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The CZ Blog: Sasha's diary of life behind the scenes at your favourite family sweatshop

A quick New Year update!

Happy New Year! If you follow us on Insta, you'll know I'm coming off a landslide defeat for our 2022 Employee of the Year because you decided to award it to my 72-year-old Nani instead. Admittedly, she packs most of our cards for free, but I don’t see how that’s relevant! Family sweatshop aside, I’m determined to make this a huge year for us in our pursuit of global card domination and have some exciting things planned for you all! Including but not limited to, the launch of our birthday and occasion reminder service, the best Valentine’s Day range we’ve...

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Employee of the Year - who do you choose? 👀

I’ve clearly lost my mind but after endless grumbles about continuously electing myself employee of the month 🙄, I’ve decided to leave the Employee of the Year up to you. So, here’s a quick round up of the candidates 🎉 First up Mum. She’s chief spellcheck and sass. She’s tough love, emotional support and the reason I haven’t quit. However, she recently buggered off on holiday (during our peak season) and sent daily photos of one of our mugs living its best life on a beach. Second up Auntie: operational powerhouse, zero tolerance for my nonsense and the reason our mugs...

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Sweatshop on strike, our first ever collab and a pesky pigeon!

Ok, so it’s not so much a strike as Mum and Auntie going on a planned holiday. But still, who signed them off going away in DECEMBER in the middle of our busiest Christmas of all time!!!To be fair, it’s gone quite well, we’ve got into a rhythm and Nani has genuinely been incredible. I’ve become a mug pressing machine and have yet to print a single one upside down! Although my brother did point out that the kitchen now resembles a crack den as it's basically 80% boxes and 20% stray packing peanuts. It feels like each week is...

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My top 5 business fails so far 🎉

Since our recent success i.e., finally overtaking Clintons, Nani keeps warning me not to be a “big head”, so I figured I’d humble myself and share my top 5 business fails so far 😂🙈. Let me know if you have a favourite fuck up, number 4 definitely caused the most tension 🙃💁🏾‍♀️. Selling 20k cards to a major retailer and convincing every person I’d ever met to help us pack them, only to make like 2p in profit a card because I didn’t do the maths properly 🙃 Getting threatened with legal action by M&S despite having an actual law...

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We went viral, beat Clinton’s and offended Nani’s customers…

What a week!! So we’ve been in a long-standing (admittedly, one-sided) battle with Clinton’s for a few years now and we finally beat them! They've got 14.4k followers and we managed to shoot up to a whooping 14.5k all thanks to a card referencing Santa’s ball sack 😂🙈 I posted our “sorry-your-December-birthday-is-overshadowed-by an-old-man- with-a-massive-sack” card and it went absolutely nuts. Turns out there's a lot of people suffering with December birthdays, we had 4m views on Tiktok, 3m views on Instagram, loads of new followers and over 1000 orders in a week  🤯🤯🤯. The majority of which came from The States so God...

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