Firsty, HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY to all the Americans out there!
As I said I would, I have been trying to develop a boy's bookmark. I didn't make the pirate flag (though I may still try that out), but I did make a ship. I remember, when I was in grade school, we would have a read-a-thon every year. We had to collect pledges for the number of books we read (or a flat amount if so chosen). I used to get $0.05 per book. I suppose they don't do the "per item" charge anymore because you have to disturb people twice: once to get a pledge and once to collect it. I used to carry my little stack of books with me to show them how much I read and to tell them the story of the books if they asked me to prove I read them. Door-to-door pledges of any kind are just not a good idea, in my opinion. But the reading part was great!
I am very happy to be able to offer something that encourages reading! So, here's my little boy's ship bookmark birthday card. This one meets PaperPlay's challenge for Week 26, 2010 to make a card for a chile or teenager.
I love these stylized waves on the patterned paper from Kaiser Craft. They remind me of comic book style art, which I envied when I was little. I wanted to write comic books for a while when I was younger. Really, comic books are soap-opera meets action-adventure with a fantasy twist. Fabulous combination!
Back to reality though. I also made this butterfly bookmark for the Etsy for Animals street team July team challenge: butterfly garden. 10% of the net proceeds from my butterfly bookmark card will go to the Southern Ontario Animal Rescue.
It's hard to see in this photo, but I both embossed AND glittered these butterflies. There are 10 total butterflies: 5 on each bookmark shape. The inner wings are embossed and the outer tips are glittered. It took forever to glitter 10 butterflies. I like my hot drink bookmark card better because there was only one, large shape to glitter. This one is definitely a deluxe version!
I'm really enjoying this design! I hope you are too!