Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The "Art" of Gratitude

I don't think an act of gratitude is ever out of place! So many work away their whole lives without anyone acknowledging what they do or thanking them for their service. That should change! People are encouraged when they see that what they do makes a difference to others. Although I made these cards to go with some orders I was delivering, I want to dedicate the art in the photos to some heroes who have made a huge difference in many lives this summer! I'm talking about the fire fighters who have risked their lives and worked to exhaustion to protect homes, properties and lives from the hundreds of forest fires we have had in our area this summer.

I can't imagine how difficult it must be to battle these mountains of flames in the full heat of the summer plus the heat of the raging fire, in full protective gear, day in and day out. I don't know how they do it, but I am so grateful that they do. Without these men and women, a great many more homes and lives would have been lost! Some even pay the ultimate cost, as was the case with three firefighters who were killed when their vehicle crashed and they had no way to escape the flames.

Thank You just doesn't seem like enough!

Let me tell you a bit more about the Thank You cards I made:

  • These cards were supposed to be note card sized, 5" x 3 1/2", but I accidentally cut them 5" x 3". However, when I added the label panel on the front, it turns out that this was just the right size, and they still fit in note card envelopes.
  • The Designer Series Paper for the background is from a new product called *Into the Woods Designer Series Paper (paper with printed designs on both sides, lighter weight than cardstock, and part of a series of coordinating patterns). It features colourful fall designs and will be available starting Sept. 1 from the new 2015 Holiday Catalogue.
  • The sentiment is from One Big Meaning Stamp Set stamped in Cajun Craze ink and the background is stamped with images from the Vintage Leaves Stamp Set inked up in Crushed Curry and Pumpkin Pie, but stamped off once for a less intense image. The labels and their backing are die cut using the Lots of Labels Framelits.
  • I just love the little *Into the Woods Elements. They are wooden accents in the shape of leaves, acorns and pennants and they are a perfect embellishment for your fall cards. They are also found in the new Holiday catalogue and will be available Sept. 1!

Click on the links below to take you to my On-Line Store, where you can read about, look at, and purchase if you wish, the products used to make this card today!

Product List

*Products from the Stampin' Up! 2015 Holiday Catalogue, available Sept.1, 2015: *Into the Woods Designer Series Paper, *Into the Woods Elements.

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