A card for Aunt Beulah . . .

I heard that another of the cards I’d made for a blogging friend who lives in the USA arrived on time for Christmas and so I can now share the card with you.

I know that to some of you, you might think that I’ve made the same card that I sent to someone else, (Rabbit, at The Rabbit Patch),  but I haven’t.  (see below) 

I made a card for Rabbit at The Rabbit Patch – which had a similar look about it – but it was different, and the insides were completely different from each other too.  This was the card I made for Rabbit – which I shared with you a few weeks ago:

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… this (above) was the card I made for Rabbit – at The Rabbit Patch – but it’s completely different from the card for Aunt Beulah.  The flowers, the pearls, the leaves, the backgrounds – everything is different.  Even the hanging hearts are different.  😀

But this (below) is the card I made for Aunt Beulah . . .

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All the cards I made for blogging friends were made using things which had something from my home about them.  On this, Aunt Beulah’s card, – the little Pine Cones – came from my garden, where the four 100 foot tall pine trees in my garden had dropped their cones.  (I reckon those trees are in a competition with each other to see which one of them can trip me up and leave me flat out on the decking!  tsk tsk).  Of course – I had the professional help of my assistant,  Little Cobs,  in the collecting of the pine cones, and he was paid his pocket-money for helping.  (He’s going to end up with more money in his money-box than I’ve got, at this rate!)

The background, wooden planks ‘look’ paper …. well now that’s actually cut from a spare roll of wallpaper.  I have this wallpaper on the wall behind my big wooden bed in the bedroom.  I kept around half a roll of the wallpaper  *just in case of some accident or other* – and I wanted to ensure that I sent a little bit of ‘me’ in the card,  so I cut a square of the paper to make the card look like it was a timber wall.  It’s great paper, as it has a texture of old wood.  Very soft and gentle, but it does have that look about it.  (I have no other wallpaper in my home – just that on the one wall.  I saw it and fell in love, so ordered it there and then!).

The hearts were all handmade by me out of very light weight clay, and coloured up using Buff-it,  which is made by Pinflair. (Highly recommend this product – I would use it on every card if I could – I love it soooo much!)

The string of red pearls are pearls that I used to use on one of my own Christmas Trees, but every time someone walked too close to the tree, those pearls would jump off the branches in an attempt to make an escape bid for the floor … so I said ‘no more’ and decided that I wouldn’t use them again.  I didn’t know what I was going to do with them, but I took them to my craft room and squirreled them away in there, knowing that at some point, I would use them.  And … I did.  For the first time – I cut a length off the long string and decorated the card for Aunt Beulah with them.  I antiqued them up a little using some silver wax – which I simply rubbed on with my finger, to give the pearls a shimmer.

The flowers, red and white berries and the dried corn …. etc,  all came from my stash of flowers, and I touched them with a little ‘snow’ and dusted them with ice crystals to make them twinkle.

Finally … I stamped the sentiment onto a length of card which I manipulated so that it bent and ‘travelled’ over the page in a pretty way,  – popped it into a memo pick and fixed it to the card.

And that’s all there was to it!

I was SO relieved to hear that the card had made its way to Aunt Beulah, and that she liked it.  If you would like to find out why I love this fabulous lady so much, please just click on her name and her blog will open up in a new window for you.

Aunt Beulah ~ thank you for the wonderful reads that I find on your blog.  Thank you for the thoughts, the smiles, the joy and sometimes even the tears.  Thank you for being the person you are, for the person you are is totally incredible.  Sending you much love for the New Year, and wishing for you – contentment.  May a blanket of contentment come to rest upon your home and wrap itself around your heart and life. ~ love ~ Cobs. xxx

Thank you too, reader, for being who you are.  I thank you for coming and spending time here with me on this blog and hopefully enjoying the read too.

Happy Tuesday.  May your day be bright and may the sun shine enough to melt any snow that’s hanging around, and melt the ice on your car windows.  May you find something to smile about, and may love wrap itself around your heart and keep you warm inside.  Even if it’s only the love I send you here….  because love is love is love.  It’s all good!

Take care out there …  much love and plenty of squidges ~

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Aarrr! Avast, me hearties; Swashbuckling Pirates Ahoy!

Pirates, me hearties!

Hullo thar me hearties … It’s Pirate Cobs sailing the ocean waves!
Ok .. well no, not quite. It’s just me … showing you the card I made for my Grandson, on his birthday recently.  I’m totally besotted with this little chap. He’s the complete apple of my eye and he has me wrapped around his little finger. He gives out his orders: “Grammy, … come to ma rooom. C’mon Grammy. Come to ma rooom!” and up I get and toddle after him. Actually no, I don’t toddle after him. He waits at the start of the hallway and then holds my hand so that I don’t get lost on the way there. (Not joking. He actually does.).

This blog post about the pirate card is rather picture heavy, so I’ll try not to be too wordy and just post photographs with a bit of description to support each photo. But if there’s anything specific you want to ask, or you want to know either how I did something or what brand something is, or even where I bought something, then just give me a shout in a comment and I’ll answer any questions you might have.

(To make a comment: scroll up to the top of this post, to the heading: “Aarrr!  Avast, me hearties; Swashbuckling Pirates Ahoy!” – and look to the right of that title where you’ll see a pale grey speech bubble. If you hover your mouse over that speech bubble it will turn deep red. Click on that, and it will open up a comment box for you – and also show you any comments which might have already been made).

It was his 4th Birthday, so he’s still a little chap, and I kind of introduced him to Pirates about two years or so ago, when we were out shopping together – he was sat in my shopping trolley (‘cart’ for US folks) in Toys-R-Us when we came across a huge section of dress up clothes, and like the Magpie that I am, I went straight for the hats.  I tried several hats on the young man (and took hilarious photos on my phone camera of him in them) and couldn’t resist trying on the fabulous three-cornered pirate hat myself.  I told him what I was, and then did the ‘Aarrr me hearties’ pirate greeting, accompanied by the arm gesture, which he instantly caught onto and did back to me.  Awww reader, I so wish you could have been there.  I was hysterical with laughter, loving him and covering him in kisses, tears streaming down my face and all the time trying to get him to say it again, and again, and …. well, you get the idea.  He was such a tiny tot, and this made it all the funnier.

Oh well anyway … let’s get on with this card, shall we?

Start with 2 x 6" sq. cards, and glue/tape together as shown in the photo above.
Start with 2 x 6″ sq. cards, and glue/tape together as shown in the photo above.

I tend to double-sided tape and use glue to fix both of the cards together.  It just makes the whole thing more sturdy.

Once fixed together, cut the cards as shown above.
Once fixed together, cut the cards as shown above.

You can click on any of these photographs here to make them bigger.  (But don’t forget to click ‘back’, to come back to reading!)

Using the two sections cut off in the previous photograph, fix your chosen papers (once cut to size) to those pieces of card.
Using the two sections cut off in the previous photograph, fix your chosen papers (once cut to size) to those pieces of card.
Now is the time to fix either matching paper, or toning paper to the inside back of the card.
Now is the time to fix either matching paper, or toning paper to the inside back of the card.
While your glue is drying on the main card, you can turn your attention to decorating those corner pieces.  On this side of the 'scene', I've built a sandy beach by tearing some regular sandpaper carefully, into the shape I want it to be and then fixing it in place.
While your glue is drying on the main card, you can turn your attention to decorating those corner pieces. On this side of the ‘scene’, I’ve built a sandy beach by tearing some regular sandpaper carefully, into the shape I want it to be and then fixing it in place.

I had a devil of a job finding some of this sand coloured sand paper!  Everywhere had either black sandpaper or deep red coloured.  I very nearly kissed the shop owner when I finally found some!

My favourite part of card making!  Decorating and embellishing.  I added tiny, multi coloured fish. shells, star fish, - all made from plastic, into a fishing net (I have no idea of where I got this net from, but I know you can buy netting from lots of places).  I added a bronze coloured metal starfish too, for contrast.
My favourite part of card making! Decorating and embellishing. I added tiny, multi coloured fish. shells, star fish, and some sea glass ‘look’ beads – all made from plastic, into a fishing net (I have no idea of where I got this net from, but I know you can buy netting from lots of places). I added a bronze coloured metal starfish and a Tibetan Silver Seahorse too, for contrast.
And then added a few sprinkles of fine glitter, to make the 'trawl' in the net look wet and straight from the sea.  I also added the rope (hairy string) around the edge of the scene.
And then added a few sprinkles of fine glitter, to make the ‘trawl’ in the net look wet and straight from the sea. I also added the rope (hairy string) around the edge of the scene.  Now is the time to fix this ‘flap’ into place.  I tend to use super strength red double-sided tape, but anything which you know is a really good fix, will do the trick.
The inside of the card ....  I added some of the same papers, but wanted a little boy pirate and found the very thing in one of my Lili of the Valley topper books.  I made the rolled up pirate maps from some faux parchment, and tied them up with deep red baby ribbon. The starfish brad was from a selection I've had for a while.
The inside of the card …. I added some of the same papers, but wanted a little boy pirate and found the very thing in one of my Lili of the Valley topper books. I made the rolled up pirate maps from some faux parchment, and tied them up with deep red baby ribbon. The starfish brad was from a selection I’ve had for a while.

Although I used the same papers throughout the card, I wanted the paper on the ‘inside back’ to look more bright blue, like the sort of pirate seas you’d see in a children’s book, so I rubbed in some bright blue inks, carefully, to kind of brighten the sea to something more magical looking.  (If you do this, make sure you leave time for the paper to dry out).

The 'front' of the card.  A tiny glass bottle filled with gold and silver teeny tiny gems, which twinkle and sparkle as the light catches them.  An anchor hanging up to the top right, along with a little mettle tag which reads: "Treasures".  Some miniature wooden cotton reels, onto which the rope (string) which surrounds the card edges is wound.  A Tibbetan Silver Mermaid holding a golden star, swims through the waves!
The ‘front’ of the card. A tiny glass bottle filled with gold and silver teeny tiny gems, which twinkle and sparkle as the light catches them. An anchor hanging up to the top right, along with a little metal tag which reads: “Treasures”. Some miniature wooden cotton reels, onto which the rope (string) which surrounds the card edges is wound. A Tibetan Silver Mermaid holding a golden star, swims through the waves!

This front flap is left ‘swinging’ free.  You don’t fix this flap into place.  However … you can fix this into place if you’re making a card and want to have the card stand up by the use of either a stand specially made for the back – or by leaning the card on a wall or such.  You can then put tags inside the card for the recipient.

In this photograph you can see that there are tags now sitting inside the folded and stuck down section of the card, along with a ribbon loop for pulling the bigger tag out of the pocket.
In this photograph you can see that there are tags now sitting inside the folded and stuck down section of the card, along with a ribbon loop for pulling the bigger tag out of the pocket.  There’s also a pocket watch hanging from the ribbon loop!
Showing how you stand the card up just using that one free corner.
Showing how you stand the card up just using that one free corner.
Close up of the inside of the flap.  I made the pirates eye patch by simply cutting a small circle out of black card, using a punch, then cutting the circle in half, and round off the corners.  I used a large balling tool and firm mat to 'bend' the edges slightly; drew on the pirates skull and crossbones, added some black string and VOILA!  Pirate Eye patch.
Close up of the inside of the flap. I made the pirates eye patch by simply cutting a small circle out of black card, using a punch, then cutting the circle in half, and round off the corners. I used a large balling tool and firm mat to ‘bend’ the edges slightly; drew on the pirates skull and crossbones using a white pen, added some black string and VOILA!  Pirate Eye patch.
The 'big' tag removed from the pocket.  I drew all those foot prints which 'walk' around the island, along with some palm trees.  And of course ... every good pirate map HAS  to have an X which marks the spot where the treasure is hidden!
The ‘big’ tag removed from the pocket. I drew all those foot prints which ‘walk’ around the island, along with some palm trees. And of course … every good pirate map HAS to have an X which marks the spot where the treasure is hidden!
There are two tags hidden inside the larger tag.  This photograph shows the back of the large tag - where there's a poem for my Grandson, and these are one sides of the two small tags - one shows that rascal Captain Hook!  The other is stamped and says:  "You are the FUNSHINE of my life"
There are two tags hidden inside the larger tag. This photograph shows the back of the large tag – where there’s a poem for my Grandson, and these are one sides of the two small tags – one shows that rascal Captain Hook, with a string attached on which a pirates dagger is strung! The other tag is stamped and says: “You are the FUNSHINE of my life”, and this has a little gold love token hanging from it.
The other sides of the two little tags.  One is stamped with 'Happy Birthday' and the other has a picture of Tic Toc, the naughty crocodile who bit Captain Hook!
The other sides of the two little tags. One is stamped with ‘Happy Birthday’ and the other has a picture of Tic Toc, the naughty crocodile who bit Captain Hook!  I’ve only just realised that I haven’t shown you the wonderful Galleon ship which I put on the poem side of the card!  You can just about see the sails of it behind Tic Toc.  I had this rub on in my stash for about 6 years.  I wouldn’t part with it because I knew that I’d use it one day.  I wish I’d have taken a photograph of it to show you.  It’s just the nicest thing!
Let's remember there's a back of the card!  That's where all the pirate treasure is.  Gold, Silver, Gems and Pearls! The 'empty' postcard was made using an Urban Stamp, and a lovely gingery brown ink pad.  It's 'empty' in the photograph, but it's where the dedication was written.  (To ... from ... etc).
Let’s remember there’s a back of the card! That’s where all the pirate treasure is. Gold, Silver, Gems and Pearls!
The ’empty’ postcard was made using an Urban Stamp, and a lovely gingery brown ink pad. It’s where the dedication was written. (To … , Happy Birthday, love from … etc).
The box....  here, showing the inside of the box - lid and base.
The box…. here, showing the inside of the box – lid and base.
The outside of the box, the card and ... a little gold bag of Pirate Treasure! The lid of the box was firstly decorated with a sheet of sand paper, onto which I fixed a Pirates Map.  The fabulous Pirates, the Galleon, Flags etc etc were all an incredible accidental find in a supermarket.  I 'think' it might have been Tesco, but if not there, then it may have been Sainsburys. Inside the golden bag are two gold coins.  Chocolate coins, naturally!
The outside of the box, the card and … a little gold bag of Pirate Treasure!
The lid of the box was firstly decorated with a sheet of sand paper, onto which I fixed a Pirates Map. The fabulous Pirates, the Galleon, Flags etc etc were all an incredible accidental find in a supermarket. I ‘think’ it might have been Tesco, but if not there, then it may have been Sainsburys.
Inside the golden bag are two gold coins. Chocolate coins, naturally!

And that, as they say in TV land, is all there is to it!  Phew!  I swear it took longer to take the photo’s, load them onto the computer and re-size them, than it did to make the card!  (But then I’m useless with a camera so that’s no surprise! lol).  As promised, here is the very short pirate song which is my grandsons favourite song with regards to pirates:

Thank you so much for coming and sharing this fun card with me.  I hope you have a truly fabulous rest of your day!

Love and hugs ~

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