So thankful.

Have you ever been overwhelmed with beautiful, heartfelt, one-of-a-kind, handmade cards? I have. When my Grandma passed away, my Hero Arts flickr friends went all out sending me cards. I truly felt the love, and caring, and sympathy — hand to hand — all across the miles.

It’s a feeling that I just can’t describe. Like getting a giant hug.

So I thought I’d share all the handmade cards that I received so that you could feel it too. I broke up the cards by color since there were so many. Let’s start with sunny orange and yellow:

Clockwise from upper left: Libby (who organized and collected the cards while I was in Ohio — thanks so much again, Libby), Donna (irishmist), Louise, Jennifer, Lydia, Anne, Kathy (krolski), Lin, Heather Maria, Leslie, Sarah, Cindy, Barb,  Janet (jintyoo7), Clare

Now for purple:

Sally (who hand drew and watercolored the flower), Heather Maria, Robin (“card”rageous), Sue (stampersuzz), Linda (rcwidow), Sally (cinnamonsally), Judy, Teresa (wteresa), Michelle (skrappergirl), Tami

Next up, pink:

Karen, Linda, Kelly (love the pink fox!), Tiff (iheartart), Tiff (papergirl), Sue, Sharon, (Sharon D.), Sarah, Linda, Deb (debstamps)

Now let’s go green:

Anne, Nancy (nancyljk), Ivy (ishouldbesleepingbut), Virginia, Judy (judy1223), Alice, Greta,  Trinh, Carol, Anthonette (alnette), Shemaine, Lai Yoke (walchowDesigns)

And finally, blue:

Roberta (who even made a handmade envelope), Charlene, Paula, Lucy (who used one of my favorite pool notecards), Leena, Lisa (who stamped her back with her thumbprint — love it!), Dani, Martha, PaiClare, Anita

Wow. Just wow. (I tried to link to everyone’s flickr photostream or blog — so sorry if yours isn’t linked. If your link is missing, please do leave me a comment and let me know. Hugs!)

Now, don’t you feel like you’ve been hugged? (I kept the cards on my fireplace, and I’d look over and get a hug whenever I was feeling sad.)

I wanted to make a special card for everyone to show how thankful I am for their friendship. So all of you — this card’s for you!

I had this idea to make a layered stamped card, overflowing with loads of spring cherry blossoms for a while now — couldn’t wait to make it. I started out by stamping an acrylic block inked with pink and green as a background, misted it, and stamped it on white cardstock.  Then overstamped with flowers and text.

Then I white embossed the Tree Trunks stamp over top. (Can you believe I hadn’t had a chance to use this stamp yet?) I think the distressed look of the Tree Trunks goes great with the distressed background!

I trimmed up the stamped piece, saving one tree trunk for the inside of the card.

(Supplies: All stamps by Hero Arts. Spun sugar, shabby shutters, and peeled paint distress inks by Ranger. Angel pink Momento ink by Tsukineko. Bird punch by EK Success/Martha Stewart. White embossing powder and tiny gems — for the birds’ eyes — also by Hero Arts.)

Friends truly are special treasures — thanks for being mine! And a special thanks to Libby for coordinating all of this — Libby, I’m sending this card to you!


41 Replies to “So thankful.”

  1. Wow, that is a whole lot of love! I’m so glad our cards made you feel hugged, Lisa because that’s exactly what we wanted to do. Thank you for the beautiful card! Love the way you created the pretty background for your trees! Hope you have a happy, Easter week! :)

  2. Great seeing all the wonderful cards you received, Lisa! A giant hug indeed. :) Still thinking of you.

  3. Yay……so glad you got happy mail! I think of you often Lisa….sending you huge critter hugs! Need to get back to hero and the flicker group. My back has been keeping me from sitting so interferes with computer time! Xoxo!

  4. Don’t you love how our community comes together in difficult times? Hope you are doing better, Lisa. LOVE your card today – lovely springy colors! {Here’s another hug!}

  5. So glad you got the card! You are so loved friend!! Thanks for your card.

  6. janet Wilson says:

    What an splendid array of cards. So happy to see you back blogging and creating.
    Love your card, it is such a pretty scene and the trees in the foreground are stunning.

    Take very good care of yourself :o)

  7. what a lovely array of cards. Glad that we could help bring some hugs and smiles to you. :)
    Love that background that you made!
    PS. my paltry flickrstream since i am new to all of this flickr stuff is

    1. Thanks so much Pai. I added the link :) Welcome to flickr! :)

  8. Hi Lisa! I really like how you took photos of the cards in the color groups. It made it so much easier for me to look at each one and enjoy them. :> I am so sorry about your grandmother but I am so glad that we all sent cards to you. Everyone sent you so many beautiful cards, you can see that we all care about you! And your so blessed to have such a wonderful friend like Libby! And thank you for the comment on my blog, yes it was the card I sent you! I think I made 2 more since I liked it so much and wanted to have more on hand. :> I hope your days are good this week!

  9. Beautiful BEAUTIFUL creations, and the card you made just knocked me off my feet! Thank you SO much for sharing all this gorgeousness!!! *sending love*

  10. I’m so glad to know the cards we sent were a blessing to you–even though we’ve never met. It’s kind of wonderful that a time of sorrow can also be a time for humans to connect & reach out to another in pain. I know many of us felt a kinship with you having also been through this experience. I loved seeing all the cards. Thank you for sharing. No need to link, but so you know, my Flickr name is gg nurse.
    Hugs to you,

    1. Thanks so much Greta. I added the link, and looked at your photostream — just lovely cards you have. Hugs back! :)

  11. Virginia L. says:

    I’m so touched that you grouped our cards in such a beautiful way! You are truly loved and thought of more than you ever know. I adore the card that you made for all of us today. It is SO spring-like and full of life!! Now you make me want to get that tree trunk stamp :) Hope you continue share laughter with us and enjoy little moments every day. HUGS!!

  12. so glad you received mine….that libby is a great friend you got there!

    i know your grandmother meant so much to you and you were close to her…glad these cards brought virtual hugs to you when you are sad. thank you for sharing all these lovely cards. our flickr group is something special! hugs to you lisa!

  13. WOW! Love seeing everyone’s cards and the way you separated them according to color! Your card is so gorgeous! What a unique way to make the ‘grassy’ area below! Love the birdies!

  14. so glad you felt the love coming your way, Lisa!
    love your card, you are always an inspiration,
    blessings to you!

  15. i was ooooo-ing and ahhhh-ing looking through everyone’s card, they are all so beautiful! so glad to hear that they helped. =) thanks for the gorgeous card, too. that background is just amazing. love love it! big hugs! =)

  16. Hi, Lisa! What a beautiful outpouring of love! So glad that I could be part of this great big HUG for you! It is so sweet of you to share all the cards you received and to link to everyone’s blog or Flickr photostream. I know that takes a lot of extra time, and it was very nice of you.

    And thanks for the beautiful Thank You card. I love the background you created and it looks so great with the trees embossed over top!

  17. Thanks to all the stampers who sent Lisa the awesome cards!

    And awesome that you posted them all with a thank you plus a thank you card, Lisa!

  18. barbara lassiter says:

    Beautiful cards and a great outpouring of love for you! You deserve it! Your card is beautiful too! Thanks for sharing all this!!!

  19. Lisa…glad you’re doing a little better and love the artsy card you made for us–it’s so beautiful! I love that you had a close relationship with your grandma. My kids love my mom a ton and it is a special relationship! Hugs!

  20. I love seeing all the cards and how you grouped them by color. I’m so glad the cards helped to comfort you. Your thank you card is beautiful!

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