Sunday, December 20, 2009

Christmas at the Mall of America

Last weekend, I met Mom at the Mall of America to photograph some of the holiday decorations she had told me about. Although I miss the Peanuts characters that were retired with the end of Camp Snoopy, I enjoyed seeing the theme this year.
The elevator shaft above wasn't part of the theme, but was disguised to look like a building behind the line to see Santa. And the "Seussian" trees below were seen in the former Camp Snoopy, now called Nickelodean Universe.The blue-white-silver decor was best displayed in the rotunda (where a high school choir was singing).
Two gigantic trees were adorned with giant musical instruments made of wire and glitter, while wintery branches festooned the columns.

Giant swags were strung over the major corridors.
And more instruments were suspended over three stories.

I especially liked the giant ornaments that seemed to be floating down to the reflecting pool.
Oversized is fun, but can you imagine the giant divided boxes needed to hold these?

Sweet and Simple

These thank-you cards were made just after Thanksgiving and I was inspired by all the wonderful desserts we had at Cousin L's. The cardstock was folded, then cut in a triangle shape. I stamped the message onto pre-glittered cardstock and punched out a scalloped circle shape to resemble whipped cream. The "crust" was made with a scalloped-edge scissors and another stamp. Simple as pie! :)

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Fast and Old

My card production has been low lately, but I made my first "slider" card for my brother David's birthday last month. I took a photograph of his 1936 Ford (a car he completely rebuilt from the chassis on up), cut it out and mounted it on a sandwich of pennies and foam mounting tape. The pennies for weight and the foam tape spacers slide along the slot in the card front; the card front is also raised a bit from the base for a smooth "slide". The "fast" was printed on my PC and the "old" was punched from a gift bag that was covered in a typewriter-key pattern.

It was fun to make and give - and David liked it too!