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Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Handmade Cards

First, I'd like to say thank you again for sending positive thoughts to my dad. He's doing well. They had him on his feet for a few minutes yesterday and then, while I was there, the Physical Therapist came and got him in the chair. And I'll admit, I felt better seeing my dad sitting in a chair!

I went to Borders the other day and bought him the John Adams book which was the basis of the HBO mini series that I'm following. My dad doesn't get excited about too much but that seemed to perk him up a bit. He's had his nose in a book for as far back as I can remember!

My mom is visually impaired and can't drive so my sister and I will be taking mom where she needs to go. I'm getting ready to pick mom up and take her to WalMart so she can get what she needs there.

The rest of the today then, will be a bit of down time for me. My dad will have plenty of visitors today so I'll go see him again tomorrow.

I thought I would share photos of a few cards that I made on Saturday. First are these pansy cards:

Cards Pansies

I dried some pansies in my microwave between 2 sheets of paper towels. Then I took a single layer of cheesecloth and ironed on a piece of Heat & Bond. I sprinked a bit of dried lavender on 1/2 of the cheesecloth, then arranged a few pansies and some leaves on it. I folded the other 1/2 of the cheesecloth over the top and bonded them together.

I tore one of my handpainted dryer sheets into strips, clued a piece of that onto the card. I took my pinking sheers and trimmed the edges of the cheesecloth and then glued that over the dryer sheet.

Of course you know, I like my glitter so I added a touch of that. I scanned these so now I have glitter all over my scanner! Ha, ha, ha!

I also made a set of cards using some of my button block images:

Cards Button Blocks

These aren't all that exciting but they are pretty. I'm not huge into papercrafts, it's just fun to experiment a little bit and do something a little different.

Well, I'm off to pick mom up and go to WalMart. When I get back, I'm going to relax and stitch.

Thank you again everyone, for keeping my dad in your thoughts.


Allison Ann Aller said...

Love the cards! I need to loosen up and play like that...
Glad your dad is on the road to recovery. Nothing like a great history book to help that along, too.

Judy S. said...

Fun cards, Pam! I'd heard of using dryer sheets as a stabilizer but not for the cheesecloth effect, too.

Sounds like your dad is on the mend which is great.

patternnuts said...


I love pansies so much. How long did you microwave them? I have never heard of drying them that way! So cool! I just don't have the room or the patience to press flowers. I think that would be great! (Have you done this before? How did the color hold up?)

Anonymous said...

Hi Pam, I am sorry I am late seeing the note about your father. I hope he goes from strength to strength and is soon up and running
Marian in SA

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