Crafty Secrets Grateful and Blessed Card

Crafty Secrets Autumn Cardwindowjpg (2) Crafty Secrets Grateful and Blessed Card

Good Morning, Friends!  I hope you are enjoying this glorious fall weather.  Today, in my house, we are celebrating our youngest child’s birthday.  Only he’s not a child anymore…Joel is a full grown married man, pursuing his Master’s Degree!  The years have certainly flown since the beautiful day he came into our family.  It was a Sunday, a lovely fall day like today, and I was in the middle of baking a batch of banana bread when I decided I’d better get ready for his arrival!  (No wonder he’s such a good cook.)  I finished baking that batch of bread and he was born just a few hours later.  Our whole family is here to share in the festivities.  The ping pong table is set up, and there will be many rousing games of corn hole, good food and lots of good laughs before the day is done. This seems like the perfect time to share this Crafty Secrets Grateful and Blessed card with you!

Crafty Secrets Autumn Cardwindowjpg  When I was making my Welcome Fall wall hanging I had a lot of yummy ink left over on my craft mat.  Not wanting to waste it, I mopped it up with these fabric pieces and made another tattered flower.  It served as the inspiration for this card.  I printed off these pretty papers from the Creating with Vintage Halloween CD. I’ve never really celebrated Halloween in a big way, but there are so many gorgeous papers and images on this CD that work perfectly for fall themed crafting.  I love this sweet calico, and the elegant script paper!  I also was thrilled to find a page of Washi tape images on the CD!  How cool is that?  (If you print this out on Post-It paper, it looks and works just like Washi tape.  If you don’t have Post-It paper, you can just print it on plain printer paper, like I did here.)

Crafty Secrets Autumn Card04  The elegant script paper was cut into a 6 1/2″x 4 1/2″ rectangle and the edges were lightly inked.   The calico paper was trimmed into this fancy shape using a template and then inked with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  I stitched both these shapes onto a 6 3/4″ x 4 3/4″ rectangle of goldenrod cardstock.  I trimmed out a strip of the Washi tape, inked it and added it to the center of the card.  The flower was glued on top of this strip. The whole panel was glued onto 7″x5″ kraft card base.

Crafty Secrets Autumn Card05  I love the dimension and texture the flower adds to the card.  And that big copper brad is just perfect for the center.

Crafty Secrets Autumn Cardwindow01 The “Grateful and Blessed” part of this card came from one of my absolute favorite Vintage Cuts: Autumn Blessings.  There are 16 beautiful vintage images on this high quality  7″ x12″ card stock sheet.  I use these every year to make place cards for our Thanksgiving meal, but as you can see, they are perfect for cardmaking, too.  I used one of the larger images from this same sheet on my Welcome Fall wall hanging.  And, Sandy has all the  Vintage Cuts on sale for just 75 cents each!  They come in great themes like Christmas, Babies, Winter, Love and Romance,  Travel and more! Time to stock up, friends!  LOL

Crafty Secrets Autumn Card Interior 01  I used a third image from the Vintage Cuts on the inside of the card and another little piece of Washi tape as a border strip.  I don’t know if you can see it here, but I also stamped my beloved Sunflower stamp with Versamark onto the goldenrod cardstock….just to add hint of pattern to the paper.  Plenty of room here to write a nice thank you note!

Crafty Secrets Autumn Card03 Crafty Secrets Autumn Card02  By now you know to expect me to line the envelope and cover the flap.  I used the same Halloween papers that are on the front of the card.  To me, this is the perfect finishing touch….almost….

Crafty Secrets Autumn Card  I had a tiny bit of paper left over, so I decorated the front of the envelope as well.  What can I say….sometimes I get carried away!

So that’s it for me today, folks!  I hope you found some ideas here to inspire you and get your creative juices going.  As for me, I’m going to go get the party started.   Joel’s life has been a blessing that I am truly grateful for!  Being his mom makes me happy….right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers!  Until next time,



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6 thoughts on “Crafty Secrets Grateful and Blessed Card

  1. candycolwell

    Kathy…your card is so pretty. Love the colors and the design. That large focal point flower is to die for! LOVE it! What a beautiful example of an autumnal card … the colors are perfect and with the Thanksgiving and Christmas season fast approaching, this card reminds us that we ALL have so much to be thankful for. We are truly blessed. Thank you also for the sweet comment that you left on my blog. <3 Candy

  2. Lee Ann Barrett

    What a beauty, Kathy! This card is just perfection! Your use of color-wow- it is wonderful! I love how the gingham black and white ribbon pops on the earth tone colors. I would never have thought to add that ribbon, but it looks fabulous. Wonderful card, Kathy!

  3. Anita Houston

    So glad you were able to have your children home for your son’s birthday…FUN! Love your autumn card…the flower is gorgeous! AND…I love that you make place cards for Thanksgiving! How special!

  4. Darlene Pavlick

    WOW! Absolutely gorgeous … right down to the perfect inside touches (love the versamark sunflower)! What a fun day it sounds like you had … isn’t it wonderful to be surrounds by those we love and who love us in return!! Thanks for all the little tips & tricks you continually share with us … I pick up something new & inspiring on every trip here to your blog! Well done!!
    Have a glorious Sunday my friend! I think I’ll head outdoors soon and do a little lawn work. Don’t want all these beautiful fall days to get away from me … snow will be flying all too soon!
    HUGS from OHIO!

  5. ncguygirl

    Beautiful card and envelope! I love the rich fall colors, gorgeous flower and gingham ribbon. So pretty!

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