Monday, October 4, 2010

Comfort Cards

We're back from our wonderful vacation in Tennessee and I'm thrilled to be home. It's funny how excited I get about going away, but I get even more excited about coming home again! There's something so comforting about being home and having everything you need right there where it belongs and having your own bed to crawl into at night. Mmmmm, yeah, it's good to be home. And the best part of home is my stamp cave in the basement! Oh, you don't know how much I've missed my stamps, paper, and other goodies!!! I spent some time this evening working on cards for the soldiers that we'll be stamping tomorrow night at church.
One of the ladies in the group, Diane Wallace, brought me some cute little fabric squares that she had finished with a touch of batting and backing. She wanted me to use them on cards if we could find a way. This is just one example of the ideas I made this evening. It has a homespun quality to it and looks like it was inspired by our trip to Tennessee.
Stamps: none
Cardstock: Naturals Ivory, Garden Green, Brushed Gold
Ink: none
Accessories: Big Shot with Northern Flurry Embossing Folder, Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint, Sponge quarter, and Adhesive
Because of the lovely gold accents on the fabric pieces, I thought the Shimmer Paint lightly sponged on the raised embossed snowflakes would be pretty. Then I tried different colors of cardstock to add some definition under the fabric piece. Unfortunately, none of the reds seemed to be the right color for it and really clashed. After some consideration, I remembered we had a Brushed Gold cardstock. I added a layer and it showcased the fabric accent very nicely.
I'm hoping that the soldiers choosing this card will be reminded of maybe a grandmother or favorite auntie that quilted and feel the cozy comfort of a homemade quilt around them.
Thanks Diane for these wonderful little bits of homespun Christmas that we can share with others. Hope you enjoyed this slightly different idea for a Christmas card. In the coming months, I'll have more ideas using these mini quilt blocks. Diane made well over 60 of these with a Christmas theme, plus a big bunch of them with hearts that we'll be using for valentines.
Thanks for stopping by today. Hope you enjoyed this slightly different idea for Christmas.

1 comment:

Rhonda Langley said...

Great cards! Love the little squares and yummy shimmer paint!