Sharon has reached #100 challenges ... now I'd say that calls for a CELEBRATION!!! And, that's exactly what Sharon has in mind for today's challenge! Be sure to checkout today's Stamp Simply Challenge for all the details! There's a LOT going on and you don't want to miss out on any of the fun & prizes!! Go to the bottom of this post for a listing of ALL the girls and links to their blogs.
Here is my Birthday Card to Sharon! Congratulations lady ... you are an inspiration to us all!
Sharon's cards always seem to have such clean, crisp lines and look awesome. So that's what I was trying to achieve with this creation. The background panel has been run through the Cuttlebug using a Sizzix embossing folder then added Stampendous red diamond dots to the swirls. I also used my Bow Easy which I bought from Sharon for my bow ... isn't it pretty!!! The ribbon is double sided satin by Offray. In keeping with the Stamp Simply format, I simply stamped this Inkadinkado image onto Whisper White cardstock with Versafine black ink and embossed with clear ep. The sentiment was filled in using a red Tombow marker and a few smaller diamond dots were added. (click image for a closer look)
Now for the "Special Recipe" I promised you all!!
But first, the story behind it!! YEARS ago when I got married (for the 1st time, lol) one of my dear uncles & his wife placed this little recipe in the card that was attached to their gift for the bride & groom. The wedding gift has long been gone ... the card was lost somewhere in all my moving around, but I have never forgotten the recipe. It went like this:
Recipe for Life
1 cup Good Thoughts
1 cup Good Ideas
1 cup Consideration for Others
2 cups of Sacrifice for Others
3 cups of Forgiveness
2 cups of Well Beaten Faults
Mix these thoroughly and add tears of joy and sorrow and sympathy for others. Flavor with little gifts of love and kindly services. Fold in 4 cups of prayer and faith to lighten other ingredients and raise the temperature to great heights of living. Do this daily and you will always see the good in others and the world will be better for it.
Although the original card has been missing for years ... this recipe has stuck in my head (and heart) and I try to live by these words that were so lovingly given to me so many years ago!!
Here are the past and current Stamp Simply ladies taking part in today's Birthday Celebration and what you will find on their blog! Be sure to check out all the fun & games!!!!
Pat Adam - Christmas Gift Tags with BLOG CANDY
AJ - 1 Card Done 3 Ways
Janine - A Stress Free Summer Menu with BLOG CANDY
Tammy - Birthday Reminder Book with BLOG CANDY
Jennifer - Birthday Card with BLOG CANDY
Julie - Card Set in Tote with Directions
Barbara- Birthday Card with BLOG CANDY
Deb- Tutorial on Dying Silk Ribbon Using Copics and Refills
Jenny- Birthday Card with BLOG CANDY
Jerri - Birthday Card and Tutorial on Hand Embossing with Light Box
Joan- Birthday Card and Etched Glass with BLOG CANDY
LeAnne - Birthday Card with Glitter
Barb- Birthday Cake 3-D Gift Item with BLOG CANDY
Rose Ann- Birthday Card with BLOG CANDY
Leslie - Gift Tin of Soaps with Coordinating Card
Heather - Birthday Card
Sabrina- Birthday Card with BLOG CANDY
Sharon- Monogrammed Birthday Gift Set with BLOG CANDY
Thanks so much for stopping by today ... hope you enjoy the BIRTHDAY PARTY!!!!