Moongazer Cards was launched in 2013 at the Scottish Trade Fair in Glasgow, selling designs illustrated and produced in the UK by Sally Anne lambert.
Selling at first just to a small number of independent shops, the numbers of stockists have grown to over 300 across the UK.
Moongazer Cards best-selling range ‘Spellbound’ is a Faerie and fantasy range, each illustrating a poem which is printed on the reverse of the card. Most of the poems are written by Maureen Lambert, Sally’s mother. The inclusion of the poem on the back of the cards has proved a very popular feature and the range has now grown to over 40 cards.
Moongazer Cards attend several trade shows each year where Sally is always delighted to meet her stockists, old and new, and show them her new releases.
Always at her happiest with a piece of paper, a box of coloured pencils, a dog and the countryside, Sally Anne Lambert grew up with a dream of studying art and becoming a children’s book illustrator.In the early 1980’s Sally studied Graphic Design at Coventry Lanchester Polytechnic. In her final year, a magazine cover which she had illustrated came to the attention of Pavilion Books, a children’s book publisher situated in Covent Gardens.
Sally was commissioned to illustrate her first picture book, ‘The Gingerbread Man’ by David Wood, a playwright with his own travelling theatre company. “It was a perfect introduction to publishing.” She said. “I would travel down to London to present my artwork and then wander around the colourful Covent Gardens market. Amongst the directors of Pavilion Books were Sir Michael Parkinson and Monty Python’s Terry Jones and I was very excited to be introduced to them at the Christmas party.
More commissions followed from a wide selection of publishers including Bloomsbury, Jonathan Cape and Harper Collins USA who published the best-selling ‘Story of the Easter Bunny’ featuring Sally’s illustrations.
In 2013 Sally Launched Moongazer Cards, designing and publishing greetings cards, many of which illustrated poems written by Sally’s mother Maureen. Living in Crosby, Liverpool, where she had grown up; Sally began to attend trade fairs and supply shops. Then came an opportunity to move house to the countryside and Sally relocated to the Lake District in the winter of 2014, fulfilling a lifelong dream.
Working from her studio overlooking the Lakeland Fells, Sally Anne lambert designs and paints watercolour illustrations for her latest greetings card collections. Inspiration often doesn’t strike in the confines of her studio, but more often during the morning walks on the Lakeland fells and in the forests with her rescue dog, Amber. “Sometimes I feel as if I have moved into one of my own illustrations.” She said. “The twisted, old oak trees with faces peering from their gnarled trunks and the beautiful, moonlit night skies that can look sublime or wild and stormy in the unpredictable Lakeland weather. It’s beautiful! Living in the heart of the Lake District, I am surrounded by inspiration both in the landscape and from the fellow artists and crafters who populate it. I consider myself to be blessed with the best job in the world, in the one of the loveliest places in the world and working amongst some of the friendliest people in the world!”
BOOKS ILLUSTRATED BY SALLY ANNE LAMBERT
2020: ‘The Way to Faerieland’ by Sally Anne and Maureen Lambert
2013: ‘The Mice in the Churchyard’ by Kes Grey – Bloomsbury
2012: ‘The Yippy, Yappy Yorky in a Green Doggy Sweater’ by Debbie Macomber and Mary Lou Carney - Harper Collins
2011: ‘The Story of the Leprechaun’ by Katherine Tegen - Harper Collins
2010: ‘The Teeny Weeny Walking Stick’ by Karen Hodgson - Hogs Back Books
2008: ‘The Black Fox’ Kingfisher Book of Animal Stories - Kingfisher
2007: ‘The Magic Toyshop’ - D K Publishing
2005: ‘The Story of the Easter Bunny’ by Katherine Tegen - Harper Collins
2004: ‘Gator Gumbo’ by Candace Flemming - Farrar Strauss Giroux
2002: ‘The Baddie’s Goodies’ by Angela McAllister - Bloomsbury
2001: ‘Little Ones Do!’ by Jana Novotny Hunter - David and Charles
2000: ‘Simon Says’ by Shen Roddie - Frances Lincoln
1999: ‘Slender Ella and her Fairy Hogfarther’ by Vivien Sathre - Yearling
1999: ‘Hippety-Hop, Hippety-Hey’ by Opal Dunn - Francis Lincoln
1999: ‘The Very Sleepy Pig’ by John Malam - Mustard Press
1998: ‘The Three Little Pigs’ - Ladybird
1998: ‘Best of Friends’ by Shen Roddie - Francis Lincoln
1998: ‘Leon Gets a Scarecut’ by Alan McDonald - MacDonald Young Books
1998: ‘Leon's Fancy Dress Day’ by Alan McDonald - MacDonald Young Books
1993: ‘I Spy ABC’ by Sally Anne Lambert - Macmillan
1990: ‘Jim-Jam Pyjamas’ by Gina Wilson - Jonathan Cape
1985: ‘Tess Leaves Home’ by Alix Nathan - Hamish Hamilton
1984: ‘The Gingerbread Man’ by David Wood - Pavilion Books