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. Sharon D from Canada says:

    What an amazing post, Lisa! Everyone sent such gorgeous cards – each one really a hug and love for you. I’m so glad to hear that they’ve brought you some comfort during such a difficult time. You’re so very sweet to show them and to have done all the work of linking to the sender’s photostream or blog. And your thank you card is SO very pretty! I love your beautiful bg – so pretty with the lovely white tree trunks and sweet birds. Libby is such a sweetie to have organized everything and I think it’s perfect that you’re giving the card to her. Big hugs!

  2. Love how your shared these cards, Lisa! Such a nice post. And so glad the cards brought you some happiness – absolutely my pleasure to help. The card you made is GORGEOUS, love it soooo much!!! Whoever it ends up going to is very lucky. ;-)

  3. Lisa these cards look fabulous grouped together in their colours, I am really sorry we had to make these cards for you, but I am glad to hear you a feeling a little better now and able to craft again. Your card is stunning, I love the background you have created.
    More hugs to you

  4. Adorable cards – what a true sign of friendship ;)
    And your card is so stunning in return.
    Hugs, Ruth S

  5. Thanks for sharing all the wonderful cards Lisa! Feeling sad for you all over again- but glad that we could all help brighten your day a bit. Love the beautiful card you made- just fabulous! Take care :)

  6. Lisa, thanks for sharing all of the wonderful cards you received and I love the way you grouped them for the photos. Big thanks to Libby for organising this – I’m glad we were able to send you all these hugs across the miles:) I absolutely love the card you have created, it’s amazing outside and inside! Hugs.

  7. Lisa, I am touched by this post in the sweetest of ways :) I cannot believe you took the time to photograph everything by color families! SO SWEET! AND you tagged us! You are so loved! Oh, and your card ROCKS my socks! Love all those awesome technique-y layers! HUGS!

  8. […] took this photo last week when Libby and I went to breakfast together so that she could give me the last of the cards. Found it while looking through my photos and just had to share. […]

  9. Oh wow, I love seeing all the cards Lisa. I’m so glad you got them okay. Still thinking of you and sending you lots of hugs. The card you made is beautiful. You are amazing :)

  10. Oh my….you are one lucky girl….gotta love this crafty community….

  11. Wow, thanks for sharing all that stampy goodness!

    BTW, I am “leslie” in the orange & yellow group, second row, second from the right. :)

    And you’ve totally enabled me to CASE your card. I’ll link you when I’m done. :)

    1. Hi Leslie, I added your link! Thanks for letting me know — although if you’d just have put crookedstamper then I’d have known, ha ha ha! :) Thanks again for the card. Hugs!

  12. Hey Lisa! What a neat post–and lovely, inspired card you made to commemorate the love of friends. Hope you are on the healing road, and it’s nice to know you are surrounded by so many hugs from far away. Sending good thoughts your way, and safe wishes with all the fires down in Texas!

  13. Wow, Lisa, it was so sweet of you to group and photograph all the cards you received. What a great deal of effort you went to, labeling and tagging them back to the sender. Wow! I hope that the cards and wishes you received still bring you comfort and peace in the near future. Know that we will continue to keep you in our thoughts.

  14. […] been the recipient of a bunch of cards lately. Words fail to describe how much it meant to know that someone cared enough to make a card […]

  15. what a lovely lot of cards you received there!!!

    i came across the card you made whilst searching for the sentiment stamp you used. would it be possible for you to let me know which HA stamp set it is from???

    Many thanks
    Kathleen Mc xxx

    1. Hi Kathleen! It’s from CL371 Essential Messages — check it out here:

      Hope that helps! :)

  16. Thank you for sharing all the beautiful cards and thoughts. I really like your tree trunks card. Could you please share the details about the bird punch you used? I’ve seen a few punches but none with the cardinal head like the punch in the that card has.


    1. Hi Susan! It’s a punch by Martha Stewart/EK Success. Looks like it is out of stock on the Martha Stewart site right now:

      I got it a few years ago at Christmas time from Impress — love that shop!

      Hope that helps! :)

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