Posts from the Gifts Category

At long last, I have a new cut paper collage to share. This piece is a gift for Aaron. It features his and his collective’s favorite animals, both real and imagined, and includes some of my tiniest cuts to date. IMG_0976.png
Moving clockwise around the circle, these creatures are:

  • A dragon
  • North American river otters
  • A thorny devil
  • A winged lemur, inspired by Momo of Avatar: The Last Airbender
  • A kitten
  • Lawes’s parotia, a Bird of Paradise
  • The Glaucus atlanticus, a blue sea slug

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Admittedly, some of the real-life species were new to me!

The piece is approximately 8″ across by 7.5″ high. The smallest creatures—the spiky orange guy and the little blue lady—are each about 1″ long from head to tail. Once again, my trusty Cutter Bee Scissors came in handy.

Special thanks to my brother-in-law, David Mizell, for his expert digital cropping! 

Last week Thursday (June 11th, 2015), Aaron and I marked our tenth wedding anniversary.


We celebrated with a special showing of Jurassic World at Alamo Drafthouse Mainstreet in downtown Kansas City.


We rode with raptors . . .

Jurassic World Photo Shoot from Alamo KC

. . . ate fearsome food . . .


. . . and won tickets plus a bag of dinosaurs for impersonating a triceratops. Roar!


Aaron gave me a multipurpose drafting table so I can paint and cut and collage without worrying about Godzilla cats or getting all creaky or spilling glue on the carpet. He chose one with a glass top and a clamp-on light so I can convert the surface into a giant light box whenever I wish. (Genius idea, right?) I adore my drafting table and look forward to many hours spent illustrating on it.


As for my gift to him . . .

In 2011, I made a cut paper collage in the shape of a heart as a wedding gift for my friend Tiffany. Every so often, Aaron would hint for a Love Machine of his own, and I would promise to make one.

Only I’d forget.

Well! I finally remembered.

I didn’t want Aaron to know what I was planning, so I worked during lunch breaks and while he was busy writing, and hid the materials out of sight. We are just awful at keeping secrets from each other, but this surprise I kept.

Here is Love Machine AP6115.

This collage is approximately 3” wide by 4” high, made from Tim Holtz idea-ology scrapbook papers, a Monet waterlilies print, metal gears, and glue. Its design is based on a medical illustration I found online. I set it in a shadowbox so Aaron can take it out from time to time and hold it in his hand.

Because this is our “tin” anniversary, my friends Alesha and Ashley suggested I wrap the frame in aluminium foil. I presented it to my loverly on anniversary morning.


I’m so happy he liked it!

Although . . .

I can’t imagine he likes it more than I like my new drafting table. Squeak!

Here’s to a lifetime more of memories with my favorite person.