen.  What a fantastic talking point.  And here it is!  


      A simple More Than Words bespoke typographic design in precise colours selected by the customer (in fact, the exact match to the Dulux paint on the walls), produced onto toughened heat-proof glass (with matching surrounds of course!).  
      Currently this is not a service offered through our website but we would be more than happy to provide you with a quote for the design and production of a bespoke 'typographic' splashback (UK only) if you fancy brightening up your kitchen or bathroom.  The design can be as simple or complex as you wish.  All you need to do is email sales@morethanwords.uk.com with your requirements and we'll take it from there!