Sunday, March 6, 2011

Happy Birthday to my wonderful Sister!

     What do you get for the person who has everything? Indeed, what if that person is your sister and you want to do something special? Well I don't know about you, but I got out my paints, pens, papers and canvas and made something! I haven't done a mixed media art piece in a long time but desperation can be a very good motivator.

     I saw this sentiment somewhere, can't for the life of me remember where (maybe on a stamp?) but it made me burst out laughing, it's perfect. You see, there's a story that goes with this.
     My dear sister is a few years older than me and when we were younger we shared a room. I can't imagine what it must have been like for her, I mean I was in 1st grade when she was in Junior High. We didn't have much in common in those days but I was very useful in assisting her when she needed help. Like timing her as she practiced speeches, or pinning the hem of a dress she was sewing at 2 in the morning. She was very good at getting me to do what she wanted. She did this by threatening to not be my sister anymore if I didn't cooperate. Like the time she wanted me to break her arm so she wouldn't have to take a test at school. (yea, that was gonna work) This is a brilliant plan when your 6 year-old  sister is  intimidated by the fact that her only sister, who she adores, is almost an adult at 12 years old. And it worked for many years. I did eventually figure out that she really didn't have that kind of power, convincing as she may have been.
     Today we are the best of friends in spite of being different as night and day. I admire her many accomplishments and successes. I look to her for advice and encouragement. So this gift is a nod to simpler times and a celebration of our loving friendship. Happy Birthday, Donna!

~ 2 Corinthians 5:21 ~
He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, 
that we might become
the righteousness of God in Him.

supplies and materials:
5 x 7 canvas-The Artist's Studio by Aaron Brothers
Golden Heavy Body Acrylic Paints
Claudine Helmuth multi-medium (I love this stuff)
Faber-Castell PITT artist pen
Sakura Pigma Micron pen
Jane Beljo Flower Button
Vintage text paper
Glossy Accents
miscellaneous buttons
Stamps- Hero Arts Flourish Background, CHF Kim Hughes Collection Collage Elements 1
computer generated text


  1. So, so cute, Nancy! A keepsake and treasure for your the beautiful blue background and your adorable button flowers!
    (Jenifer Ann)

  2. What a sweet and lovely tribute to your big sister! Love the colors and sentiment in this! Thanks so much for sharing about your sister! You are obviously very different, but you 've got styles in your own beautiful ways!

  3. What a beautiful canvas Nancy! I think your sister will love it! Love you sharing some of your growing up time!

  4. I just couldn't love this more! I bet your sister will be thrilled! LOVE the way you added the text (so funny) AND the colors are super happy! BIG hugs to you, my friend!

  5. This is beautiful! And the sentiment made me laugh! I really think she will treasure it! :>

  6. What a funny sentiment and lovely post about your sister!

  7. This is gorgeous! Thank you for sharing it.

  8. PERFECT, Nancy! I have 2 sisters, 1 who is very like me and another who couldn't be more different. Sisters are such a treasure; we are blessed!

  9. I'm so glad I didn't miss this! The sentiment made me laugh out loud when I saw it on Flickr. . .just perfect for a sister! Love your amazing, painted background and your text/button flowers are so playful! Thanks for sharing the fun stories about you and your sister! :)

  10. Perfect post Nancy to match a perfect gift... I love how it came together... I so wish I could have a sister.... what fun it must be...

  11. LOL, this is sooo cute, Nancy! Love the sentiment! And your mixed media result is fantastic!

  12. What a fabulous gift Nancy - I love it. That sentiment made me laugh right out loud and I nearly spat my cup of tea all over my keyboard!!!
    I'm sure your sister will treasure it, hugs, Ruth S

  13. What a fabulous gift for your sister Nancy! I've got 2 sisters and I cherish them both even though we are many years apart and sometimes are like night and day!

  14. This is a perfect gift - so personal and so very beautiful nancy - sis will love it!

  15. Love your art, Nancy, and love the story behind it too!! Cracks me up!

  16. Dear, sweet Sister,
    Nancy, your gift is a treasure, just like you are to me. Thank you for using your wonderful talent to create joy for my day.

  17. Darling Nancy, you have so much love to give. I know Donna will treasure not only the gift you made for you, but the gift of your memories and thoughts of her. God bless you both. Love Aunt Kay

  18. What a gorgeous card for your sister Nancy - it is so cheerful!! As I can read they treasure it already and they cherish you too!! Isn't it amazing to be loved??!! What a gift!

  19. This is so special that you made this for your sister, takes so much time and love into one of these larger projects! I hope she had a lovely day and I'm sure your gift made it even better!

  20. So very pretty and happy! I love how you added the various buttons to the centers of the flowers. I also really like how you added the sentiment in pieces that way. So fun and cute! :)
    I'm sure your sister love this card.

  21. This card just makes me smile :) The little buttons on the texty flowers are just adorable :)


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