In addition to surgery and recovery, I made a quick trip up to Atlanta: part of the reason I pushed to have the surgery ASAP. The trip was an early, surprise Christmas gift to my oldest niece from my mom, grandmother, and step-father. I was put in charge of figuring out how to spring the surprise on her. My mom made all the arrangements for us to do it at the school. She also arranged it with my niece's best friend's mom (so that she would also be surprised and go with us.) The gift was tickets to the Star 94 Jingle Jam where Lindsey Stirling was performing. Lindsey is an accomplished violinist and one of my niece's favorite performers. I want to show you what I made to surprise her. (At the end of the post is a video of the surprise!)
|Start with some basic 4x6 index cards and spray the back (unlined) side with colors of your choosing. I used Dylusions inks in cut grass (green) and postbox red for a festive, Christmas-y feel.|
|Ink the edges of the card with Distress Ink in a contrasting color. Then, write your message with a permanent marker, outline with a white Uniball Signo pen, and accent the inside with a Gelly Roll Stardust glitter pen.|
|Flip the cards over and use double-sided tape to attach ribbon in a line down them. Make sure to leave a little room between the cards.|
|To cover up the messy backsides of the cards, place more double-sided tape around the perimeter of the cards. Press another card, lined side down, to the backs.|
|Decorate the backs with stamps or any other way you wish (or leave them blank if the stark white doesn't bother you.)|
|Use a tin or other container that the cards will fit inside. I found this one at the Dollar Tree. It was a little too deep, so I just stuffed some paper into the bottom to make the cards sit at the top of the box.|
|Make sure the top card is visible, then fold the other cards under it before placing them in the box. Ensure the pull tab is also front and center.|
The girls were giddy all the way to Atlanta. The video doesn't so their excitement justice. The reality of what was happening didn't quite sink in initially. Here they are at the show, all smiles.
And, here's my niece with the string of cards - wearing her new Lindsey Stirling t-shirt.
I hope you enjoyed this little surprise and that your Christmas and holiday season are full of smiles, fun, and lots of surprises too!