Monday, May 6, 2013

Welcome Back To My Blog

Some of you know I have been making memory twisted easel cards for the Sandy Hook families.  It became very involved because I decided to add charms to them showing what their parents, family, etc. had shared about their favorite things and accomplishments were.

That being said, my neighbor saw them and asked if I could make one for her grand daughter's graduation from college with a nursing degree.  This one is done as a grad beach party with charms for the lanterns.  Above is the result and below is how I did it:

Images Cardfront:
  1. Stamped Path To The Beach with Memento Desert Sand on Natural Neenah Cardstock, painted with Twinkling H2O's, cut out with largest Romantic Rectangles die, threaded with twine, and attached to a piece of 6"X4" Solar White cardstock.  Added Gold Dust to highlight sand with glue for glitter.
  2. Stamped the grass from Beachcomber with Memento Desert Sand, trimmed and painted with twinks. Turned over and used stylus on emboss mat to give depth.
  3. Resized digital Girl Walking On Beach, mirrored image in PSP X2 photo program, changed color of image from black to beige, and cut out.  Turned over and embossed with stylus. Painted with twinks and mounted on grass.
  4. Used 3D pop dots on back and mounted to image.
  5. Found free images of Stargazer lily online, painted with twinks trimmed, embossed with stylus on the back and attached to girls dress.
  6. Mounted to scene.
  7. Sentiment was stamped with Toffee Crunch.
Card Fold:
  1. Go here to see how I did this twisted easel base.  It is 6" in width and 4" wide. and Neenah Solar White cardstock.
Card Base:
  1. Cut a piece of 5.75"X3.75" Natural cardstock and mounted in the middle of the base.
  2. Used IO Grass Border to cut grass for the the edges as shown.
  3. Mounted 2-3mm heats to the edges.
  4. Cut the base for the photo from Spellbinders Splendid Circles die.  Her photo was emailed from the grandparent and transferred onto photo paper.  The die was used as a stencil.  I did one of these for each Sandy Hook child or teacher.
  5. The shells and sand were added to the corner using real shells with a tiny heart pearl in the center shell.  The bow is from May Arts ribbon.
  1. I made a list of what I thought she would be using as a Neonatal Nurse.  Next I searched Charm findings sites, Etsy, and EBay.  It's amazing what is out there that doesn't cost a lot.  For the Sandy Hook cards I did the same and included Charmtastic and Charm It! charms.  It really didn't cost that much.  Some even include free shipping.  Charms are small!!

Envy & Note:
  1. The envelope card was stamped as shown.  The note stationary also has an envelope since there is no room to write on the card itself.

As a last thought and in case Amanda doesn't like charm bracelets, I built a mini floating heart locket key chain.  What nurse doesn't have a lot of keys.  I saw the lockets while hunting for all the charms I have needed and found these itty bitty ones.   Take a close look.  You can find charms for anything in this size.  The prices are as little as $1.  The lockets start at around $6.  How fun.  The heart says "Love My Grand Daughter" and the other one says "Believe In Miracles".

That's it for today.  Thanks for waiting and for stopping by to look and share.  Hope to see you sooner than later.  ;-)






jimlynn said...

Shirley, this is just gorgeous! I know she's going to love everything about it. So beautiful.
Love the charms on here - what an awesome way to do a card!

Conniecrafter said...

Very special that you have been doing these cards for the sandy hook people, love the image on the front and love how you used the charms on them, so precious, the key chain is so cool too, love all the charms inside the heart!

Ellen Taylor said...

So nice to see you posting again Shirley! What a fantastic thing to do for the Sandy Hook families. These will be such heartfelt, treasured keepsakes. No wonder others are asking you to make them! Very inspiring!

Crafting Queen said...

Great to see you in blogland again. Love your card, it's so wonderful. :)

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Beautiful art Shirley with so much detail. The charms are very special. Wonderful work that you have been doing. Take care, Shirleyx

Benzi said...

Your neighbor's granddaughter is going to love this very personalized card. Such wonderful charms for bracelets and key chains.

And, how wonderful you have been using your talents for the Sandy Hook families, too. I am sure it will warm their hearts.

You have a heart of gold.

Sue Lelli said...

WOW, Shirley! So much thought went into this and there are so many FAB details! LOVE the charms and that key chain locket! So nice of you to also make things for the Sandy Hook Families! How special!

Beth Norman said...

Wowza, how awesome. Your work is outstanding. I think what you are doing for Sandy Hook is very inspiring. What a blessing you are.

Katie said...

What a neat card and keepsake. I love all of the charms and how you incorporated the girl into the IO image. And I love how you put her picture into the easel too, what a cool idea! Also love the keychain, how neat, what a wonderful gift to carry around! Thanks for sharing.

Donna Ellis said...

Oh, my, shirley! This is darling, beautiful, sentimental, extra-special, heartwarming, amazing - all of the above! A wonderful keepsake, and beautiful creation for her granddaughter to enjoy forever. Love all the elements you have combined, and especially those charms! I wondered where you had "gone". Knew you must be extra busy, but now I know what you have been up to. Such a caring heart you have. Hope all is going well. hugs, de

Greta said...

I am in total awe, Shirley! What an amazing project! Wish someone would have made it for me a million years ago when I became a nurse!

Donna B. said...

Shirley that is AMAZING!! You are a rock star!! I LOVE and PUFFY HEART everything about this project!!

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