Thursday, October 25, 2012


Good morning, fair readers!  Today I have a card for you that I designed for the pastor of our church and his family.  Did you know that October is Pastor Appreciation Month?  I don't know of a profession that needs appreciation more than pastoring!  Pastors work long hours, try to live up to a million different, and sometimes opposite, expectations, live on next to nothing, and try to maintain their own relationship with God, while ministering to all the most difficult times in the lives of their congregation.  And do they get the gratitude and support of their flocks?  Unfortunately, they are more likely to get criticism and disapproval.  For some reason, many people think that the pastor is their personal property, to use and abuse according to their particular expectations.  No wonder there is a high attrition rate among pastors.  Folks, they need our expressions of support!  Why not send a card of appreciation to your pastor today!  And if you don't have a pastor, find one and send a card anyway!

Here's my design:

It fills the requirements of this week's Paper Player's challenge to use a frame or frames in the design.  Hard to see here but the black matte around the image is actually a frame, popped up on dimensionals. 

The card base is Always Artichoke, then a panel of basic black and a panel of Crumb Cake, embossed using the Argyle embossing folder.  The image is from Serene Silhouettes stamped in Always Artichoke on Very Vanilla card stock and sponged with Soft Suede ink.  Both the image panel the matte and the frame were cut using the Labels Collection Framelits and the Big Shot.
I added a strip of Always Artichoke Seam Binding ribbon and some  Antique Brass metallic brads.  The sentiment is from the One in a Million set and is stamped using StazOn Jet Black ink.

I also wanted to remind you that November is a super month to host a Stampin' Up private class.  Qualifying hosts will earn a set of stamp pads FREE!  Do you know how amazing that offer is?  A colour collection of stamp pads is worth $65 and with free tax and shipping, that is an $80.00 value!  WOW!  Call me today for your chance at this great offer!  Ink-spirational!

Stamps:  Serene Silhouettes (w127322: c127324); One in a Million (w126380; c126382)
Paper: Always Artichoke (105119), Basic Black (121045), Crumb Cake (120953) and Very Vanilla ( 101650) cardstock
Ink:  Classic Stampin' Pad in Always Artichoke (126972) and Soft Suede (126978); StazOn Jet Black (101406)
Accessories:  1/2" Seam Binding Ribbon in Always Artichoke (121000), 3/16" Metallic Brads (119741)
Tools: Argyle Textured Impression embossing folder (127750); Big Shot (113439); Labels Collection Framelits (125598), Paper Piercing Tool (126189); Stampin' Pierce Mat (126199)

Argyle Embossing Folder
Serene Silhouettes


  1. Ink-spirational? Haha! :)
    What a lovely card Heather. I am certain it will be appreciated.


    Little Purple Forest

  2. What a beautiful card, Heather! I know your pastor will really apreciate it, too. Thanks so much for joining us this week at the Paper Players! :)

  3. A beautiful appreciation card, Heather! Love the colours & image you have used. Thanks for playing along with The Paper Players. :)


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