Friday, January 31, 2014

My Valentine

Valentine's Day is coming up soon! I know that some don't celebrate that particular holiday, but I appreciate having the extra chance to show a little love to the special people in my life. Here is a sweet little Valentine that designer NanaConnie made to share today. NanaConnie used one of the images from the "My Heart is Yours" set. The images from this set were available for free during our recent blog hop, but the whole set is now available in the shop, sentiments included! I really like the clean and simple (CAS) style of NanaConnie's card. That fun sparkly bow is just the right accent, and don't you love her handwritten sentiment? That makes it so very personal -- perfect for a Valentine! :-)

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Never Forgotten

It is said that, "An elephant never forgets." Would that we humans were as talented! We are, unfortunately, famous for forgetting all sorts of little things, which is why so many of us keep calendars and "to-do" lists. Hopefully, though, we don't forget the big things, like letting the special people in our lives know how much they are loved. Here is a card that designer Sandy Domelle made to reach out to someone special, and to let them know that they are absolutely never forgotten. To make this card, Sandy used the "Never Forgotten" set. Every part of this card is filled with love, from the sweet papers and heart-shaped doily in the background to the accent stitching. Whoever receives this will have no doubt in mind that they are loved! :-)

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

With Sympathy

It is always so hard to know what to say or do to comfort someone when a loved one passes. Grief is a tricky thing, and even those of us who trust in God's promise of a heavenly afterlife can struggle terribly with it. Grieving people often feel isolated, and despite feeling uncertain, its so important that we reach out to them, to reassure them that they aren't alone but are very loved. Something that I've come to understand in my heart over the years is that it isn't important so much how we reach out to those who are grieving, but that we do. A home-cooked open, listening, non-judging ear...a helping hand around the house...a ride to an with childcare...a literal hand to hold during church. Something else that really helps is just to send little notes here and there over time to let them know that you continue to think about them, and that you understand that their grief will take some time to work through. When my Gram passed away a few years ago, I was blessed by the loving, handmade cards that I received over the course of the whole next year from several dear friends. Each one was a little ray of sunshine during an otherwise dark time.

Today I wanted to share a lovely example of this kind of card. This one was made by designer Cynthia Margaron, using the "Endless Beginnings" set. The image and greetings from this set were designed to convey both peacefulness and hope. The soft colors that Cynthia used in her card are very soothing, I think, yet cheery at the same time. The little extra details she added, like the popped up and glittered rose, and the hand-doodling really speak of the care she put into making this. And that's really what it's all about -- sharing some much-needed care during a time of need.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Panda Pride

What are you proud of in your life? For me, it's all about my family. I delight in and am thankful for them everyday. For a panda, though, the answer has got to be...the size of his belly! Don't you think? Ha ha!

For today's share, we have this adorable card made by designer Stephanie Wright. Stephanie used the "Panda Pride" set, which features one of our newer characters, "Bonsai." Stephanie is actually to thank for this addition to our digi family. A couple of months ago, she shared with me about her daughter's love of pandas, and how she lovingly calls their chubby bellies their "pride." And so Bonsai was born. I love all the sparkle in Stephanie's card, and doesn't the bamboo-embossed background make the perfect setting for Bonsai? He looks just about as happy as can be...kind of like how the rest of us might look standing in a forest of chocolate! ;-)

Monday, January 27, 2014

Last Week to Play in the January Challenge!

Hi friends! Just a friendly reminder that this is the last week to play along with our January "Digi of the Month Challenge."  Remember, all you have to do is make a project using the January "Digi of the Month" -- "Sending My Love" featuring Bigelow Bunny -- and link it up HERE by Sunday evening. Next Monday we'll have an all-new set for February. Be sure to link up your January projects this week, if you haven't already, to receive the February set for free.

Here is a sweet little card made by designer Lori Finch to get you thinking about how this month's digi might be used. Lori used the precolored image from the set, along with some totally adorable papers. I especially like the denim-textured paper, and those cute little heart accents. This would make a terrific Valentine, but also an anytime "I love you" card.

There are so many different ways this set can be used. What will you make with it? :-)