Well, the snow turned out to be a blessing.
It actually was really beautiful and the best part was that it didn't mess up the roads too bad. I had to drive Emma to skating yesterday at the height of rush hour and I won't lie, it was a little hairy on the way to the rink.
But coming home, we took a back road to avoid some of the traffic and it was so stunningly beautiful seeing all the snow hanging in the trees along the road. I wish I'd stopped to take a photo to share because it was just so soft and lovely. On that drive home, there was no inkling of the frenzied, crazy traffic problems that we usually encounter on Mondays. Emma kept saying "Oh, Mom, look how pretty it is! No! Don't look, you drive!" Ha! She cracks me up, but I love that she takes the time to appreciate the beauty around her.
The last month or so of my life has simply been overwhelming at times, for many different reasons, but last night, on that peaceful drive home in the snow, I felt a calm in my spirit that hasn't been there in quite some time. It was like God was putting a blanket around my shoulders and reminding me that He was walking with me. That He was my comfort and strength.
He always knows just what we need, doesn't He?
Today's card kind of reflects the soft, peaceful feeling that the snow brought me last night. I actually made it the first week of December, the day my order arrived from the New Mini Catalog.
Again, I used the Mixed Bunch stamp set, but this time, I chose the vintage image in the set. It's embossed on Blushing Bride cardstock with Pewter Embossing Powder. There are three flower layers, all punched out with the Blossom Punch - the embossed piece, vellum cardstock and another layer of Blushing Bride. They are adhered together with Stampin' Dimensionals and I curled the petals with my Bone Folder. One of the new Large Pearls adorns the center.
The card base itself is Very Vanilla that was trimmed and embossed with the New Adorning Accents Edgelit and Adorning Accents Embossing Folders. I love that these work so easily together. I used my Paper Piercer to add a little hole in each scallop, making it look more like lace.
I used my Blushing Bride Smooch Spray to splash up the background - it dries into a lovely, shimmery pink and was perfect for this wedding card. A piece of Twitterpated Designer paper is attached to the card front bottom. I added it with the scallop pattern down, so it continues the scalloped edges of the Vanilla cardstock.
The final touch was a piece of Very Vanilla Seam Binding tied around the card front in a bow. I frayed the ends and added the greeting from Tiny Tags, punched out with the Jewelry Tag punch. The little safety pin is from the Vintage Trinkets.
Well, that's it for this card! I'm headed down to the studio to get back to work on projects for my card classes and my Valentine's class this weekend. I did a stained glass card and a collage card yesterday, so who knows where my brain will take me today~!!
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