June 8, 2010

Simple Gifts

'Tis the gift to be simple, 'tis the gift to be free
'Tis the gift to come down where we ought to be,
And when we find ourselves in the place just right,
It will be in the valley of love and delight.

When true simplicity is gain'd,
To bow and to bed we shall not be asham'd,
To turn, turn will be our delight,
Till by turning, turning we come round right.

~Joseph Bracket 1848~

Simple was what came to mind when trying to create this card for the current CAS-tastic challenge which is to make the sentiment your focal point.  The simple theme also brought me to one of my favourite songs I listen to with my kids.  Do you have Jewel's Lullaby album?  It's on my top ten simply for her renditions of  "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" and "Forever and a Day".  My ipod is set to this music when trying to find some tranquility in a noisy house.  While this song was originally written in a Shaker community it has made it's way into the hymnals of contemporary Christian denominations.  And apparently even Weezer has included their rendition in two of their albums.  How's that for popular even 162 years after it was written?

Anyhow, back to the simple theme, I used one border punch, one label die, one stamp, and some canvas letter stickers.  Oh and I added a few clear buttons painted with nail polish  for the latest EBTKS challenge.  If you're not someone that uses buttons very often nail polish is a great thing to use because it covers any colour so that the embellishment can better match your project. No need to collect a million buttons in various colours (like I have) and save yourself some money with something you may already have laying around your house. The label die was made using the woodgrain packaging from the Making Memories canvas stickers so I even managed to recycle.

Thank you friends for leaving all your kind words even though I haven't been hangin' around blogland lately.  I've been really busy getting my resume together looking for a part-time job and I'm also in the process of registering back at school to finish up that Bachelor's degree.  So with all the stress of trying to sell the house, job hunting, school, and home I just haven't had the time for inspiration.  When I do find some down time I've usually got my nose in a book. Right now I'm rediscovering the works of Farley Mowat in "The Dog that Wouldn't be".  It's light, humorous and enjoyable.


Paper: Kraft, Groovy Guava
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Stamps:  For the Love of Dots (PCD)


  1. ahhhh!!! Can you here that from mid Sahali? This is GORGEOUS....if I doesn't get a hot pick or top 5 or something I'm packing up my stamps....really...I love everything about this...great composition and love all the embellishments...okay, my favourite card of yours has been replaced with this one!!! LOL Maybe some new PTI will inspire you although you have your hands full....good for you for finding new challenges....once we have the house built, I told Tony I'm doing my Masters...I have to shake it up a bit too :)

  2. Lovely card Laurel, I really like the woodgrain peeking through. And great tip for the buttons as well! Such a happy card. Wow, sounds like you have a ton on your plate right now, I wish you the very best of luck as you sort through it all, my friend.

  3. You've got a ton going on Laurel! Wow....what are you trying to get your bachelor's in? And working part time - you are going to be a busy woman!! I hear your re: relaxing by reading a book. It's a wonderful way to get away from it all - just wish I had more time to do so LOL! Summer is coming however, and things slow down a bit so hope to get a few books under my belt. Hang in there, we'll be here when you post :D Darling card!!

  4. Love this, Laural! The colors are great! Thanks for playing the EBTKS challenge!

  5. So pretty! I love the soft colors! Thanks for playing with us in the EBTKS challenge! :)