Thank You Map

Happy Monday, everyone!  Just a quick post today.  Don’t forget to subscribe and leave a comment by Tuesday, March 19th at 5 PM EST for your chance to win 4 custom cards!  The more comments you leave, the more chances you have to win!

Check out this cool card:

It’s 5 inches in diameter and features and embossed sentiment, glossy-accented compass, and aged paper.  Here’s the inside:

There you have it!  Let me know what you think!

A Country Fresh Card

Hey, everybody!  Today is a special occasion!  This is my 50th blog post, can you believe it?  I don’t know where the time has gone.  In honor of this special day, I’m having a GIVEAWAY!  Woohoo!  For the random lucky winner, I will make 4 cards for the occasion of their choice (birthday, thank you, congrats, etc- feel free to mix and match!).  All you have to do is subscribe to my blog (find the section in the sidebar, enter your email address, and click the “Follow” button) and leave a comment!  The more comments you leave, the more chances you’ll have to win.  Leave your comments starting now through Tuesday, March 19th at 5PM EST and I will announce the winner on my blog on Wednesday, March 20th. I can’t wait to read all your comments and make special cards for one of you!

And now, the card.  I made this card for the Paper Crafts Connection Country Fresh Gallery Challenge!  Head on over there to enter your own Country Fresh cards, but for now, here’s what I came up with:

Country Thank You 2

The paper all came from my scrap basket, and the flowers and label were from a DCWV sheet I bought a while back.  The “thank you” is a rub-on I found in my stash.  The kraft paper and twine give the card a down-to-earth quality that offsets the fancy scrollwork on the label and the lace…and it all comes together and says to me “country.”  What do you think?

Thanks for stopping by, and don’t forget to subscribe and leave a comment for your chance to win 4 custom made cards!

A Simple Thank You

Hey everybody!  Today I have for you a very simple design.  We’ll start with a picture, then some explanation:

Simple Thank you

See?  Simple.  It’s unusual and difficult for me to leave so much white space, stamp directly onto the card base, and forget about patterned paper and ribbons, but I really like the way this turned out.  First, I tore a piece of scrap paper and taped the pieces over the card base so only one strip was showing.  Then, I used Tim Holtz Distress Inks and the blending tool to shade in the strip with yellow and lilac.  Over that, I lightly stamped some writing in brown, then spritzed the whole thing with a little (homemade) Perfect Pearls spray and let the distress inks react for a few seconds.  I removed the scrap paper, heat set the image, and placed the card under several heavy pads of paper for a while to flatten it out again.  Finally, I stamped the swirly design and embossed it with clear embossing powder.  I die cut the shape, stamped the sentiment, popped it up on foam squares, and added a single rhinestone for a touch of sparkle.

What do you think?  You can find this card in a 3-pack in my Etsy shop. Just click on the “I Sell on Etsy” badge on the side of the screen to get there.

Have a great day!

Thank You Parade

Happy Monday, everyone!  I hope your weekend was pleasant and restful.  I was thankful to have Joel around this weekend– he had a really busy week last week and, though he still had work to do over the weekend, I was happy he got to stay in the comfort of our home to do it.

I have had the need recently for many thank you cards, so I went on a thank you card kick the other day.  I must have picked the right day to do it, too, because I churned these guys out one after the other.  A very satisfying, productive day!

You can’t really tell, but the green strip of paper along the side I pleated and stitched down the middle. Love the way it turned out!

I did chuckle at myself a little when I realized a couple of them had really similar color schemes.  What can I say, I like those colors!  And some of the paper I used I’ve had forever, so I’m really happy to finally use it.  I also finally got to use my sparkly letter stickers, which is very exciting.  I find that I rarely use my big box full of stickers, rub-ons, and various other pre-made embellishments.  It’s a real shame, because I have some really great ones.  Maybe I’ll dedicate some craft time specifically to using items from my sticker collection!  Not a bad idea, if I do say so myself 🙂

I hope your Monday continues to be good!