Saturday, November 27, 2010

November CCC

Hey everyone!

How did your week go? Mine was very busy with work, family and Thanksgiving. We celebrated at my brother Mike's house. It was our first holiday without my mom, which felt so strange. She loved holidays and adored having all of us together in one place. It was sad not to have her there, but I am so very fortunate and grateful to have such a close family, full of loving brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews!

So on to the CCC! I love this challenge that Deborah hosts every month! If you haven't participated in it yet, you really need to give it a try! All you have to do is make one card for the person above you on the list and mail it to them. Couldn't be easier! You will receive a card from the person signed up below you on the list and they come from all over the world! It's something I look forward to each month!

This is the card I made and sent to Hannah in Missouri.

I took a few plain, cream colored flowers, stamped them with text and music, distressed them with Antique Linen and Vintage photo distress inks and added some pearls. The panel they are placed on started out white and I inked it heavily with the same two inks, distressed the edges, then spritzed the Old Letter Writing stamp with Perfect Pearl water and stamped it onto the inked panel.

I hope everyone who celebrated had a nice Thanksgiving! Thank you for coming to see me today! I really appreciate each visit and comment!

Hope you're having a wonderful Saturday! :)

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving! (a day early)

Good morning!

Today is Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving, the busiest day of the year where I work. I'll be heading out shortly for my shift and I'm hoping it will be a happy, fun day.

Yesterday was a tough one. Not enough help was scheduled for how busy we were and without going into to much detail, I'll just say that I never want to go through a day like that again. I let myself get upset, frustrated and even angry. So I have received some wonderful advice from a very special friend, and now I know today is going to be much better, no matter how busy it is. This friend didn't even know her advice made me feel better, but I am so grateful for her kind words and thoughtful ways!

When I arrived home last night, feeling quite rotten, I sat down and started to play with some ink. Always makes me feel better! I ended up with this Christmas card.

It's a fairly simple card because right now my brain isn't letting me do much more than that. ;) The wreath was stamped, using only Perfect Pearl water, onto the panel which I had inked up with Peeled Paint distress ink. I love the effect and shimmer! The fun snowflake ribbon was weaved through two punched holes.

I thought since I'm writing this post, I might as well share another card I made the other day, using a Tim Holtz glass fragment, colored with alcohol inks. Love that technique!

That's it for today. I'm heading to work in a little while and I'm going to remember that I have so much in my life to be thankful for, including this hobby and all of you out there who stop by my blog, encourage me, help me, and share in my joy of cardmaking. Thank you so much! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! :)