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!


Special Holly Pond Hill Notes

This is such a pretty present to give someone and apart from your time (that is priceless obviously) it is really inexpensive and would be oh so treasured!

The base and lid are made using a Grand Nestabilities die – Grand Labels One, but remember you can tweak the project to use any suitable die that you have. Layered onto the cream 300gsm card used on the base are some smaller sized labels one – these are made from backing papers from the Holly Pond Hill CD that have been stuck onto plain grey board that you would get on the back of pads of paper or in your orders if you order card or paper from us!

The little topper is made from the CD too and layered onto some cream card that has been embossed with a Swiss Dots embossing folder – but again it could be any that you own.

Assemble the ‘box’ by taking the base and the lid – cut a long strip of card about an inch deep and score it so that it makes a square shape. Decorate (and disguise the overlap where you sealed it) with swiss dot embossed paper. Glue this onto the base allowing two pieces of ribbon to stick under this square, they will be the hinges.

Remember to add the loop of ribbon between the cream lid and the smaller backing paper piece of the lid and hide the ends of the ribbon hinges between these layers too.

Finally cut a stack of paper/thin card to fill the box and add a ribbon and a pen or pencil.



Tom Mielko stationery gift

Cards are always handy as there are so many occasions when we can give a card – but I love being able to give home made presents too! This collection of notelets and stationery is made from the images on the Tom Mielko project book CD.

The good thing about Tom’s art is that it’s suitable for men, women and children so it makes a very versatile gift for someone too.

The notelets are just small cards with the topper printed on glossy photo paper. The envelopes are all lined with some backing paper which really isn’t hard (just cut a rectangle the same width as the envelope and then draw round the tip of the envelope and trim) but it makes a huge difference. You can always make an envelope template by using a bought envelope, gently pulling it to pieces and then trace around it.

The folder is a fairly straightforward one – a scoring board is really handy for this. Decide what size folder you want to make and then do a couple of parallel scores down the middle – in this case they are about an inch apart.

The notelets and goodies are all held in by strips of velvet ribbon in this example, but you could use any narrow but sturdy ribbon or small strips of card if you prefer. The quickest way to create notepads is to buy plain little white pads or cheapie pads of some description and just alter the covers. Time to have a browse around the pound shop perhaps!


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.


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.