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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Thankful Thursday :) PLUS K Andrew Designs Splashtastic Summer PREVIEW!!

Happy Thursday, everyone!! :)  Are you enjoying the beautiful day?  The window next to my desk is wide open...  A gentle breeze is blowing...  And the sky is a blue as can be!!  Even the clouds seem extra white and fluffy!!  Quite a change from the storm that woke me up last night...

I have a card and a story to share with you today...  I'll get to the card first for those of you that only have a few moments to share with me...
*I'm entering this card into the following challenges:
     Fantabulous Cricut - Challenge Me Monday #65 -- Summer Sun
     Card Cupids - New Challenge Sunday -- Summer
I was so excited to receive two BRAND NEW sets of K Andrew Designs Stamp Art Sets -- Splashtastic Summer and Amazing You!!

I've just been itchin' to start stampin' with both of these sets...  I have LOTS of projects planned to share with you, so be sure to check back or sign up for email updates so that you don't miss a thing (I have some GIVEAWAYS to announce in the next few days!!)...  If you haven't had a chance to check out all of Kristal's new stamp sets, I invite you to CLICK HERE and take a peek at all of them!!  Kristal is very generously donating a portion of the sales from EACH stamp set to charity...  So by purchasing a set of her stamps, we're all working together to do good!! :)  Now that's something to be thankful for on this Thankful Thursday!! :)
Okay...  Card details...  This is a standard A2 size card (4.25"x5.5").  My background paper is from the DCWV Flower Shower Stack (as is the paper used to make the two strips -- cut at 1/2"x5.25" for the orange and 3/4"x5.25 for the polka dot).  My sun was cut at 3" (base layer in gold, shadow layer in carrot) from the Doodlecharms Cricut Cartridge...  This is probably my favorite sun image EVER!! :)  I used the Peachy Keen Funshine Face Parts stamps for the sun -- I love how you can mix and match these stamps to get the perfect face for your project!!  I also used my Signo white pen to create some faux stitching around my sun...  My sentiment stamp says "Sending you Sunny Thoughts" and is from the Splashtastic Summer Stamp Art set from K Andrew!!  I punched the sentiment out with one of my SU! punches and then layered it with two more of the same punch...
I am SO impressed with this set of Splashtastic Summer stamps -- It is LOADED with lots of fun mix-and-match phrases -- I just know that I will get TONS of use from this set!!  I can also tell ya that I am a MESSY stamper -- I usually end up with ink everywhere (and all over my stamps)...  I am so tickled with how easily these stamps clean up!!  They are of great quality -- I hope you'll pop on over and order yourself a set!! :)  To see more wonderful previews, be sure to visit Kristal's blog as well as all of the Getting Cricky Design Team Member's blogs: Becka, Becky, Brenda, Brynn, Erika, Jess, Julie, Kathy P, Kathy T, and Rebecca -- everyone is showcasing some FANTASTIC projects!! :)
Now isn't today Thankful Thursday???  Yep, it is!!  So, what do YOU have to be thankful for today?  I mentioned the storm we had earlier...  It woke me up at about 1am...  Those of you who know me personally know that I'm not usually sleeping at 1...  The-Boy-Child and I have been making our way through the series of "Joan of Arcadia" (not sure if he'd admit that he enjoys it, so don't tell him I told you please!), and we usually watch it at a ridiculously late hour...  Then I usually try to take care of the last of what I didn't finish on the day's list before I fall asleep...  But last night I was especially tired, so I went to bed 'early' (not early for most, just early for me).  It had been hot all day, but we like the fresh air, so the windows were open wide to draw the warm breeze...  Normally, we would probably have the air conditioner on as hot as it was, so the storm might not have woken me up, but I'm so glad it did!!

It was the kind of storm that was really blowing...  I had to close most of the windows downstairs because the rain was just blowing in!!  But as I started to close the last window (above the loveseat), I decided to just pull the curtain halfway across and only close the window part of the way...  Then, I sat on my knees on the loveseat and simply watched the storm.  I watched as the strong wind blew the tree branches and flipped the leaves.  I watched as the rain seemed to blow horizontal from that wind.  I watched as the lightning lit up the yard and road.  I listened to the steady beat of rain against the side of the house and on the porch.  I listened to the thunder and felt it as it rumbled through the ground.  I could smell the wet ground -- the grass and the dirt thankful for the drink after a dry week...

And when I closed my eyes, I could see 'her'...  She wasn't exactly a friend, but she was an acquaintance.  I often saw her on my way from here or there.  We would chit chat about what was happening in her life.  Sometimes we would pass in the rain -- She was always dressed for the weather with a full-length raincoat -- She never carried an umbrella though because it never seemed to matter to her when the rain would get her hair and face wet...  We often talked about how we both liked the rain.  I felt like she would be someone who might splash through puddles when no one was looking -- or maybe she splashed through them when everyone was looking! :)  Sometimes, we would stand there in the rain talking, and I would look up at the falling rain to close my eyes and enjoy how the rain felt on my face...  And sometimes I felt like she was the only one who understood how that felt...

There were two things that she would always say when someone would complain about the rain...  #1 -- "It's just washing away the yuck for a prettier tomorrow!" and #2 -- "Just think sunny thoughts!"

Six years ago, on her way home from an after-work get-together, she was hit by another driver and killed.  The details about the other driver were never released.  She would have wanted it that way, I'm sure...  I remember how empty the sidewalks felt in the weeks that followed...  It seemed like it rained every day too...  Many times I would stop and again look up into the falling rain to feel the 'tears from heaven' on my cheeks -- While heaven rejoiced to have this angel in their midst, she was missed by the puddles around me...

Now some of you may be asking how on earth this could possibly be a Thankful Thursday post for me...  I'll tell ya!!  As I sat in the quiet of the night, watching and listening and feeling that storm, I thought again of my friend out there in the rain, and it really made me smile and be thankful (for her AND for the rain)...  I will never again look at rain the same because of her -- It rarely rains that I'm not reminded of her cheerful smile (and that's enough to be thankful for)...  I've since received some Chooka boots (galoshes) as a gift which makes splashing through puddles (no matter who is watching) even more fun...  And remember those two things that she would always say?  We all have those days when we need a good rainstorm to wash away the yuck from the day...  So I'm awfully thankful that last night's storm allowed for such a beautiful morning!!  And who couldn't use some 'sunny thoughts'???  Which is how my Thankful Thursday brings me back to today's card (and the PERFECT sentiment from the Splashtastic Summer stamp set)...
So...  From my friend, the rain, and me...  We're sending you some Sunny Thoughts!!  Hope the rain washes away any sadness, any pain, any yuck from your day...  And if it's a sunny, beautiful day wherever you are, I hope you'll pass some Sunny Thoughts on to someone else...  It may be just the thing that they need to have a Thankful Thursday too... :)

Incidentally, I should add that as I've been typing this, it's started to storm again...  Small miracle?  I think so. :)  Anyone for puddle splashing with me?

Until next time...

22 comments:

Kelly S said...

I thoroughly enjoyed your post today. Your friend sounds like an amazing person. It has been storming here off and on since last night. It did clear up long enough for me to take my son for a stroll to the bank and back. I love your card. It is so bright and cheery. That is just the type of card I love to get. Do you need my address? LOL :-) Thanks for sharing.

Kelly
http://kellyscraftylife.blogspot.com

artfuldelight said...

Super cute card, LOVE the sun!!! I am a new follower!! TFS! :-)

Lisa said...

Wow, Amy, your post made me smile and cry at the same time! How blessed you are to have had a special person touch your life like that, and even more so, how blessed is she that you can think of her and remember her happy spirit. I'm sure she rests comfortably knowing that she made a difference in someone's life. Her spirit lives on! Thank you so much for sharing this with us! I've always loved rainstorms and now I will think of them as washing away sadness, pain and all the yuck (and sometimes there is a lot of yuck to wash away!) from the day! They will also remind me to just think sunny thoughts :)

Lisa
http://indymermaid.blogspot.com

PS - I love your sunny, happy card! The papers are so awesome and sun is too cute :D

My Crafty Designs said...

Hi Amy,

Friend, thank you for your wonderful post. As I read your card it brought to mind great friends, family who are no longer with me but were the greatest blessings in my life. Your friend was a very special person and what a blessing it is to have wonderful memories of her to cherish for a lifetime. Your post made my day..thank you so much.

Annette

girlia said...

Amy fabulous card, and it was such a wonderful tribute to your friend. Just lovely

Brenda said...

Lovely Sunny card. It's fabulous, but I loved your story the best. You really made me look at things a bit differently today. So grateful having you in my life.
Hugs
Brenda

Tami B. said...

Wow.....that's all I can say for now, except thanks.

My 3 E Scrapbooking said...

Awwww...thank you for sharing your thoughts today Amy! I'm so happy I'm not the only one that feels this way about the rain! All spring everyone around me complained and with every storm, I still hear the grumbles. Everytime, I tell my kiddos that the rain is a gift to Earth from Heaven making everything greener and clean! I wish more people could see it this way! Your card is fab too! Your right, that sun is the absolute best of all the suns on every cart and that stamp is perfect! I can't wait until I get my green light to shop again so I can get a set (I'm on a no spending diet, it is impossibly hard but sometimes it needs to be done)! I'll be over to go puddle jumping with you!!
:)
Amber

K Andrew said...

Super adorable! I just love it!

smooches,
kristal

Rhonda Emery said...

this card put a smile on my face so bright and cheery. hugs

Kate said...

What an adorable card! The papers are so cheerful - and so is that sun! I'm glad you've been able to play with your new stamps, too.
Thanks for sharing the story of your friend. What a tragic loss, but wonderful that you could take some time in the storm to not only remember her, but also remember the lessons she taught you.
Thanks so much for playing along with us at Fantabulous Cricut this week!
Kate
Small Bits of Paper

Cely said...

oh my goodness! that patterned paper made me drool! beautiful card!

Jessica said...

Amy, I saw this post and immediately thought of you....please take a moment to read and see the cute project by my friend Doris....
http://momof5productreviewsandgiveaways.com/2011/uncategorized/inspirational-journal-challenge-for-tracyhelmar/comment-page-1/#comment-500

Lori said...

What a darling card - love the sun and the wonderful background paper!

Scrappymama Elaine said...

Amy, what a great post and awesome card! The sentiments and the smiling sun are so adorable!!! TFS!

Charlotte said...

Oh what a lovely post and tribute. It is funny how someone or something can make us look at things different. I guess we really do not realize the impact each of us has on someone else. We have had very hot weather this summer. In fact, there has not been a day sice I have been out of school that the temp was not in the 90s or over 100. We have had storms the past two days. Hopefully things will cool off some. I too look at storms differently now, but not for the same reason. Since the April 27th tornados roared through here, if I hear there is a storm coming, I tend to stayed glued to the tv watching the weather forcast with my cell phone and id in my pocket. I also crate my dogs and keep them next to me. Maybe with time, I will not be so uneasy about storms.
I love your card. The sentiment is just perfect. I have ordered Krystals stamps. I got an email today that they have been mailed. Can't wait to get them.
Charlotte

Sarah said...

Hi! I really like your card, and I think I enjoyed your storm story even more. It's awesome to have great memories that come so often and make you smile. I think I made a card that would suit you to a "T". The sentiment I made for it was "When Life Brings Rain, Dance in the Puddles!" I'm a new follower of your blog. Love your work!

Pam said...

What a bright card with a lovely sentiment. My favorite sun too. Your story about your friend and you was so sweet and loving. You have a wondeful way of story telling. I form the pictures in my mind as I read. You are a very sweet person Amy, your light is very bright. Hugs, Pam at craftycards4u2

Erika Valdez said...

I love this card it is so happy and bright! Made me smile!

Erika

Rae Finke said...

What a bright, fun and fantabulous card you created! Thanks for joining in the fun with us at FCCB this week!

MyCuriousCrafts said...

Hi Amy,
FABULOUS creations you have...very, very pretty. TFS! ~Shen

abusybee - DoubleClick Connections said...

Thanks for sharing your story, perfect card!

 
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