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Size: Greeting Card

Birthdays or holidays, good days or bad days, Zazzle’s customized greeting cards are the perfect way to convey your well-wishes and salutations on any occasion. Add a photo or pick a design and brighten someone’s day with a simple “hi”!

  • Dimensions: 5″l x 7″w (portrait) or 7″l x 5″w (landscape)
  • Printed on 110 lb, 12.5 point thick, semi-gloss paper
  • Matte finish inside for smudge-free writing
  • Add photos and text to all sides of this folded card at no extra charge
  • Printable area on the back of the card is 3″l x 4″w (portrait) or 4″l x 3″w (landscape)
  • Standard white envelopes included

Source: Just Dropping In Valentine Card | Zazzle

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Sarah


Wisdom Extraction: Sadly, I’m not feeling so chipper today, nor did I at the end of last night. I think it must be a delayed reaction.  Mind you, Ben & Jerry’s Cookie Dough helped!

Style: Case Savvy iPad Mini Glossy Finish Case

Shield your iPad Mini from daily damage with a customizable iPad Mini case. Made of lightweight hard shell plastic, this case clips onto the back of the iPad adding protection without the bulk. Made with a glossy finish, your designs, photos, and text will look great displayed on this one of a kind case.

  • Designed for Apple’s iPad Mini.
  • Hard shell plastic case with glossy finish.
  • Smart Cover compatible.
  • Access to all ports, controls & sensors.
  • Customize with photos, artwork and text.
  • Designer Tip: To ensure the highest quality print, please note that this product’s customizable design area measures 5.85″ x 8.45″. For best results please add 1/3″ bleed.

Source: Syncopated Lady iPad Mini Cover | Zazzle

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Sarah


Solitude Galaxy S6 Case for Sale by Sarah Vernon. Protect your Galaxy S6 with an impact-resistant, slim-profile, hard-shell case. The image is printed directly onto the case and wrapped around the edges for a beautiful presentation. Simply snap the case onto your Galaxy S6 for instant protection and direct access to all of the phone’s features!

Source: Solitude Galaxy S6 Case for Sale by Sarah Vernon

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Sarah


Original & vintage art © First Night Design [www.firstnightdesign.wordpress.com]

Source: La Poire #2 Label | Zazzle

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Sarah


Paul-François Quinsac (1858–1929) was a French artist who specialised in mythological and allegorical subjects, figures and landscapes.

His painting A Beauty in Violet (1909) was the perfect backdrop to create a faux-Victorian advertisement with vintage elements from The Graphics Fairy, including an intricate twirl for a headpiece, embellished with one of my embossed flowers that I created in the early days.

Déjeuner de Luxe Flask
Déjeuner de Luxe Flask by FirstNightDesign

Déjeuner de Luxe Postcard
Déjeuner de Luxe Postcard by FirstNightDesign

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Sarah


FROM THE ARCHIVE 12th November 2014

Created with a vintage lady from The Graphics Fairy and overlays from my texture collection.

Dance, Little Lady

‘Tho’ you’re only seventeen,
Far too much of life you’ve seen,
Syncopated child.
Mayb…

Source: First Night Design | Syncopated Lady


FROM THE ARCHIVE 6th July 2014

Blue Bird of Happiness harks back to my early collages such as Postcard Kingfisher or Bird in the Hand for which I used vintage postcard backs with lovely squiggly handwriting. In this instance, I …

Source: First Night Design | Blue Bird of Happiness #Art


I created Solitude while I was still in Crete. Although I wasn’t thinking so at the time, you could say it symbolises my yearning for peace and solitude, as well as freedom from fear and anxiety, all of which I know that my cottage on the Isle of Wight will provide, even though it doesn’t look like the photograph by Antony Delanoix (Unsplash).  As you can see below, it’s quite bland and thus a perfect starting point for my playing. I couldn’t find any details but I imagine it’s Greece or Turkey or some Mediterranean country.

I used a grungy yellow background from my arsenal and a texture from Kerstin Frank and, though I say it myself as shouldn’t, I was delighted with the effect! Hope you are too.


“Solitude is fine but you need someone to tell that solitude is fine.”
Honoré de Balzac


 


“If you’re lonely when you’re alone, you’re in bad company.”
Jean-Paul Sartre


Solitude Postage Stamp
Solitude Postage Stamp by FirstNightDesign


“Literature is the most agreeable way of ignoring life.”
Fernando Pessoa, The Book of Disquiet


Solitude Watch
Solitude Watch by FirstNightDesign

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Sarah


This is an extremely early piece when I was only just beginning to realise what textures could do for a photograph. The windmill, from Wikimedia, is on the Île de Noirmoutier, an island that lies off the coast of France, and I used a filter from Snap Art, one of my background textures, and one from Skeletal Mess.


Windmill or no windmill, he said, life would go on as it had always gone on–that is, badly. Animal Farm by George Orwell


The Windmill 3 Ring Binder
The Windmill 3 Ring Binder

The Windmill Pack Of Standard Business Cards
The Windmill Pack Of Standard Business CardsThe Windmill Postage
The Windmill Postage

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Sarah


Nous sommes arrivés © Sarah Vernon

Nous sommes arrivés © Sarah Vernon

This is another of my moody ocean pieces. The original photograph is one taken by Mr. FND of a small boat off the coast of west Crete. Adding the 2LO Haunting 14 texture (multiply mode in Photoshop) from 2 Lil’ Owls (bought via Design Cuts) created such a mysterious and dream-like feel to it that I wanted to do no more but display it for your delectation or otherwise!

I am way behind on uploading my images to the various galleries so this one is not yet for sale.

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Sarah


Originally posted in The Paris Review.

Full title: The Virgin in Prayer Artist: Sassoferrato Date made: 1640-50 Source: http://www.nationalgalleryimages.co.uk/ Contact: picture.library@nationalgallery.co.uk Copyright © The National Gallery, London

Full title: The Virgin in Prayer
Artist: Sassoferrato
Date made: 1640-50
Copyright © The National Gallery, London

Michelangelo couldn’t afford ultramarine. His painting The Entombment, the story goes, was left unfinished as the result of his failure to procure the prized pigment. Rafael reserved ultramarine for his final coat, preferring for his base layers a common azurite; Vermeer was less parsimonious in his application and proceeded to mire his family in debt. Ultramarine: the quality of the shade is embodied in its name. This is the superlative blue, the end-all blue, the blue to which all other hues quietly aspire. The name means “beyond the sea”—a dreamy ode to its distant origins, as romantic as it is imprecise.

Derived from the lapis lazuli stone, the pigment was considered more precious than gold. For centuries, the lone source of ultramarine was an arid strip of mountains in northern Afghanistan. The process of extraction involved grinding the stone into a fine powder, infusing the deposits with melted wax, oils, and pine resin, and then kneading…

via A Brief History of Ultramarine—The World’s Costliest Color.



“When a day that you happen to know is Wednesday starts off by sounding like Sunday, there is something seriously wrong somewhere.”
― John WyndhamThe Day of the Triffids


If my father had appeared in the film version of John Wyndham’s The Day of the Triffids (1963), I could probably recount some interesting story about filming that has never before been published. But he didn’t. He did, however, have a part in the adaptation of Village of the Damned (1960). But I know nothing of his experience in that film!

Birth of a Triffid is my idea of how these monsters start life and bears no resemblance to any triffid living or dead. Just so’s you know.

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Sarah



‘The confluence of perhaps the most exotic cultures in the world exist right here in this pink city. Arabian, African, and European influences are found in the streets, its inhabitants, and its monuments.’ Sensational Colour


Marrakesh Arches Greeting Cards

I went to Morocco in 1986. A week in Agadir was not the delight my then boyfriend and I had hoped. The sky was grey, the beach was grey, and the sights were grey. We hadn’t realised that the earthquake of 1960 had destroyed so much. According to BBC News, it was the deadliest in Moroccan history.

The rebuilding was typical 1960s fare and depressing beyond belief.  Marrakesh, however, proved to be a highlight and we spent two days and nights taking in the lemons, pinks and ochres of the buildings and the souks, and bought endless supplies of saffron. We also tried to sell my chap’s wilful, spoilt and selfish daughter for a couple of camels. The Arabs didn’t want to endure her temper tantrums any more than I did. Shame!

Marrakesh Arches
Marrakesh Arches Throw Pillows

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Sarah


THE GOOD NEWS: my Cosmote internet connection is back to normal…well, as normal as it will ever be in these parts! I had not, it turns out, used my monthly bandwidth limit. Everyone’s connection has been unconscionably slow in this area for the last week or so because of the weather — a wind that could knock you flat in a second, let alone destroy elements of the landscape like aerials.

The joy of being able to create again knows no bounds. It soothes my soul. For Oriental Glimpse, I mixed and matched innumerable flower and architectural images from my collection and The Graphics Fairy along with a textured background from Denise at 2 Lil’ Owls, courtesy of a specially discounted bundle from Design Cuts.

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Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah


Created with a vintage lady from The Graphics Fairy and overlays from my texture collection.

Dance, Little Lady

‘Tho’ you’re only seventeen,
Far too much of life you’ve seen,
Syncopated child.
Maybe if you only knew
Where your path is leading to
You’d become less wild
But I know it’s vain
Trying to explain
While there’s this insane
Music in your brain

Dance, dance, dance little lady
Youth is pleasing to the rhythm
Beating in your mind
Dance, dance, dance little lady
So obsessed with second best
No rest you’ll ever find
Time and tide and trouble
Never, never wait
Let the cauldron bubble
Justify your fate
Dance, dance, dance little lady
Dance, dance, dance little lady
Leave tomorrow behind.

Time and tide and trouble
Never, never wait
Let the cauldron bubble
Justify your fate
Dance, dance, dance little lady
Dance, dance, dance little lady
Leave tomorrow behind.

—Noël Coward, from This Year of Grace, his musical revue from 1928. And below is the man himself singing the number.

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Sarah

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