Sunday, August 21, 2016

Kicking It up a Notch

I pulled out Simon Says Stamp's Giving Thanks set and started playing around. Karen's Card Shop, our church's fundraising card shop, needed some thank-you cards.

My first effort was extremely me, meaning super clean and simple.

Of course. A fun, stretched-out sentiment that serves as a perch for a single grateful bird makes for a perfectly minimalist card.

But then, I decided that stretched-out sentiment also might make a lovely ground for the tree in the set, so this autumnal card evolved from the first.

Still clean and simple, but a bit more colorful. There's also nice movement of the eye around the card, thanks to those tiny leaf stamps sprinkled around.

I'm longing for autumn right now. You'll be seeing more fall cards in the next few weeks, including my recent flourish of Halloween cards. Ordinarily, I don't enjoy making Halloween cards, but I got on a roll and the results surprised me.

Apologies in advance for those who don't like seeing new seasonal stuff too soon, but autumn is my favorite season. I'm getting excited! Besides, maybe my early-bird efforts will spark your creative energy. That's my hope.

stamps: Simon Says Stamp Giving Thanks
ink: Hero Arts
paper: Papertrey
accessories: none


  1. Both cards are great! I too am longing for Fall. It's been HOT here in Charlotte. Unfortunately, I know I have about six more weeks before I will get to feel cooler temps. I'm indulging in a bit of wishful thinking and have started some fall cards myself so I look forward to seeing some on your blog as well!

    1. I grew up in Charlotte, and yes, I feel like a total wimp complaining about SW Ohio heat and humidity.

  2. I like both of them but I favor the second one. Summer did go by a little too fast though!

  3. I'm one of those who doesn't want to wish the summer away just yet much as I love Autumn for its beautiful colours. I like both cards.

  4. Fabulous tree card! The seasons outside don't bother me so show whatever you want. The season inside (perpetual winter) now that really gets my goat.

  5. That sentiment works beautifully for both cards, but I'm partial to the 2nd where you used it for ground. Love the leaves that fell on it.


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