Christmas – making a start with card designs for both my ranges

Recently I’ve begun to think Christmas – a little late but better than never.

I have a shop on and while I didn’t make their deadline for the look book last week, realising that there was such a thing and just how early they need images makes me determined to meet the next deadline in early June with some new things.

I’ll be adding to what worked well for me last year too:

christmas 2013

I designed two cards in this style a year or so ago and  I’m working on some more to go with these and a few other items too – gift tags and postcards. These will all be part of my Gabriella Buckingham range available in my Etsy shop and in Moobaacluck on too.

Over the weekend I got my paints out and jumped on the owl bandwagon ( they’ve been everywhere for a few years) for a woodland animal inspired set of 4 cards I am doing for Moobaacluck. On Sunday I had an idea based on the thought of presents that aren’t exactly ideal for recipients – a bit odd but it made me laugh to think that a squirrel might be given a spade for Christmas.


Anyone less likely to need a spade is hard to find. I wonder whether anyone would get the joke at all!? I suppose someone might… I need to work on the wording here though.. perhaps “Huh?” or ” I’d rather have socks”. What do you think? If you can come up with some pithy words that suit the design that I actually end up using I will send you a pack of four of the final cards once they are done. Just leave a comment on my blog or facebook page and if I use your idea I promise to send you some. The next two will feature a badger and rabbit and a deer and birds.


I thought you might like to see how the images started out. I painted in acrylic on wood ( which then was impossible to scan of course as the sheet was too big)). I took photographs and uploaded them into photoshop to finish the designs off. I had started by doing some excersises in Lilla Rogers new book ” Make Art that Sells”  – you can just see the collage with flowers on the left. I wasn’t surprised to find that I am drawn to bright complimentary colours like pink and orange and citrus yellow.


What do you think of these cards? I am hoping they will appeal to adults who like the cute and quirky –  the ideal Moobaacluck customer!



Often if you are interviewed one of the key questions is what inspires you. I don’t know about you but I find answering this succinctly really quite difficult! So much is osmosis… but I’m making an effort now to try to be a little more analytical about what I am doing. You never know – a cohesive collection may emerge next year – ha!

Looking at my work over the past few years… (not that I’ve been sitting leafing through it all as it likes to hide from me ;)) I do notice a few threads. One is old china.

I love, love, love these colours and the delicate little details too. I’ve had this plate for years and I use it. It either belonged to my great grandmother or I found it at a boot sale. I can’t remember which,  rather awful of me – do you see what I did there? Talking like those gels in Downton Abbey (early  20th century British drama).

This is part of my developing card range for ink.paint.paper. This is definitely modelled on one of the cups from great granny’s tea set. Looking at this I see how much the patterns of the 192o’s ( or 1910’s?) clash with the 1970’s curtains and teapot that I also love!

So – in conclusion – I’d have to say that crockery is a huge influence!!:)) What about you? Do you have a key influence?