Awake, thou wintry earth –
Fling off thy sadness!
Fair vernal flowers, laugh forth
Your ancient gladness!
~ Thomas Blackburn
After a week of struggling to adjust to daylight savings time, I’m back on track and no longer loathing my alarm clock. What a treat to come home from work and have two hours of sunshine to enjoy.
All the sunny California days have me day-dreaming about planting a few flowers. Until I can get to the garden center, I created this paper floral wreath to tide me over. I used a green patterned paper so the branches on the wreath look like they have some depth. I had a few flower embellishments in my supply stash but you could use a punch to make the flowers.
I like this little cheerful wreath. It was easy to make and I can use the idea in multiple ways (napkin rings, gift topper, gift tag, ornament, garland, etc.).
“The invariable mark of wisdom
is to see the miraculous in the common.”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
A few weeks ago I posted my five favorite gratitude quotes and this one by Emerson reminds me that I would be wise to spend time acknowledging everyday miracles. I think it’s a miracle that, in our busy lives, there’s always at least one person who does something that seems common, but it improves our day in some way. One of my new goals is to be more intentional about expressing genuine gratitude and that’s going to include lots of thank you notes. I’m gonna need a stash.
This week I made two square thank you cards using the same stamp technique but with different designs. The technique I used is heat embossing – using ink, embossing powder, and a heat gun to created a raised sentiment. I love the look and feel; it gives a card a little something special. I have to practice more because I was pressing too hard on my stamp and the words were spreading too much. (It’s worth it to test your technique in advance.) Here are some good directions on how to heat emboss, but there’s one thing they don’t mention: you need to rub an Embossing Magic bag across your card before you stamp for a nice, clean impression. What a difference it made!
For the card on the right, I used the Lilybee Design Autumn Spice paper pack. For the card on the left (my favorite of the two), I cut a triangle out of white card stock and used gold washi tape to create the stripes. I glued the triangle to one corner of the card then rounded the corners. I really like the colors.
I have a few other thank you card designs here, and here.
How do you show gratitude? Do you have a stash of thank you cards you keep on hand?
I was poking around the internet the other day looking for some autumnal greeting card inspiration and found some great sources. Say “hello” to five awesome designs for Thanksgiving Day cards.
1. Happy Thanksgiving card by My Paper Secret
I love the mixed media approach to this card. There’s just the right amount of stuff going on in this design without it being too busy. I think it’s the great use of white space that makes it interesting and fresh.
2. Autumn card with a quote from Albert Camus
This is another card design that makes good use of white space. I like that some of the leaves are stamped directly on the card and some are cut out and adhered to the card. The tiny acorn charm is adorable.
3. Happy Autumn card from Courtney Lane I really like the cutout overlay of the leaves, but what really makes the card for me is the use of blue in an autumn palette.
4. Give Thanks card designed by Smudge Design for Minted
This design is a Minted design challenge winner (pictured above). It has a similar layout as card #1 with the lovely leaf pattern acting as “white space” at the top of the card. I adore the use of type in this digital design.
5. Give Thanks print from Anavicky’s Etsy shop
This isn’t a card, it’s an 8 x 10 print. But it would make a lovely card. The colors are a perfect representation of a harvest. Plus, the detail in this painting is beautiful.
Every leaf speaks bliss to me fluttering
from the autumn trees.
~ Emily Bronte
We’re about half way through fall and everything looks amazing. I can see why Emily Bronte found the autumn trees blissful. This time of year is also when we traditionally focus on giving thanks. This “thank you” card is so simple to make – perfect for bulk cards if you have several people to thank.
I used VersaMark ink to stamp the tone-on-tone leaf pattern on kraft card stock. Then I used brown ink to stamp the sentiment on cream lined paper, and offset it with an orange chevron patterned paper. Three brass brads add a little dimension. A simple card to acknowledge someone’s kindness.