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, 20 June 2009

Cards from Australia :)

I'm doing a "Seasons" card swap with Feronia and hers arrived this morning:


"Spring" and "Summer"....

..."Autumn" & "Winter".

Aren't they great?

I really like the paper she's used on the Spring and Autumn cards. I think this is Japanese paper, or "Washi". It's a lovely, pliable paper with deep gold embossing. It's often used in origami, but in Japanese papercrafts it's used to make 'quilted' cards, where squares of it are wrapped round pieces of foam and mounted into a pattern on the card to make a 'quilt'...I'll have to get mine finished pronto! I won't show them here till she's got them.

Meanwhile, here's a "Thank you" card I made for Sharon Duncan, re. the prize she sent me. I used Tim Holtz Distress Inkpads, which I'd bought in a sale a while ago and never got round to using much. These ones are Vintage Photo (edges) and Antique Linen (background).It was nice to make my own design and background etc. I must do more of that.

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Today is officially the longest day. Sunsets get earlier and earlier after today. Poo. I prefer the first half of the year, when all the summer is up ahead, all to look forward to, nights drawing out longer and longer. This solstice sort of feels like the hump of a hill; downhill from here, tumbling towards winter. Isn't it daft to think like that? I'm trying to push such hunches away and tell myself that this is the beginning of summer, not the end!

14 comments:

mrsnesbitt said...

Fully understand re the longest day! Wonder what is in store for us? Hmmmm!

MISS PEACH ~(^.^)~ said...

Helena that was a funtastic swap you and your frined from down under did! I love the seasons as a theme more than any other!!
Being an AUTUMN over, I look forward to the tumble down the hill towards it...

Feronia said...

Glad you like the cards, Helena :) Yes, it is Japanese paper and I bought heaps more of it at a papercrafting fair yesterday so I'm on a roll now...! The quilting idea sounds really interesting.

We're pushing onto spring here now...not that you'd know it...still very cold!

Julie said...

Beautiful cards Helena. I know what you mean but lets look forward to summer :-)

Helena said...

Mrs Nesbitt,

Nice to see the goose again!

Yes, I wonder what is up ahead. Good things I hope..

Helena said...

Miss Peach :)

Hullo Peachy puss! I enjoy the atumnal colours but I always get worried about Xmas coming up, dark evenings, cold... oh dear I must now distract myself!

Helena said...

Feronia,

I was very jealous to read on your site about your craft fair and the pile of washi paper you found there!

It is very weird to me, always having lived in the UK, to imagine winter in the middle of the year. Odd! To me, winter always has Xmas lights in the middle of it...

Helena said...

Hullo Julie!

I'm trying! LOL! Maybe if we book to go away somewhere.... I hope we get back to Harrogate one day. I loved it there.

Lorianna said...

Oh those decorative papers are so pretty! I just get lost in craft stores, staring at all the papers, stamps, pencils and markers...
I like the colours of Autumn, but not the darkness and cold. Summer is my favorite.
It's always fun to see what you have been creating. I managed to stamp a father's day card for my husband. I gave the kitty stripes to make him look like Toeshee. :)
Toeshee and I send you lots of hugs and purrs!
Lorianna

Feronia said...

I'm hoping one day to see a white Christmas - see if we can make it to your half of the world one December!

sandyshares said...

I love these cards with more and mre depth - I'm needing a bunch off birthday and everyday cards. Have enoutgh to send me a parcel of and how much say 20-30??

Helena said...

Sandy, email me and let me know the kind of thing you need and I'll do some for you. Don't worry about the cost, just what you can comfortably send. We can come to a deal! I'd love to make some cards for you so get in touch! skutter8@hotmail.com

Helena said...

Lorianna,
Hullo!
I'm off to you blog to investigate and see ifyou posted your card on there!

Helena said...

Feronia,

Yes and you know must let us know if you do make it over in this direction!