It is Teapot Tuesday and this week we are tickling a fellow teapotter. Sabrina is hosting the challenge and she wrote of her wonderful travels to Switzerland. At the very word "Switzerland AND Heidi" my mind went into overdrive.
Many years ago I had a specracular 12 hour train trip from Zurich, Switzerland to Vienna in Austria. It was like dying and going to postcard heaven. At every bend I swore I could see Heidi and Grandpa's little house.
As a girl (and still as an old duck) my 2 favourite books are the Swiss book, Heidi and the Canadian book, Anne of Green Gables. So I have created Heidi-Anne for this terrific challenge.
Heidi-Anne is a tourist visiting Heidi's Museum, she had humble beginnings as a Sassy Cheryl digi stamp. Whilst I did not cut off any body parts, I did have to dislocate her right shoulder and adjust the position of her arm. Originally her arm was sticking out holding a flower. Her other arm was holding a flower too, but now she is pointing at the portrait of Heidi inside the replica cabin.
It is hard to tell in the photo, but this is a stair step card (as if it was ever going to be anyting else for a teapotter). A sepia portrait of Heidi can be seen behind the acetate covered window. The window frame is a digi stamp with many coats of TH distress inks. The shutters were on cream cardstock and also coated with lots of ink. Liquid pearls were used on the shutters, and liquid pen on the bike.
I double checked the challenge write-up before photograping Heidi-Anne and was shocked to read how I didn't get a single thing in the challenge right - NO cows, clocks, chocolate, foreign language....I very carefully removed Heidi-Anne, did a sign on the computer (covering EVERYTHING mentioned in said challenge). I chose German and Esperanto as the languages - Esperanto is considered the universal language (I'm not sure what universe they are referring to LOL).
Because the shutters and window had lots of distress ink on them, double sided tape just slides off...what to do... I removed Heidi-Anne's hat and I hate to say but I had to poke a hole in her head and insert a brad through her head and the window. I replaced the hat and all is good. I had so much fun making this card. Thank you for looking. oh I have come back to do a quick edit, Heidi-Anne's frock and matching coat are paper-pieced, as is her hat.
Have a great week everyone.
Date: Tuesday, September 24, 2013 GMT Views: 1409
Registered: December 4, 2009 Location: Southern Utah's Dixie Posts: 19329
Tue, Sep 24, 2013 @ 6:15 AM
WOW, you're a surgeon too! I don't know which is better, your description of how this came to be, or the wonderful step card! They are both pretty spectacular, Susie! I love the story of Heidi-Ann, and the wonderful museum! I'm sure there's more to this than what we see, and only the person that gets tickled, and you, will know!!
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Tue, Sep 24, 2013 @ 7:04 AM
Susie, love how you rearrange body parts on your images. Makes me chuckle! This card is top notch darling. LOVED your story to go with. You do amazing work both with paper and the pen. Love the colors of this card, reminds me of caramel inside a chocolate bar. SO, I guess you could say you got the chocolate part of the challenge covered very well. hehe LOVE this! TFS :0)
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Tue, Sep 24, 2013 @ 10:53 AM
I can never decide which I like better, your amazing cards or your hilarious write-ups. "Died and went to postcard heaven" is going to enter my personal lexicon.
This card is just so much fun and would have totally been appropriate for the challenge just with your cute little Heidi-Anne, but I love that you added a sign so that you covered every possible element of this challenge.
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Tue, Sep 24, 2013 @ 11:44 AM
Oh gosh, Susie - I hope you didn't do too much re-making on this because the chalet look with those so-typical shutters, and the fretwork behind the sign would have been totally perfect! But I know how much attention you always pay to the small details in every challenge!!
I'm tickled by your combination of Anne and Heidi too, because I loved the Green Gables books. I still have almost all of them and re-read them from time to time. How I wanted to go and see P E Island when I was younger!! I have another book by the same author which was my mother's when she was young - it too was set in P E Island and it was the one I read first.
But I'd settle for a visit to your museum instead - especially for the clock repair lessons!! Cheese tasting maybe not so much - I like it but too much of it doesn't agree with me :-(.
I love the little bird-house/clock.
Registered: March 7, 2009 Location: Where the corn is knee high by the 4th of July Posts: 17554
Tue, Sep 24, 2013 @ 12:00 PM
DARLING card, Susie! Love your Heidi-Anne theme and your story. You are so funny! Delightful design. Such an inventive mix and match of stamped "parts." Hee! Nice paper piecing, too. The shutters and window were well worth your time. The layers of color and stain look great. Until you mentioned it, I didn't even notice that you were lacking chocolate, cheese or cows. Hee! Sounds like your train ride was wonderful. I can just imagine it. I am of German descent on both sides of my family. My maternal Gr-Grandparents were married in Vienna, Austria. I would have liked to travel to these places to, from a historical point of view, be where they were and see what they saw. Maybe someday, one never knows what the future holds. :)