Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Feeling Gratitude Card

Hello, Crafty Friends!!
I'm so sad that October is done and gone but I'm looking forward to the rest of the holiday season. Thanksgiving, here we come!! And I have so many things to be thankful for! This year has been filled with lots of trials but they have helped me grow and learn. Learn to be a better friend, better mom, a better role model, and a way better me... And for that, I am extremely grateful!

So this card I created for the Eileen Hull team was very fitting...

Supplies Used
Eileen Hull Embroidery Hoop (Sizzix- Retired)
Eileen Hull Blends Inks- Melon, Flagstone, Nutmeg (Clearsnap)
Big Shot (Sizzix) 
Mat Board (Sizzix)
Mega Runner (Xyron)
Feeling Gratitude (Waffle Flower)
Achillea Cottage Flowers (I Am Roses)
Versafine Onyx Black (Imagine. Tsukineko)
Pattern Paper (DCWV)
Kraft Cardstock (Recollection)
Brown Button- Bittersweet (Buttons Galore)
MISTI (My Sweet Petunia)

For this card, I used two of my all-time favorite dies from Eileen Hull Designs... 

The Leaves, Spring and the Embroidery Hoop. Sadly, the Embroidery Hoop has since been retired. But the Leaves, Spring die is still available and remains one that I constantly reach for.

I cut a 5" x 6" piece of white mat board and ran it through my Xyron Creative Station Lite machine. Once through, I flipped it over and ran it again a second time to get adhesive on both sides of the mat board.

I removed the protective film from one side and attached patterned paper to the mat board. Then I trimmed off any overhang with my scissors. Then, I placed my mat board (paper side down) onto my Embroidery Hoop Die.

I ran the die through my Sizzix Big Shot Machine.

And presto... It gave me three (count them... THREE) die-cuts!! You can use all three in your projects but today I'm only going to use the largest of the cuts as a frame. The other two cuts I'll set aside for future projects.

To build the body of my card, I started with a 5"x7" card base made from kraft cardstock. I matted the card with a 4.75" x 6.75" piece of orange cardstock. Then layered that with 4.5" x 6" piece of leaf patterned paper and a 4.5" x 1" strip of knit sweater patterned paper. 

I attached all the pieces together using my Xyron Mega Runner.

Then, attached my mat board embroidery hoop.

To decorate my card, I chose an assortment of papers that were similar in color to the leaves that were in my patterned paper.

I folded the papers in half before die cutting and covered each shape completely and ran it through my Big Shot. This resulted in cutting out the die-cut shape an it's mirror image (see middle picture below).

Then, I used Flagstone, Melon, and Nutmeg Blends Inks to shade my leaf die-cuts. 

Then I put the leaves on the side to concentrate on the sentiment of the card.

I've always loved this stamp from Waffle Flower called Feelin Gratitude. It encompasses my exact thoughts and fills up the Embroidery Hoop perfectly!

I used my Misti stamping tool to stamp my sentiment onto my card with Versafine Onyx Black ink and again onto gray patterned paper. 

Then cut out the banner pieces from the gray paper, added foam adhesive, and attached it over the banner images on the card front.

I used a strong quick-drying glue to attach my leaves to the embroidery hoop. I grouped the leaves into threes and followed the curvature of the hoop.

I added a twine bow topped with a button between the groupings of leaves. 

Next, attached my premade cherry blossoms... I snipped off the stems of the cherry blossoms and spiraled the achillea stems with a skewer. Then attached the cherry blossoms and achillea flowers onto the leaves and surrounded the bow. 

And here is a look at my finished card...

I totally love how this turned out!! The fall colors on this are so calming and not harsh. And couldn't use a little more calm in their lives, right?!!

I hope you enjoyed today's card and it inspires you to create something gorgeous this Thanksgiving season!!

Until next time...


  1. what a beautiful design Mitsyana! love the fall colors, the lovely flowers layered over the embroidery hoop, and that wonderful sentiment! xx

  2. Thank you so much for the kin words, Julia!!

  3. So so pretty and love the sentiment <3.