Grateful Greetings

November 19, 2012

Happy Monday, everyone!  Did you have a great rest of your weekend?  Sadly...the Griz lost to the Cats, so that was a bit of a bummer on Saturday.  So, we grilled ribeye steaks & sauteed green beans for dinner in order to make up for the loss.  Tee hee!  We also had a potluck Thanksgiving dinner at church last night...I brought my non-traditional green bean casserole & pumpkin spice cake...both gluten-free.  Not a speck of the green beans were left, and we only brought a few pieces of the cake I am assuming they were a hit.  :)

I have a simple, yet beautiful card to share with you today.  Letting texture take center stage by wrapping burlap around the middle of the card, then accenting with a gorgeous floral vine....I chose to not use a bit of patterned paper on this one.  And the beautiful sentiment allows this to be both a Thanksgiving & a regular Thank You card at the same time.  Here is what I created!
1. Make A2 card from kraft cardstock.
2. Wrap burlap strips around the middle.
3. Stamp the sentiment to the lower left corner of an oatmeal cardstock block, then adhere to the front with foam adhesive.
4. Add the floral vine to the right side of the card.
5. Accent with a scattering of pearls to finish.

-CAS(E) This Sketch! #6
-CASE Study #117
-Friday Mashup! #85 - Thank You
-Inky Impressions #85 - Give Thanks

I hope you enjoyed my clean & sweet gratitude themed card today.  I will be back tomorrow with a love themed Thanksgiving card full of layers and flowers!!  I finally have some Bible study notes to share with you today..sorry for the lapse of time on this!
1 Peter 3:1-4
Oh boy, my lovely vanity issue is being brought up today.  I knew it would at some point.  It's also that "Woman...submit!" part that SO often gets used WAY out of context.  There is more on the submission part later in the chapter, so I am going to focus on the vanity part today. 
This one is SO hard for me, because I am unsure if my main question is really ever answered.  Is it okay to have nice clothes, hair & long as my heart is in the right place?  While vanity is definitely a bit selfish...I also want to look nice & approachable for others - not just because I want to feel good about myself. 
"Your beauty should not come from outward adornment.... Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God's sight."
Hmmm....maybe my question is kind of answered?  A person wearing the most expensive designer clothing isn't beautiful if they have an ugly heart.  Clothing, hair & jewelry....they are all fleeting, material things.  But it doesn't say we can't have them, nor is it saying that it is wrong to want to look nice.  But my heart needs to be "pretty" too, even more than my outward appearance.  And I do try really hard to make sure that I have a pretty heart- that is far more important than pretty clothes & shoes.  :)

Until later,


  1. Stunning card! Love the flowers. Thanks for joining us at Inky Impressions.

  2. So, so beautiful...pinned it! :)

  3. Stunning Lea! LOVE the added texture with the burlap!
    Thanks so much for sharing at CAS(E) this Sketch this week!

  4. Oh my gosh ...this is a stunner!!!!

  5. This is so gorgeous. Very elegant looking. Thank you for joining us at Inky Impressions. Good luck and I hope you will join us again soon.

  6. As a May Arts burlap junkie love what you've done here.

  7. How do you eat so much and still weigh like 80 pounds? Unfair. Just reading your posts about potlucks and grilling makes me fatter. Thanks. LOL!
    I love this card. Totally need to remember the idea because I have some of those big sprigs that go unused too.
    Have a great Thanksgiving, Miss Lea!

  8. Lea, this is a stunner! I love the soft colours and all the fabulous texture! Thanks for playing along with CAS(E) This Sketch! this week!

  9. I LOVE your take on the challenge!! =) THANKS for sharing and have a FABULOUS THANKSGIVING WEEK!! =)

  10. What a beautiful card, Lea! Thanks so much for playing along with us at the Simon Says Stamp challenge this week, and Happy Thanksgiving!

  11. A beautiful card. Thank you for the verse. That idea of submission is so often misinterpreted and it was given to us for protection and order.

  12. Lea, you do texture and dimension like no one else! Thanks for joining us at CASE Study this week :)

  13. Gorgeous card! Love all the elements you put together.

  14. Love all your texture! Good luck mailing that one - haha! Thanks for joining the Friday Mashup this week.

  15. Very pretty, I like how you incorporated the floral vine.

    Thanks for joining us at The Friday Mashup!

  16. This is amazing! I am in awe of your cards! Gorgeous!

  17. This is SO beautiful! I love the burlap in the background and the beautiful flowers! Thanks for joining us this week at The Friday Mashup!

  18. Oh my this is just SPECTACULAR!!! The dimension and texture is incredible! So glad you played along with us in this week's CAS(E) this Sketch!

  19. So beautiful! The textures are just amazing. I love the little pearl accents and the burlap is gorgeous. Awesome card, Lea!

  20. oh my, your card is absolutely amazing! thank you for joining us at CTS ; )

  21. Oy! Lea, the texture of that burlap ribbon with those gorgeously soft flowers just take my breath away! Stunning take on the sketch, missy! Thanks so much for playing with us at CAS(E) This Sketch - we're so glad you did!


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