It was my Aunt's birthday about a week ago, and I missed it :( I spoke to her the day afterwards, and made her a card, but wish I'd sent one to arrive on time! My Aunt is very artistic and creative, so I'm always a bit nervous of sending her my cards. She makes beautiful teddy bears and sells them all over the world. It's a bit intimidating! Here is her website, and a couple of her creations:
Trying out a couple more masked panel cards with my new favourite stencil :) I think maybe the pale background works better than the deep blue. I think I need to try using cleaner / paler colours for the petals, too. I might try that tomorrow.
I'm entering this last card in the ColourQ challenge: #256
I've had a couple of those water brushes (the ones that you fill with water) for ages, but didn't really know what to do them. After seeing Heather Telford's post here, I had to try it! Her video shows how she colours the stamped flowers with the brush, and it looks so effective. I have to practice a fair bit, but here's one of my first attempts. I'm also using my new wink of stella gold pen - had to get one after seeing Heather's video :)
I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
As I said in my last post, I find Christmas cards stressful as you have to make so many. I thought I'd had a fantastic idea when I decided to Google some old fashioned recipes for mince pies, or recipes for mulled wine, print them out nicely and stick them on a card... lazy, I know, but it seemed like a quick card solution.
I decided to go for mulled wine and found a couple of different recipes, for orange spiced wine and a non-alcoholic version of mulled wine. I arranged them in PagePlus, and was about to print them all out and stick them on some small square cards, feeling pleased with myself.
But then I started fretting, thinking what if I send these to people, but they haven't got the ingredients necessary to make the drink? I mean, it's easy enough to get a bottle of wine, but it's annoying to buy a whole jar of nutmeg when you only want 1/4 tsp of it.So I decided to make up some little spice bags, using muslin squares from Lakeland, and then wrapping it in some festive cloth I had been hoarding for a few years... I changed the recipes to say '1 bag of festive spices' instead of listing the individual spices, and printed off labels to fasten to the spice bags, listing the contents.
So my fantastic idea for quick cards ended up being much more time-consuming, but our kitchen smelled lovely while I was making all of the spice bags :)
I actually managed to get my cards made and posted before the deadline this year! Must be a first...
Christmas cards are a bit stressful, as you have to make so many. It doesn't help that I always seem to leave it 'til the last minute! I had a go at some small (7.7cm x 7.7cm) cards, to speed up the process. They still seemed to take a while, though! Here are some snaps of them - please excuse the messy desk!