October 2, 2013


A few days ago, my mom and dad moved into an assisted living facility. It was a very tough move to make, after living in their house for 59 years, but they seem to have settled in somewhat. Each day gets a little better.

Since I live over a hundred miles from them, and, although I saw their  new apartment empty right before they moved in, I have yet to see it filled with all their possessions. You know, all the things that really make a place a "home". I can't wait to see how they've made it their own.

I decided to make a "new roost" card to send to their brand new address as a little welcome.

In my card, I used a variation of emboss resist. After embossing the bird in our luscious Pewter Embossing Powder, I sponged on a fall color combo of Pear Pizzazz, So Saffron, Pumpkin Pie and Soft Suede. I then cut out the image with one of the Framelits from the Window Frames Collection and sponged the edges with Soft Suede. I cut another piece of Pear Pizzazz with the next larger size of Window Frames, embossed it with the Square Lattice Embossing Folder and sponged the edges with Soft Suede. 

The backdrop piece is of Soft Suede embossed with the Woodgrain Embossing Folder. I sponged the edges as well as some of the woodgrain with Soft Suede. I didn't want to cover up too much of the lovely woodgrain,, so I opted to place an elegant Antique Brad  below the focal point. Added to a sponged-edge card base of Naturals White set it all off perfectly.

I even used my new Envelope Punch Board to create a "matching envelope". I also created a seal for the back of the envelope by embossing in pewter the same bird, and using the smallest of the Window Frames dies to cut it out. Adorable, isn't it?

I hope my little card brings a smile to Mom and Dad's faces.



  1. I love your card. I hope your mom and dad like the card and settle into their new place okay.

  2. Very interesting card and good luck to your folks!

  3. Oh it is adorable Linda! And I hope your parents make the adjustment to assisted easily. I think once the shock of a huge move is over they will see the benefits and make a lot of friends and wonder what took them so long!
    Blessings to you and them!

  4. Such a pretty card, Linda, and I'm sure your parents will love it!

    Thanks for linking up to The Creative Home & Garden hop. : )

  5. This is adorable! Thank you for linking up this week at Sewlicious Home Decor! :)


  6. How nice of you to go to such trouble to make a special card for your parents. Best wishes to them in their new home.

  7. This so beautiful and I love the New Roost Theme! I wish your parents the best in this new chapter of their lives. Thanks so much for sharing at All Things Pretty.

  8. Your work is beautiful! It definitely brought a smile to my face! Found you through the DIY Home Sweet Home party.