Thursday, March 24, 2016

Mother's Day -Matching Sets of Cards, Postage and Address Labels

Mother's Day in England is already behind us for the year, but in the U.S., it will be on Sunday, May 8th.

I've been working on some matching sets for Mother's Day, including greeting cards, address labels and postage stamps.

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The first features a hummingbird and fuchsia bloom that I photographed on our patio.  The background was very unappealing - the blank brick wall of my neighbor's house - so instead, I added a texture in a soft mint color.

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The next set features a digital artwork I created in the 3D graphics program Vue, entitled "Field of Bluebonnets".

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The photograph featured in this Mother's Day card was taken by my at Kalalau Lookout on the Na Pali Coast on the island of Kauai when my husband and I were on our honeymoon. We were so lucky to see this rainbow. Even as we stood taking photographs, the mists cleared and the rainbow disappeared! It was truly the photo of a lifetime!

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I enjoy working out in my back yard and am often trying out new plants to see what I can get to bloom. I loved this purple and lilac Aquilegia, or Columbine but alas it wasn't too happy in my garden and didn't last long.

When I made this card with my photo, it made me determined to try and grow some more this year! Such pretty blooms!

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There are some wonderful designers on Zazzle and I had fun browsing through the Mother's Day cards available.  I'm going to show you some of them here.

The first is this pretty watercolor floral Mother's Day card from 'origamiprints'. What I particularly like about the design is that you can replace the sample image with a photo of your own family, making it a very personal gift.

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Here is another design, that can be customized with your own photos, this one from 'DreamingMindCards'. Mom will really love this card when it features photos of her own children.

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I love this final card for it's simple message -- Moms can take the place of many people in our lives, friend, teacher, carer, confidante... but no-one can take the place of mom!

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I could continue, there are literally thousands of Mother's Day card designs but it's your turn now.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Gifts and Cards for your Valentine

Now we have officially got "the Holidays" out of the way, I've been adding some Valentine's related items to my Zazzle store.

My favorite new item has been this Couples Mug or Lovers' mug set, featuring a new digital artwork I created in DAZ3D that I titled "Night on the Town."  I was able to split the original artwork so that the man is on one mug, and the woman is on the other. 

I only discovered recently that it is now possible to add chocolates to Zazzle mugs, turning them into a perfect gift!

I designed a number of sweet cards, including this puffy pink heart on a pale pink background with "To my Wife on Valentine's Day" greeting which is sure to be appreciated. 

I really love the vintage appeal of this vintage illustration Victorian Happy Valentine's Day holiday floral design featuring traditional love and romance flowers. Antique ephemera with a beautiful bouquet of blooming crimson red roses in a gold basket just picked from the garden. Designed by Yesterday Cafe.

This box of delicious Belgian chocolates features a beautiful "Sea of Hearts" design by ZazzleHolidays, and you can customize it with the recipient's name or a message.


These t-shirts are great, and will certainly make a statement when you head out together but I have to say it..... aren't they the wrong way round? Shouldn't HIS t-shirt say "SHE is my better half" and shouldn't HER t-shirt say "HE is my other half"?

Just kidding - I love them!


Not quite ready to commit to a long term relationship yet? No problem - there are lots of designs to let you tell it like it is.


Just want to give him or her a card? There's an endless choice, like this vintage cupid and pink roses design by Sandyspider.
Cupid Valentine Pink Roses Card
Cupid Valentine Pink Roses Card by Sandyspider
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Or perhaps this cute kitten -- with a demand for chocolate inside. (after all what else is Valentine's Day for?)

I could go on, but it's your turn now:

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