Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Amazing Achievements

A regular customer of mine recently asked me to make a card for his wife for their wedding anniversary, just as he does every year. He asked me create something showing their kids and their amazing achievements this year. Their sons are both doing brilliantly. Gabi was very recently chosen to receive the Award for Excellence from the President of the State of Israel, President Ruvi Rivlin, at his home on Yom Ha'atzmaut (Israeli Independence Day). His twin brother Adi has achieved very high grades at university throughout the year, and their sister, Ella, has been picked to play netball for Israel in the 2017 Maccabiah, the third-largest sporting event in the world, which is often referred to as the "Jewish Olympics".
A high-achieving family. Dad has every reason to be proud!
I suggested showing a picture of his wife and the three kids on the card. I have shown Ella holding a netball with the Maccabiah 2017 logo on it. Next to her, Gabi has a sign saying מצטיין הנשיא (the President's Award for Excellence) with a picture of the award he received on it. He is wearing his brown Golani beret. Mum is beaming proudly between her children. Finally, Adi is holding up one of his complicated maths papers. I added a pink heart because, well, it is an anniversary card!
Her husband was the first to order an anniversary card but, as I have come to expect with this couple, his wife also called me a few days later and requested one too. It's happened before.
For this card, my customer sent me a lovely photo of her and her husband and asked me to recreate it in paper. The photo showed them sitting at a table in Milan eating pizza and drinking wine. I edited out the people in the background who had nothing to do with the picture and simply showed the couple enjoying their evening meal.
Now, at this point the story just gets silly! First of all Mizzie let it slip to her husband that she had ordered a card from me (I always play innocent and of course never discuss my customers). Then her husband happened to come home early from work on the day I popped by to deliver the card. He hadn't collected his yet either! He of course guessed why I was there.
So, there was no element of surprise when this couple opened their customised cards on the day of their wedding anniversary, though they both received quite different cards, totally unique to them.
"Thanks Lisa! The cards are amazing" Mizzie wrote to me, and her husband messaged "Thanks for the cards (both of them!!!)". Hee hee!

* This post has been shared on Seasons, The Good. The Random. The Fun., Make it Pretty MondayInspiration Monday, Amaze Me Monday, You're the StarOur World Tuesday, Pictorial TuesdayTuesdays at Our Home and Wordless Wednesday (on Tuesday).


handmade by amalia said...

That is one talented family! And how nice for you that they are using your art to celebrate.

Lady Fi said...

A lovely card!

Miss Val's Creations said...

I love these! How funny the husband and wife both requested a card for their anniversary. The pizza eating, red wine drinking looks like Jim and I! :) Always our favorite meal since we met.

Peabea Scribbles said...

Oh, I love those. You did an amazing job showing their family and hubby and wife. How amazing their accomplishments.

Thanks for visiting, Peabea@Peabea Scribbles

Anonymous said...

Thank you Lisa for showing your cards to All Seasons. It's the details that make these cards so special for the ones who receive it! Also love the pens in the shirt pocket in your post below! Appreciate you take the time to email a thoughtful reply on my comment each week:) Have a lovely week, Friend!

likeschocolate said...

Each one gets better and better! Do you do this all freehand or to you sketch it out first and then cut?

NCSue said...

Lovely photos, Lisa.
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