I hope you are all having a good week and things aren't too manic for you in the run up to Christmas.
It suddenly dawned on me today that whilst up to my eyes in wedding work I didn't share my favourite cards from the current issue (Issue 173) of Quick Cards Made Easy .. .. and I can't let that pass by without sharing a couple of the cards from a commission called "Paperback Cards".
I really enjoyed this commission and I still have loads of pages left in the second-hand book I bought from the charity shop .. .. which cost a whole 20p !! In fact I felt so guilty at only wanting one book I bought a few. I must go back sometime and see if there are any books with "coated" pages so that I can do a bit of ink blending on them. Paperback paper doesn't lend itself to that very well.
I only remembered that I hadn't shared anything from Issue 173 when Issue 174 dropped through my door this morning, ahead of going on sale next week (28th December).
These are my favourite makes from Issue 174. This first one features a technique called "Partial Heat Embossing"
and a second commission which featured "Magic Slider Cards". Not something I had ever made before .. .. but something I found hard to stop making .. .. and I will definitely make some again in the future! Not easy to photograph but hopefully you get the general ideal here with the closed and open shots:
But rather than the normal excitement I feel when I see the magazine on the door mat, it was tinged with sadness when it arrived today because Issue 174 is going to be the last ever publication of Quick Cards Made Easy.. .. boo hoo!! I have enjoyed my time with the magazine soooo much and have worked with, and met, some fabulous people. I have been very lucky.
I was first featured in the magazine in 2011 when the published a feature on my cardmaking and "always with a heart" journey.
I can still remember my very first commission like it was yesterday, starting with the magazine in January 2012 and now finishing in January 2018. A whole six years ... and I have been fortunate to appear in each magazine during that time.
But as my Mum would say "all good things must come to an end .. .. the same as all the bad ones" and I will wait to see what the future holds for me now. I do believe things always happen for a reason and perhaps my wedding world is just going to take over completely! Who knows?
I know the future starts with two wedding fayres in January so no time for me to rest on my laurels that's for sure.
But before then we have Christmas, and I am so looking forward to some lovely "chill time" with my family. I love it when we are all together.
So that is me for today. I will be back again soon.