The theme for this month is “encouragement.”  I was to make a card for someone who I thought needed encouragement right now. 

For June’s project, I wanted to work with something new from our 2018-2019 Stampin’ Up catalog. Not only that, I wanted to work with things from the top of my “A” list. I chose two new sets, along with my favorite Designer Specialty Paper. And, one, little, favorite item (actually three) from a carry-over set.

By Su Mohr for Kylie's Top Ten Winners; Click READ to go to my blog for details! Featuring: Serene Garden Scene, Wood Textures, Share What You Love, At Home

Serene Garden Scene Wood Textures Bird


This beautiful bird from the Serene Garden Scene Set was stamped in Basic Black ink on Wood Textures Designer Series Paper. The idea for a wood bird came to me, because my grandfather carved little birds from balsa wood. Then, my grandmother would paint them, and turn them into Christmas tree decorations. My grandparent’s names were Mimi and Archie, and I still feel their love running through my veins. As I was layering my bird for thickness, I thought of happy times with them. 

My bird is flying by a window from the Stained Glass Die Set. I used a die to cut the window from Whisper White cardstock.

This bird is not without a purpose, carrying a “hello” sign (tied with a string) from the At Home Stamp and Die set. I’ve used these three items more than any other from this carry-over set. 

Now, for my favorite Designer Series Paper, Share What You Love. Isn’t the print gorgeous? This DSP has such an appropriate name, because I’m sharing it with you, and I love it. I layered it on Whisper White (matching the window) and a Crumb Cake card base (matching the background color in the print).

I added a bit of Nature’s Twine in the color of Blackberry Bliss, decorated the envelope flap, and my card was complete.

Today, this card will deliver a cheery “hello” to a lady in a nursing home. She and my mother shared a room, and developed a friendship over the course of time. I hope this card will be a source of encouragement to her.

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