I finished up in the craft room today. I needed to make a card today for a friend and so that gave me the impetus to finish it up.
The main thing I needed to work on was the ironing board which had become a gathering place for items that still needed a home. I also had a box in the living room that needed to have a home found for its contents. Homes were found for all and here now is a view of my sewing area. I can't wait to do some sewing in it. I will do so before the weeks end! Even if it is only one seam. I am so loving my new craft room.
Like I said in the beginning of this post I needed to make a card today. One of the emails I got today told me of the death of the husband of a friend of mine in Maryland. I didn't have any sympathy card in my stock inventory so a card making session was in order. I have a favorite set that I go to when I need sympathy cards. It is Close as a Memory from Stampin' Up. I have other stamps I use but this is my go to set when I just want to card to come. I love it! It probably sound a bit strange, but I think sympathy cards are about my favorite cards to make. While making them I pray for and think a lot of the person or family I am making them for. I find making sympathy cards more than just a creative endeavor. It is a very personal and meaningful one. I also love doing the flower image on watercolor paper using my Stampin' Write markers to color the stamp, then I spritz it with water using my mini mister.
I didn't want the only card I made today to be a sympathy card so I also made a Thank You card. I have many Thank Yous to send out. So many people were so generous with their support before I left Maryland and I do want to thank them all. I made the first of my Thank You cards today as well. It's fall and so I pulled out one of my favorite fall sets Serene Sunflowers also from Stampin' Up. This card was going to a very special friend and I love the sentiment that comes with the set. It reads: "True friends grow separately without growing apart". I stamped this on the inside of the card.
I used several techniques in the making of this card. One was thumping which I used on the center of the sunflower. I inked up the center stamp with Close to Cocoa and then thumped the stamp with Chocolate Chip. I also added some bronze stickles to the center to give it a bit of dazzle and sparkle. The sunflower itself I inked in Mores Mustard and then using my Stampin' Write markers colored over the bases of the leaves with Bravo Burgundy and Pumpkin Pie. I think this gave some depth to the flower. In order to put on the stem and leave I used the masking technique.
I was so happy to be back in the stamping and card making mode. It's been a very long time. I look forward to doing more soon. After all I need lots of more Thank You cards.