|Large Aloe plant growing along the walkway.|
While I was on Marco Island, I attended the Shell Show. The Shell Show had some amazing art work and craft items all created using shells. I stopped to talk to an artist who had carved a cameo in a large shell, using her own antique cameo necklace as the inspiration. After viewing the exhibits I walked through the shop with handcrafted items made using shells. I spotted a unique shell sculpture. I picked up the sculpture and chatted with the artist and decided that this piece would be a really useful addition to my studio to hold all of the small items that usually end up rolling around my drafting table while I'm working on a project. As I walked away, I noticed a group of ladies crowded around a large table full of baskets of shells. The ladies' took a small zip-top bag marked $3 and proceeded to fill the bags with shells from the baskets. The shells were beautiful and I was able to fill a bag with about 100 small to medium size shells. Picking through baskets of shells is a lot easier than hunting them on the beach ( which I also did ).
|Sample of the shells purchased at the shell show.|
I'm really enjoying all of the capability of my Silhouette Cameo. I found a Lori Whitlock A2 Box Card in the Silhouette on-line store. The SVG files for the Owl Thank You Box Card can also be purchased directly from Lori Whitlock. This card is cute and different. I cut a second owl tab and added some tulips to the front of the box.
|Owl Box Card|
|Side view of Owl Box Card.|
Directions for Owl Box Card:
Turquoise and purple print card stock
Light purple, aqua, dark purple, green and ivory card stock
Lori Whitlock A2 Owl Box Card SVG file
Cut the card according to template directions. Cut three squares and a long rectangle out of the purple print card stock. Cut the box out of ivory card stock. Cut three rectangles out of turquoise card stock. Cut the Thank You sign out of aqua card stock and the owls out of light purple and their tummies out of dark purple. Cut three owls (duplicate the owl on the long tab). Cut the leaves out of green card stock. Assemble the box according to directions. Glue one owl in the front of the box and glue two small flowers behind him. The flowers were some that I had punched using the Martha Stewart Tulip paper punch and scraps of left over card stock.