Calling All Book Worms

Today starts the Book Worm challenge at Connie Can Crop and it should be a lot of fun.  For this challenge, we are asked to include a book or a page from a book on your project or use a famous book as your inspiration.  I chose a famous book, one of my very favorites from an early age and helped to encourage a love of reading.

Here’s the card I decided to make.  You’ll either recognize the book immediately or you’ll never figure it out, so I’ll tell you to confirm what you guessed or solve the mystery for you.

Anne of Green Gables

Book Worm Challenge-Anne of Green Gables

First, let me share a bit about this much-loved series of books written by L. M. Montgomery (and subsequent movies).  The story centers on Anne Shirley, an 11-year-old orphan, who arrives at Avonlea at the request of Matthew Cuthbert and his sister, Marilla.  Mr Cuthbert comes at the train station to find a freckled girl with red braids and a straw hat.  Problem is, the elderly brother and sister requested a boy to help them with the farm, Green Gables.   He has no choice but to bring her home until the matter has been sorted out.

On the ride home, she charms him totally with her optimism and spirit, despite having had a difficult life.  He decides he wants to continue with the adoption, providing Anne with a home and family.  What comes next is a series of coming of age missteps she makes having had no education or any instruction in the social graces.   The book follows her through the end of high school.  But there are seven more books that follow Anne and her children.   This is how the author envisioned Anne.

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Now a bit about the card:

I used Old Olive card stock to make the 5 1/4″ square card base.  The 5″ Certainly Celery panel on top was created using the print and cut feature in my Silhouette.  The greeting is actually a quote from the book where Anne asks Matthew Cuthbert on that first ride together:

“Which would you rather be if you had the choice…divinely beautiful or dazzlingly clever or angelically good?”

To which Matthew Cuthbert replies:

“Well now…I…I don’t know exactly.”

For inside the dashed line oval I created with the print and cut, I found the sheet music from the movie and sized, angled and cut that to fit.  If you’d like to hear Anne’s theme, here’s a music video for you.

Back to that oval.  Before I attached it, I placed some flourishes I cut from Certainly Celery DSP.  Atop that I cut a silhouette of Anne which I thought would really help to set off those red braids.  And speaking of the braids, I think they’re the star of the show.  I made each with 9 pieces of #400 embroidery floss, each 6″long.  I secured the top and just braided the hair on your head…albeit a very small head.  The bottoms of the braids were tied off with more embroidery floss, #3375, and attached them with double-sided tape, the back braid behind the silhouette and the front one through a cut I made in the silhouette under the flower.

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I cut the band from coordinating card stock and popped a flower (from an old Stampin’ Up kit) on top with a pearl in the center, colored with a yellow Copic marker.

The inside is blank for now as I’m not sure how I’ll use this card.  I thought it could be a nice “friendship” card if I played off the quote on the front and say something like, “Fortunately for you, you don’t have to choose.  You’re already all three.”

Okay, you have all month to make a project to enter in this challenge.  I’m really looking forward to seeing what you create…flex your imagination!  You have until September 30th at 11:59 pm PST to enter.  If you don’t have a blog or other photo host, send a picture of your project to me and I will be happy to post it here for you!

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  1. Lynn McAuley says:

    My love of reading was started by my fifth grade teacher, Mrs. Minkert, who read to the class everyday after lunch from the Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. It was my favorite part of every school day!

    Great challenge and fabulous card, Kim!

  2. Jeanette says:

    Wow! wow! WOW! I love those pigtails! Great card… fun inspiration.

  3. Denise Sayers says:

    I can’t tell you how much I love everything about this card. It is divinely beautiful and you are dazzlingly clever to create it. I am sure you are angelically good too, LOL. I have been giving my soon-to-be step granddaughter audio book downloads for their car trips and recently purchased Pippi Longstocking. This has inspired me to create a card to give her with it.

    • Kim&Katy says:

      As always, you are so kind. That would be awesome to make a card to go with the audio book! Another great book I remember so well from my (much) younger days was 21 balloons. If you make a card…I would love to showcase it here!

  4. nclights7 says:

    Oh, Kim, I love Anne of Green Gables!! You depicted Anne so well with your silhouette and the braids! I love, love, love it!! Me and one of my best friends call each other Anne and Diana or compare ourselves to them. 🙂 I definitely need to remember this challenge since I forgot the sketch challenge.

  5. Susan says:

    Love your card but sad to say…though a classic…I have never read Anne of Green Gables. I just might have to check out Amazon! LOL Again lovely card.

    • Kim&Katy says:

      It’s so hard to find the time to read these days. You could always watch the movies…they are just as good, in my humble opinion.

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