Now that 2010 is here, I’ve been thinking about what I want to accomplish this year. I’m trying to take a more balanced approach to goal-setting than I have in years past. I want to set great goals yet remain flexible with them. I want to examine my goals closely and not make easily broken resolutions. I want to prioritize my goals so I accomplish the things that matter to me the most. I want to enjoy the journey while remaining focused on the destination.
One goal I’ve set is to creatively stretch myself by participating in design challenges that inspire me. So, I’m excited to share today’s card – Heartfelt – because it represents my first step towards that goal!
I created Heartfelt to express what I felt for my dear friend Carla, who recently lost her mom. I designed the card with Gingersnap Creations Spicy Challenge – GC #34: Sandpaper in mind. The rules for this challenge are simple:
Use sandpaper to distress, to accent dry embossing, or as a design element in itself.
Because this was a sympathy card, I chose one of my favorite color combos, blue, purple, and white, as a soothing balm. I used a DCWV card as the base and layered a piece of Sizzix-embossed Core’dinations cardstock, that I sanded and tore so the underlying purple showed through. If you’re not a fan of manly sandpaper, do what I did – use CTMH sandpaper instead (it looks like pretty pink patterned paper!) And, if you don’t own a Sizzix machine, pick up the Feb 2010 Scrapbook Etc. magazine – I pulled my paper from an ad!
I covered the embossed flowers with CTMH flowers, which I lightly brushed with Tim Holtz’s Dusty Concord Distress Ink and CTMH’s Lilac Blue Dye Ink, added jeweled brads in blue, purple, and white to reflect the card’s colors, and added Stampin Up Organdy Ribbon in shades of blue and purple. I used CTMH Daisy White Archival Ink and CTMH stamps to stamp the exterior and inside of the card.
The Heartfelt stamp is from Say It In Style. The verse is from Comforting Thoughts and reads as follows:
May the Lord’s arms comfort you in your time of need.