28 September 2010

Collections and Collectors

Buttons come in useful for decorating cards and scrapbooking pages.  Oh, and I hear some people apparently use them for holding garments closed, or some such thing.  Apparently.

Always one to try and match the font to the message, I have used a font called Buttons & Patches on this card.  I individually selected-out the letters that actually displayed themselves as a button and coloured them separately from the other letters in the birthday message.

A rare glimpse of winter sunlight to accompany the photo.
Even as a collection in a jar, buttons have a dual purpose as they can serve as an adornment in their container.

Teddy Bear on a Picnic
And sometimes the containers themselves can become the adornment.  This treasure was gifted to me by a dear friend for my birthday about 20 years ago.  My children have grown through the years knowing that this is the button box.  My mother's button box is my absolute favourite, it's made of pressed metal - simply charming.

My daughter was a great collector as a child - her most treasured collection, which we still have, is of gumnuts.


What sorts of things do you collect?

Flowers and Chinese Takeaway

Happy Birthday to another niece of ours.  She turned 16 recently and we gave her a set of earrings enclosed in this "chinese food" takeaway container.  The template for the container was cut out on the Gazelle Diecutter.

From the leftover paper, I punched out two enormous flowers which were attached to the birthday card.  The overall package is rather sweet don't you think?

80 Years Young

This is a card we gave to my father-in-law who celebrated his 80th birthday today.  What amazing changes he has witnessed during his lifetime.  His actual present was an album containing a series of snapshots of his life from toddler up to fairly recently.  He has lead quite an interesting life, starting in Italy, continuing on in Switzerland and then finally ending up here in Australia.  Happy Birthday Pop.

I am not sure what technique I have enlisted here to produce the card.  It is a series of folds and cuts that enables the card to be closed down into a "regular" size, but when opened out, folds back on itself to give a "pop-out" effect.

The very centre of the card we kept off-white and blank for our birthday message.

And like the Waterfall Card, in my previous blog, it allows you to embellish different sections of the card to personalise it according to the recipent's various talents and likes.

Have you ever entered the world of the unknown (unable to name) to produce something you like?

05 September 2010


This is the latest craze (for me anyway) - waterfall cards.  Although I gather from surfing the web and utube that such cards have been around for several years.  Not like me to hurry anyway.

I made this card for my father-in-law to accompany his present for Fathers' Day.  As you can gather from the overall theme, he is very much in love with his wood turning tools and his lathe.

We added a message to the pull-down piece.

The card works by pulling down the bottom of the centre piece.  When you do this the card rotates towards the back and each individual flap attached cascades around to reveal its hidden treasure.  I am so in love with this technique that I have made two more such cards.

This one is for my "favourite" sister (ooops, am I allowed to say that?).  She is just as enamoured with her sewing machine and knitting needles as my father-in-law is with his lathe.  She is always making me clothes, in particular skirts, and I find it hard to reciprocate the the kindness of her ongoing gestures.

Button Cards
This year for her birthday, I have made her a collection of handmade cards to use as part of her gift giving.  She is immensely generous with her gifts and time.  As you can see with one variety of card above, a button theme was introduced as an attempt to marry her passion with an appropriate card.

This next card I made for my daughter, Sally Cakes, to give to her close friend at school.  In fact, it was my daughter who originally put me on to the idea of waterfall cards - having seen it at a paper show in May earlier this year and memorising the technique enough when we got home to reproduce the effect.  I have finally been able to put it into practise - with (modestly she says) amazing effects!!

What's your latest craze?