Lovely as a Tree

21 Feb

I’ve returned from my weekend retreat of silence, solitude, sleep and prayer. Without TV, radio, computer, telephone, or even conversation, I revelled in God’s glorious creation. I listened to the birds…phoebes, cardinals, titmice among them. I stood awestruck watching a tree full of cedar waxwings clean every single berry from that tree. I gazed in wonder at the sight of five bufflehead ducks on a little hidden pond, spotted on one of my two hour walks, because of a lone Canada goose pointing me in that direction as it flew. I stood still in my tracks as I watched eight white-tail deer cross the road in front of me, each turning to look at me, as if to acknowledge my presence.

The view through my window

At night, I stood at this window, looking out at these same trees, listening to the screams of a bobcat and the barks, howls and whines of coyote.

You never know from whence will come your inspiration. Today, as I sat down to create a card of thanks for our retreat leader, I wanted to capture the night view out my window. I hope you like what I came up with.

Journey
I used Basic Gray to create my card. The top layer is also Basic Gray, cut to 4″ x 3-3/4″. I used Whisper White Craft Ink to stamp the bare-branch hardwood trees from the Lovely as a Tree stamp set, stamping off first to create a soft, subtle background. Then I stamped the lone pine from the same stamp set, again with Whisper White Craft Ink, once, twice, three times. I adhered the top layer with four Stampin’ Dimensionals, one at each corner.
I used a length of Whisper White 3/8″ Taffeta Ribbon — cut to about 5-3/4″ to wrap around the card front. I cut a small slit in the fold so that I could run the ribbon through it and adhere it on the inside of the card. The bow is attached with a single glue dot.
The sentiment — from the Define Your Life stamp set — was also inked with Whisper White Craft Ink and stamped on Basic Gray card stock. I punched it with the  Decorative Label Punch. I added a little shimmer with the two Basic Gray Glimmer Brads from the Glimmer Basics collection. I used four Stampin’ Dimensionals, one at each point of the punch, to attach the sentiment to the card front.

Inside card

Inside the card, I stamped the trees across the bottom, again using Whisper White Craft Ink. The sentiment is from the God’s Blessings stamp set. It, too, is stamped in Whisper White Craft Ink.

Until we meet again…HAPPY STAMPIN’!

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