I promise it's not my intention to
make regular mention of Jim Carrey here or, for that matter, to rhyme so
inadvertently, but the project above and the downloadables below are at least
partly inspired by his story. You probably know the one – he wrote himself a
post-dated $1million cheque to help him stay focused on his goals (becoming an inordinately wealthy and successful actor). All things considered, it hasn't worked out too badly for Jim, so a few weeks ago, I decided to have a
stab at something based on similar (although prettier) principles. At the time,
a set of 'please, please make us an
offer' cards would probably have got more use around here, but in the spirit of
positive-thinking, I went for 'we're moving' instead. Not being wholly into
delayed gratification, I printed off a more generic version, too, and used the
flowers fromthis über-cute Kitschy Digitals kit to decorate the bottom of
And then I thought it might be nice
to share a little bit of the useful-notecard love, whether you're moving, lovely or something else entirely. Sound good? Here's the info.
:: Altogether, there are eight
different messages – 'we're moving', 'hello, lovely', 'have I told you
lately…', 'aide-mémoire' (a posh sort of 'don't forget'), 'what's up,
Buttercup?', 'with love', 'hey you', and a scrap-happy, 'so, here's the thing'.
:: There are two printed on each page,
sized to fit A4 and/or 8.5x11 sheets of printer paper (because near here or
over there, I love you equally) and ready for you to trim to size.Finishing them off with a corner-rounder is
:: You don't have to use them as
notecards. They'd also work as journalling spots for scrapbooking or, if
clipped together, smart notepads and shopping lists.
:: The bottom of each card is left
blank, either for you to add a digital element like I did, or to decorate by
hand. As well as the Kitschyflowers, the fruit, feathers and woodland kits
would all work beautifully, or you could try some cute rub-ons,
stamps or stickers.
:: If you're in a tearing hurry, I've
also created a second, smaller set of cards, each featuring a simple icon
instead of a blank space at the bottom.
When I get a moment, I'll also work out how
to add a link in the sidebar. If, in the meantime, you use the cards to make
something pretty, I'd love to see it.
And, just in case you're wondering,
it looks like I may yet have need of the 'we're moving' cards (although typing
this with my fingers crossed is tricky). We won't have made anything like a
million, but as soon as I find my chequebook in amongst the chaos, I'll be
post-dating one, made out to 'cash'.
Or maybe I mean oh, l'ife, because
it's been an overwhelming few weeks. Some good (a birthday), some not so good
(an infection) and some in between (lots and lots of flat-viewings). But things
have been a bit calmer over the last day or so, and I've finally managed to
sort out a couple of fun things to share with you. Starting with this little
picture project inspired by February's challenge over at the Banana Frog blog.
The theme is 'love' and I spent a
few hours playing with various stamps to come up with my take on the challenge
– polka dots from the Backgrounds set to decorate the fabric dress, Concentric
to make the aqua hood, and Circus Stories to stamp her skinny legs and
heart-shaped balloon. I think my favourite thing about the finished project is
how the picture creeps out beyond the background. I can't tell you how
deliciously wrong it felt to be drawing and pasting around the edges of the
Whether or not delicious wrongness
is your bag, there's still a little bit of time for you to have a go at the
challenge. It's open until Monday, so if you feel loved up and creative
over the weekend (because you know it's not all about Valentine's Day), get your Banana Frog stamps out and make
something love-ly. Post a link at the blog, or on the spanky new Flickr group, and Bev will pick a winner later next week.
And if a week sounds like too long to wait for cool free-ness, check back here on Sunday. I might just have something that'll tide you over.
If you haven't come across Julie
Arkell's amazing work before, it's well worth a look. I was reminded of her
adorable creations by this post at The Make Lounge, and so sad that I missed out on the workshop. Maybe next time. Until then, I'm contenting myself browsing the images on theselovelyFlickrstreams. That, and dropping boulder-sized hints about wantingJulie Arkell: Home for my birthday next week. Are you listening, Mr P?
It's been a snowy week here in London, although if
you live in the UK, you can hardly fail to have noticed. Looking out of the
window or trying to get to work didn't give you the hint? Not to worry, because
every other radio station, newspaper and TV show were breathlessly updating you
on the timeliest details of the week's weather drama. My admirably dedicated
man ended up walking to work on Monday – ten miles into the middle of the city,
in 25cm of snow, at 6.30 in the morning. It took almost three hours and cost
him some aching muscles, much exhaustion and a full day of fielding questions
about his mental stability. It also left me at home on my own with the
heaviest, prettiest and least-likely-to-melt-by-lunchtime snowfall we've had
since I moved here. With no one to fire snowballs at, or to go for a cold and
crunchy walk with, I resorted to an icier version of what I do most days –
making stuff, then taking photographs of it.
These paper hearts were inspired purely and simply
by the fact I love snow, and was feeling so very appreciative of how beautiful
our garden, and the rest of the street, looked. I cut them freehand from old
book pages, then pushed a piece of jewellery wire through the top of each one.
After bending the wire round into a loop, the ends were twisted together, so I
could hang the hearts on random twigs and branches outside.
They've been surprisingly hardy, surviving not only
the continued snowfall as I was taking photographs, but also being looped over
various hooks and handles indoors throughout the week. If you're the romantic,
Valentine's-celebrating kind, they'd make a lovely, inexpensive and really
simple decoration for your house this coming weekend.
The paper flowers were my second project of the
morning, and a tiny bit more complicated to make. As everywhere was looking so
very white, I wanted to add a splash of colour for a few, more dramatic shots.
Usingthesefun stamps from Banana Frog, I stamped two different flowers on to
pink and orange cardstock, then cut around the outside of each one. I scuffed
and generally battered up the edges with scissors, then added dark brown button
centres, fixing them in place with more jewellery wire. The wire ends were
twisted together, making them strong enough to support the flower heads and
stand upright. Once I got outside, it was a simple matter of pushing the wire
stems down into the snow and snapping away.
However much fun it was planting flowers in the
snow, you're obviously not limited to doing that. Similar blooms would work
just as well tied in a bunch with some ribbon and displayed in a pretty glass
bottle, or used on greetings cards and scrapbook layouts. And if you like the Banana Frog-ness of them, check
backhereon Monday for another fun stamping project.
Have a happy, happy weekend, wherever you are and
whatever the weather.