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For Julia…with thanks!

A couple of weeks ago I went to a political afternoon at a friend’s house…
to meet the new local representative for Labor
as a lead up to an election that will take place later this year.
I don’t want to bore you with politics, however a little background is necessary.

In a nutshell……..3 days prior to this function, our PM (Julia),
 representing the Labor Party in Australia,
called an internal caucus meeting to decide on the party’s leader, and to end internal bickering.
The deal was that whoever lost was to leave politics.
So, as a result, Julia is no longer leading our country…and is leaving altogether.

On arriving at the function I was asked if I would design and make a card that would show our gratitude for all that she accomplished during her time as PM.
As a way of saying “thankyou”

So I said yes! Ok! It would be my honour!

Then I panicked!
Got excited…
Got scared…

I skyped Shirley in Ireland…swore heaps and said what do I do???
Her advice was to make a list of words to describe her and go from there.
And that is exactly what I did.

The common thread was her passion
~ so hearts represent the passion.
Pioneering leadership for women and copping so much flack on a sexist basis
~ that is the woman, representing suffragettes.
Her femininity
~ that is the pink and burgundy.
Her love for Australia
~ is the flowering gums
Her strength of character and nerves of steal
~ are the diamonds.
And I have left an opening to the right
~ which represents a passageway to whatever future she chooses to have.

The main stamps are from Australian companies
~ Darkroom Door for the words 
~  flowering gums from Kaszazz
~ and the lady is from Crafty Individuals 
(because Julia was born in Wales I think something from the UK is quite fitting)

 All the flowering gums are cut out and raised to add movement and life to the leaves.
The lady has been coloured with DI’s which were tinted with copper Perfect Pearls Mist, instead of water, and painted on.
Bleach was added around the flourishes for depth.
The diamonds are from the harlequin mask and I have used grunge paste and then coloured it.
 And a little glitz and glamour to finish it off.

I hope I haven’t bored you too much,
but because this card was a specific brief I thought I would explain my thinking during the process.

I really did enjoy making this card
and I am very satisfied within myself for how it has turned out.


17 Responses to “For Julia…with thanks!”

  1. Mrs.B says:

    This is stunning, a really beautiful card.
    Love your thinking of how you've interpreted this wonderful woman. (It's such a shame that she stepped down).
    Have a great week.
    Avril xx

  2. Wonderful card and I love the ethos behind the final design…being a political person myself (though in the UK) I am intrigued as to how she stepped down…amazing. Thank you for sharing your story with us.

  3. Buttons says:

    Well done for rising to the challenge and completing it superbly. I hope you include a 'recipe sheet' with your card so Julia can get to see your thought processes. I suspect she would be as thrilled to understand the care and attention you put into creating it as she will be with the card itself.
    We did get to see a bit about what took place here in the UK. Although I don't know her policies it does seem as though she has been bulldozed by the 'men of politics', sadly a theme seen all over the World. Here's hoping she finds an equally fulfilling path to follow in the future. Hugs, Jenny x

  4. Redanne says:

    I have been keeping an eye on Julia's progres for a while now and it seems so sad that she had to go…… this card is such a fitting tribute to her, you did a brilliant job on it Dot! Like Jenny, above says, it would be lovely for her to understand your thought process behind the card. Hugs, Anne x

  5. Really stunning card – you can't beat Shirley's advice I reckon. Gorgeously made with such care and attention to detail! I do hope Julia learns of how you made all these stunning elements. Nicola x

  6. Sharon says:

    This is fabulous and you have incorporated all the things about the lady beautifully. I am sure she will be speechless (if that is possible for a polition)!!!
    Hugs Sharon x

  7. A fantastic card, thanks for the story behind.

  8. Fandhmum says:

    What an honour and the card you have created is beautiful and so perfect for its purpose
    Rosie x

  9. Sue C says:

    Absolutely stunning Dot ! I'm sure this will be a huge hit and will be treasured. Sue C x

  10. Debi says:

    an Absolutely brilliant card- I spotted the gums first off, and then all the pretty details, LOVE how you wrote your thought processes into the post- cause we do this with every creation without thinking, nice to see the process 🙂
    She will love it- so personal and of course an honor for you <3
    Debi x

  11. Terry says:

    You were certainly up for the challenge and it turned out perfectly! Beautiful card! Hugs!

  12. Love that soft colored really gorgeous design, jou've made a brilliant card, I love much.

  13. butterfly says:

    That is just so pretty – beautiful dimension, and I love the thinking behind it all…
    Alison x

  14. Brenda Brown says:

    I can see why you are so pleased with this card Dot, it incorporates so much of Julia and of you. I love reading about the stories behind our creations and getting the real feel for the piece. All the images and elements you have included are perfect together both emotionally and artistically, I am sure Julia loves it.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

  15. Esther says:

    WOW – what an honour and what an amazing job you did Dot..this card is so beautiful and has such meaning..I bet Julia was thrilled..Esther xx

  16. Don't know how I managed to miss this one, it is wonderful! I don't know much about Australian politics (or any politics for that matter) but I did hear about this one (my son lives in Victoria). This is a stunning tribute to a very special lady!!

  17. 2amscrapper says:

    so much thought put into this lovely card–a real keepsake

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