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Craft #9 – Thinking of You Card

20 Jan

One of the most frustrating things about being chronically ill, is how much of your life is taken from you.
Growing up as the youngest of three girls in a single parent household, there wasn’t a whole lot of spoiling rotten going on. Not that our Christmas presents were clothes, but it was only because of my Mum’s excellent budgeting skills that we had the things we did.

On some of the school holidays and long weekends, I’d go alone to stay with my great aunt Dawn. And she DID spoil us.
Dinner was whatever you wanted to eat (Cheeseburgers OK! She ate her own healthier meals) and days were filled with craft and fun.
I was always so much closer to Dawn than any of my own grandparents, and she had never been able to have children, so I suppose she had more time for us.

As I got older and sicker, my visits to Dawn have declined rapidly. She lives an hour away, and that’s just too long of a commute for me. She’s also too ill to visit me.
These days, its all I can manage just to send a card to let her know that I love her.


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This is one of the earlier cards I made. The butterflies are made using a Martha Stewart punch, and the rest was cut with the Silhouette. Dawn loves purple, so I tried to make it very purple! I used a purple ink pad to stain the top layer of card.

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Craft #4 Butterfly Birthday Card

15 Jan

1471133_10152618186920168_4397228115289274374_nMy Mum’s birthday snuck up on me this year, but I managed to put together a card fairly quickly. The most important thing was to magically have my sister write in it, as she is in Canada (we live in Australia).

I had her write out her message, scan and send it to me, then printed it to the right size.

For the card itself: I used a few different brands of patterned paper that seemed to go together, as well as pale blue ribbon (she’s not a pink fan), stamps (sentiment and butterfly) and cutting the butterflies with the Silhouette machine. That way, when I stamped the butterfly pattern, it was dual coloured but surrounded by white. I’m pretty obsessive so when I buy stamps like that, I tend to get the pattern into my Silhouette program so that I can make perfectly sized cut stamp tags.

I used foam stickers to lift the sentiment and butterfly tags to add more height. I also used the same coloured ink to edge the card tags, to add an illusion of height.

A nice, simple and clean card, and Mum seemed happy!

Happy card making 🙂