Topiary Thanks

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When someone does something special for you, you want a special way to say thank you … So, when my mom treated me to lunch and gave me some extra money for the Great Lakes Mega Meet, I wanted to thank her in a way she would really enjoy.

I created this card from products I purchased there … watercolor flower paper from Ken Oliver and a stamp that said, “Mom,” from Art Gone Wild. My mom loves to garden and she appreciates the beauty and work that goes into make a topiary. She also love cats and has many statues of them hidden in her gardens. So, when I saw this stamp, I knew it was perfect for her. In fact, the only thing that would have made it better is if it was a real topiary and not a stamped image!

IMGP2539I used Copic markers to color the image … I mixed a few different color families of green to get the shading more realistic. And, although you cannot see it in the photograph, I added Wink of Stella glitter in clear to the pot to give it a subtle metallic coppery feel.

Congratulations, Korie

My beautiful daughter recently graduated from Lansing Community College.

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Naturally, I had to make a card to congratulate her on this momentous event.

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I started with Color Bursts and watercolor paper to create this amazing background. Then I added the words cut from Elizabeth Craft Designs’ Congratulations die.IMGP2544Inside, I copied a movie reference (“Legally Blonde”) that I knew my daughter would get and appreciate using an alphabet die from ECD. And then I added a happy graduate and some flying hats from Impression Obsession.

I love the card and I got a big smile out of her when she opened it (although that may have been in part to the cash tucked inside.)

 

Star Light, Star Bright

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Marquee letters are all the rage … but they are metal, large and expensive.

Heidi Swapp came out with a smaller version you can make to match your house. Called Marquee Love, these ones sell for $12.99 and come in all of the letters of the alphabet and a few shapes. I started with a star to see how I would like it.

The box contains the white chipboard shape, the lights, cord and battery pack and a template for covering the inside with paper.

001I painted mine with Gold Distress Paint as a base.

003Then I went around the edges with Archival Ink in Potting Soil.

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On the inside of the piece, I added IndigoBlu Megaflake in Morris Dance. I love the aged appearance it gives …

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Then it was just a matter of sticking in the lights and attaching the cord and battery pack …

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Pretty cool, eh?!

 

The Magical, Musical Tour

motor1A dear friend asked me to make some cards with motorcycle and guitar themes. I don’t normally create with those themes, so I perused the stores for some 3D stickers I could use. I found a few, sat down to create and then realized I had no appropriate paper. And, I didn’t┬áremember seeing what I needed. Then I remembered my cousin Robin’s challenge to use some stencils and figured I would “kill two birds with one stone.”

motor3So, I pulled out some stencils, Dylusions Inks, giant manila tags, Ranger Archival Ink and Wendy Vecchi Embossing Paste and went to work. Once I finished making backgrounds, I cut the rest apart and added bits and pieces to the cards.

motor2Many of the insides have stickers and punches in them as well, but I forgot to take photos of them before mailing.