Card Making : A Thank You Card with Cut Out Letters

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This fun card was made by cutting out letters to say ‘Thank You’ on the front and letting the background show through. I happened to have some die-cut flowers that I glued on to make the ‘o’ in ‘you’ but you can cut that letter out too if you don’t.

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Supplies:

- A blank note card with a pattern on the front and an envelope. (I got a box of blank ones in the card area of a Chapters Indigo Bookstore, with an assortment of patterns, which come in very handy for quick card making. Here is something similar from Amazon.)
- A piece of coloured card-stock.
- Print out of the words in block letters, to use as a guide-line.
- Binder clips.
- A sharp crafting knife and you might also need a pair of small scissors.
- Two sided tape or glue.

- Optional : Crafting scissors that make an interesting edge (these are easy to find at craft stores)
- Optional : Die-cut flowers or a flower sticker.

How to make it:

Clip the print out firmly to the front of the note card. Making sure the card is open and working on a cutting mat of some sort, cut through the print out and the front of the card with the knife. Don’t cut the ‘o’ in ‘you’ if you’ll be using the die-cut flowers or sticker. If necessary, you can snip bits with the scissors.

Trim the coloured card-stock with fancy-edged scissors, if using. If not, just cut to size with regular scissors. Use two-sided tape or glue to attach that to the inside cover of the card, (right behind the letters).

If using, attach die-cut flowers or sticker where the ‘o’ in ‘you’ would go.

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This card has a little optical illusion effect going on; depending on the angle that you look from, the letters look like they are puffed up rather than cut out.

I sent this to my mom and she loved it. I’ve now set myself up with high expectations on the card-making front with her, because she told me that she really looks forward to and saves every handmade card I send her and my dad.

Thank you for taking a look.
xo loulou

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Lily and the Beetle

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First off, if you don’t relish close-up images of insects, look away now. And if it’s too late, I am sorry.

I have an insect phobia myself. It’s a funny one, in that I have no problem looking at them in real-life. But my nocturnal self is terrified of insects. They are a recurring theme of my nightmares, and I awake from those dreams quite shaken up.

When I spotted this bright red insect in the garden, I thought it looked interesting, with its bright shiny red wings, so I snapped a few shots. Later that evening I told Nick about what I’d seen, mentioning that it had been on my lily plant. At the time I had no idea that the only reason it was in our garden at all, was because of that specific plant. Upon looking up the term ‘bright red beetle’, I immediately found it. This is a Scarlet Lily Beetle, and they live to eat lily plants.

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Now, I am a bit sentimental about my plant, because it was given to me as a decorative potted plant the first spring that we lived in our home. After it had blossomed, as a lark, I planted it into the very neglected and sparse garden we had at the time. It has bloomed with a single orange flower every year since then.

That said, I know that the lily is planted in the wrong place and really requires much more sun than it is getting, so I’ve tried not to become overly attached to it and haven’t expected much. Basically, it has given me much more than I ever expected.

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^ See the little red blotch below and to the left of the flower? Yup, that’s the beetle. ^

I have no idea how long the Scarlet Lily Beetle has been visiting our garden. It may have been coming for years and I just never noticed before, and my lily has learned to live with it (them? I only saw one.) Come to think of it, I did have two other lily plants beside this one, a yellow one and a white one, that died quite a while ago, so maybe Scarlet got to them. But the orange one has survived, so maybe the insect isn’t a death threat to this stubborn old plant.

However if it is, I have convinced myself that I won’t be heartbroken if the Scarlet Lily Beetle kills my lily. Because, the only way I will ever get rid of old Scarlet is apparently by squashing it dead, along with any others I see. And I think that if I could bring myself to doing that, it might become the thing that my nightmares are made of and that would be worse than a dead plant.

Thank you for taking a look,
xo loulou

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