I was talking to Mom last week, and she casually mentioned she’d be leading the discussion at her women’s Bible study this month. Since this is the season of giving thanks, this month’s study would center around gratitude. Because she was preparing and presenting the lesson, she was also responsible for a small giveaway. She shared that the giveaway was typically a magnet or a bookmark or a solid gold wristwatch. OK, the wristwatch wasn’t really one of the giveaways, but wouldn’t that be nice?! She was at a loss for what to give. We only talked a couple of minutes before I suggested she make a stack of thank you notes and give out one to each member of the group. She could challenge each of the members of the group to express their gratitude to someone in their life. How simple and yet powerful. Mom was struggling to go through her stash of stamping supplies (she has a few things but really doesn’t pull them out unless I’m home). I could hear the stress in her voice as she tried to plan out a simple card. While we were talking, I grabbed scraps and pieces and made this card (followed by 10 more):
Tips, Tricks and Reminders
- Notecards. The notecards and envelope sets in this year’s catalog are a bit smaller than last year’s. No problem there – it just means you write smaller on the inside. Because the base of the card is Whisper White, I had to search for a DSP with white in it. I quite love when neutrals and regals are paired with white.
- Distressed and Crisp. This card is a study in contradictions. Not only are the Crushed Curry and Early Espresso paired with white (they would naturally, I think, be paired with warm Very Vanilla), but I included a distressed sentiment image with a crisp and clean Designer Series Paper. They don’t seem like they should go together, but they do.
- Visual effect. This isn’t really a tip or a trick or a reminder – just a “Hey! Look at that!” When I cut the DSP, I didn’t pay attention to the exact spacing of the patterns on the paper. It just so happens, though, that everything lines up perfectly. There are more patterns on the sides than along the top (by design). When I stare at the DSP designs, my brain sees “x’s” along the top/bottom and “diamonds” along the sides. As I continue to stare (why am I staring?), I see “diamonds” along the top/bottom and “x’s” along the sides. No matter which I see along the top/bottom, I always see the opposite on the sides. Any visual effects scientists out there who can explain why this happens?
Stamp sets: Harvest of Thanks Papers: Notecards, Early Espresso, Eastern Elegance, Whisper White Inks: Early Espresso Accessories: Apothecary Accents Framelits
It’s so wonderful to receive a handmade card in the mail. I don’t want to get too mushy, but it feels just as good to send a thank you card. As this is the season of giving thanks, I think it’d be great if everyone challenged themselves to send ONE handmade thank you note this month. What do you think?
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