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November 26, 2009

Being Thankful

Happy Turkey Day.

My Pastor gave the most amazing sermon last night - one of the best I have ever heard.  When leaving, I thought of the perfect way to spend my Thanksgiving morning.

I took a couple hours to create thank you cards for people who would least expect it.  One for Colin's doctor.  The nurses.  The mailman.  The UPS man.  The lady who works at Brueggers.  The grumpy lady who works at Walgreens.  The nurse who gives me allergy shots.  I came up with 17 names... so I made 17 cards.

With my family close by (Kay doing some amazing drawings, Audrey making cards, Colin gluing everything in the room together and Ken looking at football stats), I created these cards using a Hero Arts greeting set, a Papertrey Ink leaf set and some embellishments. 

And I loved it.

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On soft yellow and cream notecards, I stamped the leaves with green ink.  I then added quick shading with colored pencils and blended with Gamsol.  To add a tiny bit of shine, I scribbled a little glitter pen on the leaves.  My favorite Hero Arts set provided all the greetings and I picked out favorite pearls, flower embellishments and etc. for some added fun.  (Forgive the bad photos - I am too tired to redo.  And there are a lot of them.)

For these first ones, I used gorgeous handmade flowers from Pixiepetals.  I LOVE them and am off to buy more.  You must check them out.

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These next flowers were originally white.  I then pressed Distress Ink on them to color and then spray a lot with pearlized water.  (Perfect Pearls in water.)  They end up so fab in real life.  I make a bunch of them at once. 

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These use fancy pearl doodads from Prima...

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This large pink velvet flower is from Maya Road.  Yum...

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These are the super simple ones.  Just stamped a tiny flower from the greeting set with red ink.

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And, of course, each has a stamped envelope to match.

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Supplies: Hero Arts greetings, Papertrey Ink leaves, Adirondack Lettuce pigment ink (for leaves), colored pencils, gamsol, glitter pen, Pixie Petals handmade flowers, Maya Road velvet flower, Hero Arts pearls and gems, Prima flowers and pearl arrangements, Distress Inks, Perfect Pearls, Mini Mister, Black Memories Ink

I am off to snuggle with the girls in our Snuggies.  Night.


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Love this! What a great idea! and love the cards- so pretty!

wow, those handmade flowers are amazing. Enjoy your family. I'm off to meet my SIL for overnight shopping! SO nice to share "thanks" and love for those who don't expect it. smiles...

Wow! These are amazing! Thanks for the reminder to thank the people who we tend to miss.

Jennifer, Thank you so much for taking the time to show us these beautiful cards! I love them all! And it is such a great reminder to thank those we usually don't. I work in retail, and it can be a thankless job sometimes. Hope your next few days with your family are wonderful. You deserve it! :)

very nice!

The cards are just too beautiful!! You are amazing!!
Happy Thanksgiving!

Your cards are always so pretty! And I love how sweet of an idea this is...! I'm sure you will provide a little something extra in those 17 people's days!

Loove them! Gorgeous way to use the new leaves stamp set! Can`t wait to get mine... You have to tell us about the reactions of those 17 people!!

These are so lovely, and what a nice thing to do :)

Gosh - those cards are so beautiful and what a great idea to give them to those probably least expecting it. You ROCK! Blessings to you and a *GIANT HUG* :o)

What a nice thing for you to do, I love the cards! Let us know how they were received, I'll bet they'll be surprised :) Hope you had a happy Thanksgiving!

Love the cards!!

They are simply gorgeous, Jennifer!! Thank you for taking the time to share with us today! Hope your day with your family and friends was wonderful! Hugs!!

What a sweet idea. The cards turned out lovely.

Beautiful cards.

What a great cards. Thank you.

Sweet idea :)

What a nice gesture on your part and they are beautiful.

What an awesome idea!! So thoughtful!! Gorgeous cards!!

These are great! I'm sure there are 17 extra happy people out there as we speak!

They are so very beautiful and such a wonderful thing you did!

Take care/Gunilla

These cards are very beautiful .You always have wonderful ideas.
THANK YOU for charing it with everyone.
Have a nice day and lots of greetings from Holland , Miek Vugts

A belated Happy Thanksgiving, Jennifer! Thank YOU for all give to us out here in cyberworld - so much inspiration, fun and love. What a lovely idea those cards are. No Thanksgiving here in the UK but maybe something I could do at Christmas - or just as a random thing :) Are your pastor's sermons available online at all? I don't get to hear the sermon on Sundays as I'm running the Sunday School, so I try to catch up in the week by listening online.

What a wonderful thing to do on Thanksgiving day. They are all beautiful, they would also make for a great set of cards. TFS!!!

Just gorgeous! I hope Mrs Grumpy from Walgreens appreciates your thoughtfulness. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

Your friends in Canada wish you and your family - Happy Thanksgiving! What gorgeous cards you have created - what a cool idea and it is neat to see how easy it is create a bunch of cards with just a small variation on theme. Absolutely love them - thanks for sharing them with us.

Just wonderful....thanks you for oontinuing to inspire us to recognize the others around us. You may even put a 'smile' on the grumpy lady's face!
Happy Thanksgiving.....

Jennifer, These cards are simple yet stunning. I'm sure all of your recipients will adore them!


great cards, simple yet beautiful. it's good to stop and remember all the people in our life that we don't think about often but are to thankful that they are there when we need them. going to make a list of my own. tfs

Amazing cards! Simple yet stunning!

Love, love, love this idea. I just got Turning a New Leaf in the mail and can't wait to give this a try! What a special idea too. I know all those folks will be telling their family and friends what a wonderful gift they received. When I taught full time, it was these little notes that meant so much.

Wow! Beautiful cards, Jennifer! Great idea for a gift set too. :)

Love your cards Jennifer! We all need to be thankful for the little things in life!!

Such a great idea. Beautiful cards.

Wow! all your cards are just gorgeous! I've been eying that leaf stamp from Papertrey ever since it was released. After seeing your cards I want it all the more. Thanks for sharing!
Happy belated Thanksgiving!

These are such beautiful thankyou cards, I am sure that every recipient will have a wonderful smile when they see them. It is always so nice to get an unexpected thankyou.

These cards are simply perfect! You have such a good heart- I'm sure all the recipients of these thank-yous will appreciate them!

wowzers!! love them all!! great idea too!!

I'm amazed at how beautiful these cards are!! So simple, yet a lot of detail! I need to make some pearlized water!!

what beautiful cards. all of those people will certainly feel appreciated! and those crocheted flowers are so cute! i'm going to have to try to make some of those...

Very pretty cards and a great reminder. There are several people in my life who could use a Thank You! :)

those are really nice I don't know where you find all the time, do you ever sleep. between you and tim holtz, you amaze me

I love giving cards to people who don't expect them it really can make their day! Love the simple yet beautiful look of these cards and I love the idea of using gamsol on stamped images. Once again thanks for the inspiration.

Fabulous idea to give thanks to the people in your life who least expect it. Love the simple and pretty designs Jennifer!

I love this idea Jennifer. These are so pretty. Thanks for the wonderful inspiration.

Well, I'm going to take your idea and run with it :)

I just bought this Hero Arts stamp I'll get to put it to good use.

Happy Thanksgiving & God Bless!

What BEAUTIFUL cards Jennifer!!! How sweet to send out so many...even to the "grumpy" lady :) she probably needs it the most. Happy Thanksgiving!

Incredible. What a thoughtful thing to do. How wonderful you are.

LOVE LOVE LOVE the distressed flowers. I gotta make some of those. I never thought of using Gamsol over something inked. Something else I gotta try.
Glad you enjoyed your Holiday.

Simply stunning cards - can't wait to get my Turning A New Leaf set....I knew it was versatile the minute I saw it and you have proved it.
Thanks for sharing.

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