Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Set the WABAC Machine to 1978, Sherman...

How fun to go back through the old yearbooks and find something you have long forgotten about.

While in high school, I did a few art projects with our "Lion" mascot. One was the banner for our Grade 12 pep rally. Yeah, that's me holding on to it in front of the whole gym. It was also "Hat Day" (hence the visor)....

I also did a mural for our sports teams. That's it behind the volleyball player.

Wow, wierd to see these old projects again... too bad the yearbooks back then were only in black and white.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

More old stuff

Another page from my old sketchbook... probably nearly 30 years ago. Not the best technically, but I obviously had an affinity for doing wildlife and scenery.

Monday, May 28, 2007

Mother's Day card

I know, I know... I'm really late posting this, but here is the "card" I made for my mom on Mother's Day. Actually, it's more like a mini-book.

First I created a template from chipboard for my own 3 X 3 envelope. I used this template to trace and cut out matching patterned papers in various black and white designs to make seven identical envelopes. After scoring the folds and glueing them down (except the flaps) I made an accordian-style book by glueing them together and attaching them in a cardstock cover, stamped, wrapped with ribbon and decorated with metal embellishments. Inside more stamping, stickers and a silk flower were added.

Inside each envelope I placed a photo of me growing up with my mom. Each photo is mounted on colored cardstock with matching ribbon "pulls" and the words, "Always there, always loved".

This was added to her Mother's Day gift and she was so surprised!

Thursday, May 24, 2007

iPod Thank you

The mother of my daughter's friend had an extra, brand new 4 Gig iPod with a pink metallic case to sell (dirt cheap, mind you), and asked if I wanted it. Well, since I had a no-name, basic MP3 player with only 512 MB of memory, I took her up on her offer.

But instead of just giving her the money, I wanted to thank her properly too. So I made a 3D card in the shape of an iPod (scored and folded lines to make a "box" with the top open). I slid a folded card inside with my sentiments, stamped it, added an eyelet and cord to resemble the white headphone cord. When you pull on the cord, the interior card slides out to reveal the money tucked inside.

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Jacobs Ladder

After watching Tricia make this on Craft TV Weekly last week, I knew I wanted to try it.

So I made my father a special 80th birthday "Jacob's Ladder" card:

It features photos of him growing up from a small boy to the wonderful grandfather he is today. Stamps include "family treasure" with small jewels. Chipboard, ribbon, brads and rub-ons were also used to decorate it.

Last night we went out to dinner with the family, and when he opened it, my sister quipped, "There goes Martha Stewart again...."


Sunday, May 6, 2007

More old artwork

Another drawing I found in an old sketchbook... I used to have a rabbit, although this looks more like a hare, which I probably copied from a photograph:

Again, I can't remember how long ago I did this.

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Digging up the past

What fun it is to uncover a piece of your own history. Today I came across some drawings I did years and years ago; glad I kept my old sketchbook. I will have to force myself to use it more often in the future.

Here's a pointsettia I did (obviously during Christmas) in oil pastel, but I can't for the life of me remember when. Definitely over 20 years ago:

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