I've been lucky enough to have made several friends across the world through the simplicity of paper and the entries of this blog, and every now and then comes a chance to send something across the ocean in thanks. I like to think of these other women always in good spirits and smiling at their world, but of course like me, they have great times and grumpy ones, smiling happy days and dark miserable ones too. We never know what mood our readers are in, just as they never know what lies behind the posts or the comments we make.
I love to open my browser to find notification that a comment has been left on one of my posts, but I never open that email because I want to read the comment where it was added - thus many a time online begins with "I'll just check my email and then I'll start dinner..." - and ends much later while I follow threads of conversations and comments from my distant friends. It got me thinking about the importance of keeping in touch, and how small things can make a difference.
The cards in this posts today were made for people I've never met in person, yet. There's a lot of meaning in that one tiny word........who knows what lies ahead?
Special destination 1: This card used a piece from the La Creme stack which came in the post many many months ago. I was aiming for something elegant and rich, but as always I am seduced by the paper and probably don't add enough elements. Paper designers go to so much trouble and I often cant bear to show only a tiny piece, but maybe this was bit too much? Its felt-textured too, so I continued the richness with silver gilt paper and ribbon. Even the rik-rak is velvet.....
Then I got a bit carried away when another of the TE kits arrived in the post and I ventured back out into the rainbow.
Special destination 2: This card is still a celebration of the fabulous floral paper, but I did allow a bit of room for some restrained greens......... More ribbon (you should see how much lies spooling in the corners of this space) and a butterfly of sorts, just because.....
The two greens came from the 2010 August and September kits, and the floral DP has a lovely linen texture and is from a collection called "Restoration" which also came with the September kit. This is one paper that I'm hoarding every last scrap to use.