Wednesday, January 25, 2012

A Happy Card

Hello my friends!  Welcome to Wednesday and another post at The Classic Card.

I'm calling today's card a happy card, not for the sentiment, but for the colors used.  You'll see it in a minute, but first a few thoughts about happiness.  Happiness, for many, is elusive.  Happiness is not a place you can travel to, unfortunately.  If that were possible, we'd all be buying a ticket to get there. You can't own it, you can't earn it, and it cannot be worn or consumed.  Happiness sometimes sneaks up on you when you least expect it... like when you're stamping,  or doing some other activity where you are "in the flow" and not really noticing the passage of time.  Where does happiness come from?  Well, my very favorite set in the big catalog Pursuit of Happiness (p. 157) has a sentiment that I like.  It says "A grateful heart is the mainspring of happiness."  So this year I'm working on being a more grateful person each day.  It's all about noticing what's right in our lives, what's positive, and then concentrating on being thankful for those blessings.  And if we're honest, most of us have more positives than negatives in our lives.  It's only when we insist on dwelling on the negatives that they loom larger than they really are.  
As I look out my stamp room window, I see gray, so I'm thinking this card might be just what you need to add a bit of brightness to what could be a bit gloomy.  Check it out...

The colors of this card remind me of a tropical drink with a lime wedge on the edge of the glass... maybe something peachy or mango-y. While we're imagining, this yummy drink would taste extra special on a warm day, under an umbrella on a sunny beach!  The colors of the card stock are Calypso Coral and Lucky Limeaid, with the focal panel in Very Vanilla.  Check out the edges of this Z-fold card.  They've been stamped with the flowered border stamp in the Bordering On Romance stamp set (p. 11 of the Occasions Mini-catalog) and then cut with the new scalloped edgelit on page 7 of the mini.  Lastly, the edge has been embossed with the new Adorning Accents embossing folder, also on page 7 of the Occasions Mini-catalog.  Isn't it great how Stampin'Up! coordinates so many products for us, so that our projects turn out looking awesome?
The flowers on the focal panel are from the new Sale-a-bration set Fresh Vintage.  You can get this set free with a $50 purchase. I colored directly on the stamp with my Calypso Coral and Lucky Limeaid markers, then stamped.  I chose to make this a Mother's Day card, but there are lots of sentiments in the Teeny Tiny Wishes set (p. 157) that would fit.  The printed brad and the narrow organdy ribbon  are another free Sale-a-bration item that you can choose when you spend $50.  You get a package of 30 brads and 2 rolls of ribbon (10 yards each).

Thanks for stopping by today!  Please share my blog with your stamping friends... I'm always looking for more readers.  Make today a happy one!  I'll be back on Friday with another classic card, again featuring NEW products from the Occasions Mini.
Happy stamping!

1 comment:

  1. Susan, this is a delightful card for one of our rainy, gray days! Love your outlook many things to be grateful for always.