I love to open the mailbox and see a special, thicker-than-usual envelope filled with the caring thoughts of a special person in my life! A handmade card! For me! It always brings a smile and a lighter heart!
With my change of address, I've recently received some beautiful cards wishing me well. Today's card was especially lovely because it uses Bliss, my favorite Sale-A-Bration set (that's about ready to be gone and I haven't had time to even use it…weeps!), and purple & green, which is one of my most favorite color combinations!
I love, love, love the butterflies in the Bliss set, and these are accented with Basic Pearls! They are so pretty on this card in combination with the images from the Clearly For You stamp set. Linda's use of vellum is fantastic…stamping the flowers underneath in Old Olive and the lady bugs on top with Elegant Eggplant.
The trinkets are adorable and Stampin' Up! has some similar Trinket Keys, so I know I can recreate that look. And, she used the scrunchy satin ribbon in a darker purple shade to really tie it all together! The sentiment is punched with the Large 1-3/4" Oval Punch and layered on a Scallop Oval Punch.
And, she even stamped the envelope—don't forget to make the outside pretty, too, because it adds to the excitement of opening the card!
Thanks so much for the lovely card, Linda!
Blast From The Past
I received another very unexpected card from my friend Angie. We've been friends since nursery school, which was mumblety-mumble years ago—we were the two Angies! (See, I was "two" cool way back then—haha!)
Anyway, she sent me this card…
It's another handmade card…and it was made be ME! That's right! Years ago, back when I first started stamping, I gave her a set of all-occasion cards and she sent me one! Haha! What a surprise!
I'd have to say that I truly feel like I've grown as a stamping artist since my first attempts back in 2003. It's fun to see the "old" stuff…this card looks so "retired!" There's no more colored eyelets, or organdy ribbon, or decorator scissors. All of the colors—Orchid Opulence, Ballet Blue, Barely Banana, Mellow Moss—have all been replaced by more trendy shades. Even the artwork is dated looking somehow. But, I still love it because it's mine, and it represents where I was with my stamping at the time! And, I still remember how much fun I had watercoloring the shoes in that set!
Thanks so much, Angie, for bringing my art full-circle! And, for the well-wishes! And, for reminding me that I still need to unpack my shoes!
Today's Too Cool Challenge: Whose day can you brighten with a handmade card? Make one and send it out today! It doesn't take much to spread a little bit of joy to someone you care about! It'll make their day, and yours, too cool!
And, if you need it, my address is available by request! *wink*
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