Yesterday, with the help of my fabulous customers, I earned next year’s incentive trip which is a cruise to the Western Caribbean. It has been a tough year and I was very close to earning the trip but I needed more sales. I appealed to my customers for their help with an offer that was a win win for us all. The response I received was amazing and I will be forever grateful. I’m allowing the offer to run to the end of this month in case any more orders come in so my customers can continue to benefit!
On Sunday, Hubby and I had a great day out to the Weald & Downland Living Museum. It has buildings dating from the 13th to the 19th century. The buildings have been transported, brick by brick from its original site and rebuilt at this Museum. In one building there was a man dressed in costume playing old instruments including a hurdy gurdy. This is a mechanical string instrument that produces sound by a hand-crank-turned, rosined wheel rubbing against the strings. The wheel functions much like a violin bow, and single notes played on the instrument sound similar to those of a violin. It was amazing.
We also saw three horses being driven by the “farmer” with an old-fashioned plough digging up the field. We saw some buildings sitting on concrete toadstools which was done to stop rats getting into grain storage sheds. I could write a whole blog about our visit!
Today’s card was inspired by a card made by Crafty Karen who designs really beautiful cards. The card Karen made was square with four inner squares and a centre square with the sentiment. She had used a floral design from the You’re a Peach Designer Series Paper with a card base of Calypso Coral. This is the link to Karen’s card if you’d like to check it out: craftykarendesigns: You’re a Peach Scrap Busting Card.
When I case someone’s card I try to put my own spin on it, hence a regular A6 size card with six squares and a centre rectangle for the sentiment. I used a Pear Pizzazz Cardstock (CS) card base and Balmy Blue CS layer for the squares of You’re a Peach DSP. I stamped the sentiment A LITTLE NOTE WITH THE BIGGEST THANKS which is from Plentiful Plants Stamp Set using Pear Pizzazz Ink.
I chose the no 2 rectangle die from the Stitched So Sweetly dies to die-cut the sentiment. Next I layered it onto a Balmy Blue CS layer die-cut with the no 3 die from the same set of dies. The only bling I added to the card are two small silver Metallic Pearls on either side of the words WITH THE. I used my regular card size with a regular middle layer. The Balmy Blue squares are 1 9/16″ and the SSP squares are 1 7/16″. I don’t know how these sizes will work out on a standard US card size (A2?)
The design of this card didn’t lend itself to a design for the inside of the card so I decided to leave it blank. For me there are two kinds of THANK YOU cards. One is when I want to say thank you with a brief note. The second is where I want to say thank you and make it more like a letter. Therefore, when I want a thank you card for the latter, I want as much writing space inside as possible, more like a Notelet, and no decoration!
That’s about it from me today. I’m currently fasting because I’m having a CT scan today – another investigation to find out the cause of my problem! I’m looking forward to a lovely cup of tea once it’s been done! Ahhh!! I look forward to being back with you soon. Don’t forget there’s only today and tomorrow left of Sale-a-bration! Happy crafting.
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Cardstock Layer Sizes: A4
Card base 8¼” x 5¾” scored and folded at 4 1/8”
Middle layer: 2 pieces 3 7/8” x 5½”
Top layer: 2 pieces 3¾” x 5 3/8”
Cardstock Layer Sizes: Letter-size
Card base 8½” x 5½” scored and folded at 4¼”
Middle layer: 2 pieces 4” x 5¼”
Top layer: 2 pieces 3 7/8” x 5 1/8”