My friend, Brenda, asked if I could have a Canada Day card class. She needed four cards for the big day, July 1st. Was I up for the challenge? Heck yes, I was. This year we celebrate Canada's 150th birthday. I am incredibly proud, grateful and honoured to be a Canadian. What better way to celebrate than a card class?
In order to come up with some card ideas, I reflected on some of things that make Canada, Canadian. In addition, I wanted these cards work together and coordinate, as a set. Each of the following cards are my own design.
The first card came easily...I live on Vancouver Island so I wanted something beachy, plus a nod to Canada's many lakes and our motto, "A Mari Usque Ad Mare..." From Sea to Sea. And I simply LOVE the new Muskoka (Adirondack) chair die. I was thinking of the Canadian flag for the second card. However, I wanted something a little different rather than "just a flag" and I wanted to emphasize the 150 years. By the time I reached the third card, I was a little punchy and my silly side started to leak out. I simply had to include the proud and noble beaver on a card, eh? And then I ran out of gas. I came up with a few ideas for the fourth card but none of them felt right. Eventually I gave up and went to bed. (Those of you who follow me know my history of procrastination. Yes, the first three cards were created the day/night before the class) On the afternoon of the class, thankfully an evening class, I finally decided on the fourth. I wanted something to reflect Canada's welcoming attitude (the doors) and our kindness. Done!
I decorated for the occasion and we had way too much fun. Even the dog and one of the cats got in on the action.
Card 1 - From Sea to Sea
Card 2 - The Big 150
Card 3 - Eh?
Card 4 - Open Door Kindness
The Canada Card Class gang. (L to R: Laura, Erica; Brenda. I'm on the floor with Penny puppy. Meshka, pictured separately is looking none to pleased about her party hat. She is probably the most tolerant kitty I've ever know.)
Until next time,