Category Archives: Depeche Mode & Music

I enjoy making music themed cards! When I mention Depeche Mode and music or make cards with a music theme, those posts reside here.

Depeche Mode LED Lamp

Depeche Mode LED Lamp
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Today, I’m featuring a very talented local (Portland, OR) artist’s work. I stumbled upon the Ardent Iron Works PDX Facebook page a few months ago and got in touch with Joel, the creative genius behind the name. I was drawn to his steampunk-ish industrial lamps and when I saw a collection of LED-lit custom signs on his page, I knew I’d just found the perfect gift for my husband!

LED Lamps Custom Made in Portland - Ardent Iron Works PDX

There’s my lamp with all of it’s cousins!

We have a mutual love for the greatest band of all time, Depeche Mode, and I thought it would be awesome to have an LED lamp made for Dale with the infamous rose from DM’s “Violator” album. When I reached out to Joel and described what I was looking for, he did some research and came back to me with a design idea. I loved it! He immediately started the work for my special gift, made from the skeleton of an EXIT sign.

LED Lamps - Ardent Iron Works PDX

In early January, Joel let me know that my Depeche Mode gift had arrived, but it was the day Portland came to a halt, due to some surprise snow. Reluctantly, I had to wait for the streets to clear before I could pick it up, and when I did get over to the Ardent Iron Works studio, I was blown away by how perfect the finished product looked!! It was so exciting to see how an idea became a physical reality, much like my greeting cards.

I was so giddy and excited to present Dale with his gift, but since it was the only gift he was going to open on his birthday, he wanted to wait for the right time so he could savor the surprise. Speaking of “savor,” I think this bacon wrapping paper looks pretty savory! A friend sent me to the link to order bacon wrapping paper from the National Pork Board and I purchased some for Dale’s birthday.

Bacon Wrapping Paper

His reaction to his birthday gift was better than I could possibly have imagined!! He was sooooo full of joy and amazed! The best thing he said was, “This is the kind of gift I was supposed to find for YOU!!” He’s so loving and thoughtful and always goes out of his way to make me feel special. Once I powered up his light and started playing the Depeche Mode Violator album, he was able to see his new LED lamp in action. There are several different settings, but the best one is the setting that causes the D, M and rose to move with the music!! It also pulses if I clap, walk across the floor or speak. Over the past week that Dale’s owned it, he’s told me that he just loves to stare at the beautiful, mesmerizing lights.

DEPECHE MODE custom LED lamp - Ardent Iron Works PDX

He loved his gift - the DM lamp made by Ardent Iron Works PDX!

I’m so happy I met Joel through his equally cool wife, Tarah Pond. He allowed me to give my husband such an original, special gift. If you’d like to purchase one of these custom lamps, there were four Depeche Mode lamps made, which means there are three left. Please get in touch with Joe through his Ardent Iron Works PDX Facebook page. I know he’ll be happy to work with you! His customer service was excellent, and I am confident we’ll be customers again.

Here’s one of his awesome Seattle Seahawks LED lamps – check out the green turf in the front!!
Seattle Seahawks LED Lamp - Ardent Iron Works PDX

There are also these very cool Oregon Ducks and RIP CITY (Blazers) lamps! He’s always happy to make a custom lamp for his clients.
Oregon Ducks LED Lamp - Ardent Iron Works PDXRIP CITY LED Lamp - Ardent Iron Works PDX
By the way, I made Joel a black and red Violator rose “thank you” card, of course! 😉

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Just Like Heaven

Just Like Heaven
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Yesterday, I attended a bridal shower for a co-worker friend and a wedding reception for another friend. It was a very busy, but rewarding day. My co-worker friend and I have some overlapping music tastes, including a love for The Cure and Depeche Mode. She impressed me by mentioning that she’d love to incorporate some Cure songs in her wedding music, so I made a mental note of that. So last month, I designed this card in the Penultimate app with my stylus and iPad. My cards never turn out exactly like my sketches, but they’re always very similar to what I was thinking. It’s fun to create art from a sketch of an idea.

May Your Wedding Be Just Like Heaven
I cut the silhouette of the wedding couple with my Cricut Explore machine and snipped the ponytail off the bride’s head because my friend has super short, adorable blonde hair and I wanted the couple to resemble them. While I didn’t add glasses and a beard to the grom, my friend appreciated the card all the same. At first I tried to make a tiny hair barrette like she wears, but it didn’t look right so a sparkly headband became the answer!

rosette ribbon dress
With some magic Scor-Tape, I used some of my beloved retired Close to My Heart rosette ribbon to add length and bridal flair to the paper dress. The background paper came from the retired CTMH paper packet “Skylark.” It’s double-sided, so I used the stripes for the background and the more solid side for the pennant. I used a black journaling pen to draw stitches around the rectangle, then I wrote the sentiment on the pennant and attached it to the card with adhesive and sparkly silver washi tape. Of course, the bride needed a sparkly ring, so I attached a sticky gem to her dainty hand!

Alpaca / Just Like Heaven
The bride and groom have an inside joke and a fondness for alpacas, so I wanted to play into that by adding in a cut-out alpaca. I cut him with the Cricut Explore, smudged the edges with CTMH Desert Sand ink, and festooned his neck with a CTMH bow tie sticker from the new La Rose en Vie (coming soon!) collection.

 
The inside of the card was hand-written, and if you’re not familiar with The Cure, one of their all-time biggest hits is the 1987 song “Just Like Heaven,” which piqued at #40 on the Billboard charts in 1988. It was written by Robert Smith about his fiancee, Mary Poole, who appears toward the end of the video in a white bridal gown. I think this is why I’ve seen a handful of women dressed in bridal gowns whenever I attend a Cure concert.

 
My wish for my friends is for her and her future husband to have a perfect, beautiful and lovely wedding next month, and as Pink Martini sings… to never stop falling in love! <3

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Dark Fleur-de-Lis Card

Dark Fleur-de-Lis Card
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Today’s card is a special fleur-de-lis card I made about three years ago, but forgot to blog it. This was made with my Cricut Expression machine by cutting two of the same swoopy square shape; scoring the top of the back/inside of the card; and attaching them with adhesive. I used a few sheets of cardstock from the “Lemon Flower Stack” by DCWV and used Crackle Accents to achieve the glossy, crackled effect on the fleur-de-lis.

Fleur-de-Lys card

 

As you can see, there are a few layers to the card, including the fleur-de-lis that pops off the page with double-sided foam adhesive. I wrapped it with some thin silver wire because I’d seen that look before on other cards, and wanted to try it.

fleur de lis card close-upHere is another shot of the card I made for Stacy. I think this one, below, really shows the embossed paper, sparkles, and the crackle effect.

fleur de lis cardThank you for taking the time to read my blog post! Enjoy your day!

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Happy Birthday Stacy!

Happy Birthday Stacy!
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Today is the One and Only Stacy L‘s birthday! Stacy and I became instant friends a little over nine (!) years ago when we met through the Depeche Mode message boards. We’ve had many fun adventures together, including meeting Depeche Mode backstage. Yeah, I had to bring that up again because I’m still thrilled that happened!

With each birthday card for Stacy, I feel compelled to outdo myself. Who’s to say if I really achieve that? What I do know is that each card has a completely different feel to it and it’s always a surprise to Stacy. This year, I wanted to do something with the really cool illustration of Stacy that her good friend Shaz Justice of Lollipop Labs Studios drew. Stacy has used it as her cover photo on Facebook, and I think she’s also used it as her avatar. I had a friendly conversation with Shaz about it, and she was all for the idea of me collaborating with her to make Stacy a special card. I should have asked her for the file so that it wouldn’t be so pixelated, but I just snagged it from Stacy’s album of cover photos on Facebook.

Here’s what I came up with. What do you think?

2014 purple birthday card for Depeche Mode fan StacyI used a (way too dull) craft knife to cut Stacy out of the printed .jpg and popped her off the page with double-sided foam adhesive.

Stacy - Depeche Mode Fan - illustrated by Shaz JusticeI found the perfect washi tape spools for the card! Stampin’ Up! had some Halloween washi tape on clearance, and my order just arrived, so I used the skull washi tape and some purple patterned washi tape from We R Memory Keepers and laid them onto the card, along with some ribbon I bought years ago. I always planned to use it on a card for Stacy.

Special 2014 birthday card for Depeche Mode fan StacyAren’t the pennants cute? I folded washi tape in half over the threaded silver beads and snipped them into little triangle shapes. They were kind of floppy, so I pinned one down with a glue dot.

Close-up of Stacy's purple birthday cardI added a cluster of embellishments to the lower left corner. I used a mixture of retired Close to My Heart products and embellishments from my local craft stores.

Embellishments on Stacy's birthday cardHere’s another view of the card. Isn’t Stacy adorable? I love how Shaz illustrated her!

Washi tape + skulls + illustration of StacyI almost never decorate the inside of a card, but this time I did! I added another cut-out of Stacy and layered her over some washi tape.

Stacy - illustrated by Shaz JusticeThere was still plenty of room to write my sentiment inside.Inside of the card: Stacy - illustrated by Shaz JusticeI used my tiny Tim Holtz stapler to attach the wire-threaded silver beads.

2014 birthday card for Depeche Mode fan Stacy      Here’s one last picture I took of the card: Custom birthday card for a special fan of Depeche ModeStacy enjoyed the card and the concert ticket we bought for her. We got to see New Order LIVE last week for our very first time! She shares the same birthday as Ian Curtis, the late singer of Joy Division who died the same day as Mt. St. Helens erupted. Photo below, by Stacy.

Stacy's Depeche Mode birthday card and New Order concert ticketThanks for reading my blog!

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Depeche Mode Stationery

Depeche Mode Stationery
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I should have called this blog post “Random Acts of Depecheness.” 😉
Here’s where the story all began. I bought my Cricut Expression machine in 2008 and watched as Provo Crafts released newer, potentially better versions of the machine over the last six years. I was tempted by the Imagine machine, curious about the Gypsy tool and liked the colors of the newer machines. Mine is just cream-color and grey. I’ve always been a little disappointed that I couldn’t cut my own illustrations or clip art with my machine. Sure, there was software out there that would allow you to make custom cuts but I didn’t feel comfortable going down the road of potentially voiding my warranty, so I didn’t research it. Instead, I longed for a Pazzles machine (but it was more than twice the cost of my original Cricut Expression) and later was very intrigued by the Sillhouette machines but never did anything about it.
Fast forward to late January 2014 when I opened a surprise email from Cricut. They were releasing a new machine that would write, score, cut and would allow me to CUT MY OWN FILES!!! How cool is THAT?!? All of the Cricut cartridges I already own and all of the images I’ve purchased from Cricut Craft Room would work with the Cricut Explore. How exciting! I watched the official Cricut Explore announcement video and daydreamed about the possibilities and then tuned in at 9 PM February 11th to watch it debut on HSN. It was nearly sold out by the time the piece aired and the first hour was frantic and not very informative about the machine. In the second hour of the program, more information was divulged. I took the bait. I ordered it. I’d stashed away some “crafty cash” for a moment like this and excitedly ordered the new Cricut Explore!
It arrived late February and I’ve really enjoyed using it. The first custom project I made was a card with three triangles. Look closely and they resemble primitive D M letters. It’s an adaptation of Depeche Mode’s current logo, which seems to change with every album they release. As a very longtime fan of the band, I enjoy creating cards and art inspired by DM for friends across the world who love my favorite band. I’ve never met many of these friends in person, but through Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, we’ve become a family of sorts. I lovingly call the group of friends who also love DM “Depechies” and this will be the fifth time I’ve done a special project like this “For the Masses.” It brings me joy to do kind things to others, and I started getting excited about making some DM stationary for some of my Depechies.
Delta Machine card
I had the current address for a few Depechies, but sent private Facebook messages to others to get their address for the first time or to request a current address. It was fun to see the different responses! Some replied IMMEDIATELY. Perhaps they know that when “Cards By Stephanie” asks for your address, something good is going to be sent. 😉 Other friends were very curious about what I was up to but I didn’t give it away. Some haven’t see my private message yet. One made sure it was really me asking for her address (probably because hackers and spammers are so prevalent). Three others generously offered to “pay it forward” and send me something – even though they had no clue what I was up to!! ❤ Finally, some just read my message and did not respond.
Some of the colorful Delta Machine Depeche Mode cards I made
What started out as a mental list of four girlfriends I’d send a few cards to quickly turned into making 94 cards for 29 friends!! After getting to number 29, I concluded there were still a lot of DM friends whose address I didn’t have and I began to feel bad for inadvertently leaving some friends out. I didn’t exclude anyone on purpose, but when I started estimate the cost of postage, I told myself I had better stop requesting addresses. A few more addresses trickled in after my Mailing for the Masses, so I’ll be making more cards this weekend and will send out some more packages on Monday.
62 of the 100 cards, sorted and ready for mailing
I realized I’d committed to doing more than I’d planned! I’d made 64 cards at first and thought I’d have enough for everyone to get at least 3 cards and envelopes plus have some leftovers for me. However, as I started counting the friends who’d given me their address, I realized I needed to make 32 more cards! I swiftly ordered hundreds of envelopes from Amazon, as my supply was nearing depletion with this project. I took a few days to assemble the cards, take pictures of them, stamp the outer envelopes and hand write all the accompanied notes. It took all weekend to finish up, but I was giggling with mirth for much of the time. It sure is fun to work on happy surprises for unsuspecting friends.
Depeche Mode Violator greeting cards
70 sheets of cardstock, at least 125 envelopes, lots of stamp impressions and 29 handwritten notes later, I was ready to take them to the post office! I took my giant tote bag to the nearest post office and smiled as I mentally kissed the envelopes goodbye. My art was headed on a secret mission! I hope my friends will be delighted when they receive their packages and that they’ll enjoy blessing others by sending them some Depeche Mode themed happy mail!
Homemade Depeche Mode Delta Machine and Violator Cards - CardsByStephanie.com
Update: I’ve heard back from 62% of the recipients and I hope the rest of the packages get delivered soon! My friends were surprised and happy when they received their surprise.
Happy Mail for Depeche Mode Fans
If you liked this post, why not surprise a friend with some happy mail? I encourage you to do something to make a long lost friend smile. You’ll feel good and they will, too.
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Ten Things to Expect at a Depeche Mode Concert

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It was A Question of Time before writing a post like this. Today’s blog post has nothing to do with greeting cards. I’m a huge fan of Depeche Mode‘s music and today’s blog post is dedicated to my favorite group. I meant to write this blog post a couple of months ago, but time escaped me. With “Depeche Mode Season” being right around the corner for many, I thought I’d share some thoughts for what to expect at a Depeche Mode concert. I’ve been fortunate enough to see Depeche Mode 8 times, Dave Gahan solo once, Martin L. Gore as a DJ once, and Alan Wilder / Recoil 4 times live in concert. I have a lot of friends who have seen Depeche Mode 10-15 times PER TOUR and have hob-knobbed with the band much more than I have. I say that to illustrate that I’m not bragging, because compared to many of my super-fan friends, I haven’t seen Depeche Mode in concert much at all. However, I see them as much as I can afford to and I haven’t missed a tour since my first life-changing, emotional DM show in November of 1993 in Vancouver, B.C.
My Depeche Mode Concert Collage
As you lucky fans venture out to see our beloved synth group in concert for the Delta Machine album, here are a few things to expect:

1. You’re encouraged to sing along. I’ve been to some fantastic DM shows where lots of fans sung along and I’ve attended shows where I was embarrassed that hardly anyone but me sang along. Depeche Mode loves to see you enjoying their show and when you demonstrate that by singing along with Dave or Martin, that soothes their souls. When Dave holds out the mic, cups his ear and shouts, “SING IT!” by all means, sing along! Let go and have some fun!
2. Reach out and touch faith. One of Depeche Mode’s most commercially successful songs is “Personal Jesus.” To me, the song is about being a true friend like Jesus is: someone who cares; who’s always there to pour your heart out to when you’re feeling all alone or need to confess something you’re harboring. When it comes to the chorus, sing along with them and raise your hands. It’s fun. Trust me. Slowly raise your arms up as you sing, “Reach out and – ” and then bounce your hands up twice as you sing the rest of the line, “touch faith!” Some out-of-control fans will change the lyrics to “Reach out and touch Dave!”
3. Take your cue from Dave and do the “Wild Wheat Wave.” I used to buy bread from the Wild Wheat Bakery Cafe and I’ve always called the waving-of-arms-at-a-Depeche-Mode-show the “Wild Wheat Wave.” It doesn’t feel like a Depeche Mode show if they don’t perform “Never Let Me Down Again,” or as we super-fans call it “NLMDA.” We turn all their songs into acronyms because we can’t be bothered to spell out the whole song title. 😉 Take your cue from Dave – when he shouts, “Let me see your haaaaands!!” and begins waving his arms vigorously above his head from left to right and right to left, that’s when you should do the same. Trust me, it’s part of the whole experience of taking in a Depeche Mode concert! Don’t follow the people in your section of the stadium – follow the leader: watch Dave, or you can get your wave off-track! Look around the stadium and take in the moment. Commit it to memory. Feel it and be in this moment. It’s a very special part of the show to be connected with the audience and the band this way. If this moment doesn’t make you smile, you need to loosen up and wave your arms!
4. Take pictures – Photographic pictures. Gone are the days of smuggling cameras in to shows in places Security Guards won’t be touching. Try and see between the other fans’ phone cameras that are up in the air and take a few pictures to share on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. I remember my last Depeche Mode concert in Seattle on August 10, 2009. Throughout the show I was rotating between taking a photo with my good camera; taking a picture with my phone; tweeting out the current song; and holding up my “DEPMODE” license plate. Before Twitter, I’d bring a mini notepad and pen to make note of the set list. If there is a next time, I think I’ll just enjoy the show and take a few pictures with my phone.
5. Watch Andy. If you look really closely, you’ll see him eating a peanut butter & jelly sandwich; reading a book on his iPad; updating his restaurant menu; taking a nap while standing; clapping along; scratching his nose; or occasionally playing the keyboard. Maybe one of these days he’ll get sucked up by an alien space shuttle! I hope not. 😉 Hey now – don’t get all grumpy. I kid. I jest. I appreciate Mr. Fletcher’s presence in the band, but some of us scratch our heads wondering exactly what he’s doing up there behind the synthesizer in his black eye glasses and black outfit.
6. Dave knows how to whirl a mic stand like no other. If you’ve never seen Depeche Mode or Dave Gahan live until the Delta Machine tour, you’ll be mesmerized by his twirling of the mic stand. It’s always fun to watch him spin the mic stand around and it makes me think that he’s someone I wouldn’t want to grocery shop with. He’s probably one of those guys who swings around the empty grocery basket on his way down the aisles. Those guys are scary to shop with – I could get hurt with all that grocery basket swingin’! Anyway, my point is that no one can dance with a mic stand quite the way Dave can, and it’s something to behold.

7. Martin will wear something or do something unexpected. There was a lot of hullabaloo over the knit mohawk cap he wore during the Touring the Angel shows – wasn’t it knit by a fan? There’s always talk about how glittery he was; the angel wings on his back; how silver his clothes were; or how strange this-or-that was that he wore. I’m not crazy about Martin covering Dave’s songs (I know, I know – Martin writes most of them, so technically they’re HIS songs, but don’t you know what I mean?), but he will do that sometimes and it’s somewhat unexpected.
8. Dave will probably wear black slacks, a black vest, and will be shirtless at some point. Dave seems to wear different versions of the same thing (Dressed in Black – Again!), so it’s inevitable that he’ll get roasty-toasty as he performs on stage and he’ll lose his vest. When this happens, try to control yourself, people!
9. Expect some standard favorites and a surprise or two. These boys have been writing and composing original songs and performing them for over 30 years in a row. They know how to please their fans and put on an incredible performance. They’ll perfectly perform the songs you want to hear, and they’ll surprise you with some unexpected ones. There will be controversial, thought-provoking, artistic and interesting videos displayed behind them as they perform. Anticipate a well-crafted, incredibly memorable, special evening being entertained by the guys who wrote the soundtrack to your life. Mentally record every second and savor it like your last meal.

10. Make friends with the fans. I have to say, people who love Depeche Mode seem to be some of the coolest, kindest, thoughtful, artistic, creative, most fun, Precious people I know. Some of the people I’m closest to are huge Depeche Mode fans, including my Somebody (who proposed to me with that song playing and I walked down the aisle to “Somebody”). Don’t be snooty – be friendly and get to know those fans around you! You already have a lot in common with them and would probably be fast friends with many of them if you exchange a few kind words. You’re sharing a very special experience with them by attending this show together. Be a good Depechie and be kind to your fellow fans.

I really wish I could see them on this tour. I’m sickened to miss them, but they aren’t coming anywhere near where I live. I grew up near Seattle and had no problem driving to see them in Seattle, The Gorge in George, Canada or Oregon, but they aren’t coming to any of these Pacific Northwest cities. I just hope they add us to the next leg. They’ve got some really loyal fans who would love nothing more than to see them again. “All I want to do is see you / Don’t you know that it’s true?” So, go on and have a wonderful evening or two… or twenty for me! Enjoy your Depeche Mode show(s) and know that Somebody would be the Happiest Girl if she tried waking in your shoes and could attend a Depeche Mode show in 2013.
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Happy 19th Wedding Anniversary!

Happy 19th Wedding Anniversary!
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This is a card I made for my friends John & Stacy as they celebrated their 19th wedding anniversary last week. I’m thankful to know so many genuinely happily married couples like them, and I’m proud to count myself and my husband Dale as one of those happy couples.

Happy 19th Wedding Anniversary!

For this card, I hijacked a photo Stacy posted on Facebook of their wedding day and edited it with some fun filters in my Camera+ phone app. Then, I printed it and cut it to size and mounted it on a piece of coordinating cardstock. I didn’t want to make this card too busy, so I just added a few elements and used some fleur-de-lis cardstock from DCWV’s Tattered Time paper stack. I turned the patterned cardstock upside down to be reminiscent of Depeche Mode and include a hint of our favorite band. For the black edge on the bottom, I punched some black paper with the new Scallop Border Punch from Close to My Heart.

19th Wedding Anniversary

Married for 19 years!

19 Years!Congratulations again, John and Stacy – and happy 19th wedding anniversary! Let’s stretch out the celebration all month long! 🙂

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Mixed Media Canvas Wall Art

Mixed Media Canvas Wall Art
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Do you have friends who would walk through fire and do anything for you? Do you have friends who are there for your saddest, darkest moments as well as partake in moments of your unbridled joy? I’m so blessed to have friends like these – friends who love me even with all of my imperfections and flaws. Two such friends of mine are married to one another and they’ve been fiercely loyal to me, standing by my side in difficult times and exceedingly happy times.
So, when these friends moved back home to Washington State from Colorado, I wanted to make them a very special welcome home + housewarming + birthday gift. I’ve been admiring mixed media art for some time now, and this was my first attempt at smashing a bunch of ephemera, washi tape, flowers and other pretty embellishments onto a decoupaged 12″ x 12″ canvas.
Mixed Media Canvas Wall Art
I started by using Mod Podge and applied it to the canvas and also to the back of my 12″ square scrapbook paper. All the paper I used was from The Heirloom Stack from DCWV, with the exception of some cardboard I turned into an embellishment. Once my first layer was completely dry, I covered it with one coat of Mod Podge and let it dry. Then I built from there.
Happy Lynch Family
My friend Stacy and I met because of our mutual adoration for the music of Depeche Mode, so I knew I wanted to incorporate lyrics from our beloved group in her wall art. Between Depeche Mode and the lead vocalist’s first solo album, I came up with three songs to work with. I hand-wrote lyrics from Depeche Mode’s “Home” and “Here is the House,” as well as a line from Dave Gahan‘s “Hidden Houses” song. I trimmed around the text and laid the pieces onto the dried canvas and put a layer of Mod Podge over them to give them a good seal. After they dried, I went over the whole canvas with another layer of Mod Podge.

Here is the House

Feels Like Home

Hidden Houses
Using a craft knife, I carefully cut out the film strip from scrap paper and cut out the insides to make windows. I surfed my friend Stacy’s Facebook photos for some pictures she took of her family and Seattle and printed them small enough to fit in the film strip. I carefully taped them into place behind the film strip windows, being careful not to use too much tape or the outline might show through. Then, I decoupaged it into place and worked on adding more layers. I used some really old E6000 glue from 2001, Liquid Glass and glue dots. If I remember correctly, I may have used my hot glue gun, as well. I had to work with different products based on what I was trying to adhere.
Decoupaged Film Strip
I inked up some chipboard key shapes and sprinkled some embossing powder with metal shavings and after applying heat, the embossing powder and metal pieces melted together nicely to form a cool textured look. I repeated this method onto a “DM” shape which is from the current Depeche Mode logo. I made a template, traced it, cut it out and embellished it.
Since I have a hard time keeping my own surprises a secret, I shared these photos with my friends before giving it to them. We don’t live near each other, so I wasn’t able to give them their gift for a few weeks since I was afraid to ship it. Mixed media art isn’t for everyone, but I’m thankful my friend Stacy and her husband loved it!
Mixed Media Canvas
Gears, Buttons and Flowers
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Friends of the Universe

Friends of the Universe
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A few years ago, I made some cards that resembled the cover of the current Depeche Mode album “Songs of the Universe” for my friends. I had a few left over, so for Christmas 2011 I added gems to them and sent them as Christmas cards to some of my DM-fan friends. I have so many cards I’ve never blogged about so even though it’s nowhere near Christmas, you’re getting a Christmas-ish blog post!

blog-Friends of the Universe DM

Here is what the cards looked like before I added Christmas ornaments to them. Now I wish I had blinged out all of the original cards I made because I like ’em better with gems.

blog-Friends of the Universe Cards

Thanks for reading my super short blog post and have a great weekend!

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