You may recall that I am trying to work through all the March birthdays I missed by posting very thoughtful belated birthday cards here on my blog and then also posting those cards into other challenges, galleries and whatnot before sending them (quite thoughtfully!) to their intended recipient.
What can I say? I'm a giver! I give! (Hee!)
Today's lucky ducky is my mother, who celebrated a birthday on March 21st and who will be receiving this card:
There's a funny little story that goes along with this card.
CHAPTER ONE: Tim Holtz Tattered Florals challenge
The challenge is now over, but the idea of chaining the flowers together came to me when I was working on that challenge. I ended up making the Doublehigh Accordion Album Tutorial with Tattered Floral Rosettes project instead, primarily because I reminded myself that as much as I adore everyone else's product lines, especially my awesome collection of Sizzix dies from other artists, I'm sort of supposed to be, you know, promoting my own dies when I can, and doing a whole tutorial for how to chain the flowers together to make a cool pop-up card in total absence of, you know, any of my own product, was maybe not a smart, you know, business decision!
CHAPTER TWO: Shelly mentions she's still ruminating on what to do for said Tattered Florals challenge
Here's the thing. I never have a shortage of ideas, but I run pretty darn short on time to execute them. Plus, I'm a slow crafter. There are so many amazing designers who have been using my dies and it is especially thrilling when I can just pass off a technique via a blog tutorial, Pop-up 2Torial, or even just a text message, to a fabulous designer who will then do that technique ever-so-much-more-fabulously than I did, or would, or thunk, or whatever.
So when Shelly Hickox mentioned that she was still figuring out what to do for the THTF challenge, I promptly said "Hey, you should chain together a bunch of Tattered Florals and make a cool pop-up flower card!" Quite demandingly, if I recall. Seemed like a great idea - she would do it better than I would anyway. I quickly grabbed some matboard, my Tiny Attacher stapler, the Tattered Florals die and the nearest paper that I probably wouldn't use on something else (in this case, sparkly gold! For days!) and threw together a "go-by" sample card to show her what I meant:
CHAPTER THREE: Shelly says "Look chick - I don't need your help, 'mmmkay?"
Actually she didn't say that. What she said was "I have my own killer idea for this die but that's pretty cool. You should do something with that." or something similarly pleasant and complimentary. And, side note, she really did have a killer idea and if you want to join me in feeling utterly out-crafted feel free to check it out here: Shelly's Tattered Florals Birdcage of Awesomeness.
I took Shelly's excellent advice and promptly did something with my "go-by" sample. I put it on the kitchen desk and forgot all about it.
CHAPTER FOUR: Doublehigh Accordion Albums rock da house!
I can't regret my decision not to chain the flowers for the THTF challenge because, as a result of that Doublehigh Accordion Album tutorial, numerous amazing designers took the idea and ran with it. YESSSSS! There was a gorgeous card by Helen Cryer, an amazing album by S@ndy Diller, Shelly's March TH Tag and, most recently, Shelly's Treasure Each Day card. Just to name a few! WOW!
The Accordion Album die has come into stock and then promptly gone back out of stock at numerous retailers because of all the awesome Accordion Album ideas being posted. I believe it is back in stock at IE and you can get a link and discount code from Shelly's Treasure Each Day post.
CHAPTER FIVE: What's that clickin' noise?
In this chapter I decided to clean up the kitchen in preparation for John's cousin Jessica to come visit for Easter weekend and came across a matboard card sitting on the kitchen desk and said to myself "What's this?" (What's that clickin' noise?) Then I opened it and said "Hey! This is pretty cool! I should do something with this!"
Here are the supplies I used to make Mom's card:
- Discarded "go-by" sample with chained-together Tattered Florals in a hideous gold color attached to a tri-panel card made with Sizzix matboard. (Chain the flowers by linking each to the next and alternating the connection point from the centers to two outside petals)
- Tiny Attacher stapler
- Turquoise Mist (I used Tattered Angels) to change the primary color from Gold to "gold-undertones".
- Creative Impressions pre-made plastic leaves.
- Little Yellow Bicycle "Just Because" papers
- Paper Smooches "Celebrate" stamp
- KaiserCraft Tiny (is an understatement) Alpha Stickers
- Basic Grey Magnets
- KAREN BURNISTON DIES: Celebrate Sizzlits Set (heart, label), Butterfly, Flower & Swirl Sizzlits Set (swirl)
See? I used some of my own dies! I'm a good self-promoter! Heh.
Happy Belated Birthday, Mom!