Friday, May 31, 2013

Pennant Parade Birthday Card

Today's Lesson From The Craft Room:  Trim Away The Dead
It's a weird lesson, but I think it will make sense if I explain it.  We have a beautiful weeping birch tree in the backyard.  By now it is likely 80 years old and every year there seem to be limbs that die.  Today we had the tree trimmers come to trim away the parts that were dead.  I'm always nervous about trimming away what is dead - afraid too much will disappear and it will no longer be recognizable.  I know this is a lesson I need to learn about myself as well - the ability to trim away that which is dead - that which is no longer serving me or my soul.  And yes, I struggle with the same fear - that I won't recognize myself if I strip away that which I have come to believe about myself.  What if we changed where we live?  What if I changed what I do?  What if we changed our approach to each day - a new routine?  Maybe the tree is there to teach me.  She looked beautiful today after that trim - green and glorious - blowing in the breeze without a care.  She even looked more full with all of that dead weight gone.  Maybe it can be the same for me.
Today's card was made using the background technique that I keep teasing you with!  I had planned to make the video today, but the chainsaw noise in the background would not have made for a great video!  So, I will film the video over the weekend and get it to you by Monday!  I die cut some letters using the Typeset Alphabet dies and Pink Pirouette card stock.  The pennants are from Pennant Parade - stamped on Pink Pirouette with Melon Mambo ink and then punched with the Petite Pennants builder punch.  I used the Little Labels Punch Pack to punch the small stamp squares of Melon Mambo card stock that I glued to the pennants.  I used the Simply Serif Mini Alphabet set to create the letters for "wish" and punched them out using the circle punch from the Itty Bitty Shapes punch pack.  The "happy birthday" greeting is from Teeny Tiny Wishes - stamped onto Pink Pirouette card stock with Melon Mambo ink and partly punched out with the Ticket Duo Builder punch.  Of course, I had to add some dazzling diamonds for some bling!  Dazzling Diamonds is still one of my all time favorite things - just added with 2-way glue...even if the glitter ends up making me, the craft room and the pets sparkly :)  I hope you have a wonderfully creative weekend!!!!!

1 comment:

Lorraine said...

Great card Michelle. Looking forward to the video.