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Artwork by Annette Abolins

Here’s to a happy and most creative 2016! Before embarking on new projects, this post looks back on two recent events – a group exhibition about water, with links to view my drawings. And an update on Nine Lives Playing Cards (poker size) – the winning design of the 2015 PCF Deck Design Competition. Continue reading

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Special #3 – Free Pendant with Tarot Deck

Nine Lives Tarot + Free Pendant

This week’s special includes a FREE Pendant with every Nine Lives Tarot Deck. The pendants are from my range of Symbol Jewellery and make the perfect (and strikingly wearable) companion to your tarot deck. Continue reading

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November Special #2: Bonus Playing Cards

Playing Cards special offer Nine Lives

Christmas is just around the corner – a perfect time to gather up your family and friends and play some cards, wind down with a spot of patience … or put a smile on someone’s face with an original and tarot inspired deck of cards :) Continue reading

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November Specials are here!

This Week's Special on Nine Lives Cards

Without further ado, I’m excited to announce that starting from today … there will be 4 special offers (each running for 1 week) where you can pick up tarot decks and playing cards with special discounts and bundled offers. Perfect gift ideas in time for Christmas! Continue reading

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The Tower and a Sea of Boxes

The Tower - Nine Lives Tarot - Detail

In my previous post I touched on how we may have favourite cards, or cards that we feel more connected to. The Tower representing tumult, upheaval and sudden change has, despite its foundation rocking trait, always been one of my favourite cards. Continue reading

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My Very First Tarot Workshop

Tarot workshop - Magick circle

I admit I was a little nervous getting ready for my very first Tarot workshop, as I find it quite daunting to talk about myself and my art … Yet, walking through the door to the peaceful Magick Circle, butterflies settled, and I found myself looking forward to what the afternoon would bring. Continue reading

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Ideas for Reading, Playing and and Enjoying Cards

Playing Cards - reading - patience and games

Today, I bring you a more ‘hands on’ approach to reading, laying patience, and playing cards. If you are twiddling your thumbs with a new (or old) deck of cards, or if you are thinking about getting a deck – then the ideas and suggestions in this post should keep you busy for a while. Continue reading

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Winning Cards and a Tarot Workshop

PCF Deck Design Contest winner 2015 - Nine Lives Playing Cards

If you have followed posts here over the last few months, you’ll know I designed a poker size version of my playing cards, and entered this deck a design competition. Voting has concluded and the results are in … Continue reading

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Poker Size Deck and Competition Entry

Here is a preview of Nine Lives Playing Cards – the poker size deck… After a busy month of adjusting the original artwork, painting additional detail (to make use of the wider card size), and repositioning indices and other elements – the design is completed… and has been entered in the 2nd Annual PCF Deck Design Competition. Continue reading

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Nine Lives in a Deck Design Competition

Playing Cards by Annette Abolins

The 2nd Annual Deck Design Competition hosted over on playingcardforum.com inspired me to create a poker size version of Nine Lives playing cards. With my favourite number being 3, I see this deck as a compliment to both the original size playing cards and the tarot deck … Continue reading

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Tarot Card Pictures and Blog Changes

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Tarot is a visual tool, and I find the best way to appreciate and connect with a deck is to look at the cards. If a card image jumps out at you and says ‘pick me’, it’s likely you will have a connection deck. In this post I share some new preview images of the tarot cards – placed on a background showing the ‘card back’. Continue reading

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The Royal Wardrobe – Dressing the Courts

Royal spades - dressed in blue

This post takes a closer look at the outfits worn by the courts in Nine Lives playing cards. Find out why the Knight of Spades is dressed in blue & why the Queen of Clubs is wearing yellow… Colour brings

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Cards and their many Fascinating uses

Nine Lives Playing Cards ready to ship

With the playing cards only just launched, I am delighted at the positive responses and ever so grateful to everyone coming on board to support this little deck. Thank you! Wrapping and sending decks on their way to new homes around

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Illustrated Playing Cards have Arrived!

Exciting news! The wait is over, the playing cards are here – let the shuffling and games begin! These brand new decks ready to be shipped anywhere in the world. Click below for order information: Nine Lives Illustrated Playing Cards

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Playing Cards – The Box & The Joker

Design by Annette Abolins

The artwork has been sent to the printer where presses are working to complete this little deck of cards. In this post you’ll find a preview of the card box, which comes with every deck … and the Joker, along with the story behind how she came to

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