Thursday, November 19, 2009

Weddings, Snowdrifts, and Slinkies

I got a text in the middle of the night last night. One of 'my' college students got engaged. I feel so blessed, I was the second person she told - right after her mama. Miss K is a senior with a 4.o GPA and has made it a daily practice during her time at BCU to come into my office and give me a hug. Sometimes she needs the hug, sometimes I need the hug, and sometimes it's just because it is our tradition.

Now I need to be conjuring up ideas for a wedding card! Miss K is one of a kind - so the card will have to be ...well...unique and VERY nontraditional wedding-esk. (Think heavy metal, natural blonde {however, she has gone with fuchsia, magenta, teal, red, and greens}, natural curls, tattoos (in moderation), amazing drawing talents, semi-goth, pirate loving, renaissance participant, woman-child who sits in my office and plays with my giggle stick, slinky, and bubble blower.) If anyone has any spot-on ideas for this wedding card....I'm open to suggestions.

By the way...I have a large basket of small toys (stress balls, tiny action figures, a yo yo, finger cuffs, kaleidoscope, and other small trinkets) in my office. Not for me...for 'my kids'. I initially had them there so students coming in to discuss terrifying subjects like re'sumes, graduate school applications, and internships would have something to help them relax....Now they just come in and play with the toys. They all have their favorites - and I usually know which one they will grab for...and YES, I wipe them down with Clorox wipes daily.

Snow Drifts Remembered

This is a response to a challenge over at Crazy 4 Challenges. At first I was going to pass on this week's suggest to use acetate. But reminding myself of the definition of the word challenge - I decided to go for it.

There are many interesting methods for using acetate in card making. Most of them - rather intricate and time consuming. Me? I opted for a lazy use of this clear material. I agreed to accept the smack down I never agreed to bust a hump about it!

Being lazy actually created just the look I was going for- how cool is THAT??? A shakeable card that would remind you of a snow fall with mounds of drifts. As you move the card from side to side the iridescent loose glitter slides around behind the acetate creating mounds of sparkly 'snow'.

Card Recipe~Base card - PTI
~Layer of daisyd's design paper (Showoffs) - it features a vintage chic look of snowpeeps
~Layer of acetate sewn with my Pfaff sewing machine - three sides then insertion of loose glitter - then the fourth side sew closed
~Snowflake brad secures the silver metallic thread and metal snowflake - which in it's former life was a Hallmark earring
~Oval card stock smudged with Tim Holtz Distress Ink and stamped with Just Rite's "Believe"

TaDa!! I survived an uncomfortable challenge!

You can get up close with the card by clicking on the image.
All good wishes,


  1. Great job! Glad you decided to give it a go 'cause it looks wonderful! Sometimes it's about stepping outside the comfort zone :)


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