Sunday, July 21, 2013

Magnificent Maple - Technostamper #272

 A silver maple tree in Toronto’s Leslieville area that is credited as being the inspiration behind Alexander Muir's 1867 song “The Maple Leaf Forever,” was destroyed by a massive storm that hit the city on July 19, 2013.
 
A tree said to have inspired the song The Maple Leaf Forever was a victim of severe weather that hit southern Ontario.
The aged silver maple near downtown Toronto was among the many trees that came down as fierce winds moved through the region Friday night.
The tree stood in front of a house in the city’s Leslieville area.
National Post/Files
A winter photo of the Toronto maple tree said to have inspired the song "The Maple Leaf Forever."
A plaque in front of the house says the tree’s falling leaves inspired Alexander Muir, the one-time principal of nearby Leslieville public school, to write The Maple Leaf Forever.
Muir wrote the song in 1867, the year of Confederation. He died in 1906.

Here is a video of the original song:



It was so sad to hear of the loss of this wonderful old tree during a severe storm on Friday.  I made this card in tribute to this octegenarian using the sketch with Technostamper here to do so. Although the tree that inspired that wonderful song was a silver maple, I coloured the leaves as if they were from a sugar maple tree.






 
The base card is Chocolate chip card stock, layered with Pretty Print embossed Very Vanilla card stock.  I then adhered a large piece of Sweater Weather DSP on top of the embossed layer.

The two leaves were stamped using the rock and roll technique, using Crushed Curry and Cajun Craze inks.  They were then cut out and the edges sponged with Cajun Craze ink.
I die cut a circle in Very Vanilla using the circles framelits, sponged the edges with Cajun Craze, and adhered the leaves to the circle.  Three banners were mounted on the bottom - 2 in cajun craze, and 1 in Sweater Weather DSP (the other side of the DSP I used on the card).  This unit was then adhered to the DSP on the card.

Stamps: Magnificent Maple, Petite Pairs
Inks: Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry
Papers: Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla, Sweater Weather DSP, Cajun Craze
Accessories: Pretty Print folder, Circles framelit
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