Friday, January 30, 2015

Feminine Birthday Card

I remember many years ago starting a new teaching job in Dodge City, Kansas, far away from home. There was a pay raise and it was encouraging to know they wanted me as their reading specialist out of all the applicants. (They had asked me to apply!) But the move was difficult and we couldn't find good housing. (We seemed to have moved to a bad neighborhood.) I was serving two schools, but had to walk to the 2nd school and walk the students to our main building. I had no friends yet and my daughter seemed to be sick all the time, a really tough thing for a working mom. On my birthday I came home and found a birthday card from my younger sister Jan and it changed everything!  Knowing someone remembered and cared lifted my spirits and made the burdens lighter. I set that card in a prominent spot and glanced at it often to remind myself that things aren't really so bad when you know you are loved. I knew that God loved me, but it was definitely a great encouragement to have Him use someone to relay the same. This is why I believe in sending cards!

Saturday is Jan's birthday so I'm sending my love across the miles by making this card, hoping that she'll feel that same assurance.

I made the background by embossing my CTMH Blush cardstock with my new CTMH Damask folder, sanding the raised pattern lightly to reveal the white core. I cut the frame using Cricut Artbooking cartiridge, p. 47, then stamping with vineyard berry ink. The stamped design has three perfect spots for adding pearls.

Thank you for visiting. May God bless you with the awareness of His constant love for you and may you share His love with those around you!

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:
Craft-Dee BowZ January challenge - anything goes with handmade bow
Crafting from the Heart #44 - anything goes
Crafty Creations #281 - something old (patterned paper banner strip from 2012)/Something new (CTMH Damask embossing folder)
Cut It Up Challenge #63 - die cut and embossing
In the Pink #61 - pink and pearlie
Loves Rubber Stamps #136 - pink and girly
Scrapbook Stamp Society #58 - anything goes with birthday option
Seize the Birthday - anything goes
The Crafters Cafe #101 - make your own background
The Stamping Boutique #51 - make your own background

Stamps used:

In the Moment
Happy to be Friends:


Wendy Nicola Jackson said...

Beautiful card, love all the texture! Soft and romantic finish, just gorgeous. Hugs, Wends x

Evelyn said...

Very pretty, feminine birthday card!

Thank you for joining us for our National Braille Literacy challenge at Cut it Up!


Vicki robertson said...

Lovely, vintage card! Thanks for joining the Craft-Dee BowZ January, "Anything goes and include a handmade bow" Challenge.

KarinsArtScrap said...

it's a beautiful card Vickie

Thanks for join us at ScrapbookStampSociety Challenge.

Greetings Karin DT Coördinator

Marlene Atkinson said...

A beautiful card. Thank you for sharing with us at Crafty Creations Challenge. Marlene DT

Mynn xx said...

This is fabulous! LOVE the colors and texture--such an amazing card! Just gorgeous! HUGS! :) Mynn xx

Colleen said...

I send cards to my aunts who are all in their 90's, I agree with you about sending your love and letting them know you think of them often. Your card has so many wonderful layers and textures. Thank you for sharing it at Seize the Birthday!

Holly AKA KopyKat said...

Oh this is so super cute. Thanks for playing with us over at Loves Rubberstamps!!!

PaperDaisies said...

A very pretty card. Love all the pinks. Thank you for sharing your talents with us over at Loves Rubberstamps. Hugs Nina

Kat W said...

The embossed background makes a lovely backdrop for your pretty embellishments :-)

Thanks for sharing with us at In The Pink Challenge!

Hugs, Kat x

Glenda J said...

Great texture and fabulous layout. Thanks for playing along with Seize the Birthday.