Wednesday, October 5, 2016

October's Party Card

I nearly choked upon seeing the last time I posted here -- my goodness!  So I'd better get on with it!

Today's card was born out of a whim to make an autumn card.

And once it was made, I decided to handwrite a poem into it. Fall, I found is a season where many poems had a melancholy tone, so I was very delighted with this poem ' October's Party ' for its simple delightful touch - and here's my card [now on its way to a friend]!


It's a simple card, but I was inspired towards it by a custom made envelope 
I had hanging around for at least a year....this one, 


spellbinder nesting dies, handcut tag, button

I glittered the bird with coppery glitter which is hard to see here but it looks
really pretty!  I encourage you to try to handwrite a poem inside your cards --
keep in mind that if you go slow and try to make consistent - looking letters, 
it will all look just fine in the end because what else matters than the 
fact you took the effort and time to make a handmade card and send it to 
the lucky recipient! 

Well, till next post, and enjoy our FALL, its such a wonderful season :)

Sizzix Bigz die [bird], Martha Stewart punch [branch]


October's Party
by George Cooper


October gave a party;
The leaves by hundreds came—
The Chestnuts, Oaks, and Maples,
And leaves of every name.
The Sunshine spread a carpet,
And everything was grand,
Miss Weather led the dancing,
Professor Wind the band.

The Chestnuts came in yellow,
The Oaks in crimson dressed;
The lovely Misses Maple
In scarlet looked their best;
All balanced to their partners,
And gaily fluttered by;
The sight was like a rainbow
New fallen from the sky.

Then, in the rustic hollow,
At hide-and-seek they played,
The party closed at sundown,
And everybody stayed.
Professor Wind played louder;
They flew along the ground;
And then the party ended
In jolly "hands around."




Thursday, September 24, 2015

Remember Me Thursday - #LIGHTFORPETS

 Remember Me Thursday shines a light on those precious, precious shelter animals plight of passing on before receiving their forever homes - and allows you a means to remember your own darling pets! 


Quote-

Be a Part of the Remember Me Thursday®Awareness Movement

Unite with pet-lovers and animal welfare organizations around the globe on Thursday, September 24, 2015 (the fourth Thursday of September, annually) , with a worldwide pet candle-lighting ceremony.  
The candles, lit on the exact same day across the world, honor the millions of pets who lose their lives without the beneļ¬t of a loving home and shine a light on the millions of healthy pets who are still awaiting adoption.
The Remember Me Thursday® global awareness campaign encourages individuals to light a candle this day (literally or virtually) and to opt to adopt, reducing the millions of orphan pets euthanized each year. - end quote.

I took a few minutes and did a small vignette comprised of a photo, a faux flickering candle, our Pepper's ashes, and one of his beloved tennis balls that he used to chew apart - something he never tired of, lol. My daughter and I offered up a wee chewy treat and chatted up about a few happy memories of that handsome, mischevious dog. I like this -  quiet, treasured moments. 
I know many of us carry around wishes that the world would correct itself knowing that the need to adopt out animals is not considered a priority to some, but then there are true angelic people like Eugene - described as: 
" Meet Eugene Bostwick: retired farm owner, friend to homeless animals, and conductor of the Fort Worth "dog train" [CBC.ca]

How beautiful!

Share all you can folks - and visit our new facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ORPOcares

Goodnight to all you little angels!

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Note of Appreciation Card

Well hello again!

Today I am sharing a card which has me wondering what labels to apply to it....because it evolved from rather 'nothing' to 'something'!  It was in my stash of cards from years ago darlings - like 2008?  And it was one I initially made at one of our old Canadian Inks get-togethers [ a group of SU Demonstrators under Caroline Lebel ] .....and there it sat. And sat.
It was a rather bare-minimum card IMO, nothing too fancy. So I think you can guess where this is going, right?

Now, I organize my cards according to their a) purpose or b) season.  This has been in my 'Fall' seasonal cards and recently I placed a few of them in a basket on my bookshelf.  And one morning I wanted to pass along a ' note of appreciation ' to a very nice lady and I looked this card over. It had a simple design: a container of sorts holding grass and a few flowers, sitting on a strip of torn cardstock and only adorned with a ribbon.

Well, that wouldn't do.

Now here is the card after I spent about an hour on "jazzing it up"!  Ta da:

If you look at the card from its underpinnings of a rust-coloured container, a few scraps of grass,
4 burgundy flowers, a ribbon and a strip of torn cardstock 'earth'....well, you can appreciate why it 
took me an hour to bring it up to my level of happiness! 

There's more flowers - with gems! There's more grass with glittery dirt [yeah, I went there, my inner glimmer goddess couldn't help herself!], there's confetti flowers and maple leaves....and then I thought, its missing something....hmmm...

...a cutesy bird!  Well, actually I thought of adding some perky yellow by attaching a corner and only when I was gluing the corner down did I think that it might be just the place to tuck a bird! Oh, how the mind works!  As I used a scrap of printed paper for the yellow corner, so too did I find a pretty green print paper for the bird but added a solid gold wing and a wee tiny gem for its eye!  See how I sneak in a gem, yes!

For the inside, I made a plain interior jump with colour by sponging on greens, purples, oranges, yellow and then popped it up with green cardstock border!


Close to my Heart's stamp set was perfect for this note because I thought it summarized up the type of profession this lady has in event planning, where change is a constant - yet there is an end in sight, hopefully many good endings for years to come. 
Thanks for stopping by,
cheers!

Supplies
CTMH's clear stamp set: FLORAL HAPPINESS S1303
SU's rubber double-sided stamp, INSPIRED BY NATURE [daisy grass side]
Scallop Border Punch
Banner die
confetti punches
SU's Bird and Blooms die set