This anchor is from Miss Kate's Cuttables. Her daily freebies are great.
You can see the intricacy of the rope cut in this design - it is so thin yet cut perfectly.
The first card is all about encouragement. "Hope Anchors the Soul". I love that saying and it is so true. Without hope, what do we really have? With hope, we have the grounding to move on - the anchor we all need during difficult times in our lives.
I kept this card simple because I wanted the message to be
the focal point. I just added simple silver brads, cut off, to give it
a bit of interest and texture.
Have you been tempted to try any of the fascinating and intricate coloring books for adults that are dominating the craft world? I know they pop up on my Amazon recommended list weekly and I have been intrigued, but have resisted.. I think I am waiting for the "perfect" time and have been feeling a little funny about coloring at my age! Oh, I have been so wrong to not dive right in! The coloring cards and panels made by Gina K Designs totally changed my mind and I am SO glad!. They come in a set of 10 - 5 different patterns, so you have 2 of each design. They are laser printed so you can foil them and/or color them with any medium you choose. I chose this one and I cannot tell you how much enjoyment I received from just taking my time and coloring.
I used the Spectrum Noir markers and found it totally relaxing and addicting. I didn't have any idea what colors I wanted to use - I just knew I wanted it to be bright and cheery and I think I achieved that. I just love this. I highlighted some of the black detail with a crystal gel pen to give it a little shimmer in the light, and backed the card panel with complementary colors (Paper Temptress Mica card stock of course!) I honestly cannot wait to do another one.
If you like this design, you can see more of Gina K and
her creativity here.
With all of the line art on the internet, it would not be difficult to make your own, but I love the way Gina K put all of the artsy elements together. I hope my dear friend felt the love that went into this card. I hope it made her feel special.
That's it for now. I still have a couple of birthday cards to make before the month is over - phew!
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