Thursday, 30 June 2011

Sue's birthday card

Here is a card that I made for my friend Sue who is in a clinic having intensive physio on her new knee at the moment and that is where she will be spending her birthday! The card was done by swiping alcohol inks onto glossy card, then dropping blender solution onto it. I then passed it through the Cuttlebug with a musical notes embossing folder. The greeting was done on the computer. Sue sings in a choir so I thought this would fit the bill!

Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Karen's birthday card

This was quite a challenge for me as Karen, my niece, is definitely not a hearts and flowers person card-wise. You may know from a previous post that she recently suffered a severe stroke which has left her paralysed down her left side. She is in a stroke rehab unit now undergoing intensive physio to try to help her regain the use of the left side including her eye. So creating a birthday card for her at this difficult time was never going to be easy - nothing too sombre, nothing too frivolous. Despite the fact that she will be 45 next Monday, Karen is still a Goth at heart and although forum friends kindly sent me appropriate images, I just couldn't get my head around that kind of genre enough to create a card using the designs in the time available. In the end, I decided on this encaustic art card which I had recently made. I thought it might help her in some small way to glance at it occasionally and try to figure out what it means. Could it be a cave in the middle of a forest? How was the texture created? For people who haven't seen encaustic art before, I think half the fun is having them think "now just how did they do that?!" Anyway, I do hope she likes it. Time enough for Goth-type cards when she is fully recovered. Sadly, it seems I will have plenty of time to practise those type of cards but I aim to have one ready for her next birthday!

Thursday, 9 June 2011

Seeing double!

This week I have made two cards for Golden Wedding anniversaries - one for our lovely French neighbours who are foster parents to Teddy and the other for our good friends, Chris and Keith. It was fortunate for me that I could copy my original design to make the second card and I hope that both recipients like them. I was so pleased to be able to use my new Cuttlebug to die cut the hearts and emboss one of the layers on these cards.

For Karen

Here is a card that I made this week for my niece, Karen who has suffered a stroke at the age of 44 years. She is paralysed on her left side and has been in intensive care for the past 10 days but is showing signs of recovering. I wanted to make a card that would make her smile and hope this one fits the bill!