Monday, 22 April 2013

National Stationery Week: Send Someone a Card


Monday morning - and it's the start of National Stationery Week (a celebration of the written word and all things stationery) here in the UK. 

I was lucky enough to receive a real letter recently, from a long standing friend. Some of the news was happy, some was sad; and I've been thinking long and hard about my reply. For today my letter is propped up on my desk in front of me: a tangible reminder of a friendship which began when we were in Primary school. Long Live the Letter!

And Carry on the Card! This year I've been following along with the 52 card Challenge: checking out the prompts and storing up the ideas, making cards when I can. For National Stationery Week I decided to do some typewriter themed notecards


I printed mini photos of the typewriter from this month's Storytelling Sunday and chose a limited palette of colours taken from the typewriter itself.


Then I used it to type greetings onto journaling cards. Office colours and some grey stitching..and I've just realised that in this last one


you can't actually see from the photo that the stitching is in the shape of a giant speech bubble. That stamping I did with a little 99p alpha set from a bargain shop.

I'll have more stationery later on in the week. In the meantime - thank you to everyone who has signed up for The Great Big Swap of Very Small Things. We have over 40 names at the last count! If you have signed up you should have received a quick email from me (if you haven't, please get in touch) and I'll be emailing again next week after the closing date. Then we will all have the chance to put something in the post..

Typewriter notecards for National stationery week by Sian from From High in the Sky

35 comments:

Ifa said...

Cute cards! I love the "simplicity".

Ladkyis said...

So simple, so beautiful. I wish I liked making cards, but I don't

helena said...

love the blue/grey with rust/orange

I miss letters - e-mail is just not the same

Miriam said...

I didn't know about stationary week, thanks for heads up. I will send some more cards out...Your cards are so lovely.

Amy said...

You have been very busy in the small format this year Sian - they look great ... love the colours!

Gail said...

They look great Sian - love the idea of a typewriter theme. Hmmm, haven't heard of stationery week here but I like the idea. I miss letters, maybe I'll write one today. Ok, I'm way behind in my reading and this bloglovin' starts at the most recent so I'll have to go back & check out this swap.

Denise said...

You have such wonderful ideas Sian, these are lovely.In these times you forget how lovely it is to receive 'real' post x

Twinkle Star said...

There is nothing like receiving happy mail - love your creations Sian.

Looking forward to the swap, Estelle xx

Sue Althouse said...

Love your typewriter theme and using a small photo on your card. Writing letters and using stationary is becoming a lost art, glad to see it is still appreciated and celebrated in the UK.

Alinor said...

awesome cards! love the colors and the stitching!

Karen said...

These are delightful! I didn't know about stationary week, but I've been busy making cards for all the upcoming birthdays and anniversaries. You've inspired me to pull out my typewriter stamps (though I like your photos much more!)

Cheri said...

These cards are so fun! And seriously... I really really want an old typewriter!!!

Alana said...

Love the colour scheme you choose. Great cards and notelets, very modern looking. It's always nice to get snail mail especially from a friend. Otherwise it's all bills and junk mail isn't it?

Sheena said...

I love a good excuse to buy more stationary ;)
Great cards Sian x

Mel said...

Love these and love the idea of stationary week. I love recieving snail mail!

Melissa said...

How fun to have a National Stationary Week. Your cards are always lovely - I incorporated one into one of my cruise layouts & it's perfect!

I've been wanting to work on some cards and mail art lately, but just haven't found the inspiration . . . maybe today will be the day! :>)

Maria Ontiveros said...

This reminds me I need to get some more thank-you cards out in the mail. Maybe I'll make up another batch of cards, too, using photos this time.
Rinda

Nathalie said...

What a genius idea you had to use the (pretty) photo of your typewriter!!! AND typed on the cards with it!!! Thumbs up, way up!

Louise said...

I really do love your typewriter photo and a super idea to use it on your cards. I hope the recipients enjoy them as much as i did scrolling up and down x yay to primary school friends i still meet up with mine x

Deb @ Paper Turtle said...

Oh, Sian, these cards are over-the-top cute! I love the use of your typewriter photo throughout. Clever you!

Jennifer Shaw said...

Your cards are beautiful. I love how you stamped that sentiment. I find cards so hard to make. I always see them as a chore. I wish I liked to make them. There is nothing better than a handmade card.

Susan said...

Those are awesome cards! Yay to National Stationary Week! I don't think we have such a thing over here. I'm a big fan of stationary and pens and I used to love writing letters before all this internet stuff was invented! LOL

Sandi Robinson said...

I was oblivious to NSW so thanks for enlightening me! I'm mid handwritten letter to my Dad...he is a bit of a technophobe so I always pick up pen & paper when there's news to share! These cards are gorgeous..as always! :D

Carmen said...

It's stationary week? Oh I feel totally justified in the lovely new Indigo Blu stamps that just plopped through my door then :D

Gorgeous, gorgeous cards and notelets Sian. I have that 99p stamp set as well as a couple other variants - they are probably among my most used in the world :)

Lizzie said...

Great cards, Sian. The simple designs are so often the best. I think these are so good because of your careful choice of papers/colours. Love them!
I'm having a bit of fun with National Stationery Week too (including my blog giveaway). Looking for fun stationery items & their makers, to post on my Facebook page.
I may have to make another blog post about stationery... hmm...

scrappyjacky said...

I love your little notecards....and agree that it's wonderful to get some 'real' mail....but is getting rarer all the time.

Sandra said...

Super cute cards :)

Jo said...

I love your cards. I actually made a couple of cards at the weekend and I think I've caught the card making bug again :)

alexa said...

These are totally gorgeous and please notify me immediately when you go into production big time - I will be queuing for a packet of these! Going back from here in the comments to your lovely photos to peruse and enjoy all over again :).

Lisa-Jane said...

I love all of them! The colours are fab and the little bits are so cute.

Jennie Hart said...

They are so versatile as well as lovely.

Great idea to stitch a speech bubble :)

Sandie said...

I love these cards Sian. The designs are so 'less is more'. They do it for me!

Clair said...

Loving the theme this week!

Elizabeth said...

Great cards! I've fallen behind again. Hope to catch up soon.

Missus Wookie said...

These are lovely - I like that you typed the sentiment with the typewriter in the photo.

Keep being tempted by that swap idea, just not certain I can do one more thing right now :sigh:

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