Saturday, April 23, 2011

I Have the Best Mom Ever (Or 'What My Mom Sent Me for Easter')

I love my mom. She does things like this.

She sends me surprises like this mysterious apparently blank construction paper card we received in the mail yesterday...

...and then I open it to find this! A completely homemade pop-up Easter diorama card!!! Love!!! How cute and awesome is that? Very!

I mean, she designed, drew, cut, and assembled the whole thing herself, which has me, Miss Arts-N-Crafts Lady, totally in awe of how she did it.

Looks like that although I managed to inherit her artistic ability, the patience and geometry/math genes passed me by. Ahhhh, fickle genetics!

But hey, at least I got the arty part. That's what's important, right?

And although you all may not be familiar with my mom's handy work, I can say that this card is quintessentially Mama in its style. I love it! Just look at that adorable chick!

When my husband saw it he thought it was pretty cool, too. Then he paused, looked at it, turned to me and said, "You are so your mother's daughter." Apparently in content and in style (hmmm, perhaps artistic style is an inheritable trait...).

Apparently the other long distance sibling got a homemade pop-up Easter card too, and he declared it the best card he has ever received. I heartily concur.

I'm so glad I opened it before Easter -- now I get to enjoy it a bit longer.

Now I just need a few more, so that I can have my little collection to put out for decoration every year (hint *wink*hint*nudge, Mama).

I smell a new tradition! Pin It

Friday, April 15, 2011

Fun with Flocking

I know I haven't been a busy little blogging bee of late (and I hope to write a post about the partial why of that soon), but I did manage to get in a bit of time the other day for some first-time flocking fun!

And the results were cute and Eastery. Why not find some time to squeeze in quick photos and a mini-post too? Hurray!

I bought some tiny little canisters of flocking powder from the dollar bin at the craft store a couple of years ago, and never ever did anything with them (and in case you're not familiar with the term, flocking powder is little, teeny-tiny, shavey, velveteeny fuzz that can make your artwork look and feel like a fuzzy toy pony straight from the least that's how I can best find to describe it).

Then whilst cleaning up my studio the other day, I found my handy-dandy Martha Stewart glue pens (she happens to have her own line of flocking powders as well, though dollar-bin-priced they are not) and inspiration struck to finally do some flock art!

And a sweet, bitty-bunny sprung forth.

I don't know if I'm patient enough to do this flocking powder business regularly, though. I have to admit, I LOVE the fuzzy-wuzzy results, but my 'I-can't-wait-for-the-glue-to-dry' attitude led to some less than desirable flocking attempts before this one.

However, I am dying to use this to enhance some artwork with li'l bits o' fuzziness though. Just think of all the cute and creepy possibilities! Pin It