Friday, January 13, 2017

Lifting Hearts

There's something about getting a card in the mail for no reason, that just melts your heart.  To know that someone took the time to pick out (or make!) a card for you, and then to fill it out and send it -  just to make you happy - it's just a great feeling.

I set numerous goals for myself this year, but one of the ones I really want to focus on is doing something little at least once a week to brighten someones day - which includes sending more cards "just because".  

If you hadn't guessed that the "Up and Away" Thinlets would be a favorite of mine from this year's Occasions catalog, well....go read here, or here, or here.  I love this set, particularly, because of the flexibility.  The dies include several balloons, multiple cloud shapes, as well as an adorable heart that will likely get a lot of use as Valentine's Day approaches.

For this card, I cut a piece of Soft Sky card stock, and then ran it through my Big Shot with the cloud dies to cut the shapes.  I then cut the cloud shapes from Whisper White and inlaid the WW clouds into the SS background.  A strip from the "Carried Away" Designers Series Paper pack (a Sale-A-Bration item available when you spend $50 or more), and a strip of Whisper White stamped with black stripes finished the background.  I added a Smoky Slate die cut balloon, and a Watermelon Wonder heart. A Basic Black strip of card stock, with my sentiment heat embossed in white, was tucked in between.  And for a finishing touch - I HAD to add some sparkle with my Wink of Stella pen to the heart.

Another of my goals this year, is to make sure that my cards are totally "finished" when I file them for future use.  I generally try to somehow carry the design from the card front into the inside of the card, but, tbh, I do occasionally miss getting that done.  We put so much effort into the front of our cards, we forget that this inside is where all of our love the recipient goes, and it should be "pretty" too.  For this card, I also carried the finishing touches over to the envelope.  I may not always show this step in my posts, as I tend to repeat the same few styles over and over inside of cards.

Thanks for stopping by!

Much love,                                                         

PS.  The Occasions Catalog and Sale-A-Bration Sales Period has begun!  Make sure you have the current catalogs in hand.  If you are in the US and looking for a demonstrator, send me an email, and I can send you out a catalog.


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