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Purple of Thanks

Hi! My name is Alishia and I am a KraftaholicMommy!

Happy Sunday y’all!! This is my favorite day of the week. I know, I’m a strange cookie to have my favorite day of the week be the day right before what most would say is the worst day of the week. I love Monday’s as well. However, Sunday is my absolute favorite.

I get to go to church and visit with my family. As my husband and I settle into the new house, we have been so busy that we haven’t spent as much time as we would like with our family. Sundays are a different story, we are guaranteed to see my parents and enjoy a nice meal together. Each Sunday after church, we get to break bread with not only my parents but usually several members of the church come as well. It is such a blessing to be apart of a group of people that genuinely want to be around each other.

As I said yesterday, I wanted to devote at least a part of today’s post to talking about being a Christian. The topic I wanted to touch on today has been something that has been on my mind a lot here recently, prayer. There are religions and denominations out there that have set prayers. Word for word, full prayer. I am not in one of those. I have been asked in the past by others that I have come in contact with, “How do you pray?” This is probably going to be the shortest response. I simply talk to God and to Jesus. I tell him how I am feeling, I ask him to help me with things, and I ask him questions. I always have a moment of just listening before saying that I pray of these things in Jesus name. It’s that simple for me. Now, for that picture.

This card is something that I made for some family members to give to a restaurant. We suffered a loss in our family, my great uncle passed. His health had been deteriorating for some time and it was expected, still painful though. When the family was making arrangements, a local restaurant who knew my great uncle well, donated quite a bit of food for the wake. I volunteered to make a card to send them as a thank you. I wanted to share how I made this card and give credit to the amazing creator that gave me the inspiration for this card.

First, allow me to give some credit. Connie Stewart has a youtube channel, Simply Simple Stamping. She is a Stampin’ Up Demonstrator and she designs a lot cards using Stampin’ Up. She created a friendship card utilizing all Stampin’ Up products, that I thought I could turn into a pretty cute Thank You card. Utilizing all of her measurements expect a couple, I created a card that I love and I hope the people that receive it love as well. So, if you would like to see Connie Stewart’s amazing card and exactly how she did it, go to her website, simplysimplestamping.com and you will find her card there, as well as the link to the YouTube video tutorial.

Now, for list of Materials that I used:

My Favorite Things Grape Jelly Cardstock

My Favorite Things Grapsicle Cardstock

White Cardstock

My Favorite Things Pure Plum Premium Dye Ink

My Favorite Things Hot Fudge Premium Dy Ink

Elmer’s Tape Runner

Park Lane 0.25” Foam Squares

Retired Stampin’ Up Starburst Framelit

Circle Framelit

Sizzix Big Kick

Bone Folder

Stampin’ Up Simply Scored Scoring Tool

Wink of Stella Glitter Clear (999)

Park Lane Rhinestones

Retired Stampin’ Up Flowers of Gratitude Stamp Set

Retired Stampin’ Up All Year Cheer Stamp Set

Measurements

Base: (MFT Grape Jelly) 4.25”x11” Scored at 5.5”

White layer: 3 3/8”x 3 7/8”

MFT Grape Jelly (2nd layer): 3 1/8” x 3 5/8”

MFT Grapsicle (designer layer) 3” x 3 1/2”

For the inside:

White layer: 4” x 5 1/4”

I used scratch MFT Grapsicle and White cardstocks to run through my Big Kick for the starburst and circle Framelits.

Now to start, I like to cut all of my pieces and prep any paper that I will be using. Once that was completed, I moved on to my designer paper. Connie Stewart used designer cardstock that she had on hand, I did not. Using a pretty flower stamp and some of MFT’s beautiful Pure Plum ink, I stamped all over the Grapsicle layer, as well as, the bottoms portion of the white layer (4” x 5 1/4”). Using my Wink of Stella brush, I brushed over the leaves and the centers of the flowers. Once that was dry, I added a pretty little rhinestone to the center of the largest flower in each of the bunches.

In the top center of that White layer (4” x 5 1/4”), I stamped a sentiment in MFT’s Hot Fudge ink. At this point I was done with that layer, I added my tape runner on the back and centered this layer to the inside of my card.

Now it was time to work on putting those rectangles together. I first layered my handmade designer cardstock to my Grape Jelly (3 1/8” x 3 5/8”) using my tape runner. Once those pieces were adhered to each other nicely, I layered those pieces to my white layer (3 3/8” x 3 7/8”) and I adhered that finished piece to the upper left side of the front of my card. Now, there is a step that I take when I make a card with more than two layers. Once I adhere the bulk of my layers to my card, I will fold it closed and really varnish that fold with my bone folder. By no means, is this a necessary step, it is just one that I like to take to ensure that my card will lay as flat as possible.

Now for the white circle, I started by cutting two out, using my Big Kick. I cut two because I am notorious for not inking up completely and only having a partial image. Typically this would not be an issue because I use clear mount stamps and I have a Tim Holtz Stamping Tool. That tool gives me the ability to just reink my stamp and stamp again. However, the stamp I used for this project is wood mount, so, you get only one shot to stamp it right. Thankfully, this time, that’s all it took. That Hot Fudge ink stamped a beautiful sentiment and that sentiment is definitely a true statement.

Once that was finished, I used my Big Kick and a Starburst framelit to cut out my Grapsicle layer and using tape runner, I adhered my sentiment piece to my Grapsicle piece. I wanted my circular layers to be even, so using foam squares on one side and tape runner on the other, I angled my sentiment and adhered it to the bottom right of the front of my card.

Now that the card was finished, I was still not satisfied. I took my envelope and using that same flower stamp, Wink of Stella, and Rhinestones, I created a matching little area on the front. I love decorating the envelope as well, it really finishes the whole project off nicely.

And that’s what I done. I absolutely love this card. I would like to take a moment to thank Connie Stewart for being the inspiration for this card and for sharing her measurements of the layers that I used.

I hope you enjoyed today’s post. If you did, feel free to give this a like, comment, and share so others can enjoy this as well. Also, feel free to follow me on Facebook at facebook.com/KraftaholicMommy and on Instagram at instagram.com/alishia_blount I make posts on these platforms between posts on here. Until next time,

Thank You!

God Bless!

Happy Krafting!

KraftaholicMommy

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