Stamps: Oak Tree, Edwin with Chicken (Is this your egg), Hay bale all available at Magnolia-licious. sentiment from A-muse. Paper: DP from recollections harvest pad. Card measures 6x6
Hello! Thanks for coming by today!
This month Suzanne issued the challenge of making an easel card for the Magnolia-licious challenge. I had never seen or heard of an easel card before. But it's really such a great idea! We spend so much time making our cards, why not display them pleasingly!? There is a link to the directions on the Magnolia-licious blog....or Suzanne made up some with pics...she's so good! It's not hard. basically you make a card front only...then attach that to a full card...kinda! LOL! I have taken pics of the inside and a side view so you can get the gist of it. (click on any of the pics to see it larger) EAZY PEAZY! ;)
Have I mentioned that I LOVE FALL. I don't know of any New Englander that doesn't love Fall. LOL! Sure, maybe they fear what comes after fall...cold, snow, ice, snow, cold, snow, ice.....! But fall is beautiful! Clean, crisp air. Not humid, not usually too rainy. Beautiful colors from Mother Nature. So I love to make fall cards. This Oak Tree stamp made by Magnolia was one of my first Magnolia Stamps a year ago. I love coloring all the leaves. Sure our fall trees don't usually have red, yellow and orange leaves all on one tree, but it makes me happy to do it that way, so I do! That's the great thing about card making...it's not science. It's not about being particular or realistic. It's about making the creator and the receiver happy! Today Diana shared an email with our group that had a lovely sentiment....here it is:
"The gifts we craft with our own hands are often the most significant because the love that drove us to create is infused in the products of our creation. And the recipients of these homemade offerings receive a token of our willingness to invest ourselves in their joy. "
It's not all about perfection. It's about the love that goes in to creating. I know that we can get caught up in comparing our work to everyone else's. And somehow we always see the talent that everyone else has and the areas in which we are lacking. I do it. Everyday! It's hard not to. Especially when I am on the magnificent Magnolia-licious DT. I look at all the other girls cards and think about how good one is with coloring, how good another is at having just the right embellies, at how clever and creative the other one always is....it's endless. Then I look at the cards posted to the Magnolia-licious Yahoo group, and that is 100's of girls filled with creative talent!! I look at each of those cards and see something that makes me think: She's so creative, why didn't I think of that? Why can't I make cards like that? My card looks like Kindergarten art compared to hers! But I must try to remember that each of us has our own talent...that only I can put my love into my cards. And once in awhile it is nice to receive a reminder like the sentiment above.
Have an Inspirational Day!!!