Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Tough day

Hi everyone.

Boy, oh boy, some days sure are tough. I won't bore you with the details, I'm just glad it's almost over. It was one of those days when I needed to remind myself what I learned from my sweet mom - that life somehow always works out, and to stay positive. Gosh, I miss her. *Sigh* I know tomorrow will be a better day.

Here's a little saying that I keep on my craft desk, so I can read it on days like this. I may have shared it before, but it doesn't hurt to be reminded. It says, "The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity, the optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty." Words to live by. . . .

I do have a card to share with you. I made it yesterday after seeing Anette's beautiful card here. Her folded trees are so cool, and I really wanted to try it. I used a half scalloped circle for mine.

I colored the different sections with Copics and then stamped and white embossed the Hero Arts Magical Background stamp on the lighter green portions. Then I stamped it again, with a dark green ink, onto the darker green portions. It took me a couple of times to get the idea of folding it correctly, but I really like the way it turned out! It's hard to tell, but I curled up the ends of the scallops a bit for some dimension. The kraft base is stamped with the Hero Arts background stamp called, Stunning snowflakes.

I'm heading to check out some of your blogs - always cheers me up and makes me feel better and it's one of the many reasons I love this hobby. Thank you so much for visiting - it really is so appreciated!

23 comments:

Simone said...

This is such a beautiful card Barb! I love that folded Christmas Tree - so cute! I hope your day gets better hun. Just stay positive and tomorrow is a new day! :)

Anna-Karin said...

I am sorry you had a tough day Barb. I hope tomorrow will be better! Love this card. I got to try that technique too.

Vanessa said...

So sorry to hear you had a bad day, Barb! I love the words you shared here - I am trying to live by these! Love your cute card, your tree turned out fab! Sending you big hugs! Vanessa x

Dawn said...

hope the day ended better for you Barb. Your little tree is adorable. I've been seeing a few around at the moment. I think Jennifer did it on her stamp camp....

walchowDesign said...

Beautiful card with the folded tree! Hope your day ended feeling a little bit better, Barb! It's good autumn weather here and I shall send you some fresh and crisp air over to you!

Dotty Jo said...

Hang in there sweetie, some days are tough aren't they. Love that sweet Christmas tree against the kraft. Hugs, Jo x

Tina said...

Hope the bad day is over and I love your optimism. The card is fabulous with the folded scalloped tree.

Lynn said...

Hi Barb, sending hugs and prayers your way. Hoping today is much better for you and that you have a few days off coming up so that you can have some time to yourself. I adore your card today. Why don't I push myself to make circle cards...this is wonderful!

Brenda said...

Hi Barb, sending you some hugs and hoping things get better whatever they are! I love your pretty XMas tree, it's a neat idea to use a die to make it! Just take care.

Anette said...

Hope today is a better day for you Barb!!! I'm so happy my card inspired you to make this one, I love your tree with the scallops!!! Beautiful!

Maureen Morton said...

Sending along nothing but love, dear pal! What ever it is, it will pass. You are so full of love and grace - you will overcome it. Love this dear card - great background. Hang in there, sweetie. We all care about you so very much.

Isha said...

Beautiful card Barb. Love the saying on your desk...its so very true. Hang in there friend...hope you will feel better soon. Thinking of you.

susanne said...

Such a beautiful Christmas card Barb. Thinking of you and sending you hugs ... for tomorrow will be better.

Tiffany said...

Oh, Barb! So sorry to hear you had a tough day! Life sure seems to throw us those types of days every now and then, hah? Hope your day is much better today and that you have a fabulous weekend! I love how you made that tree, very creative!!

CinnamonSally said...

This tree is fabulous Barb, really must try that myself. Hope things improve for you.
Hugs
Sally

Therese Franziska said...

Hello Barb,
great card.glad that your blog is back.wish you the best for the rest of the week and the weekend!!!sending smiles,
franziska

Kathy (krolski) said...

Such a creative tree, Barb! Love it! And the background is so pretty too. Hope you're day is better today. Sending you hugs.

Donna Bowman said...

That is a beautiful card Barb!! I love the tree and how you colored it and embossed it!!

Lisa said...

Hi, Barb! I hope today was a better day for you- XX - I like your saying. sometimes I need a little reminder of that myself :)

I LOVE this Xmas tree! Such a clever idea with the folding! It goes really nicely with the scalloped circle as well :) I'll have to go check out Annette's card too.

I hope you're enjoying the rest of your time off!!

Nancy said...

I really want to try this folded tree too...I LOVE how you colored it and gave it fabulous dimension. Wonderfully sweet card design.
Hoping today is a much better day, sweet friend. Thanks for sharing the words of wisdom.
Love and hugs from me to you ~

donna mikasa said...

Oh, I love your little origami tree! How clever to use a scallop circle--I must give it a try. Adorable card, Barb!

CanadianScraps43 said...

Barb sweetie I know where you are coming from. Some days seem to bring moments like these it seems but your sweet Mom, God bless her, really knew what she was saying when she gave you that advice. I know that she would be so proud of you to know that her love and wisdom abides in your heart and helps you on days like today. In my thoughts and prayers.

Your card is perfect. So funny but I was looking at a Scrapbooking Magazine and the layout had a tree made just like this on it's cover page. SO now I really need to try this out as well. Lol. Thanks for sharing and take care sweetie.

Suzanne C said...

What a lovely tree and beautiful card! Hope it all worked out! You are so optomistic and cheery I am sure you worked through it.