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Remembering why

Today, I gave away cards to a couple of my co-workers. One card was given as a thank you and included a small gift and the other card was for a friend going through a difficult time. It was amazing how wonderful it felt to do something nice for someone else. Even a small gesture such as a card or a little desk trinket can go along ways to make someone’s day. In return, I received a card back with a lovely note inside. This all reminded me of why I love card making so much. Sure, making the cards are a treat to myself but sharing my cards produce an even better reward. Happy Stamping! L

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Nothing in mind…

When I sat down at my craft desk today I didn’t have much in mind as far as a project or design so I just starting playing around. Inside one of my ink pad bins I found several Opalite Ink pads that I purchased awhile ago but never used much. I used these ink pads along with some long forgotten embossing powders to test and try different ways of using them together.

This card was made by blending (using a color box blending tool) different Opalite ink colors for various backgrounds. First I applied Opalite to a piece of black card stock on which I stamped and embossed a flower to create my focal point. Next, I used the Opalite on Inchie Art one inch squares and then stamped a birthday wish. The card face was also treated with the Opalite ink prior to adding a stamped polka dot image for a background. All the pieces were assembled on the card. Lastly, I embellished with a few brads and mounted the entire card face onto a black 9 x 6 1/4 inch card.

These Opalite Ink pads make beautiful and shimmery backgrounds (not shown very well in the image). Not sure why they have been gathering dust in my craft room. Now that I dusted them off I will have to find more creative way to use them. Happy Stamping! L

Materials:
Black, Gold and Mint green card stock
Brads
i-cling Birthday wishes
Polka dot background stamp (unknown maker)