April and May always seem to feel like really busy months. In addition to Easter and two sets of bank holidays it is also my mum and brother’s birthday’s. So I am often left frantically trying to combine fitting in lots of making and gardening in between family time and visits with friends!
Here are the cards I made for my mum and brother, made just in time and posted first class! Often I think cards for men can be difficult – if they aren’t into fishing and fast cars that is. My bro writes music, but there are only so many times you can stick a picture of a guitar on a card before it gets predictable! So this year I took inspiration from a simple Spirograph pattern and made a linocut especially for this card. I printed a few extra sheets of paper while I was at it so that should do a few more cards besides this one!
You can see I had fun trying out different mixes of paper and ribbons to find the right layout.
It was really the same principle for this card I made for my mum – I love this vintage lady print wallpaper from Next. The colours are neutral but I tried to pep them up a bit with this green ribbon. The sentiment is cut from an old card (which was very pink, but actually went perfectly once cut out!) and the birds and butterflies were a gift from my sister-in-law (from John Lewis). Perfect finishing touches!
I’m resolving to start planning ahead a bit more when it comes to this time of year in the future, but then again I’ll probably forget before next year…