Especially for you…

I think poppies must be amongst the most popular flowers apart, perhaps, from roses. I often look at the top five popular flowers listed on internet sites. One recent suggestion I saw was Narcissus, Poinsettia, Lilies, Tulips and Chrysanthemums – and although I love all those flowers I can’t say they would be my top five… but I suspect a lot of us would include poppies!

This 8” x 8” card uses an image from the Daphne Brissonet cardmaking pad 1 on our website and has been mixed with an x-cut embossing folder (Delicate flourish) and a Tonic die set (Floral frames).

I can’t recommend Daphne Brissonet’s work too highly, I have loved creating with it!


Thomas Kinkade – again!

Ok I’m sorry I do use Thomas Kinkade’s work a lot don’t I? But I do find so many people love being sent cards with his images on them. This is just a birthday card but it has lovely decoupage details on and even one of the little Signature shapes that we sell – love that little heart.

The backing paper is from One Summer’s Day – which features artwork from an American artist called Barbara Mock. This is another handy CD to have as there’s so much on it, it really contributes to your image and backing paper library!

I love the way Thomas Kinkade’s cottage all look as though there’s a light on inside and on this particular painting I like the way the far distance is all misty – magical artwork! The image is from the Thomas Kinkade Everyday cardmaking pad together with loads of other that will create beautiful cards.


Thinking of you…

There are times for all of us when we want to send a hug through the post to someone. Whether they have lost someone dear, a pet, been unwell, lost their job – oh a million and one reasons that can make us all sad. A card can be a really nice way to show you care and can mean more than just picking up the phone – although I would encourage you to do that too!

This design is from the Thomas Kinkade Everyday Paper pad from our website and I think this picture is very useful for a huge range of issues from happy, sad to randomly everyday! The great thing with the paper pads is that you get the image and the sentiment (and other bits and pieces) all on the same sheet, so there’s no scrabbling around for extras apart from perhaps some embellishments!

You can see the whole contents of the pads by clicking on the product on the website so that you know what you are getting before you buy – couldn’t be easier!

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Thank you!

Do we all say ‘thank you’ enough? I know we are all polite and always say ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ when we are given things, or someone does you a favour or something unusual occurs. But I wonder how often we think to say ‘thank you’ to someone who is always there or who constantly does things for us?

My mother made me a card (not this one) to say ‘thank you’ for doing her online Tesco shop for her as she can no longer cope with either list making or get out and about for shopping these days. It is something I will always treasure and was a lovely way to say an extra big ‘thank you’ for something that I have been doing for quite a while now.

This picture comes from the Howard Robinson decoupage pack on the website and has a lovely cottage but a great bit of decoupage going on that shows the flowers and birds – so bright and cheery.

The problem with being a cardmaker is that it’s sometimes hard to find enough occasions to feed our habit – there are only so many family birthdays after all! So maybe there’s someone in your life that is around a lot for you, and who perhaps gets a little take for granted, so why not make them an extra ‘thank you’ card? I am sure it will bring a smile to their face, and yours too!


A Calendar for 2015?

I know we concentrate on cardmaking most of the time but there are just some products that immediately make me think about calendars and Howard Robinson’s cottages are one of those things!

We have produced a new decoupage pack using 10 of Howard’s designs (you get 20 sheets in a pack) and they make wonderful decoupage with little frames and borders. Some of you may recognise Howard’s work from jigsaw puzzles you have seen or bought, he is madly popular and successful both in Europe and across America.

This country scene is what many of us consider a perfect country idyll. There are golden labrador retrievers by the doorway, roses, ducks, swans what more could we want!

The calendar is simple to make, you take half an 8” square card and cover with some backing paper. Add the image and all the layers of decoupage and then use one of the very handy little calendar pads which you can buy at craft shops or online. The hanging ribbon is made by punching a couple of holes along the top and tying the ribbon securely in a knot. Easy-peasy and a fun little gift that someone will enjoy for the whole year!