Thursday, July 18, 2013

My Sister's Birthday in July!

For those of you who look at my blog regularly, you will know that my sister, Heidi, has been my cardmaking teacher and mentor and is responsible for getting me involved in this fun hobby, which I thoroughly enjoy!  But, making her a card is always a challenge, because she is so artistic and the card must be worthy of all the hours she has spent teaching me, as well as just plain having fun going to crops and retreats, relaxing and spending time making cards together (and with our mother as well)!  

I LOVE Heidi's card designs and can't pass up getting kits from her with each of her new projects.  (If you want to see her artistic abilities, visit her blog:  Even though I am a "somewhat" seasoned cardmaker (I do not usually need a teacher to guide me step by step through the cardmaking process, but can refer to a picture or sketch to figure it out), I find making the card kits my sister designs is always a learning experience.  There is usually some new technique involved that I have never done, which teaches me something new or reinforces prior taught knowledge, and allows me to master it.  I also find my own creativity may challenge me to tweak the card or embellish upon it, adding a bit of my own flair.

Heidi recently redesigned her craft room with lots of cute wall decorations and interesting counter storage ideas.  She has about eight to ten very large three-gallon glass jars full of ribbons wound onto old-fashioned wood clothespins that make a colorful array on one of her counters. With this thought in mind, I really wanted to make a card that depicted this decorative, crafty storage idea that she loves.  It was challenging to make a clear jar without the glue showing and get all those bits of ribbon beneath the jar just right,  but it was great fun to make!  Here is the card and special birthday verse that I came up with.  I hope my very creative sister loves and enjoys it.

Recipe:  Stampin'Up stamp: Perfectly Preserved (jar/lid). Stampin' Up papers: Daffodil Delight cardbase, In Color-2010-2012 DSP: Pear Pizzaz (ret.), Peach Parfait (ret.); Sassafras Lass: Sweetly Smitten; Pinecone Press: Plaid; Recollections blue plaid; Clear acrylic. Ink: StazOn-Timber Brown; Colorbox-Chestnut Roan (distressing). Dies: SU Cannery framelit (jar); Lifestyles Labels 9, Spellbinders Labels 22 (inside).  SU Baker's Twine: Lucky Limeade, Island Indigo. K&Co.-Puffy butterflies. SU button: Sweet Stitches. Stash: 5/8" sage/blue variegated sheer ribbon, 1-3/4" white scalloped lace, 4" white doily (Michaels), Heart hat pins, ribbon pieces (in jar), Aqua rhinestones (inside), 3D foam tape. Scotch glider tape.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Carlene! I think it's so sweet that you and your sister share this hobby! She will love this card - the double-banner and the ribbon pieces are perfectly placed and so creative. Your distressing looks great!


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