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,

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

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