Monday, January 18, 2010

Hospitality House!

ETA: Edited to add that this card won a blinkie award from Stamping Sisters in Christ! It was one of the three "Shining Star" winners from this week's challenge.

My brother-in-law's parents always invite me to stay with them for Christmas. Since losing my own mother, they have really adopted me into their family and I appreciate them so much; they are such a blessing to me! I wanted the thank you card to be a little gift of my time that they could enjoy. I also wanted to play with my new Home Made stamp set (Papertrey Ink).

Thank you card
I enlarged on an idea I got from this PTI blog post. I started by cutting a Label One Nestability (Spellbinders) and scoring lines with my Scor-Pal to represent the siding, trying to stay out of the embossed edge area. I shaded underneath each score line with a warm grey Copic marker to add a shadow to enhance the clapboard effect. After I did that, I realized I should have left one line off near the bottom for my grassy area, but I just colored it all green with a Copic marker anyway, LOL!

On ivory cardstock, I stamped the door, window and window box. The images are all divided up - the lines are the door are one stamp, the solid color is another stamp. The curtains are separate from the window stamp. I only wish the shutters were separate; I had a hard time getting the color onto the right parts of the stamp as the shutters and window frame almost touch! LOVE this Home Made stamp set!

Window box close-up
Of course I really got into the details! I punched several "plants" with the Branch punch (Martha Stewart) and added them to my litte window box!

I stamped the sentiment in Rich Cocoa (Memento) and notched one end to form a little banner, then added a button at each end with glue dots. I curved it so it has some dimension which really adds a lot of interest!
This card is for the Stamping Sisters in Christ Challenge #22: Joshua 24:15 - "As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord." You had to make a card that was house related or a home decor item. It is also for Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Challenge #FTTC50: Stamp a scene!

I hope you enjoyed the card. Please leave a comment, I'd love to hear from you!


  1. Oh my - Lynne!!! This is soooo beautiful!!! I love your front door scene!!! The PTI set is awesome...I so need to ink mine up - LOL!!!

    Thank you for playing the FTTC with us this week!!! Hugs ~S~

  2. Lynne, this is wonderful! LOVE your created scene and the detailing! The plants in the flower box is just fantastic! Beautifully done!

  3. You're coffee is fantastic as well as the hospitality. Just found you over at SCS. I ned to go check out the rest of your 'home'.

  4. Hi Lynne - I have to say I am lovng this card, these scene you have created works so well with both challenges. Your home looks very welcoming - I love it! Thanks for sharing - and inspiring me!! God bless you!
    Linda LOC Design Team

  5. Hi there! I LOVE this card so much!! There's so much goodness, like the way you scored your card to look like siding... and your Nestie shape and those cute li'l branches for foliage in your flower seeder... GREAT JOB!! Thanks so much for playing along at Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challenges!! *Ü*

  6. What a great idea! Your 'siding' is wonderful. I'm sure your brother-in-law's parents will be very touched at your beautiful thank you. Thanks for sharing this with us at SSCC in this week.

  7. Totally darling! Love your siding and the buttons with twine and banner! Too cute!

  8. This is just an awesome card! I love everything about it. The foliage and the siding is so inventive. Thanks for sharing your art with us at SSCC.

  9. How very precious and made with an extra amount of love.

  10. What a great idea - I will have to try that!!!

  11. I love the addition of the buttons at the bottom of your card.

  12. This is beautiful!I really like the buttons and the wave of the sentiment


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