Monday, May 10, 2010
GCA #88 - Sweet Memories!!
With the beginning of May, many special days come at us and many special occasions. All of those days give us SWEET MEMORIES! I came about this week's challenge as I was working on my gift for my mother. Her birthday and Mother's day are just a few days apart and I so I usually combine her gifts with one large one.
Here is my sample for this week. Not too happy with how the pic came out, but I tried to fix it with the "fix-it" program!! As I said earlier, this is for my mother as a combo Mother's Day and birthday gift.
I decided to create a shadow box, with the emphasis on the picture. This is a picture of me when I was 15 months old and the last picture of me before my accident. If you look at my profile picture closely, you can where I had some burns to my mouth area. I took the original picture, which is very tattered and torn, and had it copied at Meijer's. This picture started out as 8x10, but I cut it down to 5x7.
The shadow box came from Hobby Lobby and is 8x10. I covered the back panel with a piece of dsp from the Sweet Pea stack, spritzed it with the Soft Suede and Old Olive marker and then used the direct-to-paper technique with the Soft Suede. My intent was to go vintage. The actual picture is matted with a piece of Soft Suede textured and then I used the distressor tool around the edges.
I used a leftover piece of "ruffled twill" I had from another project on the bottom. The flower is made using the Flower Folds die in Cameo Coral and was distressed with Soft Suede ink. If you look closely you can see the flower on my dress and I was attempting to bring that out. Some of the buttons are non - SU!, but are "vintage" looking. The flower buttons are from the Button Latte and I used a flower brad on the other button. I used a Vanilla HPH designer label bracket for the nameplate. A couple of nature "twigs" and it was done!
So for this week I want you to create something that either evokes the memories of past happy events, as in my sample, or something you need to create for an upcoming special day. With graduations, Father's Day, weddings, birthdays and so many more the list is endless.
You DO NOT need to create a 3-D project like I did. You can create a scrapbook page, a special card or anything your heart leads you to! Just make it so the memories will be sweet when the recipient looks at it.
Upload your creation to either your blog or to an online gallery and post a link to your creation to this blog entry by May 15, 2010 at 12 midnight. I will choose the winner the next day. If you upload your card to SCS, PaperCraft Planet, Stampin' Addicts or Stamp TV, please put GCA88 in your keywords. That way everyone can see all of the wonderful creations at once!
Even if you can't make the drawing deadline, PLEASE feel free to participate in the challenges and upload your creations at any time. I would love to see it! And yes, my challenge is open to everyone who visits, even if you live outside the US!