Doctors have been trying for about nine months now to figure out what is wrong with me. One of my blood levels is inordinately high, and the neurologists are mystified. This afternoon, I had just arrived back home after they drew another three tubes of blood to do more testing, and was feeling sort of bummed.
To help the "bumminess", I decided to head downstairs to start writing out my Christmas cards.
Before I began, however, I wanted to do a little creating.
With no plan whatsoever, my eyes landed on a colorful scrap on my work table in my Creation Station.
A couple weeks ago, I'd done a collection of four different cards, all using the same ornament stamp, but with a variety of backgrounds. The post I am referring to can be seen HERE.
The last card I made of these four involved using ink on my craft sheet. After I was finished with the card, I needed to clean up the craft sheet. So, instead of just wiping it all away with a paper towel, I took half sheets of scrap cardstock (not Whisper White) and dabbed and dabbed until all the ink was used up.
Anyway, the scrap I had laid eyes on today was one of those pieces. When I saw it, I thought it would make a lovely backdrop for a Christmas card.
I had ordered a new stamp set, Arrange a Wreath, found on page 127 in the Annual Catalog, I figured this was a great time to finally put some ink to a few of the stamps from the set.
Using Mossy Meadow ink, I stamped the large wreath onto the waste background. Adding a little Light Poppy Parade and Light Granny Apple Green Stampin' Blends, I finished off the wreath.
From Poppy Parade cardstock, I die cut a bow for the wreath using the long retired Pretty Pines Thinlits.
The "Merry Christmas" is also from the Arrange a Wreath set and I stamped it in Mossy Meadow and cut it out with one of the wondrous dies from the Ornate Frames (page 182 in the Annual Catalog). Honestly, this die set is the single best set of dies I've ever had (right ahead of Stitched Shapes). I use it ALL THE TIME! The sizes and ornate-ness of the dies varies so much, you can almost always find a die that is so perfect for any sentiment.
Layering the sentiment piece atop a snippet of Mossy Meadow ribbon folded in half, I added it beneath the wreath with a few Stampin' Dimensionals..
A couple of sparkly embellishments added the perfect finishing touch to the sentiment.
Not much dimension, so would be perfect for mailing! I love that!
So, be honest now. Would you have thrown this splotchy piece away?
I probably would have thrown that splotchy piece of paper away but you are right in that it makes an excellent background. I love this card. Pinned. I hope they can figure out what is going on with your blood levels. It's always so frustrating to not have answers and a game plan in place when something isn't quite right with our bodies.ReplyDelete
I'm glad you like the card. And, yes, I am getting so frustrated being strung along like this. I wish they would just leave me alone. Thank you for your thoughts.Delete
Linda, I love it! I think the ink splatters are wonderful. Beautiful card AND no waste! Hope your medical mystery is solved soon and you can take that off your plate. #ShareYourStyleReplyDelete
Thank you so much, Jean, for your kind words. I'm glad you like the card.Delete
I love you didn't waste it but it really looks beautiful too! Well done! #XmasLinkyReplyDelete
Thank you, Lydia! I'm so glad you like it!Delete
This is really pretty - so clever :) #XmaslinkyReplyDelete
Thanks, Hannah! I'm pleased with how it turned out being that I was essentially using garbage!Delete
You are so right! That background is perfect!ReplyDelete
It really all came together:) I love it! Waste not, want not, right? lol Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm. xo KathleenReplyDelete
Yes, Kathleen! Thanks!Delete
I’m sorry you’re struggling with a health issue. I hope this round of tests reveals the source of the problem. Such a pretty card! The background paper is so eye-catching.ReplyDelete
Aw, thanks, Michelle! Still waiting on test results. I'm so glad you like the card!Delete
Oh wow!!I love the way you turn scraps into something beautiful and useful. I love such creativity. This piece looks especially beautiful and I would love to feature it at this week's #HomeMattersPartyReplyDelete
Why, thank you so much, Kimberly! Using things that would normally be thrown away is one of my favorite things to do.Delete
This is such a great way to use a piece of card that many of us might have discarded. I'm sorry to hear you've not been right, hopefully this latest batch of tests will help you get some answers.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Julie, for your sweet words!Delete
I'm sorry to hear about your health concerns.
I pray that you and your doctor are able to find out what's going on so that you can be treated - that it isn't serious - and that you have peace of mind as you move into the New Year! xoxo
Your card is gorgeous and I love your idea for the background!
Congrats on your feature at Inspire Me Monday at Create With Joy #465! :-)
Oh! Thank you so much for your sweet words, both about my health and about my card!Delete
Very cute. Thank you for sharing with us at Meraki Link Party at www.doodlebuddies.net.ReplyDelete
Thank you, Naush!Delete
The variety of colors here are just beautiful! Very trendy.ReplyDelete