Gosh it's great to see you here! And look how wonderful you look! I hope this Thanksgiving Eve finds you well and surrounded by friends and family. And because it is the eve of Thanksgiving, at the end of this post, I'm going to list the top 10 things that I'm thankful for. OK, on with the post!
I have 4 cards to share with you and it is a variety of cards. Here is the first:
This is a pet sympathy card I did for the medical office manager at my doctor's office. When I was there last, she told me that she had lost her beautiful dog to cancer. I wanted to make her a special card. I kept it simple and somewhat sombre. To make it special, I added the little silver paw charm on the ribbon. I was given this charm by my very sweet friend, America, who used to be my team member when I was with House Mouse.
The next two cards are Christmas cards. One has a little surprise! Take a look:
I made the three trees simply cutting out triangles in 3 different sizes then adding DP in the center. I colored the back part of the trees with distress ink. The SURPRISE on this one is the "sky". Can you guess what it is????? It is a sheet of paper towel! LOL When I bought this brand (Sparkle) every time I would look at it, it reminded me of a quilted wintry sky. And I kept that idea in the back of my mind until it was time to use it. I tore the "hills" and glittered the edges for some sparkle, then drew the star, cut it out, and covered it in gold Stickles. I really like how the "sky" turned out. For once this is what I had visioned in my head.
This next Christmas card is a little different too for me. I normally don't do shabby or vintage, but I wanted to use this new background stamp and it just reminded me of vintage Christmas cards. Here it is:
The background script is by Stampabilities, and what I love about it is that it goes horizontally instead of vertically as most word stamps go. I stamped it on white card stock then changed the color by using Old Paper distress ink all over it. I did the same on the face of the base card as well. It was originally white. I stamped the tree on white as well then colored the paper too. Added the red ornaments using Stickles. I also just tore all around both the red and the worded paper to give it a very distressed look. Added the photo corners colored with the same distress ink I used for the tree (forest moss). Added the greeting and done.
I saved this next card for last because it is a Thanksgiving card which ties into my list of things I am thankful for. Here is the card:
I made the background paper! I used a tiny set of leaves by Hero Arts combined with two peg stamps (curly vine and pumpkin) by Tapistry stamps. I used 6 different colors of distress inks and randomly stamped the pattern. I colored the turkey with Sharpies. I hate that I don't know what stamp set this is. I bought it two years ago and didn't label it as I do now with the stamp sets I buy. But I really love this turkey. The sentiment is also part of the set. I actually "mass produced" this card and sent it out to friends and family and some neighbors. It was really quick and easy to make once I got the production line down.
OK, here is my list of the top 10 things I am thankful for (although I have many more):
1. I am thankful for my family. Even though there are just a few of us, we are close and I'm grateful for that.
2. I am thankful for the men and women in the armed forces that are sacrificing so much so that I am free. I can't thank them enough for their sacrifice and their families' sacrifice, and I think of them and pray for them everyday.
3. I'm thankful that I have a roof over my head and live in a safe community. I will think of those less fortunate who are homeless and hungry today and keep them in my thoughts and prayers.
4. I am thakful for my beautiful dogs, Shotsy and Gunther. They are what keep me grounded and have taught me so much about unconditional love and loyalty. I will always be grateful for their lessons.
5. I am thankful that I live in the best country in the world. Though we have our problems, there is nowhere else on earth I would rather be.
6. I am thankful for my relative good health. Although I have some problems, they are far less than some people who suffer horribly every day. I keep them in my thoughts and prayers too.
7. I am thankful for my 24 year relationship. Even though it is difficult sometimes taking care of Jay, we have had a great run so far. I know that there are lonely people who have no one, and I keep them in my thoughts and prayers too.
8. I am thankful for my creative side and that I have an outlet for it. It has given me an escape from the day to day struggles and helps me put things into perspective.
9. I am thankful for the every day necessities that we sometimes take for granted. Food, clothing, warmth in the winter, cool in the summer, a craft room of my own, etc. I always try to remind myself that these every day things are something that some people would consider a luxury. How fortunate I am.
10. And finally, I'm very thankful for you, my blogging friends. Without you, what would this blogging thing be worth? You don't know how you all make my day when you leave comments to brighten my mood and bring smiles to my face. You have all been so kind and have truly become an important part of my life. I love you guys!
OK, last but not least, is the "Pic of the Week". I took this photo this week. The boys and I were sitting and resting after our walk on some steps leading down to the White River. It was a grey dreary day, and as I looked down I saw this really stunning (at least to me) reflection of the trees linking the riverbank:
Again, thanks so much for stopping by and looking at my "stuff". I hope all of you who celebrate Thanksgiving here in the US have a wonderful holiday tomorrow. And to all my other blogging buddies all over the world, I hope you have a great weekend!
"God, please help me be the person that my dogs think I am."