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September 27, 2011

A Cup of Kindness ~ Thank You

To me, nothing says "comfort" quite like a cup of tea. And when I get together with my daughters, sisters or girlfriends, it's a natural. For whatever reason, tea seems to melt the stress away and makes me relax.

So it is with this cup of kindness reminder. I created it to be a thank-you card but you could easily adapt it for birthday, get well, hello or just because.

For this look, I used pearlescent cardstock and embossed the front teacup. I prepared the sentiment on my computer and matted it twice. The white mat is punched top and bottom to achieve the "THANKS" napkin with a lacy bottom. The teacup cut is from A Child's Year.

September 9, 2011

Happy Birdie Day ~ September B-day Card

With September comes a fresh scent in the air and of course, the very best fall flower to step up and make a statement... the Sunflower.

For this special birthday person, my sister, I wanted to make something reminiscent of summer and also welcome fall which is just around the corner.The sunflower background paper sets the stage. It adds just the right amount of colour without dominating the card.

The birthday greeting, "Happy Birdie Day" is from Straight from the Nest, as is the frame behind it. I did quite a bit of layering for the greeting, doubling up the cuts using white cardstock behind the phrase and the green scalloped frame. I like the body and dimension this provides. Edges of the front panel and green title frame are all inked with Tim Holtz's Tea Dye Distress Ink.

The bird and gold swirls are all part of a sticker set I've been anxious to use. The set has been in my stash for over a year and I am happy to finally have found a good place for a few of these embellishments. They're beautiful and needed a fitting home to rest.


I created the inside verse on my computer, printing it in brown to harmonize with the rest of the card. To give the card a "garden" feel, I punched the edges of this text sheet using Martha Stewart's lattice punch.

I cut one of the larger sunflowers from the background paper used on the front. Then, to make this flower more distinctive, I painted over the entire thing using my ProMarkers and blended the colours. I like how it is bright and lively.

The lattice edges were a little flimsy so I added borders of the same green used on the front. I like the finished card and hope it brings a smile to my sister's face when she opens it. Sunflowers have to be the happiest flowers in the garden. The other day, I saw a huge array of sunflowers in a farmers garden and I had to smile. How can you not!

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I guess you might call me a "right brainer", loving all things creative. Cardmaking is the perfect hobby for me as it allows me to be totally creative, combining design with poetry or verses I can compose myself. With Christmas being such an important occasion for cardmaking and crafting, I decided to create a separate blog just for Christmas projects. "It's All About Christmas" will host all my Christmas items. "Gracenotes For Today" will still feature items every other occasion of the year. I hope you'll drop by often and stay awhile!