Juggling life through a bi-polar lens. Sometimes up, sometimes down. Mostly trying to tread water in the middle. Creating a likeness to a normal life. Whatever "normal" is...

Saturday, 26 July 2008

Notecards for Anna

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One evening earlier this month, my partner and I had just walked in from shopping and he said "Ooops!" (or words to that effect) and explained that he should have got one of his sisters a birthday card. I told him not to worry, I'd make one.

Wah!

It turned out to be more than a card; a little wallet containing 6 notecards. I didn't have a plan, I just sat up most of the night, playing with my carfty-stash.

Here is the front cover....

"Anna" is written with a blank embossing pen and then heat-embossed with gold embossing powder. The wallet is made from blank green card. I stuck a piece of pink card, cut out with crimping scissors, to the front and back. On the front here I've also placed a piece of patterned contrast paper, a skeleton leaf, and a single pearl. Green ribbon is attached with brass brads and trimmed with wooden beads to prevent fraying.


Here is the inside....
I lined the card with some handmade Indian paper, which is very soft, almost tissue-like. Then I cut the green card and folded up to make two pockets, using double-sided tape to stick it in place. I covered each side with more scraps of contrasting patterns.


Here is the back........
I covered the back with a tiny stamp of a flying bird, using a watermark stamp pad. I really like this bit! Here it is, close up-

And here are the notecards I made and put inside....
They are about 3inches square. All open up double and have the small bird watermark image inside. They are all stamped and embossed, apart from the shamrock, which is drawn with the embossing pen, then embossed.

I also made a tag to slip inside to say "Happy Birthday" and signed from us both.

She rang and said she really liked it! I really enjoyed making it! -and was pleased with how it came out!

11 comments:

Blue said...

Hi Helena,

Another amazing creation.
No wonder Anna liked it.

Hope you feeling okay.
Have a good w/e!
Love
Blue

Denise said...

Fantastic stuff!
Yes, the pleasure of making stuff is indeed so heart warming and inspiring! I feel some garden themed stuff coming on!

Lorianna said...

Oh Helena, how beautiful! What you created is so much more special than what could be purchased at a store.
You are so talented!
Your kitties sound so sweet. They love you and look forward to your visits, I know it! I have 2 black "house panthers" too. Cody a boy is 14, Cricket a girl is almost 6. Billie Holiday is my "Purr-sian" ladycat and Toeshee the Terror is our new 4 month old addition. Yes, I have a cat addiction problem. :) But, 4 is my limit I swear! Taking care of them helps with my depression. (most of the time)
Again, it's really nice to meet you!
Blessings,
Lorianna

Dragonstar said...

That's a lovely gift. You're being very creative. You have such great ideas.

BumbleVee said...

What a beautiful gift card packet! Love the colours you used ... and the way you finished with ribbons... brilliant idea...

Lynda (Granny K) said...

Great stuff, Helena! You are so good at papercraft!

CHEWY said...

Aren't you something! Hand made gifts like this are so wonderful. And she can share them too... hmm... if she can part with them.

Stardust said...

This is so lovely... Anyone would be most happy to receive it! I'm sure that Anna is very touched by your sincere and detailed works. I really enjoy seeing all your craftiness, so I hope you've got lots of projects coming, and you'll keep sharing. =)

So, has your masheen arrived? I hope so.

i beati said...

You shopuld see them or would that take away the fun??Classic and beautiful?/What have you drawn lately?? sandy

chalkhillscollective said...

Wow, that's beautiful. You're really talented.

Hope things are on the up.

Nose hugs, Chalky

Helena said...

WOW! Thanks, everybody!