A card to welcome the New Year

newyearroseI know I go on and on about the Heart of the Garden CD featuring Jane Shasky’s work, but it really is lovely. I am a huge fan and can quite happily spend an hour or two just browsing the pictures, enjoying the images while I ponder what to print.

All the components on this card come from the CD – and that’s part of the joy of CDs – there’s so much to choose from! Here we’ve got lovely sentimental words for the New Year and some fun decoupage and flowers. The centre of the flowers has been highlighted with some crystal lacquer.

We all think of sending Christmas cards but not always a New Year card – I rather like the idea of a card at New Year – life can seem a bit flat after Christmas Day and Boxing Day guests have left!

Wishing you all a happy and peaceful 2017! Smiles, Joanna.

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Dear Santa…

I thought I’d share my personal ‘wish list’ for Christmas books, both cookery and fictional. I have cheated and also included one book that is top of Richard’s wish list – just in case there are any history buffs reading, or if you need an idea for a history-loving relative!

I try very hard to limit my intake of cookery books these days as there’s so much out there for free on the internet. However, nothing compares with curling up with a cup of tea on the sofa and a beautifully illustrated cookbook!

The novels I have included are definitely not candidates for any Booker or Orange, or whatever, book prize – my reading tastes are very straightforward and, if there’s one thing I hate, it’s pretentious literature that you are ‘meant’ to like as you struggle through it. I want to be entertained by a book, I want to smile a bit, cry a little and definitely feel I can’t bear to put it down until I have finished

So, I offer this list just as a personal – “hHere you go, this is what I am asking Santa for this year!” They are all available on Amazon – as are all my own novels (hah!) – surely you knew I wouldn’t be able to resist a plug!

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Get Well – a card to cheer!

getwellgrenThe best thing about getting a card when you are under the weather or, worse still seriously ill, is that you know somebody is thinking about you. You could make a stash of get well cards at the beginning of the winter and then have one on hand when you hear that a friend or neighbour has a nasty bug/cold/flu …. take your pick!

This card is from the ‘simple but effective’ school and, although there’s no frothy flowers or pretty pictures, I think it’s a lovely card and has the benefit that you could send this to a man or a woman – and the sentiment will hopefully be very gratefully received!

Ingredients:

  • Signatures dies, Ivy Flourish SD011
  • Tonic Studios layering circle dies, plain and scalloped
  • A4 card in cream and two shades of green
  • 17.5cm card blank in cream
  • Satin ribbon
  • Photo corner punch
  • Polka dot embossing folder of your choice
  • Glues etc.

Method:

  1. Cut cream card to 16.5cm square and cut a scalloped aperture in the centre, approx 9.5 cm diameter. Emboss the panel with polka dots or whatever simple embossing folder you have.
  2. Print a sentiment from your computer (I use Word) and use the plain edged layering dies to cut out the words. You could also use a preprinted sentiment if you have some.
  3. Glue the embossed aperture panel to some dark green card measuring 17cm square and wrap a strip of ribbon around the panel below the aperture. Fix at the back.
  4. Fix onto the card blank with foam pads.
  5. Glue the sentiment circle into the centre of the aperture.
  6. Die cut the ivy flourish a number of times in both shades of green and build up a flourish on the right-hand side of the card as shown.
  7. Add a small cluster of leaves to the top of the sentiment panel
  8. Finally, tie a ribbon bow and fix onto the ribbon strip, then add photo corners to the top corners.

 

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House-Mouse sewing card

housemousesewingmontageThis card was made as a special tribute to Suzanne’s late mother. They shared so many sewing interests and as you turn the pages in this card, you see all the aspects of sewing that they enjoyed together. I think it’s a lovely tribute and shows that House-Mouse has multiple uses, not just to make us laugh!

The main ingredients apart from obviously the white pearlised card come from the following CDs:

House-Mouse Triple CD

House-Mouse Decoupage CD

House-Mouse Volume 1 Project Book
The pretty edges are all created with the set of 5 Signature Edger Dies – add a bit of ribbon and thread and you are away!

Thank you Suzanne for making this for us – I took it up to Create and Craft for one of my TV shows, but as is sometimes the case I just wasn’t able to show it as time whizzes past and before you know it the show is over and I often think – ‘Oh but I didn’t show..’ and ‘Oh what about…?’ so it’s lovely to give the card a blog all to itself!

 

 

 

 

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Beautiful Pansies

pansiesEveryone loves pansies (don’t they?) and I am sure this card will go down a storm with so many people. I am just pondering planting a batch of winter pansies in a hollow cavity wall that surrounds my patio. It has geraniums in it all summer – I just hesitate about how much 40ft worth of pansy plants might cost from the garden centre! My precious geraniums have been upgraded to pots in a nice warm summerhouse to help them last through the winter and smile again come the spring – and save a small fortune in buying new plants. Hmmm, maybe I should invest in a greenhouse…

This image is from one of my favourite CDs “One Summer’s Day” – a real must have for your collection, it’s one of a very small bundle that I keep out on my desk at all times as I use it so often. The pansy die is from the Signature Garden Flowers set and the border is the Signature Diana Lace Ribbon. All easy to use and in the case of the pansies, fun to colour.

The most effective thing on the card is the quick layer of crystal lacquer (or glossy accents or whatever you have) on the ceramic pot that holds the pansies. It really catches the eye and adds some important texture.

Right, I shall go back to my thinking … should I buy loads of pansy plants – go without and wait for spring – or buy a few and have a meagre filling in the wall?

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