Bright Thank you – Tutorial #290


I hope you had a fabulous, safe and fun filled Holiday like I had.  Russ and I went from one celebration to the next starting Christmas Eve and ending last night.  We have had way too much good food and probably put on 5 lbs in just a few days.  :)  What can I say, I love holiday treats!

I have a bright Thank you card tutorial for you today.  Hopefully, this card will warm the heart of the recipient.  :)

Let’s get right to the tutorial. . . .  . . .


Stamps: Stampin’ Up! Graveyard Gala, En Francais, Fine Flourish, All Holidays
Paper: Stampin’ Up! Whisper White, Basic Black and More Mustard
Ink: Stampin’ Up Really Rust, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White, Basic Black, Summer Sun, Apricot Appeal and More Mustard
Accessories: Stampin’ Up Sponges, small oval punch, Basic Black marker, Scrap Card stock, Circle Scissors Plus, Silver Metallic Paint Marker

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Using my Stampin’ Up Circle Scissors plus, cut a 3 5/8″ circle from scrap card stock.  Held this in place on the lower left corner of a 4″ x 5″ piece of Whisper White card stock in order to mask the sun.


Sponged More Mustard ink in the un-masked area.


Sponged Pumpkin Pie around the top and right side of the card stock, not covering the More Mustard ink entirely.


Sponged Really Rust ink right at the top and right edge of the card stock.


Removed the circle mask and sponged Apricot Appeal ink at the edge of the sun.


Sponged Summer Sun over the Apricot Appeal ink to bright the sun up even more.


Stamped the Stampin’ Up! background stamp En Francais of the card stock using Pumpkin Pie ink.


Using the Brush end of a Stampin’ Up! Basic Black marker, drew in some post shapes.


Pounced some Basic Black ink with a sponge along the bottom of the card stock.


Stamped the Bird from the Stampin’ Up! set Graveyard Gala using Basic Black ink.  I used my Stamp-a-ma-jig for placement of the bird.  :)


Stamped a brand new Stampin’ Up! stamp “Fine Flourish” all over a 5″ x 6.5″ piece of More Mustard Card stock using Really Rust ink.  This stamp will be in the new all Occasions mini catalog that will be out January 5, 2010.  :)


Sponged Really Rust ink around the outside edge of the More Mustard card stock.


Used a Silver Metallic Paint Marker and edged my More Mustard card stock and my main image panel with it.


Stamped the “thank you” sentiment from the Stampin’ Up! set All Holidays using Whisper White ink on Basic Black Card stock.  Punched the sentiment out using the small oval punch.


Glued the sentiment Oval inside of a Silver Hodgepodge Hardware piece.


Assembled my card and here it is finished measuring 5″ x 6.5″.


A couple of things before I close this post for today.  Thank you so much to everyone that sent Russ and I holiday greetings.  I cannot believe how many stunning cards we received and I cherish each and everyone of them.


Now here is a little more humor from my Aunt Nancy.  :)   I have no idea where she got this, lol.

Old Farmer’s Advice…

or Quotes to Live by   


An Old Farmer’s Advice:

* Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight and bull-strong. **Keep skunks and bankers at a distance.**Life is simpler when you plow around the stump.*

* A bumble bee is considerably faster than a John Deere tractor.*

* Words that soak into your ears are whispered…not yelled.*

* Meanness don’t jes’ happen overnight.*

* Forgive your enemies. It messes up their heads.*

* Do not corner something that you know is meaner than you.*

* It don’t take a very big person to carry a grudge.*

* You cannot unsay a cruel word.*

* Every path has a few puddles.*

* When you wallow with pigs, expect to get dirty.*

* The best sermons are lived, not preached.

* Most of the stuff people worry about ain’t never gonna happen anyway.*

* Don ‘t judge folks by their relatives.*

* Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer..*

* Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you’ll enjoy it a second time.*

* Don ‘t interfere with somethin’ that ain’t bothering you none.*

* Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a Rain dance.*

* If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop diggin’.*

* Sometimes you get, and sometimes you get got.*

* The biggest troublemaker you’ll probably ever have to deal with, watches you from the mirror every mornin’.*

* Always drink upstream from the herd.*

* Good judgment comes from experience, and a lotta that comes from bad judgment.*

* Lettin’ the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier than puttin’ it back in.*

* If you get to thinkin’ you’re a person of some influence, try orderin’ somebody else’s dog around..*

Don’t pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight, he’ll just kill you.


May your day be soooo much better than the little guys above.

Until my next post. . . . . . . . . .




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14 responses to “Bright Thank you – Tutorial #290

  1. Love the bright “Thank You” card. I really like the bird sitting on the post. Thanks for sharing your Aunt Nancy’s humor…..good advice :-)

  2. Hi Michelle, nice to have you back after the holidays. Love your Aunt Nancy’s wisdom!! Love your card too!

  3. Merry Christmas, another great creation, and I love your Aunts wisdom…

  4. Your Aunt Nancy has quite a since of humor and a lot of widom…words to live by!! Love the colors and the affects..thanks for sharing. May you and Russ have a WARM and safe New Years.

  5. Breathtaking art, Michelle! I love everything about it! The old farmer’s sayings have just given me a really good chuckle too!

  6. That’s lovely – I love the script over the main picture.
    One to case for sure!!

  7. The Thankyou card could easily be used for other occasions. Love the warmth of the sun. Love, love , love your silly Aunt! Wonderful advice. Thanks for sharing. hugs…

  8. Beautiful thank you card! Love the warm rays of sun! Your Aunt sends sound advice, I bet she’s a little pistol herself!

  9. Caterina Grove

    As always, each and every one of your cards are masterpieces and it is such a treat to get your updates.

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  11. Jennifer McCarthy

    Gorgeous, Michelle!! Absolutely gorgeous!

  12. Oh my….such a stunning card. So very beautiful!

  13. Hi there,

    We are freezing in Alberta, Canada….hope you are enjoying some beautiful weather in Phenoix…Just wondering if you will ever travel up to Canada, (specifically the West maybe Calgary during stampede week) no hint* hint* hint-ting* intended (WINK). We do get into the States in the Autumn but not usually too far, I would love to take a tutorial from you basic and advanced. I’m quite sure that you have been asked this repeatly but here goes- What about a DVD course so the rest of the world can take in some of the excitement.

    Thanks for listening a Great admirer of your art.

    Deb droolling in Calgary.

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