Friday, July 4, 2014

Give Thanks Framed Artwork for Operation Smile


I was honored to be asked to do a presentation at the Close to my Heart Convention last week. One of the highlights of presenting my artwork was that I got to donate one of my projects to a special live auction that CTMH does each year to raise money for Operation Smile. This is an incredible organization that provides surgeries to children across the world who have a cleft lip or palate.

The project that I donated was a framed piece of 12" x 12" artwork of a fall-themed tree scene. I cut the tree using the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge. I brought the tree image into Design Space and added some extra branches and welded them to the tree. Then I cut the image 5 times from Chocolate cardstock and layered them on top of each other to give it some dimension. I did the same thing with the "Give Thanks" sentiment that was cut from the Artiste cartridge and then added some 3-D Foam Tape to the back. (The frame is a little sneak peek of a new CTMH product coming out that I know you will love!) Since the frame is more of a shadow box, I wanted my artwork to have some dimension.


The leaves were also cut from the Art Philosophy cartridge. Each leaf was cut twice. The back of each leaf was cut from Chocolate cardstock and the front was cut from either Goldrush, Olive, or the new Pathfinding patterned paper, which will be released on August 1st. (Since the front layer of the leaves is really intricate, I suggest cutting it on the Explore machine if you have one. It does a much better job with tiny, fancy cuts.) I adhered the two leaf layers together and then added them to the tree. Some of them were adhered with 3-D Foam Tape and some were adhered with Bonding Memories Glue.


The adorable little owl, squirrel, and pumpkin are from the new Pathfinding Dimensional Elements Compliments, which will also be released on August 1st.


I am amazed that my simple, humble artwork sold for $350 which is more than enough for one surgery!!! Yay! Thank you to everyone who bid on it! I am overjoyed that one child will receive the surgery that he/she desperately needs because of your generosity!

I will be sharing more of the artwork that I created for my presentation, so be sure to visit my blog again soon!. In the meantime, here are a few photos that were taking during and after my presentation. 



I was privileged to present with my friends and fellow Consultants Beckie Lehman, Pamela O’Conner, and Brenda Rose. A huge shout out to these amazingly talented and creative gals

14 comments:

  1. Beautiful, Lisa!!!! Great job!!

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  2. That is so cute and lovely. Congrats!!

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  3. Amazing job! Great job on raising $350 for your artwork : )

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    1. Thanks Patricia, but the credit goes to whoever purchased it. *Ü*

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  4. This is so pretty. Reminds me of a card I made a couple years ago, and I think I still have that card. I'm going to love this new paper...reminds me of Twitterpated which I'm still hoarding. Great job on the fundraiser! Happy weekend to you!

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    1. Thanks Casandra. The paper is similar to Twitterpated. *Ü*

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  5. This piece was stunning in person. All those leaves! Your designs are always so eye-catching. Love the card set you created with this paper packet.

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    1. Thanks Lynn. You are very sweet. *Ü*

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  6. Lisa, I am proud to say I am the VERY HAPPY owner of this now! And even more excited to help Operation Smile! You are an amazing artist and I am proud to have bid on it...and won it! YEA! Thanks for donating it!!!

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    1. Oh Shari! THANK YOU!!!! Thank you for your kind words about my artwork, but most of all thank you for your donation to Operation Smile!!!! xoxo

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  7. Lisa, this Give Thanks tree is so beautiful. It was the first artwork I saw at Convention where I said -- I HAVE to do this! Do you happen to remember what size you cut your leaves at? Thanks for all your inspiring art!

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    1. I am so glad you liked the project Karen. *Ü* I cut the leaves on my Explore machine which was helpful because they are so detailed. I'm not sure my Expression could handle the tiny cuts. I made them .85" in Design Space. If you cut them on a regular Expression machine, you might want to make them about 1". Hope that helps. *Ü*

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