I was at a lunch with a group of friends yesterday and we were talking about Hurricane Matthew that just swept through the east coast leaving quite a bit of devastation in its path.  One of my friends has a daughter who lives in the Orlando area, which thankfully, missed the brunt of the storm. She joked and said she was fine because she made brownies.  In her mind, baking seemed to make everything better. Another friend chimed in and said cooking was her escape.

I’m not a baker and anyone who knows me knows that I’m really not a cook…but card making and paper crafting is my escape – it is my therapy. When everything else seems to be chaotic and swirling around me, I am so grateful that I can escape to my craft room and get a quick (or sometimes not-so-quick) therapy session in.

This time of year is not typically the time of year to feature a stamp set with flowers and butterflies. It is, however, a time where we typically share about things we are grateful for, and grateful I am!!

The stamp set I am featuring this week is called Grateful Bunch

For the first card today, I used the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches (#257).

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Although the sketch shows a star, I replaced the star with another focal point.  That is the beauty of sketches. They are meant to be used as a guide and you do what you want to make it your own.

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I stamped the stem, butterfly, and flowers with VersaMark ink and embossed them with gold embossing powder.  I sponged the leaves with Emerald Envy and the butterfly with Tangerine Tango before sponging the background with Soft Sky, Tempting Turquoise, and little bit of Night of Navy around the edges. I sprinkled a little bit of water to the background to get the little water spots.

The flowers were sponged with Pink Pirouette, Real Red and Daffodil Delight before being punched out with the Blossom Bunch punch from the bundle. A little DSP and Emerald Envy ruched ribbon all mounted on Tempting Turquoise card base and this card is done.

I am so grateful that I, or anyone I personally know, was not impacted by Hurricane Matthew, however, I know there were many who were.  My thoughts and prayers go out to those who were and that they may quickly recover from this devastating storm.

Until next time…keep on crafting!

Tammy

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