May 6, 2010

Count Your Blessings

Hello friends!  It's been a while hasn't it?  I feel completely out of tune in both blog land and my creativity has taken a back seat.  Which is really too bad because I was on a roll.  Oh well, life happens and there is only so much of me to go around.  It's a long story and one I'll share with my post tomorrow for the Etsy Inspired challenge.  Hopefully I finish that. 

Anyhow I just wanted to share a card I made last week using a Go-To-Sketch for Betsy Veldman's first Go-to Gal Designer challenge. Of course I'm late posting it but I thought I would share it anyhow since it uses two things I don't use very often: Sheet music and vellum.  The Kamloops Symphony was having a used book sale and I picked up so old hymn books and even sheet music for Foot Loose!  How cool is that? Well for this sketch I decided to make a vellum bird flying carrying two hearts with the hymn Count Your Blessings in the background (it's one of my favourite songs).  The card doesn't have a sentiment but could be used for many occasions.

So sorry that I haven't been able to keep up with all of those wonderful challenges going on right now or to follow all of your lovely blogs and creative ideas.  I miss all of you....and to a couple of my blog friends who I promised a little surprise's still coming just be patient with me.

I thought I'd also share with you how I take my pictures.  As some of you know I don't have a light box and while I was planning on making one time has suddenly become an issue.  My set up is simple and I still manage with decent pictures throughout the year.  I've got huge windows in the front of my house.  Lots of light but still shaded from the sun.  So I use my sturdy coffee table and shears that have become useful for something. (I really don't like them but they are there until my MIL is no longer).  The only downfall is that it still doesn't work for really overcast days which is why I need that light box.


1) Make card out of CS
2) Trim, ink edges of sheet music and adhere to card
3) Draw bird parts on vellum and cut; erase pencil marks
4) Sponge bird in bashful blue, ink edges with Soft Suede.
5) Adhere bird to card
6) Draw bird eyes and adhere beak
7) Thread button and adhere to card
8) Die cut 6 hearts same size and glue 3 together for 3D effect
9) Adhere linen thread to hearts and wrap thread around button
10) Adhere hearts to card.


Paper: Bashful Blue, Sheet Music, vellum, Real Red, Summer Sunrise (PTI)
Ink: Soft Suede, Bashful Blue, Brown marker
Accessories: Pure Poppy Button (PTI), linen thread (DMC), heart nesties, bird paper pattern (Scrapbooks etc.)


  1. love the sheet music!! I noticed someone on the PTI blog hop used it and is sending me some (she has boxes!!)...had I known about the Symphony sale, I would have gone year!! I was this close to taking an old beat up one from church!!! LOL ;) any news about the house?

  2. Beautimus =) That's an awesome idea with the hymn books - and your card turned out just beautiful! The sponging on your bird is fabulous, Laural!!

  3. This is lovely, Laurel!!! Love the details. TFS

  4. Beautiful Laurel, the colors really pop on these against the music notes. I got a chuckle too out of the MIL deal, I have the same issue except with other objects! Hope all is well!

  5. Is this ever DELIGHTFUL, Laurel!! Love your take from the sketch! So glad to see you are postinig again! Thanks for sharing your photo corner. I have a similar setup as well. xo

  6. LOVE how you used the sketch, Laurel! Simply fabulous card!!

  7. Such a beautiful card! its simple yet stunning, thanks for visiting my blog!