Monday, December 12, 2011

101st Birthday!

Believe it or not, my husband's Aunt just celebrated her 101st birthday. Can you believe it? When she was born they had no electricity, no telephone or some of the luxuries we now consider essential. In her lifetime she has seen more inventions come to life and the world has transformed significantly. How amazing.

When she finished high school she went to the big city and went to business school. She started working in a law firm and shortly thereafter was assigned to work with a new lawyer. It turned out she worked for him throughout his entire career and he eventually became a Senator. When he died, she retired to her house and her garden which was always magnificent. She never married and she never learned to drive. She bought her house in 1950 on her own. In those days single women just didn't do things like that. She lived there without too much help until at the age of 99 she decided it was time to move into a retirement home and she is very happy there. Needless to say, she is the oldest resident. She has made many friends and she is still very physically and mentally active. Apparently she is the only resident who still goes outside with her walker and takes her walks around the grounds to keep mobile. I guess all those years of walking everywhere has paid off.

Anyway, for her birthday I couldn't help myself but make a card based on the 101 Dalmatian theme. I cut the dog house and dog from the Four Legged Friends Cricut cartridge and added a banner saying Dalmatian Clubhouse. I added the black spots on the bog myself and then added a tag with 101 on it. I used my Peachy Kean stamps for the eyes. A big brown satin ribbon finishes it off.

Last week we took the card to his Aunt and she absolutely loved the card. All of her other cards had flowers on them so this one really stands out. She absolutely loved it! We spent the afternoon with her talking about her house plants and all the things that are keeping her busy. We are looking forward to seeing her again at Christmas time.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Card Challenge - A Caroling We Will Go

Cricut Cardz Challenge this week is to make a card for Christmas based on your favorite Christmas song and use any Cricut cartridge you'd like. Well after some deliberation I decided upon the song, "Deck the Halls".

I started with a backdrop of black designer paper that would enhance the wreath. I cut several holly leaves and berries from the Stretch Your Imagination Cricut cartridge and arranged them in the shape of a wreath. I then shaded in the berries using my Copic markers and added Christmas green Stickles to the leaves. More sparkle was added with the green organza ribbon.

Now, let's see what your cards look like. Go over to Cricut Cardz Challenge and add your project for everyone to see. It's always interesting what other crafters are doing in their spare time. See you next time!