Sunday, August 22, 2010

Name Them One by One

Count Your Blessings_Aug 2010

The name of the stamp set, “Count Your Blessings,” used for lovely sentiment on my card brings to mind the words of an old hymn: When upon life’s billows you are tempest tossed, when you are discouraged, thinking all is lost, count your many blessings, name them one by one, and it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.

The hymn, in turn, reminds me of the quote by German theologian Meister Eckhart: “If the only prayer you ever say in your whole life is ‘thank you,’ that would suffice.”

Today’s card was inspired by this beautiful card on the Lucy’s Cards blog. I love the bird, and with the link to the digikit so handily provided, it was mine within seconds of my seeing it. I don’t think the purchase and the time it took to complete the download took more than three minutes. Pure impulse but only $4, so not so bad. LOL. And now, I am thinking I need to learn more about using digikits – something beyond sizing and printing a single image.

Back to my card, the edges of the paper were distressed with Tim Holtz Antique Linen Distress Ink by Ranger. While I only have this one pad, I think I would love all of the Distress Inks in his collection. The colors are so pretty. My printed bird was cut out and attached to the card with 1/16-inch thick foam dots.

Materials & Tools: White Daisy and Colonial White cardstock; 7gypsies Nottinghill 6x6-inch paper variety pack; Barn Red and Ranger Antique Linen Distress Ink ink pads; Impression Obsession Count Your Blessings stamp set; Journey Back – Elements Digikit by Vinnie Pearce; Twine; Stampin’ Up Spiral Border punch; Sponge dauber; Pop Dots.

A Slice of Life: Mom and I went to church and then grocery shopping this morning. The afternoon was spent doing laundry and housekeeping chores. This evening, I am going to do as little as possible before going to bed early.

I hope you’ve had a wonderful weekend. If only they didn’t go by so fast! Take care, friends, and thanks for stopping by.


Sharli said...

A lovely card and perfect sentiment. Yes, gratitude. I have MUCH to be thankful for . . .

I agree that the Distress Inks are wonderful - your card is proof how pretty the color is on the edges of the focal image. Nice.


Laurel said...

This is such a perfect card!

Sparkle said...

Such a lovely card!

Alanna said...

Your card is so gorgeous Kathi. Your "rut" and I use that term loosely is officially over.

As for that hymn, it is one of my absolute favorites that we sing at church. It always makes me thankful for all the wonderful things I am blessed with. Thanks for sharing those words on this Monday morning.

Have a great start to your week!

Jeanne said...

What a gorgeous and oh so true card, Kathi! Thank you for sharing it. And for always sharing what is true and close to your heart!