Sunday, 13 February 2011

Barmy Llamas and Cards etc.

This is a card I made for my DD2's birthday before I went to US which I couldn't post it until she had received it. I also decorated the envelope which you can see behind the card. 
I made her a post it note pad too, in the form of an easel card, to send along with a couple of little goodies and her main money gift. 
It's so hard to slot back into my normal life pattern after such a mind blowing holiday and I still have so many freebies and results of workshops to tidy away. I'm still trying to find time to make notes on techniques and ideas before I do box them all up.
Here, below, are some of the cards I made with the one and only amazing John at the Tsukineko booth at CHA. It's always hard for me to make a prescriptive card but it seems that is what happens in the workshops over there. Everyone makes exactly the same. Here we have more freedom to use the demonstrated techniques to express your our style and design of card. However, John made the classes such fun and gave lots of hints and tips for using Tsukineko's products and it was really relaxing to just go with the flow.
Some of these cards have a wonderful iridescence which doesn't show on the photos.
Yesterday DH and I spent a lovely day out in the Lancashire countryside, just an hour's drive North of where we live.
We visited my animal mates at the barmyllamafarm at Backridge Farm not far from Clitheroe. Backridge is a great set up of farm buildings recreated into units for artists and restaurants and in one building is Melt which sells the best candles I have ever used.They smell fantastic and I am never without stocks! I must admit that I buy the seconds/rejects at the farm shop much cheaper!

The llamas are so friendly, curious, and such characters..... BARMY!
Just look at those eyelashes!
Just for Neet... here are the earrings I got at the Melt shop. I wanted a simple solid silver pair to wear day to day and I couldn't have made these at the good price that they cost. I just liked them and they are so comfortable to wear. 
This is Waddington, a nearby village, and it often wins prizes for the best kept English Village. It is so quaint and really pretty and even better in the Summer when all the flowers are in bloom.
At least there are lots of snowdrops at the moment promising Spring won't be too far away.
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sam21ski said...

WOW what a lot of cards you made - fabulous

Hope your daughter liked her card and lovely gift, I do - lol!!!!

Thanks for sharing the barmy llama photos and those of your day out yesterday. At least you had better weather than we did, it rained all day!!!

Sam xxxxx

cockney blonde said...

Thanks for sharing all those wonderful cards. I love them all, especially the easel post-it card.
I love llamas. They are so cute. There is an Alpaca farm near us. I always have a sneaky peek from the car when I'm passing, x

Dotpat said...

Your cards are brill Jo and just love the Llama's haven't they got gorgeous faces

Ohhh Snap said...

What wonderful gifts for DD :D. I love the llama's, especially the one who looks very very dubious (with the ears back). And thanks for sharing the promise of spring, we're still wrestling snow.

Neet said...

Love the post it note card especially but some great cards on there.
You didn't tell everyone about the new silver ear-rings you got but you have some great photos of Waddington. Such a pretty village.

madebyKarla said...

What a lovely gift and card! I hope to see a quaint little English village like that one someday. It looks wonderful!

Neet said...

Thanks Jo! They are so pretty and just right for you.

Von said...

What a super card and gift for your daughter :P love it !!!
Von x

lisa said...

The card for your daughter is beautiful and I love the postit holder, those stamps are stunning.
You must have seen some amazing things in the states and to get to play with the products too... these cards are gorgeous.
So you ventured into Lancashire, mmmm not sure that is the right side of the Pennines, only joking. It sounds a great place. I might have to investigate this one and Waddington looks beautiful.
Hugs Lisax

Liverpool Lou (Anne) said...

Beautiful card for DD Jo, lovely little gift too :-) Love all the things you made at CHA. Thanks for more fab pics :-)
Anne xx