Daily Star Sunday - - FRONT PAGE - ■ EX­CLU­SIVE by CHAR­LIE YATES

CHEEKY Christ­mas cards are earn­ing a for­tune for one hard-work­ing mum.

Graphic artist Stacey Den­nis launched her filthy fes­tive range af­ter los­ing her job.

Now her de­signs are turn­ing over

£1.5mil­lion a year and she is tak­ing on staff to meet de­mand.

Stacey’s favourite card sold un­der her brand fea­tures one of Santa’s helpers with the slo­gan: “When I think about you I touch my elf !” The 32-year-old started her busi­ness af­ter be­ing made re­dun­dant in 2014. Af­ter be­com­ing a free­lance de­signer she was asked to cre­ate some funny cards for a char­ity.

They were a suc­cess and the busi­ness, which she runs with her with plas­terer hus­band Jay, 37, took off.

Stacey, of Pon­te­fract, West Yorks, said: “I have a pretty way-out sense of hu­mour so I came up with some filthy slo­gans and smutty cards and the 11 de­signs sold like hot cakes.

“It was then that me and Jay re­alised we had the chance to make it on our own.

“We were sell­ing on eBay at first but we de­cided we needed our own LoveLayla web­site.”

She added: “We went from a cou­ple of cards done on the kitchen ta­ble be­ing sold at £3.75 – with first class postage – to 60,000 in just six weeks.

“Turnover in that first year hit

£1million and there was just the two of us.

“We are up to five now and turnover has hit £1.5m. LoveLayla, which is named af­ter her daugh­ter, also has celebrity fans in­clud­ing TV’s Vicky Pat­ti­son, 31, and Char­lotte Crosby,

28. Stacey said: “We do main­stream cards but it is the rude and racy ones that re­ally sell.

“One says ‘Santa knows you’ve been a k**b, you are get­ting f*** all’. “‘Merry Christ­mas Tin­sel Tits’ is one of my favourites, along with ‘Christ­mas Time, Camel Toe and Wine’.’’ Stacey added: “We have had some com­plaints off peo­ple – in­clud­ing from ve­g­ans, fem­i­nists and some Chris­tians.

“If you don’t like it then turn the page and don’t look – I am stand­ing up for what I be­lieve in and that’s the free­dom to be funny.

“We do some cards that don’t swear, as I like the wit rather than the foul lan­guage.”

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