Thursday, November 27, 2008

Heart of Thanks

My heart is so full of thanks, sometimes I think it could burst. Not just today, but whenever I take the time to reflect on how my family and I have truly been blessed. Especially in these tough economic times, I'm reminded time and again that God has been and continues to be our provider. I won't bore you by running down the list of things that I'm thankful for, but I assure you it's long and ongoing (and you're all on it!). I hope that whenever you take time to think about your life, and how fleeting any of its components can be, that your heart is filled with thanks as well. What a blessing it is to God and to others when we have a heart of thankfulness, and it's really a gift to ourselves as well.

Stamping and creating cards and other gift items is one of the things I'm thankful for, and I know you guys can relate. ;) It may sound silly, but from the time I picked up my first stamp (almost seven years ago!), I knew I'd found my passion and my life (and our bank account -lol) has never been the same. And even sillier, sometimes when I'm stamping and my hubby is playing on the computer right next to me, I'll often thank him for indulging me in my addiction. (He's into guns; I'm into works well for me, and because of it, he can also appreciate what I'm feeling. When I say it works well for me and not us, it's because he would love nothing more than for me to drop everything and go shooting with him every time he goes. And while I'd like to indulge him in his fantasy, it's just not gonna happen...not when I could be stamping!) It's fun, relaxing, and rewarding (unless I'm not feeling particularly creative and I've GOT to get a card made right then...which happens more often than I'd like), and I just feel so blessed that I have the supplies to work with, the hands and mind to enable me to create, and a family who supports me in it (and loves me in spite of it -lol).

Oh, that's right, you wanted to see a card! I should have recognized that glazed look in your eyes a long time ago. Oh, dear. I'm so sorry. It's time to wake up now. Of course, you can always keep dozing and then see the card when you're done napping...unless your drooling shorts out your keyboard. ;) And you've probably got guests arriving soon and a delicious turkey dinner to finish preparing. Or maybe you lucked out and someone else got to clean their house for your arrival today! :) Whatever the case, I'll not keep you any longer. Here's the card I made for my parents, THE bestest parents I could've ever be blessed with (and, thankfully, this is the last Thanksgiving card with issues I have to share -- yippee!): This card uses the same designer paper as the card I shared yesterday, only this time I added an embossed layer using the Autumn Type folder. The sketch is this week's Sketch For You To Try by Jen del Muro (I {heart} her sketches!). Here's the sketch: My "star" embellishment was to have been a beautiful and dainty Grungeboard flourish that I'd glitterfied to be so purty, BUT when I went to put it on, it was shaped too much like the cornucopia and just didn't balance out right. No matter how I played with its placement, it just looked it's still sitting here patiently waiting to adorn something else. Which leads me to why this card has issues. Like I've mentioned before, I was pressed for time; so while the glittered Liquid Glass was drying, I'd adhered everything else to the card base. (And, yes, I've since made a very large mental note to NEVER adhere ANYthing to a card until I'm completely sure where everything is going...something I'm sure you already know.) So the ribbon bow here matches (somewhat) but wasn't at all what I was hoping for. I would've loved to have used the same ivory ribbon I used on the card I shared yesterday, but it was too wide and a bit too stiff to form the size bow I needed. And had I had time, I would've loved to have made some sort of little charm to hang from the bow, but alas, I didn't. ;(

Well, the time is quickly getting away from me. I've got a lot of cooking and baking to do today! I hope that you enjoy a wonderful day of giving thanks. ;)

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

Economy Boosters (just doin' my part -lol!):

Cardstock: Colonial White, Barn Red, Olive (CTMH), watercolor (Strathmore); Pattern Paper: Wild Asparagus "Family Roots" Floral, Dots (My Mind's Eye); Stamps: Heart of the Harvest (CTMH); Ink: Timber Brown Staz-On (Tsukineko), Brown Bag, Barn Red, Autumn Terracotta, Goldrush, Olive, Smokey Plum, Cocoa, Bamboo, Parchment (CTMH); Other: Cuttlebug, Autumn Type (Provo Craft), ribbon (May Arts), waterbrush, Liquid Glass (CTMH), sand paper, foam mounting tape


Jeanette - said...

This is BEAUTIFUL! I love the embossed panel in the back. It fits so well with the rest of the card and I love that stamp as well! Hope you're enjoying the day :)

Tanis said...

Love it Christi!! Thanks for sharing all this with us....we ARE blessed and God IS good!! Love your tunes too...some of my favourites :)
Have a great weekend!

Clearly Inspired said...

Hi Christi,

Thanks for letting me use your Economy booster! Love it!

Great card! I love the sketches too!

Jeanne said...

Gorgeous, simply gorgeous! That Autumn type folder is perfect. I've never seen it in person actually. Your coloring is fantastic and it all works together wonderfully.

Thank you for sharing all that you share (and I don't just mean the cards you create).

Leslie Miller said...

I share your sentiments exactly and my eyes didn't glaze at all! Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and for giving the rest of us something to think about, as well.

Beautiful, warm and wonderful Thanksgiving card! I love how you used the sketch.

Courtney said...

This is gorgeous! I love how you sanded the embossed areas.

Hey, love your music, too! :)

Priscilla Heistad said...

Hi Christi,

You've been on my mind so much lately, I have a lot to say.

I love your Thanksgiving cards, especially the centerpiece. I also enjoyed your post about being a slow stamper and working on becoming a smart stamper. I thought I was the only slow stamper! It takes me hours to make one card. The only way I can speed up is to use someone else's sketch, which I've just begun to do in the last couple of weeks.

Also, I love your bookshelf. The Yaddas were one of my favorite series of books, before I went to law school and stopped reading for fun altogether.

One more thing, I'm so sorry I missed your awards for my blog. I realized so late, then I didn't know what to do with them. Thanks for the recognition anyway!

I can't wait for my exams to be over, then I am going to try to send cookies to the troops. You are such an inspiration to do good!

Many, many blessings,

Susan (rainy) said...

Wonderful post,Christi. I didn't get sleepy.. not once but loved reading it. And your card is absolutely beautiful. Very cool sketch, too.

Stacy said...

The card is gorgeous, bow and all! You are silly, I think it turned out perfect, I wouldn't change a thing!