Sunday, 17 January 2010

Birthday gifts

Its my brothers birthday on Tuesday and I have already warned them I am on a serious economy drive when it comes to birthdays this year! My SIL asked me to make my brother something to hang in the porch with his favourite saying on.

He says its from Kung foo panda - however my own search on the internet revealed a musician called Babatunde Olatunji said it although it also seems to be part of a poem too.
Any way "Yesterday is History, Tomorrow is a mystery, Today is a gift, which is why its called the present"

I have taken a plaque - sanded it, gessoed it, painted it. the inside panel is alcohol inked. The lettering is lovingly (arrgghhh it drove me nuts!) cut out using the big shot - each individual letter. I was fine representing the future as a question mark and also the present with a gift but had a mental block on the past. Just chatted with my daughter Meghan (who is off crafting but has some seriously cracking ideas!) and she suggested a clock - so it has 2 clock faces in wax seals too.

The "present" I made using my melt pot for the first time - Thanks so much Jacci I LOVE IT! - I loved playing so much Ive made a few funny faces and squiggly things to make some atcs with. I just adore these ticket stamps which i have used to make tickets from grungepaper coloured with distress inks. Phew its been a tough one - think I should have used a lighter colour now its all done but i still quite like it - I just hope he does! Ive also made something else but I cant share that till Tuesday :0)
Im also entering this for the sunday stampers challenge as Ive used stamping on the tickets, present and the wax seals its also for a birthday x x It also fits the bill over at Gingersnap creations as the theme there is embossing and Ive used my embossing powder in the melt pot for the pressie! Thanks for looking x Janet


  1. It's lovely Janet, well worth all the hard work - bet your brother will love it.

  2. Love it, and I agree with Shery, your brother will too! What a great pesent it must have taken you ages, so much detail.

  3. This is just Fantastic! I am sure your brother will love this.. and yes, love this saying myself!
    You have really out done yourself with this.. the colours are just beautiful. A wonderful , and thoughtful gift!

  4. Hi Janet,love it im sure your brother will love it too.Yes it is from kung fu panda.As is my daughter's favourite saying 'ooo my tenders!!!!'
    she loves it and says it for days after she has watched it!!!lol
    debbie xxx

  5. Fab art hun, love this and I am sure your Bro will too..never heard of Kung Fu Panda (I live in a time bubble for most of the year) but i like the imagary I have now in my head of a panda charging about doing karate chops LOL *bear with me...I am not mad really* Anyways...thanks for joining in with the Sunday Stamper and hope to see you again soon...oh, and the clock idea for the past is COOLIO!!! Hels x

  6. Your Brother will love this Janet, it's a gorgeous present. I love that saying,
    The alcohol inks and all the elements are fab and well done for cutting out all those letters, I know how time consuming that is.


  7. this is great hun brilliant art work your brother will love it sure of that hugs cheryl xxxx

  8. This is real cool Jan - brother will love it!

  9. Your brother is gonna love this, and it is indeed from "Kungfu Panda" and it is one off my favourite sayings too.....would love to get a melting pot, maybe next Xmas, LOL.....Hugs Avril xxxx

  10. Superb! Love the alcohol ink background, and all the different elements. Where did you get the ticket stamps? I've been after some for ages.

  11. Hi Janet...congrats hun, you have won the Candy from The Sunday Stamper challenge last week! Please can you mail me your addy and I will pop the goodies into the post for you...thanks again for joining in x


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