Breaking the blog lock with a giveaway . . .#nationalstationeryweek read down to the bottom ;

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It’s been over a month since I have blogged. I feel like I am at an AA meeting… only it’s a BB one.

I’ve had much on my plate as I have been taking a course on Illustrator with Nicoles classes, had a fair amount of work to do, a bit of a social life with friends to stay and actually going to a dinner party!! as well as adding and revamping my Etsy shop GabriellaBuckingham. Alongside family life. Am I making too many excuses?

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There’s also a burgeoning idea I have which I am mulling over  and aim to use the last week of the illustrator class to do the graphics for  the simple packaging it will involve. Then I will have to do the hard bit: costings and market research.

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During the course of adding finalised designs and some original canvases to my Etsy shop I had to ask myself a lot of questions about positioning, scale of image – all the usual things when you’re designing. It was very helpful to place some designs onto my Facebook page and ask for opinions. As a result of all the printing out and reconsidering I have a lot of cards that aren’t quite there but are still lovely.. some only have round corners where I then decided squared off would be better.

G I V E A W A Y !

As a thank you for all your help I am going to give away some sets of cards, a mixture of final designs and the ones that didn’t make the cut..( of my chomper!) or did but shouldn’t have. All you have to do is : visit my Etsy shop, look at both pages and tell me which are your favourite two cards of the whole selection (there are several different looks) and which is your favourite canvas – if any! Then either go to my Facebook page, (like it if you do but this isn’t essential) and leave your answers under the post I will be doing shortly about this competition or come back here and comment here instead. I will choose 4 winners (2 from the Facebook page, 2 from here) in two weeks time to send a bundle of cards which will include at least one of your favourites. Easy! Really look forward to hearing your thoughts. All comments welcome.

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Something I made myself…colouring in fun. #bywbootcamp assignment 3

A few weeks ago I drew some festive images with both children and adults in mind which I thought would make a simple but fun colouring kit in the run up to Christmas as part of my Moobaacluck range.

I kept adding to the drawings and ended up with three large B3 ( wider and longer than A3) sheets of card decorated with a tree angel…

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and a Happy Christmas mini bunting  – I cut this one out with sharp scissors but the perfectionists among you could use a scalpel.

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You’ll need a hole-punch, some string and glue if you want to add the little holly pieces I drew as well. The photo below is dodgy – almost impressionistic ;/ – I still have to get used to my new camera and if I’d had time I would have added more holly pieces. It’s been a LONG day and the light was about to go!! You could just draw patterns onto the bunting or leave it plain.

There are about 20 plus potential gift tags or you could use them to make your own greeting cards, just cut out and stick on to a card blank.

For the Christmas lunch table I designed some holly leaf shapes that you can tie to wine glass stems to use as place-name cards too.

There’s a reindeer to colour in and a large oval for the children to draw their own Christmassy picture in – or they could colour in the frame, an adult could cut out the centre and then you could stick a family photo behind the frame and display it or send it to a far-flung friend or relative! I print these to order and you can buy the kit here.

What do you think? Would you or your children like something like this?

I find colouring in quite therapeutic.. or I would have had I not just managed to do the bare minimum in order to take some pictures before the light went!!

Designing patterns and postcards

My great granny’s tea cup – a postcard design

Today, I have at last started putting together a small collection of greeting cards and postcards.

I’m making a set of 8 postcards  – 4 designs. This is one that I possibly need to play around with a lot more!

What is your instant reaction on seeing it?

The cup actually is this colour…which of course would have been extremely practical!