As I write this, I just about an hour ago received word that my younger sister had fallen and fractured a hip. She has a hard enough time of things without having this happen to her. She's nearly 6,000 miles away, so there's no way I can even jump on a plane and be there tonight to be with her. It's easily a 2-day trip for me (at my age I do not try to fly 6 time zones in one fell swoop!) and I'm not even sure that I could be of much help to her. The best thing is that one of my brothers lives just a couple of hours from her and it's been such a blessing to have had him to help her out when she's needed it.
Of course the one thing that I, as a greeting card maker, could do is make a get well card for her and get it off into the mail so she'll get it quickly. Let me tell you, I was drawing such a blank that I didn't even know where to start. In a case like this, I go for a challenge. Thank heavens for this week's Create with Connie and Mary challenge. I went over there to see what they had, and I had my design in no time at all.
I had already been planning to work with some flowers and the new Stampin' Up! Blendabilities this past weekend. This set of flowers from the Blooming with Hope Hostess Stamp Set doesn't really show the blendabilities off to their full beauty. But I used them still, and like the extra bit of shading they provide. I used the Daffodil Delight and Old Olive set for this card – sets you'll be able to buy beginning tomorrow, July 1, 2014!
To create a shape as called for in the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge, I used one of the Deco Labels Framelits. That size already was big enough to fill the center of the card, so I didn't want to use another larger framelit to mat the flower image. I just cut the same framelit shape using Daffodil Delight Cardstock and snipped into the notched corners to cut an "X" out of the shape. Then I placed all four sides of the mat cardstock so that they peeked out just a teensie bit from the stamped layer.
For the background layer, I used a sheet from the Confetti Celebration Designer Series Paper Set, which I matted with a slightly larger piece of Old Olive Cardstock. I adhered that to the standard A2 sized card base, folded at the left, and then added the background notched strip using some Old Olive Paper from the Brights Collection Designer Series Paper Stack.
Before adhering the stamped layer/mat to the card using Stampin' Dimensionals, I tied a piece of Daffodil Delight 1/4" Cotton Ribbon around the bottom of it. Finally, I stamped "Get Well Wishes" from the Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set with Old Olive Classic Ink, punched it with a Word Window Punch, and tucked it under the bow.
As you read this, the card should have reached its intended recipient and, hopefully, my sister should be doing just fine – well as fine as someone recovering from a broken hip can be!