Saturday, April 16, 2011

All Because Two People Fell in Love

O.K. all...better go and grab a coffee and get comfy....this one's going to be a long one lol.
It's spring, or so we've been told and we are finally starting to see it here. Two days ago we had snow and today the sun is shining and it's a beautiful 10 degrees (42). I was outside in the sun in just a long sleeved shirt and jeans and I wasn't even cold!
Unfortunately, spring gets me thinking of in flower beds that need tending, grass that needs cutting and of course the trees that might need trimming. Well Vickie, of Nana Vic's, gave us a tree this last fortnight for her Vickie Quickie Challenge, that needs no work at all. She calls it her Tree of Life and as soon as I saw it I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it! Yeah right, what's that saying about the best laid plans of mice and men? The idea was was just the execution of it that I was having the problems with. The image itself was a dream to problems there. It was what I wanted to do with the base of the card. Well hold on...lets start at the beginning. My great idea was to make the Tree of Life a Family Tree...get it...Tree of Life...Family Tree? So you see where I'm going with this right? No problem it all colored up nice and ready to go. Now usually the next step is where I have the problem....what to do with the image now. problem...already knew I wanted to do a triple easel card. Color choices...o.k...little problem. Couldn't make up my mind what to put with the peach. I finally settled on a nice blue...peach and blue...nice spring and summer colors right (their anniversary is in January...they may want a reminder of the warmth that is to come lol)? Originally I had wanted use a bunch of pictures of our family and make them into digi paper. Only problem with that, besides that fact that I didn't have enough colored ink, is that the pictures get covered up by everything else. Then I wanted to do a small calendar on the program would not let me do what I wanted in the size I after too much wasted ink, I gave up that idea. So, what to do with it now? I went out to the stores to see if an idea would hit me...and it did. Here's what I came up with.
I put my mom and dad's names (you might notice that it's blurry on their names...I blurred the last names for their privacy), the date they met, when they got married, and the names of my siblings and me in the peaches on the tree. Then I took my leaf punch (that I'm not supposed to have's part of my Mother's Day gift from my dd...but she was kind enough to let me use it this once lol) and punched out 5 blue and 14 peach leaves. On the blue one's I wrote the names of my brothers-in-law and sister-in-law and glued them around my sentiment. The sentiment by the way, is the words of one of my favorite country songs. Then I wrote the names of all of my parents grandchildren on the rest of the leaves and attached them with dimensionals.
As an added touch to the tree, I added SU's Crystal effects to the peaches and blue stickles to the leaves. Now I just have to wait a year to see what they think lol. If you'd like to join in on Vickie's newest Vickie Quickie, you can find it here along with her new freebie for it. Trust me, you don't want to miss out on this one.


CS - Coredinations
DP - BoBunny
Blue Stickles
SU Crystal Effects
Black fine felt
White Gelly Roll pen
Colored with Prisma Scholar and oms.

Challenges entered:

Nana Vic's - Vickie Quickie - April 1 -15 (yes I'm late, but I still posted it to her lol)
Outlaws - CAS - Recipe - CAS0410
Patty's Card Creations - Challenge #19 - Spring
Papercrafting Journey - Challenge #8 - Use a Freebie
Papertake - Truly Dimensional
Dutch Dare Card Challenge - #108 - Fancy Folds


Nightowl said...

Well my dearest friend the wait was well worth it. Your 'Tree of Life' is simply breathtaking and I just know that your parents are going to flip when they see the amount of time you've put into it. The whole concept of the 'Family Tree' is brilliant and adding all the names to the apples and leaves has made it very personal. How nice was it that your dd allowed you to use the leaf punch early. Now hunny, you'll have to put it somewhere super duper safe so you don't forget it by the time January comes around. *Big Hugs*

Anette said...

Dear charlene. What a fabulous project! You entered our challenge twice, but did not mention that you were entering this card in our challenge at DDCC?! Thanks for joining us anyway, it's great.

Pattie G said...

What a pretty card! Thanks for joining us this week at Dutch Dare Card Challenge.
Hugs ♥

uhooi said...

Your card is really natural and nice,,

Sarah Dunlop said...

Your card is beautiful xx And thank you for the great comment xx

Sarah - the crafty journal x

Kim Kelley said...

WOW Char...just lovely. So I am not the only one that has everything ready and planned (in my mind) and by the time I am ready to do it something happens!

Sara I. said...

Gorgeous job Char and fabulous idea!!! Love all the leaves with all the names (what an awesome dd you have!!) and very pretty color combo. I think Vickie hit the nail on the head - your parents will definately flip when they see this -no question about it!! I am always amazed at your easel cards and this one was no different! ~hugs

Melanie M said...

Lovely idea. Thanks for joining us at Patties Creations Design Challenge.

Brenda said...

Oh my gosh Charlene, what an amazing card. So much work and so much thought went into this. I love it! hugs, Bren

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