When someone sends you incredibly inspiring and sweet messages…

About two months ago when I published my first blog post, one of my cousins saw it and texted me, and said the sweetest things about it. She said that she’s incredibly happy that cardmaking brings me so much joy, and that I found such a loving community, and how I took the leap and created a blog even though I was worried that no one would read it.

Just the fact that she read my blog was enough, but that she took the time to send me such sweet and encouraging messages meant so much to me, I just HAD to make a card for her!

I made and sent this card to her a month ago but I was so busy with work (working almost 60 – 80 hour weeks the last two months 😦 ) I didn’t get a chance to write up the blog post. I decided to put work aside for a few minutes today and write this up. (Oh, and I know it doesn’t take very long to write up a blog post and stuff, but I’m obsessed with making things perfect and I knew that it would take me longer than a few minutes to do this – because I’d need to ensure that the language / grammar etc. is correct, and that I need some jokes (even if they’re bad ones) in there to entertain those who would read it, and that I put links to the products I used in case someone wants to purchase them, and that the pictures I have look okay, and that I have a corresponding post on my Instagram account, and a bunch of other things that I can’t think of right now. If I waited until I had a blog post that was perfect by my standards, I’d probably end up publishing it next year or never, so I figured I’d just do it! 🙂 I couldn’t really come up with any jokes myself today, so I’m gonna borrow from my other IG account where I letter funny things that I find online in memes etc. (Check out the account @LettersandLaughter if you’d like a good laugh 🙂 ) Here’s the funny: (it kinda relates to my work life right now. hahah!)

Screenshot_2018-09-22 Sphoorti Madugula ( lettersandlaughter) • Instagram photos and videos

Anyhoo – back to the card!

My cousin’s favorite color is red, so I knew the card needed to have red in there somewhere. I not-so-recently bought the Hydrangea Petals Die from SSS, and I figured why not use it? I colored the die cuts with the red markers from Altenew’s Alcohol Markers (set A). I stamped the Reverse Polka Dot background with Versafine Clair Nocturne ink and foam mounted it. I cut a wave from the bottom of the background and arranged the flowers along the wave. I used a while gel pen to draw the little lines and I used Glossy Pearls from Little Things From Lucy’s Cards. Aren’t they beautiful?! Oh, and the sentiment is from one of my favorite stamp sets from Pretty Pink Posh – it’s the Everyday Sentiments stamp set. I can’t get over that handwriting!!! So beautiful!!!

After making the card, I realized that I wished the background was darker. I’d have been able to achieve that by embossing the background with clear or black embossing powder, but by the time I realized that, I had already assembled everything. 😦 But hey – lesson learned! Plus, my cousin liked and appreciated the card, so, mission accomplished! 🙂

Anyway, I hope you guys enjoyed this post, or learned something from it, or found it helpful or useful or entertaining in some way. 🙂 Please do let me know your thoughts / questions. I love hearing from you!!! 🙂

Until next time (which might end up being 2 months later, LOL)!

Author: Stamp All The Things!

Hi there! Thank you for visiting! My name is Sphoorti. I know it's a hard name, so you can call me "Sporty", which is what a lot of people do (LOL). When I was in school, I'd know when the teacher was about to call on my name because he/she would pause and start saying, "I know I'm going to butcher this name...." Haha! I'd change my name to make it easier for everyone, but I love its meaning in my native language, which is "inspiration". I'm originally from South India, but I currently live near Los Angeles, CA and have been in the US for around 15 years (4 of which were when I was a teenager). When I was a teenager, I used to make my own cards. By "cards", I mean pieces of printer paper folded in half with confetti and stickers glued onto them, and sentiments written out with Gelly Roll pens. I'm not sure why I stopped (might have had something to do with my family moving back to India around that time), but in December 2016, I rediscovered the wonderful world of cardmaking and have been in love and hooked ever since! I was drawn to all the card drives that companies / other people have (for example, the Caring Hearts Card Drive (by Vera Yates), and the Altenew Celebrating Parents card drive), and have been spending a lot of my free time mass producing cards for them. Oh, and I just came across a new card drive called Cards for Little Hearts, and it's for the Nationwide Children's Hospital who are looking to send Birthday and Graduation cards to patients and I can't wait to start making cards for them as well. My day job is in Software - I'm a consultant. Not sure how I ended up here either, because my original dream was to become a pilot, but when I took the introductory course, I learned that my feet wouldn't reach the pedals because I'm too short. So, there went that dream! (I'm 5' tall in case you're wondering. :) ) My future goals as far as cardmaking goes include having my own YouTube channel, and also designing my own stamps (for which I'll need to learn new tools such as Adobe Illustrator - you'd think I know how to use this tool already being in the software field, but nope!). I've had a number of good ideas but I'm still looking into how to go about making / selling stamps. Oh, and one my goals was to start my own blog, and it looks like I'm about to reach that goal right now. Yay!

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