My birthday is today, and I've been celebrating all week! My favorite birthday gift was my daughter's arrival this past Tuesday. She's in the Navy but was able to get some leave days, and she surprised me while I was out for my morning walk. It's been wonderful to visit with friends and family and play euchre, Rook, Catan, etc. and take some day trips together while she's been home. We especially enjoyed our trip up to Petoskey earlier this week. Then tonight we're having 14 family members over to celebrate my birthday and Emily's visit! I feel so blessed!
I've received some other lovely gifts, also, so I thought I would create a few thank you cards. This card was created with the My Favorite Things sketch, color, and slimline card challenges in mind. Blues aren't typical fall colors, but I like a challenge! I thought using my Craftwell Woodgrain Cottage EF (it's so versatile being an 8 1/2 by 11 inch folder!) would help set the background for the fall theme in this month's slimline challenge at MFT. The sketch incorporates two partial circles staggered the way I have them here, so I used a new die (one of my sons asked me what I wanted for my birthday, and then bought me the Fond of Autumn stamp and die bundle from Stampin' Up, and I allowed myself to play with it for the first time today even though it arrived a few days ago!) that cuts a pretty pattern that you can either cut into the paper without it coming out (like I did here) or use an outline die to cut the pattern out of the paper. I then used Gina Marie stitched circle dies to cut out the pretty pattern as a background for my stamped and die cut acorn/leaf clusters from the same SU set. The sentiment is also from the set and comes with a matching die.
Since the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge is to make a matching envelope for their challenge this week, I used the acorn, leaf, and "Thank you" stamps from the same Stampin' Up set to decorate the envelope. I need to make matching envelopes more often as I think they add a special touch.