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by Julie Brooks

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Thursday, 11 June 2015

All change

Hi folks, and as the title suggests, it's all change for Beebaab Designs. Well, up to a point.

I decided after much soul searching to pull out of the gift shop that I'd been supplying for two years. There were several reasons for this decision, which I won't bore you with, but suffice it to say I now have boxes of stock with no home to go to while I figure out what to do next. I'm sure I'll get there eventually.

So, with no more pressure to produce bulk quantities for a shop, I feel much less stressed. However, I do need to sort out a source of income and so will be pondering this over the next few weeks and no doubt eventually I will have a light bulb moment on this conundrum.

But despite this perhaps perceived lack of purpose, I have still made a few things, well, some cards anyway! I had a 60th birthday card to make for my sister-in-law's birthday - she loved it. It's an 8-inch card and I had fun putting it together. The 60 is made using the Tim Holtz Word Play die. I used a mixture of products, from Papermania, Craftwork Cards and The Ribbon Girl and the butterflies are made using the Cascadia Butterfly Trio die by Memory Box, foliage made using Garden Greens by Tim Holtz. The sentiment was computer generated.

At around the same time I had a card to make for my sister for her birthday. It wasn't a milestone birthday but I wanted to make one anyway. Again, Papermania paper mixed with The Ribbon Girl flowers, ribbon and lace, the same butterfly and foliage dies. The sentiment stamps are from Penny Black "T" for Transparent Sweet Wishes and Papermania Relations Clear Stamps.

I received a commission order from a very good friend of mine for two cards - a wedding card for a young couple and a 60th anniversary card for her parents. I can't share either of these as the events in question have not yet happened, but once they have, I'll post some pics for you. I am delighted to say that my friend absolutely loved both of the cards I made for her and said the anniversary one made her cry - now that's what I call job satisfaction!

Finally from me today, this card which I just made a couple of days ago for my brother's upcoming birthday. I can share this one because he doesn't read my blog so I know I'm safe!

I used a kraft card base, then white card, and topped this with some hessian, which I stamped the word celebrate and the three stars directly on to. The stars were coloured in using a Tim Holtz Distress Marker in Picket Fence and then I added some Star Dust Stickles on top. The harlequin die is from the Tim Holtz Sizzix Thinlits Mixed Media set and the cogs are from a set by Donna-Salazar for Spellbinders called Sprightly Sprockets. I also used the bunting from the Memory Box set called Banner Parade. It's all inked up in places (including on the hessian itself) using Pumice Stone Distress Ink, which is my favourite "aging" distress ink colour, and I also added some Cloud White Versamagic Chalk Ink around the sides of the card for added shabbiness. I used Creative Expressions metallic gilding wax in Patina and Ultramarine to add the blue colour mix to the various elements. In real life it has a nice sheen to it where I buffed it up and so does look slightly metallic, industrial, steampunk-ish. The sentiments are again by Papermania and Penny Black. To finish it I just added a few little self adhesive clear gems here and there. I just hope my brother likes it!

Well, I hope you like what I made and would love to read your comments.

Thanks for stopping by and I'll be back soon.

Take care,

Julie x