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I enjoy making music themed cards! When I mention Depeche Mode, Morrissey, The Smiths, Keane and other bands in my posts or make cards with a music theme, those posts reside here.

Solar Eclipse of the Heart

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Happy Solar Eclipse Day!! I’ve always been fascinated by astronomy: constellations, shooting stars, meteor showers, solar flares, sun dogs and anything unusual happening in the sky! We had 99.1% obscurity at our house and my husband and I viewed the show through our special eclipse-viewing glasses. I had to use washi tape to attach them to my prescription glasses because the paper glasses kept falling off my face. Ha!

In this post, I’ll share how I made two interactive eclipse cards; a photo from our eclipse-watching; and the eclipse-watching music playlist I made. No special eclipse glasses are required. 😉

Below is a video showing the interactive solar eclipse cards I’m featuring today.

Last week, I made a few special eclipse card for today’s incredible event. Someone very dear to me celebrates a birthday today, so I made her this card. I came up with the idea as I was going to sleep one night. I get my best ideas while driving or when I have quiet time as my head hits the pillow.

I made the card by cutting a piece of 12” x 12” white cardstock to 5” x 12” and scored it every 4” and then folded the outer sides in toward the middle. I had to trim them down so I could tuck the outer flap inside.

The next step was deciding where to punch a hole for the sun. I know I could have used my Cricut Explore to cut a circle where I wanted it, but I just used a small circle punch and then used my Tim Holtz Vagabond machine to cut out a circle shape from a metal die. I determined the size of the circle by putting the die over my card to ensure the circle would stick out the edge of the card and remain behind the circle I punched out for the sun.

Then, I colored most of the large circle yellow with a Copic marker and carefully determined where the black eclipse area would begin and end and colored that in with a black Copic marker. I set the large circle/wheel aside and masked off the card so I could airbrush the sky with 4 different Copic markers and my air compressor. I covered the cutout piece of the sun with some painter’s tape to make it a little wider. I put it in place so when I airbrushed the sky, it left a ring around the sun. I colored in the area with the same Acid Yellow marker I used for the sun. This was to represent the solar corona.

With a craft knife, I cut a slit in the outer edge of the card and attached the circle/wheel to my card with a brad so it would spin. After testing the eclipse and making adjustments to the eclipse, I glued the inner flap down to conceal the wheel.

Next, I cut out cute clouds and attached them around the brad to conceal it.

I finished adding embellishments, including cutting out the birthday sentiment three times and glueing them together to get a really thick phrase.

Here are the different phases of the sun that appear as the wheel is turned:

The card I made for my husband wasn’t as detailed. I just wanted to make him a simple total eclipse of the heart card to commemorate the day. Inside the card, I called today a “solar eclipse of the heart.” The tab is concealed by an orange panel I glued in place inside the card. I made the tab a certain shape so that it couldn’t get pulled all the way out of the side.

Here’s how it looks in stages as the tab is pulled:

For today’s eclipse, I set up two phones to take time-lapse video of the yard darkening and lightening up again… but didn’t know the app I was using only recorded video for 45 minutes! The recordings both ended 30 minutes before the eclipse. I KNEW I should have checked on the videos but didn’t until after the eclipse! Oh well. My husband and I worked from home today, and enjoyed listening to the eclipse playlist I made for eclipse-viewing. Here are the songs on my list, in alphabetical order:

My Eclipse Playlist
Black Hole Sun – Soundgarden
Brighter Than the Sun – ABC
Catch the Sun – Doves
Center of the Sun – Conjure One
Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me – Elton John & George Michael
Earth, Sun, Moon – Love & Rockets
eCLiPSe – Ephemerid
Eclipse – Love & Rockets
Eclipse – Pink Floyd
Eclipse (All Yours) – Metric
Fake Bowie Song: Eclipse Me – Liam Lynch
Howling at the Moon (Sha-La-La) – The Ramones
The Killing Moon (regular version) – Echo & the Bunnymen
The Killing Moon (All Night Version) – Echo & the Bunnymen
King of Pain – The Police
Man in the Moon – Erasure
Man On the Moon – REM
Moon – Dada
My Sun – Dave Gahan & Soulsavers
New Moon on Monday – Duran Duran
No Sunlight – Death Cab for Cutie
Pink Moon – Nick Drake
Setting Sun – A Flock of Seagulls
Shame on the Moon – Red Flag
Shepherd Moons – Enya
Stare at the Sun – MuteMath
Summer Sun – 4 Strings
The Sun & the Rainfall – Depeche Mode
The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine (Anymore) – Keane
The Sun Goes Down – Level 42
Sundown – Red Flag
The Sun – Shiny Toy Guns
Total Eclipse of the Heart – Bonnie Tyler
Why Does The Sun Shine? (The Sun Is A Mass Of Incandescent Gas) – They Might Be Giants

We LOVED listening to music during the eclipse! “The Sun” by Shiny Toy Guns came on for the full eclipse and then we listened to “Total Eclipse of the Heart” by Bonnie Tyler, OF COURSE!!

How much of the eclipse could you see? Which songs would you have included? Did you play any music for the eclipse?

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Remodeled Craft Studio!

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Hi guys! Things have been a bit crazy these last few months because of the remodel. I sold or gave away my old furniture; refreshed a few pieces I kept; and redesigned the room to look more aesthetically pleasing. It took a lot of careful planning of each wall to get things the way I wanted them, and I’m thankful my husband helped make it all happen.

He took these pictures today (thanks, Dale!), but in my usual “tinkerer” fashion, I have already made a few changes to the layout of tools on the peg board and hung up some more pictures and Depeche Mode ephemera.

If you’d like to compare these with “before” pictures, here’s a link to my blog post about my craft studio before the makeover.

I may create a detailed video tour of the craft room (including what’s inside the cupboards and drawers) once I feel more finished. I’ll also be doing special video showing how I used VersaChalk‘s awesome premium chalk markers and chalkboard contact paper to label all those drawers and boxes. Until then – please enjoy the photos!

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Thanks for checking out my craft room! Do you have a crafty space where you create? Please leave a comment below!

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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 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.

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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.
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By the way, I made Joel a black and red Violator rose “thank you” card, of course! 😉

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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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My First Two Airbrushed Cards

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I’m so happy to announce I’m now Certified by Copic! I hold the Standard and the Intermediate Copic Papercrafting Certifications, the only two offered by Copic. Last week I completed all my training and was certified to demonstrate, teach or just use the techniques for my papercrafts. Taking these classes were “bucket list” items I’ve dreamed of doing for seven years, so it feels really good to have done something special like this.
My Copic Papercrafting Certifications
    It was so much fun spending two full days coloring and shading with Copic markers. If you’re not familiar with the brand Copic or how to pronounce it, it sounds like “Ko – Pick” and not “Cop – ick.” Back in 2008, I invested in a set of Copic Ciao markers and I got the other set as a gift a year ago, but I didn’t use them as often as I intended. The reason for taking these two classes was to become better at using my investment of colorful markers. Sure, I used alcohol markers in high school AP art and college, but I had forgotten a lot of techniques I’d learned. It all came back to me when I was re-learning how to use alcohol markers in my Copic classes.
    In Junior High, my art teacher was a talented and well-known airbrush artist and I was fortunate enough to get to learn how to airbrush… but then I forgot most of it because I don’t think I airbrushed again after the 9th grade. Last week, I got to try the Copic airbrush with a compressor and I was hooked! No, I’m not going to turn into an airbrushing graffiti artist – I just enjoy airbrushing backgrounds and quickly changing the color of white embellishments and ribbon. It was pretty special marrying two art mediums I learned to use in public schools: an airbrush and alcohol markers!
    After class, they sold the Copic airbrush system at a ridiculously low, below-wholesale price and I was thankful to be one of the lucky 4 to buy one.
    So, here are the first two cards I’ve made with my new airbrush system. I used three colors on both cards.
Airbrushed Depeche Mode Violator Rose Card
    In this card, I cut the cardstock down to size; airbrushed the background; stamped up the iconic Depeche Mode rose from the 1990 “Violator” album; loosely doodled a frame around the edge with a black Copic Multiliner pen; then mounted it onto dark red cardstock.
    For this guy card below, I wanted to closely match the Seattle Mariners team colors, so after laying down a chevron stencil on the cardstock and airbrushing the 3 colors, I lined the bottom of the chevrons with a silver marker. Then, I stamped the Close to My Heart sentiment; attached the ribbon and buckle; mounted it on silver paper; adhered it to the blue card; then added the Close to My Heart sticker embellishment and gemstones.
What do you think? Do you like the airbrushed backgrounds?
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Details of Chevron Card
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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.

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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

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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