Holly Pond birthday card!

I couldn’t resist another card using the Holly Pond Hill CD. This really has been one of my pleasures this year, using and playing with this CD set. Here the image shows a really wonderful summer scene with a family having a fabulous summery picnic. Let’s hope the weather this year allows us to do the same!

The base card is cream and measures about 9 ½” x 6 ½” and you can make this by overlapping two sheets of card and then trimming to size. The backing papers are also on the CD and the twisted piece of baker’s twin just adds some texture without being as obvious as a ribbon!

I hope you have all had as much fun as I have with the Holly Pond series – more to come soon with Christmassy images and stamps!

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Summer Solstice

Today, 21st June, is the Summer Solstice – a date that holds great significance for many people. For me, I always reflect on it being the real start of summer and enjoy it being the longest day… and try to ignore the fact that it’s now downhill all the way to Christmas! 

Solstice, or Litha means a stopping or standing still of the sun – hence the longest day – and it is the time when the sun is at its maximum height. 

This date has had spiritual significance for thousands of years as humans have been amazed by the power of the sun. The Celts celebrated with bonfires that they believed would add to the sun’s energy. Christians placed the feast of St John the Baptist towards the end of June and it is also the festival of Li, the Chinese Goddess of light.

Like other religious groups, Pagans are in awe of the incredible strength of the sun and the divine powers that create life. For Pagans this spoke in the Wheel of the Year is a significant point. The Goddess took over the earth from the horned God at the beginning of Spring and she is now at the height of her power and fertility.

In England thousands of Pagans (and non-Pagans!) flock to ancient monuments, such as Stonehenge, to see the sun rising on the first morning of summer. At Stonehenge the Heel Stone and Slaughter Stone, set outside the main circle, align with the rising sun – which must be a magnificent site to behold!

As well as all the annual drama and news coverage of the celebrations at Stonehenge, many more Pagans will hold small ceremonies in open spaces, everywhere from gardens to woodlands.

Let’s hope the lovely weather holds and we can all enjoy the longest day!

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Father’s Day is nearly here!

Father’s Day is Sunday June 16th this year and I want to make sure I am way ahead of the game and card is completed and done! I have used one of the sheets from the Jayne Netley Mayhew Spring decoupage set. It appealed to me as it shows a parent bird feeding three youngsters which seemed apt for our family!

This is made on an 8 inch white card blank, with a Grand Nestability labels one cut out and some dotty red backing paper. Obviously there are loads of other options you could use. The main focal point of the card is the decoupage and as always I have built this up using Glue Gel.

Although many people bemoan the lack of available card images for men, I do think if you look carefully there are ideas on almost everyone of our CDs and much of our decoupage – you can tone things down by using more masculine colours and embellishments and any Dad would appreciate something made by you on his special day!

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Wonderful Josephine Wall fantasy card

Josephine is my favourite fantasy artist. Her work is very definitely feminine and appeals across all ages. There is always much more to her pictures than first meets the eye and they can give a lot of pleasure to the recipient.

This particular card was made using an image from the Josephine Wall project book and CD and is fairly simple – the crucial thing here is printing the topper and papers out using photo setting and in the case of the topper – glossy photo paper. This gives the best depth of colour and definition.

The dolphin backing paper in the photo is also the source of the single dolphin embellishments – just pick a couple of the smaller ones on a spare portion of the backing paper. The lovely middle patterned sheet is made by spraying cosmic shimmer sprays onto pale card. You could also achieve a similar effect by using the alcohol inks.

The metal corners could be bought embellishments, as in this case, or you could die cut some corners from mirri card and it’s always fun to distress it to make it look antiqued rather than shiny gold.

Whatever design you make with this wonderful image, you will spend hours gazing at the detailed underwater scene beneath her hair and the dolphins leaping in the sky – I told you it was fantasy!

The mirri card, cosmic shimmer sprays and the Josephine Wall project book and CD are all available on our website.

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The eternal charm of Jane Austen…

This fabulous card has been made using our cameo stamps, which never fail to please me when I plan a design with them. The frame is lovely and there are several heads to choose from.

There are corners that I just love – these are just so detailed and stamp out perfectly whether you choose to use a flat ink like Memento or something raised using a heat embossing technique. This example shows off the use of embossing folders and assorted dies really well. When a design works it reminds me how much scope we have nowadays with all the new inventions that have come into paper craft in the last few years.

I think this particular cameo stamp has a real ‘Jane Austen’ feel to it. This year it’s the bicentenary of the publication of her most famous novel ‘Pride and Prejudice’. It has sold over 20 million copies worldwide and has been made into numerous film and television adaptations. Who could forget Colin Firth’s Mr Darcy emerging from the lake in the famous BBC adaptation… not me!! The Jane Austen’s appeal is as strong today as it’s always been.

A local company based up in Chagford on Dartmoor, Right Note Stationery, produce a lovely range of products, all hand drawn by the wonderful Richard Sawers, a designer and illustrator of the old school.

He has a lovely range of stationery for Jane Austen fans including a Lady’s Journal and Lady’s Address Book. They also stock Jane Austen bookplates – absolutely vital to ensure everyone knows it’s YOUR copy of Pride and Prejudice!

You can have a look at Right Note’s lovely range of products on his website.

 

 

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