I received the most amazing e-mail this morning from a Chaplain's Assistant, Michael, deployed overseas. The Valentine Challenge cards for From Our Hearts have been received and Michael evidently found some of my cards in the box that his unit received. He writes, "I want to thank you for one of the beautiful cards that you made. I have written a note to my wife and I will mail it out tonight. I work at the chapel here. We see a lot of the troops that are headed down range and I know they will appreciate the box of cards that you and others like you made for them. They will be able to send these beautiful cards to their loved ones back home. I am told time and time again that acts of kindness such as this is what the troops think of when the going gets tough. Thank you for your support, it means so much." WOW -- this e-mail made my day, in fact, it made my week. To make a few cards to send to the troops seems like such a small thing and yet to think of the impact it has upon the troops and their families. I am honored and blessed to be involved with From Our Hearts.
Now, speaking of Valentine's Day, I decided to turn up the cute factor for today's Stamping 411 Sketch Challenge. Look at my little ladybug, all dressed up in sparkly Red Glitter Paper! This card was actually inspired by a little ladybug purse mirror that my daughter picked out on a recent shopping trip at the mall. Once I had the idea, I knew it would work well for this week's sketch.
Just look at the glimmer and glitz on this little lady! It's all done with punches. The wings are created with the Wide Oval Punch (punched in both Red Glimmer Paper and Regal Rose. Underneath that is the 1 3/4" Circle Punch in Basic Black. The head is the 1 1/4" Circle Punch in Basic Black. The antannae are created using the Ornament Punch (punch once in Basic Black and then punch just a sliver from the cardstock below the first punch). And the little hearts are punched with the Small Heart Punch, again from the Glitter Paper. WOW, that's a lot of punches ... oh wait, there's one more ... the Pinking Hearts Border Punch. Whew! No wait, there's still one more ... I punched out the little holes in the ladybug wings with the Crop-a-Dile and then attached the Regal Rose Wide Oval underneath so the pink would show through.
Okay, I think that's it for the punches. The stamp sets are Bugs & Kisses and Something to Celebrate (Level 2 Hostess Set). I used the Big Shot and the Perfect Polka Dots Impressions Folder on the Pink Pirouette Layer as well as 5/8" Real Red Satin Ribbon. Inside I punched more hearts with the Heart to Heart Extra Large Punch (yikes, that's another punch!). The Whisper White layer and the ladybug are both popped up using Stampin' Dimensionals!
- Layer One -- Real Red Card Base cut at 5.5 x 8.5", scored and folded to form a card.
- Layer Two -- Pink Pirouette cut at 4 x 5.25 and embossed with the Impressions Folder
- Layer Three -- Real Red cut at 2 3/4 x 4. Punch the Border Punch on the bottom edge.
- Layer Four -- Whisper White cut at 2 3/8 x 3 3/4". Stamp sentiment in Real Red ink and attach ladybug with Stampin' Dimensionals!
- Inside of Card -- Whisper White cut at 4 x 5.25" - embellish as desired
This was actually a quick and easy card to make and I think it's oh, so adorable! I think my daughter and nieces may all be receiving this little lady, come February 14th! She has flown her way into my heart!
I do hope you'll take a few moments to check out the Stamping 411 Blog Post today and look at all the beautiful projects that the 411 Operators created for your inspiration this week! And I want to thank you for stopping by here. I hope you'll be back soon for more Ideas and Inspiration!