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!
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.)
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.
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
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!
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,