It's the end of another week! I've been busy beavering away on commissions for Crafts Beautiful and PaperCrafter so I haven't really had time to post (or make many cards).
So, talking about commissions. Simon and I have some very dear friends called Liam and Alan (and their gorgeous Old English Sheepdog Millie). They own and run a five star B&B here in Thorpe Market. It is a gorgeous Grade 2 listed building which has been renovated beautifully.
They asked if they could commission me to design their Christmas card showing the front of The Green House. Of course I said I would be more than happy to. Here is a picture of the original illustration...
I created the illustration with pen and ink. I also used a bit of artistic licence and made it snowy and added a Christmas tree.
For the final card layout, a hint of colour was added just to the lights on the tree, a border and a sentiment.
Liam and Alan were so pleased with it. They sent it off to the printers to have 1000 cards printed...yes..1000!. The cards will be sent to family, friends and all the guests who have stayed at The Green House.
I have the honour of being given the first one off the print run and here is the finished card...
It was a great pleasure to do this card for Liam and Alan. It is such a wonderful building. If you ever fancy a night or two away in luxury five star accommodation located in a beautiful village near the North Norfolk coast then check out The Green House website for more information. http://www.greenhousenorfolk.co.uk/
Ooooh! So excited! Cosmo Cricket have posted a pic on their Facebook page of my Glad Tidings card. Thanks to Lucretia for pointing that out to me.
Well, back to the ol' commissions now. Thanks for stopping by. xxx
Yippee! It's Friday! I hope you are all looking forward to the weekend ahead.
I'm going to be busy with commissions. What better way to spend a cold Autumn weekend tucked up crafting? So there is no way I'm going to complain... only about the housework I'll have to do too. Bleugh! :o( I'll get up early tomorrow and get it done and dusted (excuse the pun).
So, onto another Christmas card. Again I have done a variation of one I made last year (click here to view).
I decided to use a muted colour palette (I know, not like me AT all). I recently purchased a paper pad Jolly Day by Cosmo Cricket, they do fantastic retro inspired stamps and papers and this doesn't disappoint.
What you need...
Patterned paper: Jolly Days 8"x8" Mini Deck - Cosmo Cricket
Stamps: Joyful Greetings - Paper Smooches
Ink pad: Vintage Sepia - Versafine
What you do...
Cut five 2cm wide strips in varying lengths. Snip a notch from one end of each one. Attach to a cream top fold blank 12.5cm x 15cm, lining the top of each banner with the fold.
Select five buttons in co-ordinating colours. Thread and tie frayed parcel string through each and trim. On one button only glue a small bow made from garden twine. Glue a button to the bottom of each banner and finish with the sentiment stamped in the lower right corner.
This card is great for using those lovely co-ordinated paper pads because you get to use five different patterns. Of course, you could adapt this to any occasion, male or female. It's quick and simple too.
Right. I'm going to pop off now. People to do and things to see....
Thanks for stopping by, until next time xx
P.S. Dolly laid a double yolk egg this morning - three times the size of a normal egg! Bet that made her eyes water....
Ugh! The weather today is awful - wet, windy & cold. I know it's November, but a nice bright crisp day would be nice.
Anyhoo... I have another Christmas card to show you. It is a slight variation on the one I did last year (click here to view).
I decided rather than the bright red and green theme, I would do it more black and pink. I found a fantastic new collection by Lawn Fawn called Peace Joy Love. The collection has lovely simple images with a black, aqua, red, white and green theme with a subtle hint of pink in there too.
Here is what I came up with...
What you need...
Patterned paper: Klaus 12" x 12" Peace Joy Love Collection - Lawn Fawn
Stamp and colour in the image then die cut into a circle. Die cut a larger circle in the Klaus paper.
Adhere to the bottom of a 13cm x 15cm blank so that the circle are slightly offset and overlap the right and bottom edges. Trim any excess.
Stamp 'Define Good' above the circles on the right and finish with a few gems.
You can buy the Peace Love Joy 6" x 6" Paper Pad by Lawn Fawn and the Define Good stamp set at http://www.mymumscraftshop.co.uk/ or click on the shop in the sidebar. Plus there are lots more goodies for you to browse.
Okay, I'm going to sign off now, I have a commission for Crafts Beautiful to finish, but I'll be back soon with another card.
Have you got your copy of PaperCrafter? Issue 66 is out now. When mine dropped through the door I couldn't believe I've made front cover again! Wow!
This issue is packed with fantastic Christmas makes from cards to wreaths and decorations to gift wrapping (some of which are mine...I thank you).
The magazine is great value at £7.99, it comes with the kit which includes everything you need to get started right away. Use the projects in the mag for inspiration or go wild and come up with your own!
The kit includes paper strips to make paper chains, stickers, gift wrap, cards, papers, embellishments and so much more! The colours are beautiful icy blues, red, turquoise and gold.
You can save even more off the cover price if you subscribe, plus you get a free Christmas collection of stamps and papers from Crafty Individuals worth £28.00. For more details, check out www.papercraftermagazine.co.uk. If you have a current subscription you can renew it to receive the free gift.
On that note, I will sign off for now. I'll be back later with a Christmas card I've made using the Cricut Mini. Until then....xx
1 sheet lemon/green plain (spot design on reverse) die-cut roses and leaves (9 roses & 14 leaves in various sizes)
1 sheet lilac/green plain (spot design on reverse) die-cut roses and leaves (9 roses & 14 leaves in various sizes)
1 sheet pink/green plain (spot design on reverse) die-cut roses and leaves (9 roses & 14 leaves in various sizes)
1 sheet printed die-cut sentiments/motifs with a birthday/for you theme (20 die-cuts)
1 bag mixed pastel mini buttons (approx. 40)
Now the technical stuff...
To have a chance of winning this fab candy:-
1. Be a follower either through, Bloglovin, Google, Facebook, Twitter, Networked Blogs or email (see sidebar)
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If you do have a blog, it will be great to have a look and see what you are up to :)
This candy will close on 30th November 2013, I will then use RANDOM.ORG to choose the winner!
The candy is open to all, nationally, internationally, those in outer space and previous winners. However, anyone who has a blog that does not show or appear to have any crafty makes, will not be entered.