A Christmas card for my daughter

Ya gotta love this little face!

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My daughter, Angie, loves a particular little character that looks something like the one in the photo below. I found this one on Mo’s Digital Pencil and turned it into a special Christmas card for her.

I really enjoyed making this one because I got to use my Copic markers. And, just for fun, I ran it through my Cuttlebug, using the the Swiss Dots embossing folder. Then, I added just the right touches of sparkle glue–my favourite. I created the ice with Glossy Accents–so cool!

I hope she likes it! Merry Christmas, Angie!

A Birthday Card for Angie

Strike a Pose!

Every once in a while, someone snaps a photo of you that captures your true essence. The pic below of my daughter, Angie, is one of those great photos that just speaks volumes! In fact, it was the inspiration for her 46th birthday card.

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The photo was taken a few years ago, but remains one of our favourites. She loved those pink raggedy slippers so  much that, on occasion, she had to be reminded to put on a pair of shoes before heading out of the house. That pose really says, “Angie!”. . .funny and fun-loving; clever and witty; sweet and charming.

Here’s the card I made for her, using this wonderful digital image by Mo Manning called, Gloria at the Pool, (coincidentally, Gloria is my name a.k.a. Globug).

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See the resemblance?

The funny thing is that Angie loves to sit in the sun (plastered in sun screen, of course). She’s even been known to lounge in an inflatable kiddie’s pool on those dog-days of summer. I had fun colouring my Angie card with my Copic markers and cutting it out by hand.

So, what DO you do on your 46th birthday. . .

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I am happy to say that Angie really liked her hand-crafted card. I LOVE making special cards and mini-albums for my family. Each little work of art is made with love. Between me and you, I hope they don’t throw my cards away. I’m very sentimental and have pretty much every card I have ever received…but that’s just silly, right?

Here’s a side view–as you can see, every surface of my cards are finished so they are just as pretty as the front.

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And. . .the end!

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Happy 40th Birthday, Kelly!

Damn! I look GOOD for 40!

My wonderful neighbour asked me to make a card for her daughter, Kelly, who turned 40, today. She told me that Kelly was a teacher and very active in sports. I played around with sports themes and teacher themes, but just couldn’t pin it down. And then it occurred to me that any forty-year-old who can work all day (with a whole room full of kids, no less), look after her own children at night, cook, clean, shop and still find the time and energy to play a number of sports…well, she must be in good shape!! This is my “easel card” creation for Kelly…I hope she liked it!!

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I used Mo Manning’s Little Smooch because she just makes me smile. I coloured her with my Prismacolor pencils and I really like the way shading and highlights turned out (I usually use my Copic Markers). I cut her the old-fashioned way–out by hand, because I was too lazy to run her through my Silhouette Cameo. She’s popped up with pop dots on an oval background that I cut out on my Cuttlebug using my Sizzix oval die set. Her glittery earrings were created with sparkle glue. I used a matching pearl to create her over-sized pendant necklace.

I created the Happy Birthday background with a Cuttlebug embossing folder. I think it added interest and depth without taking away from Little Smooch. I also antiqued the edges of the oval using a lime green ink pad.

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…and another shot of the easel card…

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The next photo shows the inside message. . .

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And, here’s a photo showing the card opened up all the way. I like to finish the inside and back of my cards so they look just as pretty as the front (well, almost as pretty). There’s lots of room to write personal messages on the empty panels (yep, right over the flowers).

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…and, finally,  here is the back…

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More cards to come!!!

Graduation Card for Ashleigh

My Granddaughter, the Graduate!

This beautiful young woman is my 18-year-old granddaughter, Ashleigh. Ashleigh just graduated from high school, but the graduation ceremony won’t take place until October. Ashleigh will be entering college in the fall to study social work. Here long-term plan is to go on to university after college to work on one or two degrees.

In the meantime, Ashleigh is working very very hard to earn and save money for her education. She was hired at Tim Horton’s a few months ago, and since then, has proven herself to be so reliable, punctual and efficient that her boss has promoted her to supervisor! Way to go Ashleigh. Some days she starts work at 5 a.m. some nights she still working long after most of us are in bed. Last week she worked 55 hours! How many teens do that?  I am a very very proud Grammie!

My husband and I wanted to give Ashleigh a gift certificate for her college book store, and it just didn’t make sense to wait until her graduation ceremony takes place in October. So, here is the card I made for my sweet granddaughter.

I wanted to make Ashleigh’s card very pretty and pink. I found this gorgeous sheet of paper with some embossing on it and it was perfect for my project.

The card has a double fold, so I tied it with a pink ribbon to keep it closed.  I added three little gem stones to make it sparkle, just like Ashleigh’s eyes!

 

Here is how the card opens. This style has lots of panels inside for messages, graphics and sentiments.

 

 

 

The bottom flap opens down to reveal a jumping-for-joy graduate. She’s all done up in pink, in keeping with the overall theme of the card. (This image is available from Mo’s Digital Pencil).

 

 

 

 

I wrote a special message, just for Ashleigh. As always, I ended the message with, “Love you more than chocolate!”

 

 

 

Here is what the card looks like when it’s opened all the way.

It was really fun to make a girly card, with little rosebuds and lots of pink!

I’m already looking forward to Ashleigh’s college graduation. Yippee, I get to make another card!

You can see more of my creations on my Globug Ideas Pinterest page.

 

Graduation Card for Austin

My Grandson, the Graduate!

The handsome young man in this photo is my grandson, Austin. The lovely young lady next to him is my 21-year-old granddaughter (Austin’s sister), Lindsay.

This was a proud day for me, “Grammie.” It was Austin’s high school graduation. Not only did he graduate with excellent marks, but he received a special award (which also included cash) for his strong contribution to the school; for his good nature; school involvement; big smile; polite and respectful attitude toward teachers, staff and students; and, for his ongoing voluntary work, mentoring (and play) with autistic students. He’s headed off to college this fall to study Television Broadcasting. Maybe we’ll see his handsome, smiling face on the tube, one day. (His real passion is for film-making, though, so maybe we’ll see his name on the Big Screen!). Now that I have done my bragging–as every good grandmother must do–let me show you the card that I made for Austin.

I decided to go with an easel card, so I would have more space for graphics and text, as well as for a personal note.Here is the front of the card, with its tiny diploma, all tied up with a black bow. I’m so finicky about details, that I actually created a real little diploma, complete with Austin’s name, date, school name, and so on. Silly, huh?
Instructions on how to make an easel card can be found at Splitcoast Stampers).

 

 

 

This is a view of the easel card when it is opened part way.

I added three small black pearls to hold the easel part up. The message says, “Class of 2012.”

 

 

The really cool “mortarboard” paper matched the plaid, perfectly! Yay!!

The happy graduate, clicking his heels together, is one of Mo Manning’s fabulous digital images (her images are also available in rubber).

The photo below shows the card fully opened, with the message that I wrote and printed out for the middle panel; the hand-scrawled text above is just another note from me and my husband.

 

We were giving Austin a gift certificate for his college book store, so I created a gift card holder on the back of the card.

 

 

 

 

I didn’t photograph it, but I also created a custom cardstock envelope/box for the card.

All, in all, I was happy with the overall result and Austin seemed to really like it, too.

Well, Austin’s next graduation will be from college, and I’m already starting to put ideas for his card into my Ideas File! As a Virgo, my motto is, “You can never be too prepared!”

You can see more of my creations on my Globug Ideas Pinterest page.