It's been a beautiful day today here in Montrose - it's been cold, but the sun has been shining so I've taken advantage of the dining room - cozy inside but with the sun shining through the patio doors.
I have decided this year to get my family cards made in advance - so I'm not rushing around like a headless chicken at the last minute and also so that I've got time left over to make cards to sell. Valentine's day is in just over a month and Mother's day in March - so I need to get a wriggle on. I've got nine birthdays and anniversarys between the 1st of January and the end of February and so I've made a start. A birthday card for Mum, two for Nephews, one for a Niece, one for a Sister in law, one for a Cousin, one for an Aunt one for Dad - and last but not least, a wedding anniversary card for Awesome Daughter Number One (and her husband!).
I love that I can personalise the cards I make - not only by putting names on them, but also by finding themes that relate to them - my youngest sister is a runner and it's fun to find something related to jogging for her. My other sister is a real foodie - so cupcakes it is! The card for my cousin has a knitting theme (she has a bad back and knitting is her therapy) - Awesome Daughter Number Three laughed when she saw me knitting a square on a couple of bamboo skewers so that it would be small enough.
Today though I concentrated on cards for my Mum and Aunt. I used the same design for both, but used different colours - It's amazing how different such a small change can make in their appearance. I found the sketch in a magazine and then adapted it to the materials I had in my stash - luckily I have a good range of downloaded papers so I've always got something suitable. In this case, the background papers came from Pink Petticoat and the rest was pearlescent card and paper that I had lying around. The flowers were punched and shaped and then layered up and I have a lovely punch that I used for the leaves. Computer generated sentiments and Spellbinders nestabilities for the plaques in the middle. All in all, I'm very pleased with these cards - the sketch is really adaptable and would make a brilliant Mother's day card.