Feed the birds …

birdseeddownThis is just the time of year when we ought to think about our feathered friends the most.

We may live in nice warm houses but poor birds are huddled outside somewhere and wondering where their next meal is coming from. Well… not so if you are a bird in a 100-yard radius of my house! We have a weight watchers class for pigeons (who can barely waddle in mid summer), there are polite queues of assorted birds waiting for the fat balls to be renewed and picky birds sifting through the birdseed for their favourite varieties.

We feed the birds all year round. Monday to Friday it’s the task of Dave the ‘goods in and out’ chap to replenish the bird food tree. Yes, a whole tree is devoted to hanging bird seed holders, half coconuts and fat balls and often we scatter more seeds around the base of this long-suffering tree. It’s a weeping pear and quite short so we get a lovely view of the birds indulging themselves!

birdseedhangingYou know I often mention making your cards into small gifts by adding a little something. Well, this House-Mouse card has bird seed added. It’s not difficult – you just design a landscape card and then staple(or glue) the clear bag of bird food in position. I think this would make a lovely little present for an avid bird feeder. It is enjoyable on a slow day to be able to just (in my case) lean on the kitchen worktop and gaze out of the window at the bird canteen!

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The perfection of poppies

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Poppies are always such a popular choice. Obviously, there’s the Remembrance Day connotation but as a field and garden flower, they are definitely in the nation’s top ten!

I love the huge oriental poppies that wave majestically in the summer breeze with their huge frilly heads, I have some lovely pink ones in my garden. Size isn’t everything, and there are gorgeous small and dainty poppies too – like the Californian poppy that adds sparks of yellow and orange in the flowerbed. But for many people, a poppy just has to be red – whether a garden poppy or the glorious sight of wild poppies in the fields and preferably near cornflowers and wheat – a fabulous combination!

This card uses the poppy image from the One Summer’s Day CDrom which features artwork by Barbara Mock. There are so many brilliant ideas on there, whether main images for toppers or gorgeous backing papers like the pale lace backing paper used on this card, it’s a CD I would definitely take to my desert island! The dies here are from my Signature die range and I love the way they are cut in plain dark card and then again using the papers from the poppy image on the CD. The cut petals then slip inside the main outline and make a super match giving a great effect!

 

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Lisa Audit artwork

happyanniversaryroseIf you haven’t had a look at our Lisa Audit Cardmaking pads yet… you should! Her work is so pretty, contemporary and useful for, oh, so many cards. They are lovely.

The nice thing about our paper pads is that everything you need to get you started on a card is there and then you can add embellishments or backing papers as you desire.

With this card, several Signatures dies have been used – our rose tea set and our Harriet Lace Edger down the right-hand side.

To complement the teapot there’s a fun little tea bag and string bow, and the bunting in the top right is one of our Signature shapes.

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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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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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