Birds & Words

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Friends Making Cards for Friends

One of my very favorite things about paper art is the friends I make.  Martha Vaughn is a special one.  Martha came into the store last summer when she and her husband, Ed, were here on vacation from Texas for some cool mountain air.  She stopped in two days before they were scheduled to go home!  We kept in touch some by email through the year and when she came back this summer, it was like seeing an old friend again.
Martha told me she and Ed has received a beautiful bouquet of flowers from the owner of the hotel where they were staying and she wanted to make a thank you card for her.  Great idea!  She selected a sheet of Webster's Pages and created a shutter card.

Here is Martha's card.  Lovely, isn't it?  I love this card template because its so simple, but finishes so beautifully and has that wow factor.  If you haven't made one, stop in Rocky Mountain Memories and I'll give you a free 30 second lesson.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Bessie Ida

Can you imagine your grandmother as a young woman?  What was she like?  What girlish ways did she have?  How was her character and her priorities carried into succeeding generations?

Stacy Clinton explored all of these things at Rocky Mountain Memories in the creation of her memory box.  With Cherri Robb's guidance, Stacy created a collage of ephemera and photographs that became a tribute to Bessie Ida Babcock Cunningham, her grandmother.

RMM:  Stacy, did you know your grandmother?  Was she still alive when you were a child?
Stacy:  No, she died a month after my mother was born.  My mother never even knew her.
RMM:  What are some of the items you included in your memory box?
Stacy:  Four pictures of Bessie, hand tatted lace that was made by great aunt, a handkerchief that was with the lace, I don't know who made that.  I also included a copy of her college diploma.
RMM:  Why did you choose Bessie Ida as the subject of your altered box?
Stacy:  To get to know her.  I have a photo album from her college days.
RMM:  Did it work?
Staci: Yes, it did.
RMM:  Where will you keep this art you have created?
Stacy:  Sitting on a bookcase in front of my craft table, eye level!

Stacy & Cherri in close collaberation!!

The cover of Stacy's Memory Box; a beautiful peony with a lion clasp.

Left inside featuring photos of Bessie Ida and a copy of her college diploma!

Right inside.  Bessie Ida, looking sharp posing with an umbrella and hand tatted heirloom lace from Stacy's family.

A treasure and a tribute to a woman who died too soon, but loved and remembered.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Susan Mostek's classes

Hey I wanted you to see the great projects Susan has lined up for June 18.  These are reinterpretations of past classes, brought back by requests.  The morning class will use this beautiful Graphic 45 page to make a "Quote Booklet", but you can, of course make it whatever you like.  Susan will have on hand other ways to embellish this design to spur your creativity.
In the afternoon, you'll get a chance to create these adorable Three Tiered Sliders.  One is embellished with softer colors and images, the other has a masculine theme that can be used as a Father's Day or birthday card.

As always, you'll go home with completed projects and instructions to recreate your own pieces at home.  Call Rocky Mountain Memories to sign up at 970.577.1415 or email
Supplies and details are available on the website on the classes page.
See you there!