Sunday, 12 January 2014

Valentines's Roses and More New Nature Cards For Handmade Monday


This week my focus has been on my FSD Print and Paper shop. I've been listing some new cards (which i'll show you in a moment!)

I've also thinking about my next step in stationary... i'd like to create a range of lined envelopes - remember i had a go at making some with my craft papers last year?



I'd love it if i could sell all of my cards, both the ones featuring my photographs and also the ones featuring my hand drawn designs, with a lined envelope that reflects the image in the card. I think it would be really pretty and perhaps give them a more distinctive artisan feel - which is important to handmade goods to stand out from mass produced alternatives i think. I might make the lining black and white so it doesn't really affect the price and maybe do some coloured ones to go with paper as writing sets....

Anyway, those are my thoughts! Hopefully i'll have some pics of my progress to show you soon. For now though, here's what's new this week...


Red Rose Valentines Cards

As we all know, the next date in the retailers diary after Christmas and New Year is Valentine's Day so with romance in mind, i have listed these two cards featuring photographs i took of some beautiful red English country roses.

One focusses on a central bloom...


The other shows more buds and deeper green foliage.


Both come with a 100% recycled buff envelope, 


and are priced £1.99 (or £1.75 if bought with another card from my shop). Looking at these again has made me want to get more roses for my garden! They really are such beautiful flowers.


Nature Arts Cards

Also new in my shop this week are these two nature art cards - i did give you a peek at them a while back but seeing as they haven't made it into my shop until now here's a little reminder of what they look like :)



Both the feather, and the poppy seed heads were photographed on a plain white background - i love the simplicity of this kind of image and have plans to create more soon.

These two are available now priced £1.99 (or £1.75 if bought with another card)



Tree Photograph Nature Cards

The final cards i have to show you today are these three tree cards. I'm so in love with trees and i love to photograph them! 

The first shows a leaf bare woodland slope in winter - all is still, yet the half fallen tree indicates the power of nature to move these great giants!


The second shows the glowing green canopy of a tree bathing in warm sunshine, creating dapples light on the woodland floor.


The third is a favourite of mine - a close up on some knarled tree trunks where the sunlight on one casts shadows on another. Not a typical image for a card i know but i find the image so captivating and characteristic of the magic and mystery of woodland that i had to get it printed!


These cards are not listed for sale yet but will be appearing in my shops very soon - as with the others they will be priced £1.99 (£1.75 if bought with another card from my shop).

That's it from  me for this week, i look forward, as always, to reading your comments :) (a big thank you to all those who left kind words and New Year's wishes last week!)

I'm excited too to find out what my fellow Handmade Monday crafters have been up to in 2014 so far... time to visit Handmade Harbour and find out!

Thanks for stopping by! x

28 comments:

  1. I think it's a good idea to have matching envelopes but using black and white so it keeps the price down, although the matching colour is lovely too! I really like your rose and tree photographs!

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    1. thank you! I'm glad you like the idea :) x

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  2. I love the envelope with the cats on! Well, I love all your photos actually but the cats one is my favourite.
    The red rose is perfect for Valentines Day
    Anna x

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    1. thank you very much Anna, i'm really happy that you like them :) x

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  3. Your nature cards are so beautiful, I particularly like the last 2 featured here.

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  4. Love the idea of printing inside the envelope

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  5. The lined envelopes are a good idea, though I also really like the buff ones.

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    1. thank you! I think i will probably stick with the buff ones and line them - i like them too :) x

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  6. Love the nature photos, especially the rose.
    http://croftcrafts.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/creative-friday-link-party-2.html

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  7. The rose cards are gorgeous, the colours really do stand out. I like the idea of the lined envelopes as it takes a plain envelope and makes it into something special xx

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  8. The envelopes look really pretty, and I like the idea of possibly using colour on writing sets, very distinctive.

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  9. The poppy card stands out to me - beautiful!
    x

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  10. I'm also heading down the stationery line a little and I am also experimenting with lining envelopes - although mine will be with pretty papers as I'm not as gorgeously artistic as you. I love the first rose card the most, but I always like your cards.

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    1. Ooh fab, i can't wait to see them - great minds think alike! :)

      aww thank you, i'm glad you like them! x

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  11. I love the rose cards, the red is so vibrant!

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  12. The rose card is gorgeous, but I love all of your work - you are very imaginative and I look forward each week to seeing the lovely designs you have created. Hope you have a good week.

    Jill, Christmas Pie Crafts

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    1. Aww thank you Jill, that's really kind of you to say :)

      I'm glad you like the rose! x

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  13. Amazing ideas!!!
    Loved the idea of making matching envelope and vibrant red rose cards.
    Thanks for sharing.

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Your lovely comments are much appreciated x