Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Gettin' Buggy Wit' It

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My grandson is turning 11 years old this month. This handsome young man has a fascination with all things ladybug so of course his card had to sport his favorite insect.

This lucky ladybug sits upon the large leaf of a sunflower hand-drawn with Prismacolor Premier coloring pencils. The cloudy blue sky was achieved by chalking around the edges of a cloud-shaped paper template cut out with a scissors. The spots on the wings are created with silver mini brads. The body and wings are cut with a Nestabilities oval die. Two red ovalsare split down the middle lengthwise for the wings and trimmed slightly at the top to allow for the head and eyes. All brads with the exception of those closest to the head are inserted through the top wings only and the "legs" spread open. The bottom wings are glued beneath the top wings, covering these "legs" and preventing them from catching on the bug's body. The topmost set of brads are inserted through both layers of the wings as well as the body. These act as pivots allowing the wings to turn out. The legs come from a gift set of chocolates that were wrapped in foil to resemble LoveBugs and had the legs stuck to the bottom of the foil. I not only enjoyed the chocolate immensely, I immediately saw the crafting possibilities in those buggy legs. They were a perfect addition to my ladybug.

The wings swing out to reveal a golden Happy Birthday sticker inside. The inside of the card (not shown) has a trail of ladybugs all around the perimeter. It's just the right touch to frame the happy sentiments my family and I have written to him for his special day.

Ballo ergo sum
- Gitana, the Creative Diva

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