Friday, November 14, 2008

Release Day 3

First a little talk and then the cards... they are related
My husband has been in the service for almost 10 years now.  We left California when our daughter was three and started on our adventure, sponsored by the Navy.  Our daughter is now 12 (almost 13 eeck) and our son just turned 8.  I know this makes no sense, but let me explain.  We have never been home for Thanksgiving since we first left California, because we have been stationed on the east coast.  So this year, we will drive to my Dad's house, he lives in N. California (9 hour drive) and my kids will actually get to be with their Papa on Thanksgiving.  A lot of military children spend their holidays without family near & sometimes their Dad or Mom who is in the service is deployed.  Most years we are alone, because Jess is out to sea or we adopt some single sailors so they can have a nice dinner & it makes it feel more homey with more people around.  So that is why this is so extra special, this will be the first time my children have spent Thanksgiving around family.  They also will get to meet their baby cousin who was born yesterday (my sister's first child).
Every year before we eat our Thanksgiving dinner, we take turns saying what we are grateful for.  So with keeping that tradition, the cards I'm showing today are for my children to write a letter to my Dad on why they are thankful for him.  We just found out this week we are moving back to Florida in January.  So I wanted a way for my Dad to remember this holiday, he keeps every card I send to him, and this just seemed perfect.

The frame of the cards is actually pretty simple, with minimal layers & simple stamping.  Subtle details can make a simple card very striking.  On both cards I added a scalloped border in a different color card stock on the bottom, it draws your eyes all the way down, that way you don't miss any details (and it just looks cool).  I also added satin ribbon to both, satin ribbon is so luscious, there is something special about it.  Ribbon is my thing, I love it, can't live without it.  I bet I could write a great country song about it LOL.

For this card I used the Figs and Pomegranate stamp set from Flourishes.  I stamped it right on the front of my card base and colored it in with some Copic markers.  I like to put a light shade of blue around my images, when I'm coloring, for some reason it just makes it pop.  I added satin & velvet ribbon, I thought I was crazy when I thought of using them both on the same card, but it just works.
"thankful"
Figs and Pomegranate stamps by Flourishes, scalloped border punch by SU, copic markers, vintage cream cardstock
Again with this card, I added the scalloped border at the bottom.  I used the Autumn Flourishes stamp set from Flourishes llc.  I stamped a flourish using Pumpkin Pie & More Mustard ink, then I stamped the sentiment on a ribbon label tag.  I think that is what they are called?  Flourishes sells them, they are made by Spellbinders.  I punched a hole in the panel and ran the ribbon through it, then popped  it up with dimmensionals.  I added a pearl to each side, to finish it off.
"First Thanksgiving"
vintage cream card stock, satin ribbon, Ribbon tag from Spellbinders, Autumn Flourishes by Flourishes LLC, pearl stickers
Please stop by the rest of the designers blogs today
one of them is giving away blog candy!!!  (stamps)

If I happen to inspire you to make a purchase from Flourishes, please enter latishay in the promo box at the checkout.
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!!  I'm going to make Christmas cards, anyone want to come over and play?
if you scroll down a few posts to release day one, you can see what the complete sets look like, they are all fabulous, I can't wait to see what you all create with them.

17 comments:

Marlou said...

these cards are stunning Latisha, delighted about your great news and congratulations for your sister and new baby :) x

~amy~ said...

Latisha...your cards are over the top gorgeous!!! Sounds like a very special Thanksgiving this year...Happy Friday!

Cindy Haffner said...

Latisha you make these stamps sing, love your work.

Laura (scrapnextras) said...

Latisha, these are simply stunning. So elegant and graceful and classy beyond words. I'm thrilled that you will spend Thanksgiving with family this year. I'm sure it will be something your kids will treasure forever. I hope it's a wonderful (and uneventful) road trip and a really special visit!

Lisa Graves said...

Your cards are beautiful... very elegant. Enjoy Thanksgiving with your dad. :-)

amazingpapergrace.com said...

Latisha, your cards are so simple, classic and elegant!! Best wishes for Thanksgiving - I'm sure it will be very special!

Chris said...

very pretty cards!!

Cindy Lawrence said...

Absolutely gorgeous cards, Latisha!!! How wonderful that you get to spend Thanksgiving with family this year! Yeah for you! :)

Gretchen said...

Your cards are beautiful Latisha! I hope your family has a wonderful Thanksgiving. We are fortunate to live near family (or able to visit them)so I can imagine how excited you are. And tell your husband "thanks" for serving in the military for us and our country!

Jan Castle said...

Your card is lovely! Thanks for sharing.
Jan

Sara Paschal said...

Great cards Latishia (Auntie) such great news. Like I said before you are one lucky lady Congrats to you and your family...good luck with the move.

The Rubber Maid said...

Gorgeous cards and how wonderful to be with family for Thanksgiving.
Hope your holiday will be a beautiful time spent with the ones you love. Pat

Trudi said...

Both are lovely. Your colouring is fantastic.

Julie Koerber said...

Oh Latisha... I started tearing up thinking about you with your family! What a special, special time and what special cards to honor your dad this year! That's sweet that he saves all your cards! Have a great weekend!

Jen said...

Both cards a beautiful! I love what you did with the ribbon on the orange one.

Leslie Miller said...

Two absolutely gorgeous cards, Latisha, and what a wonderful use for them. Enjoy a very happy Thanksgiving!

Debbie Olson said...

Latisha, these are just fabulous! I hope that your Thanksgiving with your Dad is wonderfully memorable!

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