Friday, February 1, 2008

I'm a lucky girl...

See what I got? I tell you, I have been grinning from ear to ear! It is such a rare occasion that I get handmade cards in the mail, and it totally makes me happy!

The first card is from my friend and Design Team member Tosh . I wish you could see this in real life. My photos never quite seem to capture the real beauty, because let's face it...I'm a crummy photographer!

The depth of color is absolutely exquisite. Tosh is famous for her talent for distressing, and I just happen to know first hand that she loves using the Ranger Distress inks. All the detail is simply magnificent. Did you know that she's the newest "Dirty Girl" on SCS?

The second card is from my dear friend (and DT member) Cammie . We haven't known each other very long, but somehow I feel as if I have known her forever. Don't you just love it when that happens?

I love the colors she used. I have probably never made a kraft colored card, because I'm afraid of it. Well, she certainly did it so beautifully here! The added touches of color in her flowers and the narrow black and white ribbon are the perfect compliments, don't you think?

I can assure you that these are two cards I will NEVER part with! They are very special to me, and in turn they made me "feel" special when I received them. Isn't it awesome that we have the power to make someone feel so special just by doing what we love?

So....let's do this. I encourage each of you to send at least one card this week to some unsuspecting soul. I can assure you it will make their day, just as these cards have made mine!

Don't forget to register for the Dreamy Treats! You can comment once on each post beginning with yesterday's. For those of you who check in regularly, that gives you additional opportunities to win.

Thanks for stopping by....more tomorrow.

40 comments:

Kathy W said...

What beautiful cards; you are lucky, indeed, to have such great RAK's. Thanks for sharing; I should challenge myself to pull out my Kraft paper more often to make a card.

Kerry J. said...

You are a lucky girl - those cards are gorgeous!! I bet you'd make a stunning card with Kraft though!

Jennifer said...

Both of these cards are fabulous! The color and distressing in the first and the colors, layout and choice of placement and stamps in the second are, again, FABULOUS!

I think your challenge to us is a very good idea and I will do just that and send out a few cards this week to unsuspecting souls.

~ Jennifer

Kathi said...

Every month/holiday I make cards for 14 of my friends and 7 grandkids. Everyone seems to love getting them and ooooh and aaaaah over them. I never think they are as good as I see on blogs but then these people never see any handmade cards but mine!!!

Pegg S said...

Gorgeous cards! You are right, I need to send out more cards just for the fun of it! Friends do appreciate it...

Stamp Talk with Tosh said...

You are waaaaaaay too kind Michelle!! You just gave me a gazillion warm fuzzies too. I'm so glad you liked the card, and am honored that you enjoyed it so much. You're a dream *boss*!! And your photography is superior!!

Now, the gauntlet is officially thrown down....I challenge you to make a Kraft card!! I'll be checking in to see if take the challenge, or chicken out!! ~hee~

JenMarie said...

OMGosh, these are AMAZING cards! Beautiful!!

Patty W said...

Those are beautiful cards !! Love that first one a whole lot! If feels so textural!

I always hesitant to send another cardmaker a card...I'm just learning and feel mine aren't good enough......yet !

I will send several cards out this week though!

anna said...

aren't these so cute. Thanks for sharing!

Anna

Carolyn King said...

and you HAD to put mine next to Tosh's beautiful card????

geeze...thanks! heehee...so glad you got it. You are a sweetheart.

((hugs))

Anonymous said...

Those are beautiful cards!! One of these days I'll actually send cards. I just like to make them, not really send them! Haha!!

Melissa Boston

mudmaven said...

Maybe I will have to get over my fear of kraft as well. Both of your cards are gorgeous. TFS ~chris

Deb Neerman said...

Wonderful cards! I feel inspired to RAK someone!!

TFS!

Kate said...

love checking in each day to see the different cards, these cards are just great, they give me tons of ideas! looks like you are all very clever.

Glitter Queen said...

Love your cards and the earthy colours. You inspire me.

Lynda said...

Both cards are just beautiful Michelle and your pictures really are great! I think your challenge is fantastic and I will definitely take you up on it!!! I don't send enough RAK's out and really need to!

Have a great day!

~Lynda

Val said...

I love both of the cards that you received. They are awesome!

Karolyn L. said...

Your RAK's are just gorgeous! Clearly your kindness torwards others is being returned. That DOES feel good, and such a good reminder that it is GOOD to show kindness towards others. Thanks for the reminder, Michelle - I'm off to send a card! Karolyn L. (garkarlon@msn.com)

Angel W said...

These are so oretty. You are a lucky girl!

Carol said...

oh my, lucky you to receive not one but TWO gorgeous cards! I have to ask, is that velvet rick-rack on Tosh's card? WOW!! Two beautiful cards from two very talented ladies - is that a great thing or what? I've always said the best bargain in the world is still a stamp, because you can send so much love for a mere 41 cents! That's a wonderful idea for random RAKs Michelle! Imagine all the smiles and warm feelings this would bring to so many:)

Alexandra said...

Great RAK card Michelle - lucky you! *STAMPIN HUGS* Alex

Tracey said...

Those cards are beautiful!!

Vicki said...

Very pretty cards. Getting handmade cards is so nice. My friend in CA sent me one this week and I love it.

Ghazal(ghazal_31005@yahoo.com) said...

There's nothing better than finding handmade cards in your mailbox! Both cards are great.

dd2njoy said...

Super duper beautiful cards!!

Tami said...

Both of these cards are beautiful!

Dharma2233 said...

Your coloring technique is absolutely beautiful! Thank you for sharing your inspiration!!!
Yvonne

Melissa D. said...

congrats on great mail. I love to get cards in the mail as well. actually, I just love to get anything in the mail.
i love the simplicity of both cards. i tend to try and over do cards sometimes and I think I end up doing too much and ruin them. thanks for the inspiration.

Anonymous said...

The cards are really very stunning. Thank you for reminding us to send a card to someone this week....I will be sending one to a college student that I don't know, but I work with her mother. The young lady has been very homesick, so hopefully my card will cheer her up.
Sharon Canter

JAR said...

What absolutely lovely and fabulous cards! I love both Carolyn and Tosh's work and was excited to see them on the DT! Each week a group of friends and I choose someone from the SCS Need a Lift forum and send cards to them! It's great to cheer someone up with a card!

misskitty said...

wow. it's easy to see why these two ladies are on your design team. they are awesome. so noted on your challenge about sending a card to an unsuspecting soul.

IamDerby said...

those are lovely cards.

Claire said...

I love the watercolour effect on these

Susan Liles susiestampalot said...

you ARE a lucky girl to get such beautiful cards!!! you should not be afraid of the kraft!!! kraft velveeta, kraft cheese, kraft dressing, kraft BBQ sauce...hahaha!!

Mikesgal said...

What beautiful cards. I would love to learn how to distress like that. Does Tosh have any tutorials on it?

Thanks for sharing.

Cindy Vernon said...

All of these cards are beautiful!

Darlene said...

What awesome RAKS--you have some great friends. Darlene

Cathy M said...

You are a very lucky stamper to receive these awesome cards. To me that's what it's all about...made you feel special and put a big smile on your face.

anni said...

So generous of you with the Dreamy treats! Love those cards, both are so elegant!

manybooks said...

What beautiful cards - you have fabulous stamper friends! And now i will add their blogs to my list.