I want to send a card to a friend. She is having awful heart wrenching problems with elderly parents and has been having a really terrible time. I was searching through my sentiment stamps as to what to put on the card. I didn’t want to sympathise with her as it sounded too much like someone had died, thinking of you was close but again was not quite right then I came across the perfect stamp – hugs. If I wasn’t so far away it’s exactly what I would do – throw my arms around her and give her a big hug. There is nothing practical I can do to help her, life is dealing her a tough hand at the moment, but I’m hoping that a hug will brighten her day even if it is sent through the post.

I am really into cutting out my leaf stamps at the moment – it just seems to add that extra layer of dimension. The challenge over at Create is to make cards with leaves, so I stamped one of my favourite images in a lovely rich autumn spicy orange colour, snip, snipped away and then paired it with some October Afternoon papers.

I chose to use the layout of this fabulous card by Mariana Grigsby as part of the latest Case Study Challenge. Everything just fell in to place as I shuffled my leaves and papers around.


Stamps – PTI turning a new leaf, WMS teeny trees
Ink – American Crafts apricot, SU! chocolate chip
Card – PTI dark chocolate, rustic cream
Paper – October Afternoon fly a kite
Ribbon – PTI simply chartreuse
Button – PTI aqua mist


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