Friday 13 July 2012

Two more cards for the End of Year Rush

I had two more cards to make for Simon's teachers.  The left most was for his main teacher who is the most wonderful, calmest teacher in the school.  We were very lucky to have her, any other teacher may not have coped as well with Simon's special needs.
The one on the right is for his part-time teacher, who takes him for science and music.  He absolutely adores her and she has said the most wonderful things about Simon.  She has never seen a child come so alive when music is played.
I have always sung to my children even before they were born (captive audience), while breast-feeding (also captive audience), while playing games, feeding time, to calm them down when they were hurt or overwrought, and of course at bed time.  Most of these songs were gentle ballads, so you can imagine my surprise (annoyance even) when at 10 months he started humming "Smoke on the Water" just after his big brother James got an electric guitar - I didn't sing to him as often after that, and when I did I tended to take the tempo up a bit.  He was obviously trying to tell me something !
Both cards were based on this week's sketch from Waltzing Mouse - WMSC105.  What can I say - I like the sketch and my own well of ideas is a bit dry at the moment !
The upper panels on both cards were constructed with alcohol inked backgrounds - Sailboat Blue, Pool and Lemonade, and overstamped with Jet Black Archival Ink.  The left with two stamps from a set called Writing Set from Stampington and Company - the nibs and the calligraphy panel seemed perfect for a teacher, and the right with a music score stamp from Stempelwinkel.  On the left card, I thought I would try using a pair of wings instead of a strip to vary the sketch a bit - these were cut using Tim Holtz's Heart Wings die and stamped with a text stamp from Crafty Individuals.  The strip on the right was a piece of Tim Holtz washi Tape.  The black bird on the right card was made from black felt cut with the Tim Holtz Caged Bird die.  The sentiments and labels were from WMS Paris Nouveau.  I don't think I've ever used a stamp set as often and as thoroughly as this one.
Simon's on holiday after today and I have a batch of very belated birthday cards to make so I hope he gives me a bit of a break.  I also hope I like WMSC106 as much as this one!
Apologies for the lousy photograph.  I can't take a decent inside photo and it's been raining cats and dogs here since yesterday afternoon.  Plus I only had 30 seconds to snap a couple of photos before Simon went off to school.


  1. Very pretty - love these colours! I'm sure the teachers will love them,

  2. You made me laugh... Smoke on the Water!! Kids!! Gotta Love Them!! I love your cards (blue is my fave color) great looks you got with the distress inks! Really fun and trendy!

  3. Well at least he has really great taste in music!! :)
    Smoke on the Water...a classic!
    What fabulous cards!!
    The colors are so vibrant!
    And I have a special needs daughter (blind with CP) and many trips to the ER and surgeries have seen us calming her with singing...
    "Beth" was usually the one to do the trick! :)
    Thanks again for playing with us at WMSC!!

  4. Gorgeous cards using my favourite colours. Love the story :)

  5. Two fab cards for your sons teachers, I'm glad I'm not the only one that is having an end of term rush!


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