How often do we forget to say Thank You for the acts of kindness people share with us? I’ll be honest, I’m terrible at this sort of thing. I think about it, but I don’t often act upon it. And shame on me, because growing up, writing a thank you for something that was presented to you was ingrained to both my sister and I. It was just the polite thing to do, to let people know you appreciated their gift.
For those of you who don’t know me well, I have a real soft spot for animals. Especially innocent kittens. Over the last four years, my husband and I have fed, fostered, adopted, loved, found homes for more than a half dozen litters of feral cats. What started as innocently feeding a roaming cat on our front porch in the middle of winter, turned out to be a circus of love and me being dubbed as “the crazy cat lady.” But that’s ok, I’ll own up to it, because I am in fact crazy…crazy finding ways to get these cats all good and loving homes without me going into debt.
As I was putting together my glitter tree tutorial, inspiration struck again (rarely, does it strike twice in one night). I don’t know about you, but when it comes to the holiday season, I have all these great intentions of getting started early, yet I rarely end up doing so. But, tonight as I was putting the final touches on the card I was creating, I thought to myself, why not design one Christmas card per month and then create multiples of the same design. If I do this each month from now until September, and make 10 cards each month, I will have a nice little stash of Christmas cards to mail out for the holidays well before December 15th (my usual mailing date, if not later, and some years not at all). So, to keep me accountable, I decided to put a monthly Holiday Card Series together and post it on the 25th of each month.
I’m sure many of you are just like me – you’re surfing around the net, checking out your favorite blogs, and you come across a card idea you really like and it gives you inspiration to create the same thing or something similar, but lo and behold, you don’t have just the right supplies as your inspiration piece. What do you do? For the most part, we run out to our favorite hobby store to purchase said items or hop online and place an order and express ship it, so we can get to creating right away. Am I right?
There is nothing in the caterpillar that tells you it’s going to be a butterfly.
I’m often attracted to simple card layouts and have a habit of spending more hours than I should on Pinterest looking for all sorts of ideas. During one of my scouring’s, I came across a simple and elegant layout created by HandStampStyle.com using Stampin’ Up! butterfly punches and some designer paper. I had saved it, knowing one day I would want to recreate the idea. So, tonight’s cards are inspired and CASE’d from HandStampStyle.com. Of course, I hate to just CASE (copy and share everything) the card without adding a little twist of my own, so I added some ribbon and buttons to my card gift set, and this is what I ended up creating.
I was tickled pink to learn my entry into Technostampers Monday’s Lunchtime Challenge two weeks ago was one of Mary Jo’s Top 3 Picks of the TSSC 362 challenge. I love participating in these sketch challenges because it helps me to create my own masterpiece rather than just CASing someone else’s card. I get excited stamping and creating…it’s a nice diversion from my 9 to 5 job.
So, what’s in store for this week’s Lunchtime Sketch Challenge? Well, I decided to use the Butterfly Basics stamp set and coordinating thinlits. I don’t know why I held out so long in getting this set, but when I finally did decide to purchase it, of course, it was on backorder…but my patience paid off and when I was hostess last month, I was able to purchase the bundle plus get an extra SAB item for free.
I hope everyone enjoyed a beautiful Mother’s Day! The weather was absolutely gorgeous. We had my parents and sister over for dinner in the gazebo. I tried a new one pot recipe on them with salmon and asparagus then roasted baby red potatoes with cherry tomatoes and onions. It turned out really well, and I only had two pans at clean up. I will get to sharing some of my recipes in future posts, but for today, I wanted to share the card I made for my mom.