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MMDT Challenge #11: Things that Make Me Smile!

Challenge #11 – June Feature Grid - Raspberry




Use Mosaic Moments Raspberry Grid paper and Page Pattern # 64


THEME:  Things that make me Smile

Create a page that shows us things that make you smile.

Element options - please choose one or more of the following:

  • Clay
  • Ink
  • Origami

Anyone who knows me, knows two things make me smile…ever and always: animals and my birthday. I love being queen for a day, no matter how old I get. And to stop the aging process, every year, I visit the Milwaukee County Zoo on my birthday, May 11th! This year I got an extra special treat…I finally made it in time to feed the giraffes! For a small fee, at 10:30 am and 3:00 pm, you can go up on the special feeding deck with the zookeepers and feed the giraffes Ry-Krisp crackers and Romaine lettuce! So fun!


As you can see from the photo above, giraffes have incredibly long tongues…21 inches!! They don’t have teeth in the front, so they stretch out those enormous tongues to get the food from you. The zookeeper said if I was brave enough, I could put the lettuce in my mouth, and Bahatika, the little boy giraffe, would take it ever so gently. Thankfully, my roommate was able to catch the moment on camera for me!


And how perfect was this challenge that my favorite color (along with orange) is PINK!! I knew I had some really fun Imaginisce paper from the Wild Things collection that was peppered with some hot pink throughout and it’s absolutely adorable! I had some coordinating fabric flowers to go along with it.

The photos are pretty self-explanatory. There were 2 giraffes, Bahatika and Rahna, the older, more mild-mannered female giraffe in the bottom left photo. The picture in the center is Bahatika…licking the…er…wall. Why include this photo as the focal point for things that make me smile? Just as I took this photo, my roommate was behind me quoting Willy Wonka, “The snozberries taste like snozberries!” I’m surprised the picture isn’t blurry I was laughing so hard!


In accordance with this challenge, we were to include clay, ink or origami as a design element. I chose to ink the edges of all my photos and patterned paper tiles with StazOn brown like I usually do for that more finished effect that I like. Clay? Origami? I thought Tami had lost her mind. So I went to YouTube to see about making an origami giraffe, and lo and behold there were several tutorials! My roommate and I grabbed some paper and started to sculpt!


Here’s the YouTube video we watched…So far, so good…see the legs?
 Step by step, we followed the 9-minute tutorial and this is what we ended up with!! Aren’t they cute? My spotted one, of course, made it onto my scrapbook page and the other stands on my roommate’s nightstand in a place of honor! It was really fun! Thanks for the challenge, Tami! 

Shared by Heather Cartland on June 2, 2013 | Memory Date: May 27, 2013
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Great page! You are a brave woman to feed the giraffe like that. Great job on the oragami.
Posted By: Tonnya Sayah  |  June 9, 2013 at 12:44 am   
I see a zoo trip in my near future . . . I love everything about this page. The origami is awesome. Your pictures are crisp, clear and great. I love the story of it all. Thanks so much for sharing.
Posted By: Diane Cook  |  June 8, 2013 at 5:52 pm   
Love this page!!! I don't think our zoo does the feed giraffe stuff :( Awesome origami! I visited the page and decided it wasn't for me, too complicated. Happy belated birthday to you too! Great job :)
Posted By: Julie Oconnor  |  June 8, 2013 at 4:20 pm   
Yes, happy belated! Many of my favorite people are May-babies! Both my hubby and my mom included!
Posted By: Lori Hanson  |  June 7, 2013 at 2:07 am   
A belated Happy Birthday to you Heather and to Nancy too! You did a great job on the origami giraffes and it fits right into the space too! What wonderful memories...and smiles. I can't say I'd ever have the nerve to feed the beasties that way, so kudos!! The inking on the paper tiles give them the feel of being in shadow box. Lots of dimension. Well done!!
Posted By: Andrea Fisher  |  June 5, 2013 at 2:39 am   
I didn't know we shared a birthday! I was also born on May 11! I love your page - that teaser photo with the giraffe sticking out his tongue is so cute - you can see the pure joy on your face. And great origami - I am origami-challenged. I bought one of those pattern-a-day calendars one year. I bet I could only complete maybe 20-25 the whole year!!
Posted By: Nancy Sanders  |  June 4, 2013 at 3:09 pm   
Absolutely love this, Heather! I am a ZOO addict, and take hundreds of photos there every year! It is SO COOL that you got to feed the giraffe right out of your mouth!! I am jealous! I LOVE your choice of patterned paper (and you cut it perfectly to get the giraffes in their own little squares!), and your origami is just darling! :) GREAT JOB!
Posted By: Lori Hanson  |  June 3, 2013 at 8:47 pm   
What a wonderful tradition to go to the zoo on your birthday. (I love the zoo too). LOVE the picture of you and the giraffe. You are brave! The oragami giraffe turned out great - I am officially impressed. :)
Posted By: Tami Potter  |  June 2, 2013 at 12:55 pm   

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