Saturday, January 1, 2011
A Happy Heart
Happy New Year everyone! I face this new year with peace, hope, joy and mostly gratitude. I have a wonderful family that I cherish deeply. Friends that I love and know I can count on as they can always count on me. A career that presents challenges and pressures that help me learn more about myself and the world around me. And hobbies that relax me and give me a sense of accomplishment when a project is complete. I ask you to stop for just a moment ... right now - it doesn't take long ... and really THINK about your blessings. When you hug your children, say "Good Morning" to your spouse, perhaps finish a good book ... whatever it is for you ... just pause for a moment and THINK. You're pretty terrific, huh? I knew you would be. I've decided to not make "resolutions" this year. I don't want to make a list of my faults and determine how I could "improve" this or that. No ... I want to be positive, uplifting, and just happy. I want to appreciate the little things that happen every day that make my world so wonderful. Like visits from all of you ...
I had a wonderful time making this for you. Inspired by the gorgeous colors in this Play Date Cafe Challenge, I thought they were perfect for a Valentine greeting. Shades of pinks, melon, and tan ... I know you love them too.
My card started with Pretty in Pink cardstock. I layered it with a fabulous new DSP collection which is only days away from release! "Springtime Vintage" is gorgeous and there's matching fabrics too! I have given you a sneak peek at two of the new papers on this card and I'll be showing you more soon (along with a link)! I stitched around the edges and included a length of vintage lace along the top. The flourish plaque is from Notably Ornate - it is stamped in Basic Black Classic Ink on Very Vanilla cardstock. My sentiment is stamped with Melon Mambo Classic Ink. The bird ephemera has the perfect colors and is from a wonderful book I picked up recently at Borders called "Vintage Collage Works - Artful Ideas with Antique Ephemera". You should take a look at it - there are some interesting tips and the last pages are filled with beautiful images.
The seam binding is dyed to a lovely shade of mottled pink and I crocheted a little heart to add to my bow. Here's a link to the tutorial over at Little Birdie Secrets - so simple and so sweet. Tucked behind the bow is a leaf cut from a scrap of old Designer Series Paper. A bit of added glitter helped it be seen behind all that bow. I added a couple pearl beads to my jem-topped pin to give it some "presence". Lastly, my collection of tiny flowers gave up one of it's blooms for a special spot on this card.
I hope you enjoyed your visit - thank you for stopping by today!