This week's topic for Inspiration Avenue is "Believe," and below is my contribution:
It's a holiday greeting card I made, with a Dad/Daughter theme.
The caption for this card says, "I've Made A List, I've Checked It Twice, The Verdict's In--You're Very Nice!"
I thought it fit the theme of "Believe" on a few levels. It's why I debated between posting this image and my Santa Card image, which definitely fit the theme of "Believe," but I thought more simply. In this image, the Dad is making a list (either the proverbial list in the Santa rhyme, or an actual list of things to buy), which is a Santa-esque thing to do, and which in turn can keep the girl believing in Santa and loving Christmas.
However, whether she actually believes or not in Santa (perhaps with her watching her Dad, she suspects he's merely acting as Santa's helper/messenger/the go-between between the two), she can still believe in the holiday, giving, and the love of her family. I think it says about the good parts of this season--love, giving, being grateful for things, and wanting to make others happy-- when parents/big sisters/big brothers/anyone makes sure to give someone a gift, while also giving a kid something fun to believe in.
The idea of belief and believing, to me, also includes things that are fanciful and whimsical. Things that kids take at face value, but that grown-ups might make a double take when hearing. So, I wanted the swirling ink-lines of the Dad's ink-nib when writing to fly around in shapes, as well as the images from the letter he's writing to pour upwards in almost a surrealistic way. Perhaps the dancing pets/animals/bird with a girl indicate that she has been nice and played with animals this year, or that she will get one of her own.
In any event, please check Inspiration Avenue this week to find everyone's lovely links to this topic! Link is here: http://inspiration-avenue-team.blogspot.com/2010/12/inspiration-avenue-weeklly-challenge.html.
Signing off, and happily inspired by this week's challenge!