December 4, 2015
Card making, Christian, Christmas, Christmas images, Christmas music, crafts
After yet the best part of another year lost to goodness knows what I’m giving up apologising for the current lack of content on here. I could blame time (the WORST offender by far), distraction (definitely a good 2nd) and health (thankfully not a major problem this year) but ultimately I just keep forgetting to put something up.
SO, while I try & get my spiritual thoughts into some cohesive state for a ‘proper’ blog post, I figured I’d just do my usual and share some of my cards from this year along with a couple of amazing Christmas songs to enjoy.
So cards first – unfortunately this year I somehow still haven’t managed to get caught up after last year’s wedding when I lost 2 months out of my Christmas card season, so I ended up having to do a lot more repeats than I normally like, and thus haven’t too many new designs to reveal. But hopefully you’ll enjoy what few are here.
Now on to music – I’ve only really listened to Paul Baloche an odd time before now, but his Christmas music is just superb! If you’ve not heard him before, have a listen to these offerings from his Christmas Worship Albums.
Then a nippy one from Chris Tomlin
And finally a quieter but all the more beautiful rendition of another favourite.
And given how fast time is still flying in, I would doubt my ability to get another post out this side of 2016, so all that remains is for me to thank you all for your faithful support in visiting, & wish you a truly wondrous & peaceful Christmas and a blessed 2016.
“For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His Name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince Of Peace. 7 Of the increase of His government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his Kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with Judgment and with Justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this” (Isaiah 9:6-7).
December 3, 2014
Card making, Christian, Christmas, Christmas music, crafts, Handmade cards, Jesus, Music
Chris Tomlin, Christian, Christmas cards, Christmas music, handmade cards
Oh dear – another few months gone & I never got around to making a single post on here – oops. 😦 No real excuse this year either (unlike last!) – just haven’t had anything worthwhile putting up.
And even now – all I have to offer are some of this year’s cards & a couple of my fav songs for the season, but hope you won’t mind that.
Ok – cards first.
Only a small selection of the 400 odd I managed to produce this year – still a good 100 short but that was thanks to a rather important wedding (my wonderful brother’s) I had to do the cards for back in Aug & Sept – well worth the loss 🙂 Should you take a fancy to any of the above or would like any others created for you, feel free to check out my website for more – Gentle Touch Cards
And now for a couple of this year’s fav songs:
Instrumental but beautiful by Casting Crowns
Another take on the same song by Chris Tomlin
That’s it folks. Unlikely I’ll be on here again now before Christmas so all that remains me to do is to wish all my faithful followers a Peaceful & enjoyable Christmas celebration always remembering Jesus is the REAL reason for the season (as cliched as it sounds!) 🙂
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor,
Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end.
He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever.
The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this.”
November 3, 2012
Card making, Christmas, crafts
Christmas, crafts, handmade cards
Given my circumstances of late, I’ve not had much time or indeed inclination to write on any really important topic, but hope to kick off again soon, so please stick with me if you’re one of my loyal followers as I truly appreciate your support.
But for now, I figure at least firing up some of my current stock of cards for this year will suffice to keep some of you at least interested enough to read on.
As ever, the season started early & it was again so strange to be making C. cards in the height of summer back in mid July. But I got into it easier this year than ever, and have been hard at it ever since, apart from some time out after losing my mum in August.
So here’s a little sample of my work for this year.
November 20, 2011
Card making, Christmas, crafts
Christmas, crafts, handmade cards
Most of you regular visitors know I make my own cards as therapy for my multiple chronic pain conditions, and as family seem to manage to increase their needs every year I end up with some asking me for up to 100 cards. I don’t sell as such so am lucky if they donate something to my stock costs but more often it’s goods in kind or help in some other way. I don’t mind too much – the Lord provides for me to be able to make them & I’m grateful people like them enough to want.
November 4, 2011
Card making, crafts, health, life, pain
Apologies to all who regularly follow my blog. I’ve not been too well of late plus have a lot of work on, trying to get my various Christmas card orders made for friends & family. Between everything else going on in my life just now, I really haven’t had time or opportunity to write anything of real interest so have taken a temporary break from the blog.
However, don’t panic – I’m absolutely going to return shortly and begin more regular posting as the Lord prevails to grant me topics that I can get my teeth into :). So just keep watching this space. In the meantime I’ll be putting up a craft post in the near future just to keep the blog alive.
Thanks for your patience.
December 14, 2010
Card making, Cats, Christian, Christmas, crafts, health, pets
cats, Christmas, crafts, feline lymphoma, handmade cards
Apologies to all my regular readers for the lack of posts in recent days but I’ve had some stressful times of late, and only now have time to catch up on such things as updating my blog. My mum wasn’t at all well over the late summer right through to October and she’d really only started to recover, when I then had to cope with my 12-year-old handreared (by me) kit Tikvah (you can read about him elsewhere on here if you search) took critically ill, culminating in emergency surgery for aggressive small cell lymphoma (bowel cancer). While he sailed through the surgery incredibly well, he went downhill a week later necessitating immediate chemotherapy. I found all of this surprisingly hugely stressful – much more so than I ever anticipated so I’ve not been too well on the back of it.
However, he’s now just completed week 4 and is once again doing superbly well and is expected to continue to stay so for the foreseeable future, although I appreciate this is really only delaying the inevitable, and his time with me now is hugely limited, which is still tough for me to accept, but ultimately philosophically, I recognise he is only a cat – he just happens to be THE most amazing, unique, and special cat, the kind you only get once in a lifetime if you’re really lucky. He’s the first one I’ve ever had that responds appropriately to 10 words not all related to food :), and acts sometimes as if he really does understand what you’re saying.
Anyway all that aside the other time consuming aspect of my life has been making 500+ Christmas cards since August. It’s the same every year – I start early thinking surely this year I’ll make enough to deal with all the requests but once again, got to the beginning of the month having to find another 80 from my own stash to fulfil a friend’s needs. And almost all of these get given away to family – two friends are gracious enough to sell some but ultimately you just can’t make money on them as nobody wants to pay even 50p per card let alone the £2-3 they should be sold for and I’d rather get £5 than nothing at the end of the day. Plus the biggest purpose of making them isn’t for money, it’s for my therapy and pain relief/distraction etc. My pain levels have been rather high of late with all the extra driving and stress etc, and making the cards has been great for just keeping my mind off how bad it can be more often than not now, especially with the Arctic conditions we’ve suddenly hit here in the UK.
So once again I figured I’d just share a couple here and give you the link to the website where I have a lot more on show. If you’re feeling generous, certainly I’d be more than happy for you to buy some and am willing to do a deal on bulk orders (more than 5). Each year I seem to manage to create a whole new range and the side-stepper cards (shown above) are proving hugely popular this year. The one on the right here is a “Flowersoft” one – the foliage at the base of the image is treated with tactile Flowersoft which provides a lovely 3D feel to it and looks quite realistic. And the bonus is that it’s not too deep so along with the S/S cards doesn’t cost too much in postage. One friend told me that it had cost her £28 to post her cards last year because most of them were 3D decoupage – that really shocked both of us, so I’m endeavouring now to make a lot more flat ones for next year!!
So for now, all that remains for me is to wish you all a very blessed and peaceful Christmas and trust you all remember Who the season is all about and why it is celebrated at all!!
December 10, 2009
Christmas, crafts, Handmade cards
I’ve been tirelessly slaving away making Christmas cards once again this year – started in August and still going strong. No idea exactly how many I’ve made in all, but given I’ve fulfilled at least 3 orders of over 250 and I’ve still got 5 A4 file boxes full I’m assuming I’ve probably managed to make at least close to 4-500 which isn’t bad going given I’ve only put in about 3 hrs a day on them.
This year I reverted back to my Dufex prints in order to make a higher volume of flat cards because of the dire high postage costs on the decoupage ones, and knowing that one of my orders was to go to a pensioner’s residential home. But I then got really into making a quantity of nice new decoupage designs as well. There’s a new craze sweeping the craft world at the moment which really works wonderfully for those of us into decoupage in particular, but also many other card styles, which is being able to buy 1 print that you then have the right to print off as many copies as you wish. The main outlet in the UK is CraftsUPrint run by the very successful Rob Jackson of Papertole fame. While many of the designs are quite simple and some really not that good, there’s also a large quantity of truly super designs from some very talented designers. These 2 cards are a small example:
Another new style of card making that has really come into its own in the past year or two is pyramage where sections of the design are layered one on top of the other to create a pyramid effect, which in many cases can be hugely effective. The above 2 cards use this to some degree whereby the middle section has 3 layers, those beside it 2, and the outside only 1. It’s hard to show the true pyramid effect in photos as you really need to obviously see the card to see the real effect of it, but my very first pyramage card was actually one of Joanna Sheen’s images off her triple Christmas CD set which provides a lot of Victorian style images, and I think it shows off the pyramid effect very clearly.
I’m rather behind on keeping my card website updated (I manage 3 sites, and 2 are much larger than my own), but if you keep an eye on it, I should get some more of this year’s offerings up on there shortly. You can also buy designs if you’re interested. Head to Gentle Touch Cards. I’m happy to fulfil personal requests if you want some minor changes on any of the cards – just ask.