|Lighthouse ornament made by Patti and her husband. Isn't it|
grand how the grain of the wood acts as a sun in the scene?
|It's George riding his bike! The blue|
speckles and streaks remind me of the swim
of an Ironman race.
|It's Daisy running through our yard, again in the sun!|
|A wonderful verse on the back of the lighthouse ornament.|
|On the back of the biking ornament.|
|A lovely card with a gorgeous sky made by Bev. I really|
appreciate the low placement of the star right over
Bethlehem and how that creates such a tight focal point.
And the bling! I always appreciate bling.
|Patti's pretty card that came with the ornaments. The pine|
branches over the sentiment are darling, and the sweet
sheer ribbon draws the eye to the focal-point sentiment.
|Joann's fantastically textured card and the tea bag|
that inspired it! A peace-themed card and herbal tea go so well
together, don't they?
|Darla went one layer, with SUPER texture, happy colors,|
and lots of fun holiday sparkle. A card to lift even
Scrooge's spirits and make him smile!
|Rachel's patriotic card packs a bold|
punch of color and excellent layering. Love
the texture and combination of patterns here!
|Joan went super minimalist with|
high-impact graphic style and color.
(I wish I'd made this card.)
|Karen, from the OLS DT, layered up this simple stunner|
with super touches of pearls, spatters, and a bold black sentiment.
Love, love, love the color here!
|Ardyth, also from the DT, embossed and sponged this|
delightfully simple and oh-so-elegant card. Note how balanced
the whole design is, and the excellent use of asymmetry!
|Vicki shined up the holiday with fabulous embossing|
on metallic papers for a beautifully designed,
seaside-themed Merry card. I love how the circles
hint at bubbly waves and enhance the movement
of the design!
|More metallics, only with a silver-mirror shine, from Sue.|
The silver embossing and perfectly placed bling are so
elegant and pretty. Sue's was the first card I received this season!
|Note that the bling includes two different sizes of rhinestones plus|
silver nail-heads. Sue mixed the two embellishments seamlessly with
an excellent eye for detail.
|My SU consultant Danielle sent this layered, textured,|
beautifully designed card. Love that cherry cobbler strip and
how it draws out the word "Christmas".
|Linda also sent this metallic stunner with a beautiful coil of copper|
thread under the sentiment. If I'd made this, it would look a mess, but
Linda brought all the elements together so beautifully, in perfect
balance and harmony.
|Marty sends me cute tags every year for Christmas, rather than|
cards. And every year, I hang them all on my tree! Love the travel theme
on this one since this was the first Christmas we traveled
in at least ten years.
|Tonilea used high-impact black and white for|
a simple, lovely holy scene. I love how this
card evokes the true meaning of the season
with such minimalist clarity and focus.
|Patti sent another card, this one using beautiful shapes and texture|
to evoke the great joy of Emmanuel!
|Heather, an OLS DT member, used metal images and sentiment|
over a gorgeous watercolor backdrop. I love the contrast of
soft and hard in the design, and the theme of peace truly resonates
for me this year.
Thank you, all, for thinking of me and taking time to send me a card this season. My cup runneth over. Know that I will take time to pray over each card, as my friend Karen Wenzel used to do. It's a small but powerful way to show my gratitude and lift you up. And they will all be placed on my inspiration board in my craft space to give me joy in the year to come!
I appreciate all of you who support Simplicity with your comments, emails, and cards. I started this blog in March 2009, almost seven years ago, expecting about ten people to read it. Through the various avenues of subscription, there are nearly 2,500 subscribers now. Wow.
May 2016 be a beautiful year for each and every one of us!