03 November 2015

Sharing Handmade Kindness

Hi All! Sorry it's been awhile. (I'm trying to resist the urge to pull the Moriarty-esque "Did you miss me?" thing...but it's tough!) ;)

This month, Jennifer Mcguire is hosting a challenge called "Share Handmade Kindness." It's a chance to take all those cards we make and pile on our desk, in our drawers or wherever, and get them sent.(That IS why we make them, right?) This week's challenge is to make something for friends and/or family.

SO today I'm showcasing a card I made to thank one of my friends for hosting a fantastic cooking class. Let's take a look:

For this card, I used a Colonial White card base and layered it with strips of Fern and Poppy cardstock from Close To My Heart's Enchantment Fundamentals collection. I also added a strip of Gold Shimmer Trim for some extra bling, and to tie in the gold on the front layer.

For that front layer, I used Close To My Heart's Harvest Wreath stamp set. I stamped the wreath in VersaMark ink on a 3 1/2 x 3 1/2-inch piece of Colonial White cardstock and heat embossed it with Gold embossing powder. I stamped the fruit on a scrap of Colonial white cardstock using the rock & roll stamping method and fussy cut them. (The ink colors I used for the fruit are: Lemons, Canary and Saffron; Pears, Saffron and Fern; Orange, Saffron and Poppy; and Pomegranate, Poppy and Pomegranate.) I stamped the small leaves in Fern and the larger leaves in New England Ivy, and fussy cut those as well. After arranging the fruit on the wreath, I added a gold bow using multiple strands of DMC gold embroidery thread. However, the gold on gold kinda got lost, so I added a bow of Poppy Thick Twine. I then stamped the greeting in Pomegranate ink on a little hand-cut tag and added it under the bow with gold thread and glue dots.

Finally, I layered the Colonial White panel onto a piece of Poppy cardstock and lifted the whole thing up using a 3x3-inch piece of craft foam.

Here are a couple of close-ups:

You can see the resist pattern on the Enchantment Fundamentals paper.
The other side has this same pattern in white.

And that's it! I can't wait for my friend to receive this in the mail! I have a couple of other cards to send this week as well. (Love this motivation!)

I hope this gives you a little inspiration to create and share some kindness this week. Make sure to stop by Jennifer Maguire's blog and get the details on this fantastic challenge!

Have a fabulously creative day!


  1. This is so pretty! You surely were inspired!!!

    1. Thanks, Brenda! My friend taught us some Lebanese recipes that featured pomegranates... PERFECT stamp set! :D

  2. OMGosh, Kim, this is SO gorgeous! I am crazy about that wreath! Everything about it! LOVE the gold embossing and love the rock and roll stamping on the fussy cut fruit! The double bow is awesome, and I love the strips of paper down the side on the background. This is just WOW! Your friend is going to love it!

    1. Thanks so much, Audrey! Glad you enjoyed it! :D