Japan was hit by a massive earthquake and tsunami on March 11, and as a result, they are facing numerous problems including an immense death toll, supply shortages, and radioactive leakage from a nuclear power plant. Having a half-Japanese background, all of my extended family are in Japan and I feel directly connected with this tragedy. Many of you have shown support for Japan and I personally wanted to thank you for that.
So – to remember all the victims whose houses, jobs, family and their lives have been lost, I thought that it would be appropriate for all of us to make a project, with a cherry blossom theme. These delicate flowers are often associated with Japan and April is the month when they are in full bloom.
Mary has provided us with an AMAZING set of these lovely flowers for you to download for FREE available now at the store (Cherry Blossom Challenge Freebies!)! Create ANY project using any of these pretty flower files, or the cherry blossom branch (Free SVG Download 03.18.11) or any other cherry blossoms that Mary may make in the future (Hint!). You may mix and match any of these files as well.
So - to kick off the challenge, I've created a simple project to show you how beautiful these files are!
I cut the 3D Blossom center (2" wide) and the petals (2.2" wide)... I also colored the top of the center.svg with dark brown (it's easy to do this before you take the cuts off the mat)
Curled the petals with my fingers... and made another layer on top from Single Blossom bottom (0.57" wide)... (glue gun works the best... don't have to wait for long to dry!)
Isn't it pretty?
So, now - it's your turn to make something! Go on over to the forum for detailed contest rules, and click here to get your freebie mini-collection to start cutting! The contest runs til May 1, 2011.
Have fun! and can't wait to see everyone's entries!!!!!!!