Counting My Blessings

Greetings from the beautiful state of Utah.  Today I am writing from Salt Lake City where I am awaiting the start of Stampin' Up's On Stage Convention which begins this week.

I love attending Stampin' Up! events.  One of my favorite things to do is to "Swap" cards with other demonstrators.  This year I brought 100 cards to swap, that is a lot less than the 300 I have brought to events in the past.  The reason why I love to swap is that I only had to come up with one idea and when I trade my idea with other demonstrators, I come home with a variety of different styles of cards that I can share with my customers.

Today I want to share with you a card I made for a private swap I joined with my advisory board sisters.  This card is one that I made a few months ago at the end of my treatment for breast cancer.  It was inspired by two unexpected gifts I received in one week.  The first gift was from Jill.

Glass Pineapple Gift

Glass Pineapple Gift

Jill knew I loved pineapples and was in the middle of decorating my new Stamp Studio.  I hadn't owned a completely clear pineapple like this one, so I was so honored she would think of packaging this one up and mailing such a special gift all the way from Florida.  I was truly blessed.  

The second gift came from Leanna.  Leanna gave me this beautiful blanket that she had crocheted in a pineapple pattern.  

Special Gift from Leanna - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Special Gift from Leanna - www.stampedwithaloha.com

I was brought to tears by this special gift because Leanna had an injury awhile back and crocheting (something that is her passion) has been more difficult for her to do because it can be painful.  So to think she took the time to make me this beautiful vanilla colored blanket meant so much to me.  It was truly a labor of love and one that I will treasure.

The week I received these gifts, I created a "punch art" pineapple thank you card that was inspired by these two thoughtful gifts.

Punch Art Elegant Pineapple Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Punch Art Elegant Pineapple Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

This card was created with Very Vanilla Card Stock.  I textured the base with the Layered Leaves Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  I then aded another vanilla layer that had a  Gold Foil Base.  The pineapple was created with the largest oval from the Layering Ovals Framelits.  When I cut the Oval I made sure a small portion of the bottom was off the edge so it would produce a flat bottom.  If you just cut out the entire oval you could also use scissors to cut a tiny piece of the bottom off to make it flat, either way works!!!.

Let me tell you about the paper I used to cut the oval.  It is a piece from the Bundle of Love Specialty Designer Series Paper which is item number #144143 and a part of the Bundle of Love Suite pictured on pages 102 and 103 of Stampin' Up! Catalog.  If you aren't planning a baby shower or wedding, you might just skip over this paper, but DON'T.  It is GORGEOUS!!!! It is a heavyweight paper that has gold foil design on one side and 6 vanilla/soft sky and 6 vanilla/blushing bride on the other.  The gold foil designs are so beautiful and shiny and really stand out on your projects!  

To top off the pineapple I used our new Lemon Builder Punch and cut out 5 leaves from Gold Foil paper to create a pineapple crown.  The finishing touch was a double flower created with the Blooming Heart Thinlits and a Thank You sentiment stamped from the One Big Meaning stamp set on a piece of Vanilla Card Stock that had been trimmed using the Triple Banner Punch.  A jewel Rhinestone was added to the center of the flower to add the final bling to this elegant pineapple card.

I am really thankful for these two beautiful friends who blessed me with unexpected gifts and support during a difficult season in my life.  

November is the time of year that we remember to be thankful and count our blessings.  Today, at the start of this new month I am doing just that.  Feeling thankful to be here in Utah as a result of doing a job that I love.  Thankful for the friends who have become like family both in my downline, customers and other demonstrators from around the world.  Grateful to God that I am healthy and feeling better than ever!  Blessed to have just celebrated 29 years of marriage to my wonderful husband and elated to be in a season where both of my children will be getting married soon!  God is so good and I am truly counting my blessings today.  

Jill and Leanna took the time out of their busy schedule to do something special for me.  They not only inspired this card but also they reminded me of how important it is to be a blessing to others.  Today I am inspired by their kindness and hope you will feel that way too.

Counting my blessings!

Cindy