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Thanks a Bunch

I’m really excited to share this card with you all because I envisioned the concept, but I got all comfy on my sofa while a storm rolled through and we watched Dinner for Schmucks. That movie was strange! It was like watching a train wreck about to happen.  I don’t think I’ll be watching that one again! Anyway, I didn’t think I would make it to my craft space to make this card, but I did – really late – and it took me about 20 minutes maybe to create this little number. I needed a thank you card to send to some friends who were very hospitable to us over the weekend!

I’ve been really into buttons and paper strips lately and this was another way I could add them to a new design – something a bit more clean and simple. The patterned paper strips used in this card make me think of a stack of books on a shelf – only with the spine exposed.

Speaking of books, I’ve been reading The Help over the past few days. I’m not usually a book reader, since I read every day for my job and law school just about had me cross eyed by the time I finished! So, I’m usually a skimmer. I can look at it and it seems like words just pop right out for what I want to read. However, my sister sent me this book and after reading the first chapter, I have not been able to put it down. It is definitely a page-turner, especially for this non-book reader.

I can’t wait until the movie comes out in a couple of weeks! Although I’m not finished reading yet, the book has taken me on a journey during a time period I’ll never know first hand. It provides very interesting perspectives from all of the characters’ viewpoints and that is what I appreciate the most. I knew after reading the first chapter when it invoked all of my emotions (tears, laughter, and even disappointment), it was a must read. If you have not read this yet, please do, then see the movie! I’m sure I’ll finish it by this weekend.

Thanks for visiting today! I’ll try to be back tomorrow with a video of some kind of card making process! Have a great Tuesday.

  1. Trim white cardstock to 3.75″ x 5″.
  2. Stamp grid pattern.
  3. Trim patterned paper strips to about .25″ and adhere to cardstock.
  4. Stamp sentiment in brown ink.
  5. Die cut two flowers, stamp, add buttons with twine and adhere to cardstock with foam adhesive.
  6. Punch spiral border and round the upper right corner.
  7. Add distress ink to the edges, then adhere to an A2 card front with foam adhesive.
  8. Round upper right corner of card base.


 

  • Susan BeauchaineAugust 2, 2011 - 10:05 am

    I LOVE this card. I bought the spiral border punch and have yet to use it. Now I have an inspiration! I love the strip idea as well. I have all of the Beautiful Blooms dies and stamps, too. I NEVER use the stamps. I forget! How can I forget? Everytime you use the stamp on the flower, especially #1, I LOVE it but then I don’t use it! Maybe I should make a note on my work table!!!
    Thanks for sharing. I wish I had been on your comfy couch during the storm last night. We are so DRY and it is going to be 106 today! YIKES!! I LOVE Kansas but not in July/August!
    SusanReplyCancel

  • Dana F.August 2, 2011 - 10:05 am

    W-O-W! Gorgeous card, Ashley! The colors and design speak right to me :)ReplyCancel

  • TrevaAugust 2, 2011 - 10:29 am

    Another beautiful card, I love to use buttons on my projects too. The Help is an excellent book, I read it last year and have been anxiously awaiting the release of the movie. Some of my friends have seen an advance viewing and they love it. I am planning to go see it with some of my co-workers!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa SheaAugust 2, 2011 - 10:49 am

    Love it! I love the spiral punch and the buttons. It’s so clean yet not sparse! That’s a balance I struggle with, I want to play w my goodies but not look like I sneezed them all over the place!ReplyCancel

  • Tenia NelsonAugust 2, 2011 - 12:02 pm

    What a gorgeous card!!! tfs!!ReplyCancel

  • CristinaAugust 2, 2011 - 12:25 pm

    You got that grid stamp! Yay! And it looks so great here!ReplyCancel

  • Heather in FLAugust 2, 2011 - 2:26 pm

    Gorgeous card — they always are! This one even looks like something I could sort of replicate. :-) The Help was SUCH a great book for me. I laughed, I cried, I was flabbergasted (that Hilly… ugh!). I can’t wait for the movie. I know I’m going to need Kleenex.ReplyCancel

  • Cathi ThorpeAugust 4, 2011 - 5:06 pm

    I really like this card. I have been following you (silently) for a while now and admire your sense of style in card making, Thank you for all of your inspiration. I read “The Help” earlier this year and thought it was a great book. I need to check out the movie, as well.ReplyCancel

  • Scratch Card PrintingAugust 5, 2011 - 5:45 am

    Another lovely cards :)…
    I love the design, really its awesome :)…ReplyCancel

  • Glenda JAugust 5, 2011 - 10:16 pm

    I absolutely love everything about this card Ashley – so colourful and fabulous! I just finished reading the Help – I loved it.ReplyCancel

  • JanAugust 8, 2011 - 5:49 pm

    Love the card and loved the book! I actually lived in Oxford Mississippi in the 60’s (I was very very young) and was so completely intrigued by this book and am looking forward to the movie – of course, the book is always better than the movie.ReplyCancel

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