If you've been following my blog for a while, you will remember that each Christmas I make a special 'postal themed' card for our mail carrier and friend. She always gives us the best service all year long and is a super nice lady to have a little chat with too.
This year I selected Sheepski Designs, Christmas Post Box, for my special card. It's also special since I won this design from a challenge blog I had posted on. When I was selecting my free digital file and saw this, I knew it would be perfect for her.
For the burgundy frame, I selected Spellbinder's Gulded Nested Rectangle die. I selected the berry paper and the blue mat and the white card base.
For the steps to actually put it together, I started by cutting the blue mat to fit the card base, then I secured it. I cut the patterned paper 1/2" smaller than the blue background and attached it. The burgundy frame was way more difficult as it had to allow the longer leaf to hang outside the frame but cover up the edges of the colored image. I really like the way it turned out.
...Rest of the story... I had been missing my mail carrier for a while, but kept thinking she just came when I wasn't home. As the holiday was drawing nearer and I never saw her I finally was able to connect to her via text messaging. I was so sad to hear that she had in fact retired several weeks ago and then her husband had passed unexpectedly. My heart just breaks for her and her family. We are not guaranteed tomorrow, so never hesitate to tell someone you love them or you are thinking of them.
Thank you for stopping by today to view my blog. I enjoy sharing my work with you and invite you to 'Follow' my blog and to visit my site - "Not Just Scraps' on Facebook - where you can purchase my cards.
I will be entering this card in the following challenges:
A Perfect Time To Craft ~ December
Mirtillamente December 15th Challenge
Sheepski Designs ~ Challenge 69 ~ Tis the Season
Crafting Happiness ~ Challenge 137 ~ Christmas
Cupcake Inspiration ~ Challenge 559
International Art & Soul ~ Challenge 148 ~ Winter
52 Christmas Card Throwdown ~ Challenge 148 ~ Snowflakes
Bird: B0, BG02, B60, B63, E93, E95, E41, E42, YR27, C6, Post Box: R56, R59, C5, C3, C1, E71, E74, Limbs: E74, Berries: R35, R37, Leaves: YG63, YG95, YG97, Snow: B60, B63, C1
Sheepski Designs, Christmas Post Box
Spellbinder, Gilded Nested Rectangles
Beautiful card! You used snowflakes very nicely! Thanks for playing at 52 CCT challange.ReplyDelete
Beautiful. I love bird cards. Thanks for sharing your art with us at Crafting Happiness Challenges.ReplyDelete
Another wonderful Robin. Thank you for sharing with us.ReplyDelete
CD Sunday Plus DT
A really pretty image and the backing paper is perfect. I'm so sorry to hear the mail lady's sad news. To retire and then your life partner passes away is so very hard to cope with.ReplyDelete
Merry Christmas Pam.
CD Sunday Plus DT.
Your winter scene is beautiful! Thank you for sharing your talent with us at Crafting Happiness Challenges. Have a Merry Christmas!ReplyDelete
Beautiful Christmas card. Thank you for joining us at 52CCT. GogaReplyDelete
A beautifully constructed card, I love a robin!ReplyDelete
Very best wishes for the New Year.
Thanks for joining us.
CD Sunday Plus DT
Love it - the leaf over the edge of the frame looks just perfect!ReplyDelete
Thanks for joining us at the SheepSki Designs Challenge Blog.