Have you ever thanked your feet? Yes, you read that right. It wasn’t like I couldn’t think of anything when I read that quote. My feet were the first thing that popped in my head! I don’t think much about them unless my bunion is hurting or I need a pedicure. I just stuff them in uncomfortable shoes and walk on them all day. I attend a gentle holds meditation yoga class on Fridays. When you are in a pose and hold it for three minutes, your mind travels to some interesting places. I happened to be looking at my foot while I was in an uncomfortable pose. I was having trouble concentrating and I wiggled my toes. If you’ve never had foot trouble, lucky you. I had plantar fasciitis for a year. I spent more money on shoes than I would like to count. I woke up in the morning hobbling to the bathroom because of the tightness and pain. If I sat down too long I would hobble around like an old lady. I suffered through it for a long time before I did anything about it, then I tried yoga. The relief wasn’t immediate, but with regular practice it finally healed. No injections, no surgery, no medication…just plain old exercise healed my foot. If you had told me that in the beginning I would have rolled my eyes and avoided you. I was the person who didn’t like to sweat. Now, I think it’s funny when I hear people say that. I’m glad my feet led me down this path. It isn’t one I would have chosen, but I am stepping closer to a healthier and happier life every day. To my feet: When I can reach you, I’ll hug you!
I made a set of cards inspired by today’s quote. Thanksgiving is in two weeks, WOW! I’m thankful, I feel blessed and I LOVE to eat!
When I need a little inspiration, I turn to my collection of Club Scrap® Idea Decks. I started off making some cards for the Club Scrap® 11/17 Idea Deck Challenge. This K♣ card features cutting and assembly instructions to create a gate fold, hinged binding, matchbook and a card with a mini card to embellish the front!
Card #1 Hinged Binding
This card is my design team contribution for the Just For Fun Rubber Stamps November 2017 Monthly Challenge. The focal image is a new release from JFF Rubber Stamps, Harvest Bounty and features card stock from the Club Scrap® Orchard collection. I colored the stamp with Distress Inks and stamped once, dried with a heat tool and stamped again with Sepia Archival Ink and dusted with gold Perfect Pearls. I misted with water to get the background color “bleed”. The sentiment is a masked portion of one of the Club Scrap® Adirondacks Jumbo Unmounted stamp greetings.
Card #2 Gate Fold
This vertical gate fold design is nice change from the standard horizontal gate fold version.
I typed up a short version of the inspiration quote in Photoshop Elements and printed on card stock to add to the front panel.
I used Post It tape to make tiny masks to stamp a little pile of fallen acorns. There’s still plenty of room on the inside panel to write a short note!
Card #3 Matchbook fold
I had just received my Club Scrap® Trattoria kit and HAD to use the grazie stencil! That mustache is adorable! I also added the tiny bow tie embellishment that is included in the embellishment pack. The googly eyes were a last minute detail along with a little Diamond Stickles for sparkle. I totally forgot I had a photo corner punch and added some for a fun frame effect. He looks so serious until you give the card a shake!
Card #4 Card with a mini card embellishment
The Club Scrap 11-17 Card Sketch challenge was inspiration to decorate the background for the next card.
The sketch was a perfect match for the Idea Deck design!
The “Olive You” sentiment reminds me of junior high. Someone told me that if you looked in the mirror and mouthed the words “olive juice” it looks like you are saying “I love you”. I couldn’t wait to test it out at school! Back then, I didn’t get the result I was expecting, but my husband thinks it’s cute when I say it to him now! The tiny metal “love” charm was the perfect embellishment to go with the sentiment!
Thanks so much for stopping by and have a fabulous Saturday! Oh, and don’t forget to thank your feet!