27 November 2008

Special invitation for you!

Buona sera miei cari,
Siete tutti quanti invitati alla Festa di Natale!

Good evening my dears,
You are all invited at the Gala Night of Dorking this year!

Come and meet The Card Tree in person on December the 4th!

You will find my cute stall on West Street Church from 6pm to 9pm!
Everyone usually dresses up, and this years theme is “Heroes & Villains” !
Sounds like great fun!

To view all the details and invite all your friends to the event with only 1 click,
visit this page!


26 November 2008

Reindeer Christmas Cards

Hello Hello!

Have you bought your Christmas cards already?
I hope not because I just completed the Reindeer stationary gift set!!

Is awesome!
Beautifully decorated with 5 cute reindeer, made with 100% recycled paper!

The gift set contains 5 letter sheets, 3 greetings cards and 8 envelopes.
Comes wrapped up with biodegradable sleeve.

The Reideer collection is also available in set of cards!

The set includes 5 cards and 5 envelopes.
And you can also purchase single cards here!

So exciting!

In the shop by this evening!


24 November 2008

Hazel meet the Card Tree

Hello! Happy Monday!

Hope you all had a lovely week end...
I'm so pleased that so many of you have started to advertise your stores on my page! I'm so happy to support little stores like mine!

I have something to show you today...
It's Hazel meeting the Card Tree!
I took picture while I was painting it. Thought you might like to see all the stages!

I draw the scene, painted the tree

I painted the snow, path and Hazel.
My favorite bit are her socks!

and here there is!
I painted the rest of the scene and draw the detail with a small ink pen.

The beauty of this painting and this story is that Hazel dosen't yet know that the tree is a Card Tree...!
But she senses that this tree has something special...

To be continued...

23 November 2008

The Card Tree in the Fall

Hello my dears!
Just wanted to share with you my lastes painting of The Card Tree in his autumn coat!

Do you like it? I love it!
There are still some final tuches that I want to do, like the little hearts on the letters that lay on the grass with the leaves...

I'm also planning of portrait The Card Tree it in the winter as well! Perhaps arrange a meeting between lovely Hazel and The Card Tree in a Winter Wonderland!
But I have to wait for some snow to come along though!

Stay tuned, I'll let you know about that one...

Yesterday I recived a very plesent surprise!
My dear friend Rebecka sent me the most beautiful Birthday present!

It's a blue Quill to write all my letters and practice with my calligraphy...
Love it!
I'm such a lucky girl.

I have set up some advertising with Project Wonderful! There are plently of free spaces for $ 0.00! I'd love to have them full with Etsians. So if you are interested to advertise your business for free, click on the icons and it will take you directly to Project Wonderful web site.

Have a lovely Sunday!


20 November 2008

Update ready for you!

Hello my dears!

In the last week I've been working very much on the shop update, and now is almost ready for you!
Go and visit, tell me what you think!

I really like it, looks very seasonal and wintery.
There are different types of Christmas cards already avaible, and they are so cute!
This is one of the watercolor I've used:

Let it Snow

it's so sweet isn'it?!
I'd like to call her Hazel, as this is my favorite name but I'm not sure yet. Do you think she look like Hazel?

Well, about the shop I'm so very proud that I finally reached a listing of 40 items!
My next goal will be 80!

I can't really wait to give to everyone more choice with every occasion cards, Birthdays, annyversary, new baby etc...!

I'm also planning on developing more new exciting products like gift rap recycled paper (stamped with potato stamp!), gift tags and stickers!
I prepared some small watercolor for the stickers already, but now I have to find a supplyer.It's really hard to find eco friendly round printable labels. (if you hear or see anything, give me a shout!)

In the next update there will also be a beautiful recycled paper stationary set that will contain:
-letter paper,
and the theme of the set will be my Card Tree watercolor.

Apart from this lovely news about the shop and the future works, last night it was the most horrible night in my life. Perhaps some of you won't belive this, but you don't have to read it if you don't want to.
This happen around 5am. I woke up after dreaming about my shop and I was layd on my back. I switched position on the side to carry on sleeping. Right in that moment, I heard a voice of an old woman wispering at me "Yes, that's ok", and breathing heavily on my neck.
My whole body went cold, I was very scared as the breath of this presence carryed on... The second seems to last hours! I was sweating cold and suddently I was hot and needed to get out of the duvet. But I didn't have the curage to expose myself, or to turn around to see who was behind me! This presence obviously knew that I was awake, otherwise why talking to me like that?! And what did those words meaning?
I'm thinking perhaps this lady wanted to assure me about my worrying towards myshop, but why? And if it was a positive presence why was I so afraid?
After about 30 seconds of beeing there, the presence left, but I could not sleep for the rest of the night.
Have you had something like this happening to you?

17 November 2008

15 November 2008

Birthday Design

Hello my dears!

All the Birthdays celebrations that we had lately in the family have inspired me to create a line of Birthday Cards to sell my my shop!

I made this watercolor using my watercolor pencils, that I was telling you about yesterday.
Dosen't it look faboulos?! I love it!

Pink Cup Cake with candle

Is printed on 100% Recycled paper, comes with matching envelope and look!

The paper contains hundreds of silver sparks!

Very cute!

Don't worry boyz...
I'm coming up with a line of Birthday cards to you too!
Visit again in the next few days to see it!


14 November 2008

New Blog Look!

Hello my lovelies!

It took me all yesterday to change to look of my blog, but finally I did it...
And I have to say, I'm really proud of the results!
What do you think?
The Blog is now called The Card Tree Blog, and It will focus on the Online Shop, The Card Tree.

Gosh! Isn't html difficult to understand? I woudn't have managed to change my template to a three column one without Ashwini wonderful tutorial!

There are still other things I would like to add on the sides bar but at the moment I need to concentrate on the Winter Update which is coming on the 20th!

On this matter, I would like to present you my...

As these beauty's are coloring my Winter Designs!

I adore Watercolor pencils! They remind me of when I was a little girl!
I actually recived the first set of 12 Carandage pencils when I was nine years old, for Befana, the italian post-Christmas tradition (see the video).

These watercolor pencils are so very easy to use then watercolor. I think they are great for kids!
The only thing you might find is that the color gets a little too pale when you water it. But all you need to do then is to leave it to dry and colour it one more time afterwards!

These are a couple of Christmas designs that I've developed for The Card Tree collection cards.

Do you like them?
There are more design coming soon, so stay tuned...!

Take Care


13 November 2008

Blog Updates

Hello my dears!

Thank you very much for all your nice comments,
you are sweet!
Just a short note to let your know that I'm doing some Template updates and things might look a bit funny at times...
Just bare with me for a few days and things will go back to normal soon!



11 November 2008

Bithday Wishes

Don't tell me... today is your Birthday too?!


Happy Birthday to you! Have a great happy day, eat lots of cake and open many presents...

Oooh, today isn't your Birthday? Then... you can indeed sing along this pretty song...

A very merry

Unbirthday to you,

To you, A very merry

Unbirthday to you,

To you,

It's great to

Drink to someone ,

And I guess that

You will do,

A very merry

Unbirthday to you!

Have a lovely day


(Song from Alice in Wonderland, All rights Reserved)

09 November 2008

Birthday Time

It's Birthday time!
Today is my mum's Birthday!

Have prepared for her some lovely surprises!

First: I'm flying to Italy to see her! There is nothing better then spend some time together.
Second: I have designed a special Birthday card for her! It's so sweet!
Third: Have made her this lovely present...

It's a shopping tote bag made with Organic and Fairtrade cotton, beautifully painted with her favorite animal, the dolphin!

The bag also say Salva il mare which means Save the Sea.
I know she will love it.

Before wrapping it all up nicely I have also put three other presents inside (those are wrapped up too), such as:
a No°7 Mascara, (Absolutely Gorgeous!) Lovely Eye liner pencil (green-blue to mach with her eyes), Colorful fruty labels (to use on her homemade creations like jam and marmalade)

It is also Birthday time for me soon! I'm so excited, can't wait! Is going to be in 2 days time! Hooray! So nice to celebrate the date of your birth. isn't?

I shall be back in England by then, and of course we are waken up early just to make a Full English Breakfast and open all my birthday presents. (I really dislike waiting all day for my presents when you have the opportunity to have them early and enjoy them all day long!)

On the 11th friends and family are going to be busy so I will spend the day working with my art... I would really like to draw with my new watercolor pencils lots of beautiful seasonal scenes for my Winter in the shop (coming soon on the 20th!)!

I shall indeed have a proper Birthday Tea with Jason on the week end.
I do hope that the weather is going to be seasonal wintery and cold, so we can enjoy our dinner in front of the fireplace!