The force made me or Yoda birthday card

I felt compelled to make this card today

Use aperture card I did.
Sketch of Yoda in 4B pencil on 200gm fine grain paper it is.

It’s my brothers birthday soon and Yoda is one of his favourites, I hope he’ll like it.

Quick tip for this card, the last thing I want is for the sketch to get smudged when it’s opened. I cut a piece of the clear wrapping that the cards come in ( it’s some sort of cellophane ) and placed it over the top of the sketch before using double sided tape to hold it all in place inside the aperture card. Works like a single glazed dream.

May the Force be with you.



Properly dressed for the occasion

As I was finishing the card from my last post I decided that the bottle of wine that was to accompany it was woefully under dressed. I started by trying to tie a simple paper knot around it, but it quickly became an actual tie.

The silver paper I was using was not really paper but the plasticy gift wrapping that you can never get sellotape to stick to. The flexibility made tying the tie quite easy and then it had to have a collar which was just a strip of paper folded in half.

After that I couldn’t resist making a ribbon bow tie with wing tip collar.
I will never again, take wine out without first making sure it’s properly dressed.

So you’re going to tie the knot, engagement card

Some friends of mine have become engaged, you know who you are.

Naturally a card is called for, and for some reason I felt the need to make a paper knot card.

It was as simple as tying a knot in a piece of paper, well nearly.

When you tie a knot, one of the tails that sticks out of the knot is reversed so I cheated and cut it off just inside the knot, turned it over and poked it back in the right way around. I added the white paper on top of the silver to give it some texture and I also liked that two different threads papers have been knotted tied together, just like my two different friends, ahhhh.

It’s tricky to photograph metallic paper, so you can’t really tell, but it’s a gold background with silver and white ribbons of paper across it, and yes, I used my favorite aperture cards, a Papermania 240 GSM square card 13.5 cm x 13.5 cms.

Congratulations you guys.


When you just can’t find the right card

We received a lovely party invitation and I wanted to reply in kind. I quickly came to the realization that if I wanted the right sentiment I would have to make it myself.

So here it is, my very own We would love to attend card. 

I was inspired by a beautiful card with the word love written in scrabble letters. Once I got home, out came the little one’s wooden blocks.

I stated by trying to use just large blocks but was missing a couple of letters. I ended up swapping out a few large blocks for small ones. I feel that it works with the random, fun vibe I was going for. As usually happens I spent ages playing with the layout and ended up going with the second photograph I had taken.

In photo shop I didn’t do much to the photograph other than gray scale it and, in the image section, go to adjust, and change the brightness and contrast so that it was still legible once I had re-sized it.

Printing on paper was not up to scratch, so, out came the photo paper. I only use inexpensive photo paper from the supermarket but it makes a big difference to the clarity. The image on the right is on photo paper the one on the left is on plain paper.

It was then just a case of taping it into an aperture card, I use tape as glue buckles the card and you don’t have to wait for tape to dry.

I love aperture cards, this one is a Papermania 240 GSM square card 13.5 cm x 13.5 cms. I always have a stash set aside, they are so handy and mean I can whip up a very smart, personalized, heartfelt card in next to no time.

So, have fun playing with toys.


Saving for Christmas

Each Christmas, envious of friends’ organisational skills, as they have been setting aside presents since January, I vow to be more prepared. So this year I’ve made a start, a very small start, but it’s a start.

I’m saving boxes!

Little boxes, on the hill side and they’re all made out of ticky tacky.

Sorry, I love that song.

These little boxes make lovely Christmas tree decorations, I wrapped this one in white paper first and then a page from a book finishing with black organza ribbon. ( I love books! and only used this as it was broken and about to be recycled. Check out second hand shops, I was amazed at just how many they recycle instead of selling on in the shop ).

But wait… that’s not all, I’m also saving bottles.

I’ve started using 250 ml bottles of red wine for stews and sauces. If I open a full bottle I only drink the rest and then regret it. These small bottles have enough wine for the meal and then the leftover bottle is a nice size for gifts of home made sloe gin or raspberry liqueur. I’m working on some vintage looking labels as a finishing touch.

So, this is me pretending I’m planning ahead and being organised for Christmas.