Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Does Your Centerpiece Look Like This?

Hello again! ;) Are all of you (of my American friends, that is) ready for Thanksgiving? I hope you are, and in a world where it can be so easy to take things for granted, I hope you feel as blessed as I do.

I know Thanksgiving is a {hopefully constant} state of attitude of gratitude, if you will (I love that saying!)...but for the actual holiday itself, it seems so different this year for me because we're not traveling. I've always loved Christmas, but over these last several years Thanksgiving has become my favorite holiday because I would get to be surrounded by all (or most) of my family without the added stress of 'the holidays.' We would just get together and share an extended time of wonderful food, laughter, fun, and games, and just enjoyed the closeness our family shares (thanks for always being such a gracious hostess, Mom!). Despite the mild grumblings of some, after dinner we would each sit down and write out our own list of things we were thankful for (I started a Thanksgsiving album about five years ago, and we've all been adding our 'thankful' pages to it each year). This year, however, it will only be the four of us. And while I'm still thankful for the exact same things that I would be if I were sitting at my parents' home in Arizona surrounded by all of those I love so dearly, tomorrow will just be a bit sad for me (in fact I'm feeling it already)...and the additions to our Thanksgiving album will be much fewer. The food should still be good though. ;)

Okay, enough of the poor-me thing. I think I'll thrill you with another of my Thanksgiving cards with issues. lol! This card is the one I made for my oldest daughter and I used THIS card by Michelle Wooderson as inspiration:

As you can see, it's still plain and simple, but I really like these papers and the Harvest Centerpiece image by Karen Lockhart is so pretty (I tried to link you to it at Ellen Hutson's online store, but I think maybe they're sold out for now...Oh! And before I forget, Ellen is having a really great SALE running now through Friday, the 28th, in honor of the store's second anniversary, so click HERE and check it out!). Now my coloring still leaves a lot to be desired, but the stamp is pretty enough to carry me on this one (I think anyway -lol). I would've loved to have added some stitching, piercing, and maybe Stickles or Pearl-Ex for some shimmer, but it just didn't happen. In my rush, I accidentally adhered the larger panel without adding the ribbon --I LOVE this ribbon!-- (again, I tried to link you to it --Stamper's Dream is where I got it-- but I think it must be sold out for now too), so it ended up as a bow where you see it. And I'm not sure why I didn't follow through with my thought to put some Liquid Glass on the hurricane, but I didn't. Simple can be good sometimes too; right? ;)

(BTW, and not that it matters, excuses for all of my plain-Jane Thanksgiving cards this are that my stamping time is really limited, I made them late at night, and I wasn't feeling well. And it doesn't help any that I'm likely the lowest stamper in history and I really struggle with making guy cards. Yeah, I think that's all I can come up with. lol)

Sorry to be so long-winded. I don't get out much. lol Well, I'll be back tomorrow with my parents' Thanksgiving card (so Mom, if you're reading this, don't peek at my next post unless your card has already arrived; okay?). In case you don't make it back here, I'm gonna go ahead and wish you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanks so much for visiting me, and I hope you'll stop by again soon. Until then, many blessings to you!

Economy Boosters (just doing my part -lol!):

Cardstock: Colonial White, Barn Red, Olive (CTMH); Pattern Paper: Wild Asparagus "Family Roots" Floral, Dots (My Mind's Eye); Stamps: Harvest Centerpiece, Give Thanks (Lockhart); Ink: Timber Brown Staz-On (Tsukineko), Parchment, Barn Red (CTMH); Other: Prismacolor pencils (Sanford), odorless mineral spirits (Mona Lisa), blending stumps (Loew-Cornell), ribbon (May Arts), waterbrush, sponge (CTMH)


Kim said...

Oh lovely card. Happy Thanksgiving. Kim

Courtney said...

Happy Thanksgiving! I love the card, here. Hope you feel better soon!

Jeanette - said...

I love your cards Christi! This one is no exception. I love how you added the bow even though that wasn't your original plan to have it like that. There are no mistakes in stamping, only changes in plans. Happy Thanksgiving!!

Jeanne said...

Christi, this is a lovely, lovely card. You color wonderfully and as a take off of the previous comment...there are no mistakes in stamping...only opportunities to embellish!

I so understand what you mean about not having family close by to celebrate the season. My side is scattered and hubby's is in South Dakota. So it's often just the four of us. It's still special, though!

Jeanne said...

PS...and no, my centerpiece doesn't look like this. It's a potato with toothpicks sticking out of it that hold a markered turkey head, wings and feathers written on with what Jessica is thankful for. I kinda like mine better. LOL

Susan (rainy) said...

Hope you had a happy Thanksgiving with your 'little' family. I love that image, too, and your card is lovely.

Barb W said...

Your card is beautiful, Christi! I was eyeballing that stamp for some time,didn't get one though. I love what you've done with it and your coloring looks just fine to me! And actually, my centerpiece wasn't too far off from that one. Instead of the hurricane, I had a ceramic pumpkin with a candle in it, surrounded by faux fall leaves and fruit and more votive candles.

Stacy said...

LOVELY! Wonderful colors! It has been awhile since this post so hopefully you are feeling better.