Not a creative bone in my body today!

Well, I guess it happens. Today I hit a creative wall where even the thought of trying to make something just gave me the willies! That has never happened before. Maybe it is spring fever? Could be, as the temperature is currently 72 degrees, about 30 degrees higher than it should be this time of year.

Or, maybe it is the knowledge that I had a lot of WORK staring me in the face. Not serious work, but the clean-up after a house full of company last night, following two days of cooking, cleaning, grocery shopping, prepping, cooking, etc. in preparation for that house full.

My two girls and their spouses, children and grandchildren were here as were my sister and her 4 girls and their families. My brother-in-law wasn’t feeling well, so did not attend the festivities that my 4 year old Great Granddaughter called the “Thanksgiving Party”. and to her, I guess, it was a party. She got to see and play with her 8 boy cousins (second cousins, but never mind). Yep, of the 30 who were here, 10 were under the age of 10 and only ONE GIRL! As you can imagine, the decibel level rose pretty high at times in my not-very-big-house.

And the noise wasn’t just from children playing. All the adults were talking at once it seemed as we all had a great time just catching up with one another. Some had not seen each other since last Thanksgiving, while for others it had been Easter the last time they were together.

Before a bountiful meal, some of which I prepared, and some brought in by all attending, we joined hands for prayer, but instead of a prayer we went around the circle and each named one thing for which they are thankful. To end, my older daughter gave the final few words of prayer and a resounding AMEN was added by all.

This year was a bit different as, for the first time in a long time, there were no extras. No in-laws, out-laws, neighbors, friends, friends of friends, or just anyone who otherwise might spend the day alone.

A couple of churches in the area prepare a thanksgiving meal for anyone who is alone (actually anyone who wants to go may do so ), so perhaps those who might have come decided to go to the church instead. At any rate, several were invited but did not come, so it was just family this year. (unless you count a boyfriend or two.)

Today, I caught up on some correspondence, my sis came to get the items left behind by her grandsons, all the food was put away or frozen, or eaten, pots, pans and serving dishes washed and put away and the stove top cleaned! No creativity there, but for some reason there was a certain amount of satisfaction in seeing everything clean, or reasonably so.

The girls, granddaughters and nieces had kindly washed the plates and silverware, but I still had the task of putting  away those things they didn’t. I have a dishwasher and told them we could just load it, but I think they enjoy visiting over the sink full of dishes.

I am not super-woman. There are things that should have gotten done that didn’t. Like the piano. I FORGOT TO DUST IT! Oh, my! the dust was thick, too. I didn’t scrub the floors either. And the company arrived before I managed to get a shower.

But, you know what? I don’t think ANY of that mattered. What did matter was the love and fellowship we all enjoyed.

While I am glad that a day is set aside to remind us to be always thankful and grateful for our many blessings, what is really important is that we gather TOGETHER to give thanks. Even the little ones who could talk said their thanks.

In closing, I want to say that creativity is a blessing too. And I am grateful to God for the gifts He has given me to be creative, to WANT to create (most of the time) and for the ability to recognize that some days you just need to work, not create.

There is always tomorrow, for most of us. And if there isn’t a tomorrow, well, then, it doesn’t really matter, does it?

“In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”                                                                                          1st Thessalonians l5: 18

Stampin’ Up! Anniversary-again

Good Thursday to you all. It is a BEAUTIFUL autumn day here. For my part, it could stay this way for weeks. Several weeks! I have lots going on today, so let’s get with the card for today, shall we?

I took a page from the Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop and chose to use their sketch for my anniversary card today. Here is the sketch they used.

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I liked their sketch and the cards they made, so I thought I would CAS the sketch. Here is the card I made.wild wing creations4

I began by deciding to do another monochromatic scheme with Very Vanilla and white with the addition of the Champagne Foil Sheets and Sahara Sand ink for the inside sentiment.

The Champagne Foil Sheets mat has the center cut out of it to save on that paper. I leave a 1/2″ border onto which I adhere the top layer. The smaller cut out piece is large enough to mat something else, or from which to cut banners, labels or whatever.

The Very Vanilla panel on the Champagne Foil was dry embossed with the Softly Falling  Textured Impressions Embossing folder and adhered to the foil mat with liquid glue.

Centered on this piece is one of the Foil Snowflakes embellishments from the Year of Cheer Suite. Only I did not want the foil side up, so I turned it over and used the ivory side.

Next, I punched a strip of Vellum on both ends with the Triple Banner Punch. The next thing I did was cut apart (yep, I’m getting pretty good with scissors!) the I LOVE YOU sentiment from the Sealed With Love (retired) stamp set so I could just use the LOVE portion. (That is love portion, not love potion!) I randomly stamped LOVE all over the Vellum banner in Versamark and heat embossed it with White Embossing Powder. Using a couple strips of Tear & Tape that would be hidden by the label, I adhered it to the upside-down snowflake.wild wing creations6

I took a 3/8″ wide piece of ivory ribbon and wrapped it around my layered panel over the Vellum banner and taped it to the back. This was adhered to the card base with liquid glue.

Using the White Embossing Powder again and the Versamark ink (don’t forget to use your Embossing Buddy) I stamped and heat embossed the sentiment from the Special Celebrations stamp set on a piece of Very Vanilla card stock. I used the Everyday Label punch to punch out the sentiment label as well as one in Champagne Foil (from the cut out center of the foil panel). The foil one was cut in half vertically and liquid glued to the back of the Very Vanilla label acting as a mat.

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This finishes the front of the card. For the inside I took another Foil Snowflake and cut it into quarters, gluing one quarter to the lower right side of my inner liner and one to the upper left corner. Again I reversed the snowflake to use the ivory side.

I stamped the sentiment from Flourishing Phrases in Sahara Sand ink and liquid glued the panel to the card base.

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This made a pretty quick and easy card that I think is very nice for an anniversary.

The envelope flap was dry embossed with the Softly Falling embossing folder and the front has one of the quarter sections of snowflake liquid glued to the front.wild wing creations3

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Stampin’ Up! Bear Hugs

This card is so quick and so simple, it probably wins the ‘made the fastest’ contest. I don’t know that there is a contest, but this card went together very quickly. Sadly, the Bear Hugs stamp/dies are retired, but they are perfect for this occasion.

A certain little girl I know started preschool today and this card is for her. She loves animals, and her teddy bear, and wears tutus as much as her mom will let her. (Don’t tell her the bear is wearing an apron. She will think it is a tutu.)

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This card only used 3 colors card stock, 2 inks and 1 stamp/die bundle. It was a breeze!

Pink Pirouette is the card base, the bear is Crumb Cake and the panels are Very Vanilla. Tutu and bow are also Pink Pirouette.

I began by cutting the card base and the Very Vanilla panels, then, using the Bear Hugs stamp set, stamped the bear in Sahara Sand on Crumb Cake. I stamped the tutu and bow in Melon Mambo on Pink Pirouette and cut the bear and accessories with the Bear Hugs framelits. The bear is liquid glued to the Very Vanilla Panel, and Stampin’ Dimensionals adhere the tutu. Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals adhere the bow to the bear. A piece of pink ribbon from my stash is wrapped to the back of the panel and Scotch taped. A small bow finishes that. The sentiment is stamped in Melon Mambo. This panel is liquid glued to another Very Vanilla panel that I sponged around the edges with Melon Mambo,  and the front is done. Easy Peasy!

Inside, the sentiment and hearts, all from the Bear Hugs set, were stamped on Very Vanilla in Melon Mambo and the panel is liquid glued into the card base.inside

The front of the envelope is stamped with the smaller bear, also in Sahara Sand.

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The envelope flap got more of the hearts. I told you it was fast!

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Card Cuts: Pink Pirouette: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, scored at 4-1/4″, bow and tutu 1-1/2″ x 3″; Very Vanilla: front mat and inside sentiment 4″ x 5-1/4″, front art panel 3-1/2″ x 4-3/4″; Crumb Cake: bear 3″ x 4″

Thought for today: Since it is very ‘fall-like’ here today (63 degrees), I wanted to leave you with this, even though this card is definitely NOT fall-like:

“Autumn, the year’s last, lovliest smile.” William Cullen Bryant.

Appreciate the beauty that is Autumn.

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