Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Arbor Day Blog Hop
I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.
A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the earth's sweet flowing breast;
A tree that looks at God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;
A tree that may in Summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;
Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.
Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.
...Alfred Joyce Kilmar
In the News: Arbor Day celebrated in Clarksville, 'Tree City USA' as quoted in their local paper
"I have a saying that trees are one of our utilities, and the reason I say that is because they help clean the air, they help control rainwater runoff, they convert carbon dioxide into oxygen," he said. "What we really have when we have a line of trees around the city is a utility that provides good things for the population without having any cost associated with it."
Today, we are celebrating the wonderment of trees and we welcome you in our celebration. If you are just visiting me, I would love for you to have a good "roots" with our hop and start at the beginning of our seedling which is HERE. If you have arrived from Tiffany then don't "bark" up the wrong tree as you are standing in our midst!
I did not have any photos that would work with a "tree" theme right, so I created a card instead. This apple tree with a swing is my very favorite tree! This image alone is the reason I purchased Just Because Cards!
I opened up a 12x12 mat in my Gypsy and put all of the tree layers on the mat sized to 6.44 inches (which will fit a card base that is 6.44 inches). I put the card base on my mat and sized it to 5.5 inches. I wanted my card to be horizontal (not vertical) and I wanted my tree a little bigger than was suggested by the cricut cartridge.
This is one of the features I really like about my Gypsy ~ I can see my project and how the pieces will go together BEFORE I cut them out!!
I put down my scraps. I tape everything because my mats just don't stick like they used to. I also have an E2 and the mats go in at an angle and they bend more than when I use my E or Imagine. I really get crazy when my paper slips...
Here are all of my pieces cut out.
I layer the tree pieces together and put a little twine on my swing. I used Denim twine from The Twinery. I took some striped paper from my scraps and used it as the background of my card.
I tied some red crinkle ribbon around my card mat to showcase the red in the apples. I stamped "Thinking of You" from Pink By Design as my sentiment on the front of the card. I left the inside blank.
Thank you for visiting us today as we celebrate the lovlieness of our trees. Your next stop along our trail is ANITA. Thank you for counting our rings and not stumping along the way!