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Itty Bitty Bits of Gratitude

A Bright and Cheerful Get Well

Hello!  Thanks so much for stopping by to visit!

I knew it had been a while since I posted, but when I looked at the date of my last post, I was embarrassed!  Holey Shamoley!  I knew I had been busy the last couple of weeks, but...  In any case, I've surfaced and am diving back into the paper.  It feels wonderful!

One of the things I was doing the last few weeks was preparing for the "First Last Launch of [Space Shuttle] Atlantis."  What a beautiful launch!  I watched the launch of STS-132 outside the Launch Control Center.  The wind was blowing in from the ocean and carried the sounds of the launch to us almost immediately.  It was exhilarating to feel the vibrations at nearly the same time that the sound percussion reached us at the Launch Control Center.  OMG!!  We listened to the windows vibrate and flex as we watched Atlantis climb into the bright blue sky.  What an amazing experience!  I've seen so many launches, but I have to say that this one will definitely stand out in my memory.


Another project I've been working on is organizing my papercrafting stuff.  And by stuff, I mean STUFF!  It's all rather overwhelming, but it just has to get done.  I've been "working" on it for more than a year, and now the time is running out.  You see, I was established in one room of my house for a few years and am now establishing myself in another room of the house that was fitted with special storage for my papercrafting stuff.  I've been transferring stuff in a rather haphazard way; mostly as I needed the tools or supplies.  It's definitely a good way to figure out what you're using and what's really required.  The thing is, there's still a lot of stuff in the first room.  What to do?  I'm still pondering that as I go through all the boxes and totes and storage carts.  I have a deadline, though; my youngest son and his wife are coming to visit in a few weeks...

Enough of all that stuff.  Let's get back to papercrafting!  Today's project is a bright and cheerful way to say Get Well.


This card combines die cut flowers and stamped flowers.  The large Real Red flower, Pumpkin Pie flower, and Old Olive leaves are die cut.  The Tempting Turquoise flower, small Real Red flower, and spray of Old Olive palm fronds are stamped and cut out with Paper Snips.  The petals of the flowers were curled with a bone folder.  The edges of the die cut flowers and leaves were sponged with their corresponding color of ink.  The card base is Old Olive with a piece of Tempting Turquoise cardstock embossed with the Square Lattice Textured Impressions embossing folder (also sponged with Tempting Turquoise ink) adhered to the card front.  The card front (and Tempting Turquoise mat) were run through the Big Shot to create the punch window using the Movers & Shapers Modern Label punch window.  A Sanding Block was rubbed over the Tempting Turquoise mat to roughen up the cardstock.  The punch window was used again with a piece of Old Olive cardstock to make the base for the sentiment inside the punch window.  A piece of Tempting Turquoise was punched with the Modern Label punch.  The sentiment was stamped on Whisper White with Pumpkin Pie ink and punched out with the Word Window punch.  All of these pieces and the punch window on the card base were inked with their corresponding ink colors and Pumpkin Pie for the Whisper White.

The four-petal flower from the Bitty Bits stamp was stamped on a piece of Whisper White cardstock using Pumpkin Pie ink and punched out with the corresponding punch from the Bitty Shapes Punch Pack.  A small dot of Crystal Effects was placed at the center of the four-petal flower; then the corresponding button from the Bitty Buttons was placed on top of the stamped/punch button and pressed in place.  Once the Crystal Effects was dry, the button holes were pierced and Linen Thread run through the button holes and knotted on top of the button.  The flowers were assembled using Mini Glue Dots.  The large flower was placed in the upper left corner of the card front with a Pop-Up Glue Dot.  The palm fronds are attached near the upper right corner of the punch window with Mini Glue Dots.  The small flower was placed on top of the palm fronds with a Mini Glue Dot.


The closed card was placed flat on the tabletop and Modern Label Punch piece in Old Olive was pressed into place onto the Whisper White cardstock sponged with Old Olive ink lining the sentiment area of the card.  The sentiment was attached to the Tempting Turquoise Modern Label and then attached to the Old Olive Modern Label with Stampin' Dimensionals.  The Whisper White cardstock liner was stamped with the palm fronds using Old Olive and the small flower was stamped with Pumpkin Pie.  The small flower was stamped again on a scrap of Whisper White cardstock using Tempting Turquoise ink, cut out with Paper Snips, and then attached to the sentiment liner.


The palm fronds were stamped twice on the lower left corner of the envelope front using Old Olive ink.  The large flower was stamped with Tempting Turquoise and the small flower was stamped with Real Red and Pumpkin Pie.

Whew!  There's a bit of work on this card, but well worth the time invested for an eye-catching way to brighten someone's day.


Stamps:  Itty Bitty Bits, Teeny Tiny Wishes, Tropical Party; Inks:  Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red, Tempting Turquoise; Cardstock:  Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red, Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White; Embellishments:  Bitty Buttons, Linen Thread; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots, Pop-Up Glue Dots; Tools:  Paper Cutter/Scorer, Paper Snips, Bone Folder, Sponge, Crystal Effects, Mat Pack, Paper Piercer, Modern Label Punch, Word Window Punch, Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, Big Shot, Standard Cutting Plates, Bigz Island Floral die, Multi-Purpose Platform, Square Lattice Textured Impressions embossing folder, XL Cutting Plates, Movers and Shapers Curly Label die, Modern Label Movers and Shapers Punch Window; Other:  Medium Whisper White Envelope


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Gorgeous card! I love how you used the punch window!

Catherine Harwood

Love your card -- that sale that Cindy sent the note about may be the answer for all that excess "stuff" -- I know the feeling and we'd love to see photos of your new space and storage options once you have it all spiffy!


Wow, that's some detailed cutting on the first card! The lattice embossing folder looks great with this set.

Jen Timko

Whoever gets this really will have their day brightened!! My mom (in Orlando) said the launch was spectacular...fitting for the final flight of a workhorse! Job well done on both projects!

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