Quick Catch Up
Hello. How’re you today? Wow, how can it be February already?
The rest of January kept us busy. My grandfather passed away and was laid to rest on the 18th. My mom had asked me to deliver his eulogy; her and my youngest aunt put together an informative and wonderful one for him. The first time I checked it out through my mom’s email (at home while cooking dinner) I teared up barely getting half way. At his service, I was okay reading it out loud but when we showed a video of him demonstrating tai chi, I teared up. My grandfather was an amazing man and I learned so much about him from how he came to the US, how he proudly served in the army during WWII, and what he did afterwards. I was happy to learn he knew via a letter from the Chinese American WII Veterans Recognition Project that he will be awarded a Congressional Gold Medal in recognition of his dedicated service during World War II in Washington D.C. this spring. There was also an honor guard at the cemetary where “Taps” was beautifully played and a big and bold American flag covered his casket. My oldest aunt received his folded flag.
The teenager had her first semester finals the last full week of January – three days, two classes each. She slayed them of course; we’re very proud. Her sister, the tween, has been having many a group meeting, working with three, other classmates to build a roller coaster project for Advanced Math. They had to send in a picture of it by the end of month to show their progress; the quartet are now trying to decorate it, an Aladdin’s theme. I believe they named it “A Whole New Ride,” LOL.
It is now the Year of the Rat. Gung Hay Fat Choy! I had cleaned like a fiend the day before the 25th as I was on a time crunch with this post’s subject. These thank you cards were what I considered “old business” that needed to be done and mailed off before the start of the new year.
There are 16 cards here. They were created to thank family and friends who donated to support the sophomore’s tennis team and also to thank the overlapping few who gave Christmas gifts to the kids. You already know all the work from this post didn’t satisfy my perfectionist instincts. I probably spent around three weeks on this project before I was able to get it right.
I have a large supply of colored cardstock that I don’t use as often as I would like. With the original work (mentioned previously) my color theme was of love and Valentine’s. However this color scheme got me stuck as I’m not used to using those colors. I experimented with other colors but ended up going back to this maroon cardstock because I wanted to go with a parchment-like background and thus, Harry Potter’s Hogwarts acceptance letter became my inspiration.
The main cards are scored with 1/8″ vertical lines for visual interest. When I had the background on top of the cardstock, I felt there was something missing, like a layer and/or texture. Also, because I didn’t want to cut out 16 main cards again, I decided to score the papers.
- used white cardstock
- glued scrunched up, coffee filters halfway down
- blended Distress Oxides: Antique Linen (middle), Frayed Burlap (around AL), & Vintage Photo (outer edges)
- spritzed with water and dried
- die cut with one of the Sizzix Thinlits on top and on bottom in opposite corners
- overstamped in random places with one of the Bo Bunny Press It Is Written Stamps in Aged Mahagony
- stenciled Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Gothic in places in Frayed Burlap
- cardstock colored in Distress Oxide Aged Mahogany
- die cut with Tuoshei Butterfly Set Cutting Dies, the biggest one
- cardstock as main card
- die cut with die from My Art-C Die & Stamp Combo Live Life
- stamp from the same set mentioned above
- stamped in Versamark black
These were well-received. A few of the recipients let me know they got it and how they liked it. The cards were mailed off the Friday before Chinese New Year and that was a big load off of my shoulders.
Well, I’m off. My fast has ended and I’m looking forward to eating the jai my mama made for the new year as well as a piece of nin gou. Have a good Monday. Thanks for poppin in. TTYS.