Cuddly Buddly® is an independent, family run, online craft supplies business based in the UK. With a long family history of working with arts and crafts within the design, education, medical and retail sectors we understand how important it is to help people keep creating. We offer a comprehensive range of over 12,000 carefully selected craft products from paper and string to designer digital art, as well as our own in house manufactured rubber stamps - ready to be delivered to you at just the click of a button.
How on earth, you may wonder did we arrive at the name 'Cuddly Buddly'. When Kim began drawing her teddy bears many of her customers commented on how they felt the little bears made you want to cuddle them. Hence the name, Cuddly Buddly - a family term of endearment we use especially towards younger members when a seriously squishy hug is being sought. Since then the name's stuck, like honey to a bear's paw!
Graphic Designer - Kim MacFarlane was born and raised in England where she attended Norwich School of Art and worked in design studios and publishing houses. Working alongside other designers, photographers, editors and printers for both small businesses and large international corporations Kim's old commercial portfolio displays various works ranging from black and white logo design to four colour monthly magazine design and production. Kim left the hustle and bustle of outer London city life in the mid 1990's and moved into a tiny cottage on a beautiful Scottish island. It was in this peaceful environment that she re-kindled her artistic interest turning from the previously serious demands of corporate design to the cute and friendly little characters that she creates today. After sixteen years of island life the time came to return to the mainland and Kim has recently moved to Lincolnshire with it's beautiful far reaching views and painterly 'big skies'.
Rubber Stamp Manufacturer & Customer Liaison Manager - Alex MacFarlane was born and raised on Seil Island off the west coast of Scotland, reached by Clachan Bridge, the infamous "Bridge Over The Atlantic"! A graduate in Civil Engineering from Strathclyde University, Alex's favorite job was working for the Ordnance Survey during two summer seasons on Loch Lomond and The Trossachs. His first job in construction was on a Water Works during a particularly harsh winter when a record low temperature of -27C turned Scotland into Siberia! Moving to the warmer south of England Alex had a successful civil engineering career for 22 years working on motorways, housing estates and construction sites plus a few unusual jobs including the World's first 10 looper rollercoaster "The Colossus" at Thorpe Park. After years of supporting Kim in her creative interests, Alex decided the time had come to take off his hard hat, pack up his theodolite, step back from civil engineering and into Cuddly Buddly.
The Artists & Designers who work with us
Czes Pachela is an experienced professional designer and runs Pachela Studios. Pachela Studios provide professional illustration, art and design for products such as greeting cards, book illustration, Advertising illustration and product visualisation. In fact if there is a requirement for good quality Art & Design then they can cover most illustration requirements whatever the product.
Barbara Anne Williams from Bits of Ivory, designs from her home in the beautiful Cache Valley of northern Utah where she finds inspiration in her natural surroundings, home and family, and old books. Her first serious attempt at artwork was a calligraphy class at the university where she fell in love with paper, ink and the history of the art. As a freelance artist she has been creating and selling digital artwork for crafters, scrapbookers and card-makers at Bits of Ivory since 2001, and is thrilled to be offering her artwork through Cuddly Buddly Crafts.
Take a peek at Barbara's inspirational blog to keep up to date with her creative news, views and samples.
Hello, I'm Eline Pellinkhof and I live in the lovely old city of Haarlem, which is close to Amsterdam and also to the beach, in the Netherlands. In 1988 I finished my studies at the Fashion Academy in Amsterdam and have worked as a freelance designer ever since. My speciality has always been designing for baby and children's clothes and nurseries. In 2000, I met Marianne Perlot from Marianne Design for whom I regularly design scrapbooking and cardmaking sheets, stencils, stamps and printed papers. In October 2010 my first book titled 'Eline's Huis' (Eline's House) was published in Dutch. This was my chance to bring together all of the various different crafts that I enjoy into one collection of beautiful decorative needle and paper craft projects for the home. It was a dream to design the craft products, fabrics and patterns in the book and I'm now enjoying working on book number two and all of the matching products. I especially like to draw animals, toddlers, babies and flowers and it is important to me that they all have a happy, cosy, and cute charm about them; I hope they make you smile too. Unfortunately, I seldom have the time to work with the ‘Eline-products’ myself any more but my small and very creative design team help me and I am able to show you on my blog the inspirational projects they have made using them.
Sam Salt, from Lilyboo Designs in Lincolnshire tells us, "I love drawing. I love it when Crafters see my work and love it straight away and then when they make cards with it ... well I look at it and think ... did I draw that, they've made it look amazing!!" It wasn't until the birth of her beautiful daughter Lily (nicknamed Boo) that Sam really started to put the lessons learnt in the art classes at school to good use when she lovingly created an acrylic fairy painting for Lily's bedroom wall and upon seeing it, her sister Lou gently encouraged her to go on and draw more. Sam's inspiration and reference for her delightful characters often comes from her children, "They were the making of me when it comes to drawing and their little faces inspire me every day. It's so exciting to be working with the team at Cuddly Buddly and to be able to offer my artwork to friends old and new."
Printables & Cuttables Designer - Susan Banks Vena was born in Liverpool and brought up in the UK and the Far East and can't honestly remember a time when she wasn't 'creating something'. For many years she worked as a bilingual secretary and now teaches English in the central Italian region of the Marches. Over the years her many interests have included sewing (both clothes and costumes and soft furnishings), writing, decorative painting and pattern making. After taking a computer course Susan discovered the marvelous world of digital graphics and papercraft and has never looked back since. A chance 'cyber' meeting with Kim a few years later was the beginning of a treasured friendship which later gave her the privilege of working on the Cuddly Buddly Printables with Kim's wonderful artwork. In addition to teaching and designing Susan runs her own small business creating party and special occasion stationery and gifts.