Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Play days and cards

I daresay I'm not alone in my desire, preference or maybe even obsession with using up scraps in my studio.  Every last bit of beautiful paper will find its way into something - bookmarks, cards, pages of books and when they are too small and scrappy, into my scrap bag for using to make handmade paper!

I sorted thru the many scraps a little while ago and had some play days and made a stack of cards for the year to come.

I think handmade cards are a lovely gift and I love receiving them, as well as sending them.

Here's the latest batch…

Mini cards using scraps of marbled paper and scraps of lino for the embossing!


They get delivered in these envelopes/pouches made of glassine paper that was used as a backdrop to me painting other paper - hence the wiggles it developed. I decided it looked too lovely to throw away and so it became envelopes.


These tiny pieces of handmade paper (using up other scraps of beautiful paper) went onto scrap paper after being stamped with thank you.


As we were making prints for the MPM collectables exhibition last year, Susan talked about how lovely it is send a print of a flower when somebody is not well or needs cheering up - instead of a bunch of flowers. I bought a few of the prints of flowers for just that reason; then came home and played and made a few flower cards for myself…



I found that last year, one of the cards I wished I could have sent was just a "thinking of you" card - when life was a bit too much for a few folk. So this year I made some of my own, quietly hoping that I might not need them…if the world is kinder this year.



I just smiled to myself when I looked at that palette - oh so very me!

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    1. Soft and quiet aren't they Sue? thanks for enjoying them!

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  2. a handmade card sent with kind thoughts is ALWAYS the best thing to receive in post office (ps thank you xxxxxxx)

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    1. Glad they can feel just-right at the other end too Ronnie - take care.

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  3. One of your thinking-of-you cards made with love and care would certainly make a difference to those needing a boost. I'm smiling at the thought.

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    1. So often that was the sentiment I wanted to send Robyn - and so in the end decided I'd just make some for myself. Glad the thougth made you smile, go well.

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  4. Quiet, reflective cards made with love. Who wouldn't appreciate one of those?

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    1. I know I do when they arrive Jo. Go well.

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  5. How lovely these are - everyone of them! I especially like the embossed ones - now that is a technique I'd so love to master ...

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    1. Glad you like them Charlton! The embossing was done using my etching press - the heavy roller pushes the paper into the grooves cut into the lino. It can be done by hand but is hard to get really fine lines that way…but I always love the look no matter what.

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  6. What a beautiful collection the cards make all together, Fiona. And how nice that you will be ready to send pieces of cheer & support wherever they may be needed...

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    1. Thanks Lisa - it's always good to have a stash on hand!

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