Cards I made for Christmas, 2018
Cards I made for Christmas, 2018
Following on from yesterdays blog, today I’d like to share some indie artists, designers, makers and businesses that may be of interest to you.
First off are just a few of the many places that I’ve found online while searching for gifts etc.
Next up are some small independent businesses local to me:
The next group of Indies are authors.
I’m not going to list any here, as there are too many great ones to single out just a few, but most of the books featured here, on Rainne’s Ramblings, and on Just Books are written by indie authors, and or published by independent publishers.
And last but hopefully not least…
I’d like to introduce you to Generation Creations, a new venture which opened earlier this month. Generation Creations creates quirky handmade gifts for you to enjoy. Our gifts are created by three generations of our family (hence the name) who share a passion for creativity .
We would love you to take a look, and possibly buy ‘#just a card’…
As would all the other talented independent artists, makers, musicians, authors and businesses.
The Just A Card campaign aims to encourage people to buy from Designer/Makers and Independent Galleries and Shops by reinforcing the message that all purchases, however small, even ‘just a card’ are so vital to the prosperity and survival of small businesses.
The campaign was started by London-based artist Sarah Hamilton three years ago when she saw the following quote from store keepers who’d recently closed their gallery.
“If everyone who’d complimented our beautiful gallery had bought ‘just a card’ we’d still be open.”
Last year they spent Black Friday pushing the message that it’s better to shop with independents on the run-up to Christmas, but this year they are doing it for a whole 5 days!
1. Add the Just A Card logo to your blogs, websites etc.
3. Download posters and postcards from their website and put them up in your event or shop
4. Get involved with Just a Card Indie Week – 19-23rd November 2018
5. Purchase items from their shop
6. Donate to the campaign
And finally – by all means compliment people, it makes the world a far sunnier place, but if you can, please, buy just a card!
‘d’ ‘a’ and ‘d’ cut out and sewn onto the smaller of two matting layers. Tack the smaller layer onto the larger one then stick the whole thing onto a folded card. Add some stuffed stars. Done 🙂
Embroider the stem and flower, with two strands of embroidery thread, on white card. Add a running stitch around the edge. Stick onto two matting layers, then diagonally onto the folded card. Butterflies, and peel-offs in opposite corners finish it off.
*For the flowers, I used two shades of blue embroidery thread.
My grandson and grand-daughter celebrated their 8th and 11th birthdays last week. I often make their birthday cakes (with varying degrees of success/failure) and I usually go along with whatever theme they choose, or match them with their presents and cards.
Dreydon chose a nerf gun for his present so I thought a target would be a fitting idea for both the card and cake.
And yes, he did use them both for target practice, though he was limited to one shot only at the cake!
Shanice wanted (and got) a jacket for her birthday – not really an inspiring theme for cards and cake!
However, she is into unicorns (isn’t everyone) so that’s what I went with.
Thanks to a snarky comment that dented, even further, my non-existent confidence a few months ago, I stopped posting my card & craft makes on my blog.
I have now got past that… it’s my blog and I’ll post what I want.
Don’t like my posts? Don’t look at them!!
These are cards I’ve made over the past few months.
The one above was for my parents anniversary
and the one below was for my Dad, on Fathers Day.
An anniversary card (above) for my hubby,
and a wedding card (below) for my brother-in-law & his new wife!
A Push n Pull card for my daughter’s birthday.
Next up are a few parchment cards…
a couple of random ones!
I’ve posted two cards so far this month. One for my sister’s birthday and one for Mother’s Day.
The trellis was cut with the Spellbinder’s Grateful Lattice Die and the leaves were die cuts from my stash. I wove the leaves into the trellis, although you can’t really tell once the flowers are on.
The flowers were done with a small flower punch, with a pearl in the centre of each one, and the butterflies were toppers from my stash.
Mother’s Day Card