On February 5th, our granddaughter Emersyn (Emmie for short) will turn four years old. She joined our family in April 2013 and we have been the luckiest family to have this sweet, sassy, funny, and full of joy child in our lives.
Last Halloween, she was “Ariel” from The Little Mermaid and said to me, “Mimi, I want to be a mermaid when I grow up!” Well, who doesn’t? Was it by coincidence–I think not–that Graphic 45 came out with a collection called Voyage Beneath the Sea at CHA in January for the project today. Instead of a card, this music box, which plays “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star,” will certainly surprise my little mermaid in the making!
I’m invigorated with new ideas after CHA and thought I’d start it off with a beautiful card to inspire you as well. Valentine’s Day is less than a month away and this would be a perfect project to convey your feelings to that special someone, but it would also be a loving gesture for a birthday, wedding or anniversary card.
In addition to new dies with Elizabeth Craft Designs, they have launched two new lines of paper. The wonderful Soft Finish in a 100 lb. weight is a duo paper with white on the inside for us professional card makers and Premium Palette, an 85 lb. weight in colors that will melt your heart (it did mine!) I know it will be a few more weeks before it’s available to the public, but I couldn’t help myself by sharing this exciting news and showing you how perfectly perfect it is. The Premium Palette comes in both 12-inch x 12-inch or 8 1/2-inch x 11-inch.
December is just a few weeks away and I knew it was time to do the calendar page to finish off the 2015 with some sparkle. Aluminum trees were a fad in the 60s and I remember my mother wanting to change out our usual evergreen for one. Money my grandfather had given her for Christmas was spent on this trend that would bring her years of pleasure.
Since Christmas was my mother’s favorite holiday, I wanted to honor her memory and create my own version of an aluminum tree with the help of Silver Metallic Shimmer Sheets (SS0211) and my Holiday Evergreen (#1093) die. I couldn’t replicate the “color wheel” that illuminated the colors on the branches, cut I could do the next best thing and trim them with Sticker Dots (#7018) in my favorite Red. A few presents, pots of Poinsettias and a bough of evergreens completes this cozy scene.
For the third week of “Joy of Giving,” the giveaway will include: Graphic 45’s collection~”A Christmas Carol,” a sheet of 2016 Calendar Months (from Rosie’s Roadshow), a package of Elizabeth Craft Designs Soft Finish 100lb cardstock (PSF102), my CountryScapes – Build A Snowman (1081) and CountryScapes – Clouds & Grass (1094) dies. Next month, we can start the new year with January’s calendar together.
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The winner will be announced on Saturday, November 21st.