An Anniversary Gift for Special Family!

One of the big projects I worked on over the Holidays, was a special gift for a family member.  Before I give you the project though, I would love to share some back story.

My grandmother was the oldest of 9 children.  She passed away in the early 80’s never having the opportunity to see my girls, her great-grandchildren.  Her mother, my great-grandmother passed away in 1985 . . . I was pregnant with my oldest at the time.  My grandmother has one sibling still living (age 86) and I get to see my Great-Aunt and her family once a year at our family reunion.  Luckily, I have been able to connect with a few of her children on Facebook and we can stay in touch more than simply at the reunion.  This past year, my Great-Aunt and Uncle celebrated their 70th anniversary!  One of my cousins who I have contact with on Facebook and who has seen my cards, canvases, etc., asked me to make something special for her parents’ anniversary.

We talked a little at the reunion this past October to firm up what they were going to do.  Since it was their 70th and platinum is the standard gift (and difficult to find), they settled on the colors of silver and purple.  They scanned and sent me a picture they had of my Aunt and Uncle when they were both young and starting out.

Knowing this project was for such a special occasion, I wanted it to be fabulous.  After thinking about it for more weeks than I want to admit, I went to work with my heart and soul to create something that would pay tribute to my Great-Aunt and Uncle.

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The stand is one I found at Hobby Lobby.  It was black and I believe the center might be a chalkboard.  I couldn’t say for sure, because I just didn’t think to write on it to find out.  I spray painted it silver, leaving all the rough texture from the distressed black.

Since I had the picture, I needed a frame.  Numerous pieces of chipboard were die cut, glued together to make a deep frame.  A piece of silver metal was then die cut, embossed with an embossing folder and antiqued to add just a tad of aging.

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Most of the flowers are from Prima, but in order to add some balance and fill space, I die cut and made the larger purple roses.  I also found a poem that I printed out to celebrate the many years of the marriage.

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A tag on the bottom, computer generated and backed in black, was attached with dyed seam binding, to commemorate the occasion.

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I think that’s all . . . except to say what an honor it was for me to create this special gift to help celebrate my Great-Aunt and Uncle.  In some small way I was also able to honor my grandmothers.  As I stood in the shower the morning I was to deliver the gift, it occurred to me that my grandmother, if still alive, would be 103 years old this April!

My next big project is to make 50 fabric flowers to be attached to take-out boxes for an event the first weekend in February!  Stay tuned . . . they are of course, fabulous!

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Special Gifts!

I’ve been meaning to post this project for weeks now and just haven’t had the time to do it.  So I figure since today is gloomy and we are inside once again, no time like the present.

I was contacted by a friend to make something special for her sister’s birthday, which was days away from Christmas.  We talked about sentiments, colors, card or plaque, etc., and finally settled on something that she could set out and display.

Here’s what I came up with and I’ve been told that my friend’s sister loved the gift!  (By the way, if you click on the photos it will enlarge them and make them clearer!)

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The plaque measures a little over 5×7 and is placed on a frame easel back.

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The sentiment was one found by my friend, which was typed and die cut/embossed with ovals.

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The flowers surrounding the sentiment are from Prima which I felt matched the paper (MME Lost & Found Rosy) and were in the shades of earth tones.

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I love it when someone asks me to make a special gift for them and I have one more to show you that I worked on for my Great-Aunt’s 70th Wedding Anniversary . . . coming soon!

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Thanks for stopping by and joining me today!

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Queen of Hearts Blog Hop!

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Welcome to the second day of the Quietfire Design Queen of Hearts Blog Hop!

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We’ve been working on and looking forward to this hop for a few weeks now and hop you enjoy!  
Just in case you missed yesterday, our Blog Hop Schedule and the dates each designer will be posting (Click on each person’s name to go to their blog) is as follows:
For a chance to win a Quietfire rubber stamp leave a comment below before midnight Sunday, January 25th, 2015. A winner will be randomly chosen from my list of comments and the winner’s name will be posted on Quietfire Creations shortly afterwards. If you havent done so already, go back and leave comments on all the designers Queen of Hearts blog posts for additional chances to win!
For my project today, I used Quietfire Design’s new stamp, The Future is Uncertain.
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While walking the floor at CHA, I was drawn to a number of the scrap layouts that included a single photo and lots of embellishments.  As I looked at some of them, it occurred to me that they would make excellent card sketches if shrunk down in size.  My card today is the result of the inspiration I saw in some of the page layouts.  Granted it didn’t quite turn out as I initially saw it . . . and I used paper for most of the layers instead of lots of embellishments and paints (that will come later at another time), but I did enjoy creating and that’s what it’s all about.  
For the background, I dug out an old pad of My Mind’s Eye, Lost & Found Madison Ave, and used a solid sheet of the 6×6.  All the different layers are composed of scrap pieces left over from other projects.  The edges were distressed and sewn to the background, staggering the layers.  The completed background was then sewn to a piece of kraft cardstock.  
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A white tag was colored with the Wrinkle-Free Distress Technique using Antique Linen and Spun Sugar.  The sentiment was stamped in Potting Soil Archival Ink and then the tag was trimmed down to a smaller size.
 A frame was made by gluing another scrap of the MME pad to chipboard, and then die cutting with Spellbinders Labels 39.  
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All the flowers are from Prima and I’m pretty sure the seam binding ribbon was dyed with Spun Sugar and Antique Linen.  I had it in my stash ribbon jar  . . . so those colors are a guess, but it matched with the background on the tag.  For additional embellishments, I found a silver heart and key which were painted with white acrylic paint, that was wiped away when dry.
That’s all for right now!  Don’t forget to visit Yogi today, and if you haven’t already go back and pick up Kathy Jo and Diana from yesterday!  If you want a chance to win some Quietfire stamps, leave a comment . .  . you know, we all love comments!!
Thanks for stopping by and joining me today!
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The Best Kiss!

Hey y’all!  Today I’m sharing a card over on the Quietfire Design blog using one of their new stamps, The Best Kiss.

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I made this card for Ken Oliver’s CHA Booth, and it also incorporates his new paper lines, Watercolor Memories and Pitter Patter Patterns.  I can’t say enough good things about these paper lines . . . Oh my BADness . . . they are an absolute joy to work with and this Watercolor Memories line is absolutely gorgeous!  He designed the Watercolor Memories line from photos that he had taken of different flowers around his hometown.  Each page/sheet/design is a work of art!

The dies used for this card are from Tonic Studios, which you’ll be hearing more about after CHA. Tonic’s dies have been in the UK Market for some time now, and at this CHA they will be introducing them to the US Market.  I know I’ll have more to report!  Stay tuned!!!!

Oh and before I forget, you can read more about this card and see more photos over on the Quietfire Creations Blog today!

Okay  . . . that’s all for today.  By the way, who’s going to CHA?  Leave me a comment if you are so I can make sure to give you a hug!

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More CHA Projects!

Hello!  I have a second project to share that I created for Ken Oliver’s booth at CHA.  I’ve been racking what’s left of my brain for a project that would simply showcase Ken’s wonderful paper lines in his booth.  I finally stumbled upon some initials the other day and decided they would be perfect for Ken Oliver Crafts!

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Once I had the letters in my cart, I sent Ken a quick photo and asked what he thought . . .  a few laughs later, tears streaming down my cheeks, and the letters came home with me to be altered.

I have seen a number of projects focusing on Ken’s Hometown line, and wanted to do something with the reverse side of the popular images from his hometown of Newburgh, Indiana.

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I used the 6×6 papers for this project and they were a perfect match for the size of the letters, which I didn’t even measure before I purchased them.  The papers were glued to the letters, the excess was sanded off and then the edges were sponged with Ken’s new Walnut Ink.

One more thing before I go!

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I’m very honored to announce that I’m a Style Contributor for Ken Oliver Crafts!  I’m so excited to be working with Ken, who is such an amazing artist and friend.  I also consider myself very lucky to be working with the other Style Contributors.  I guess you’ll have to check out Ken’s Blog, Ken’s World in Progress, and some of the other sneak peeks that have been shared on social media to find out who the others are . . , yes I know . . . Tease!

That’s all I have for today!  I still have a few special projects to share over the next few days so don’t be strangers!

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