Thankful Thursday - CASEing the company

I had reason to need a thank you card this week, and going by the assumption that my eldest daughter's netball team's umpire doesn't read my blog (or likely even know my last name!) I feel safe to share it here before we give it to her on the weekend.

My girls are playing their last game of netball for the season this coming Saturday. I was always a netballer at school (and again recently), but this is the first season my girls have played, as they went down the dancing/acrobatics route instead. They've loved playing, once they figured out which positions were allowed in which thirds and managed to master the pivot. If there's one thing that is really evident to me about junior sport, having witnessed it first hand for the past several months, it's that much is owed to the small group of very committed people who show up rain or shine (or rain, or thunderous storminess or rain - it was a wet season, can you tell?) every weekend and do what needs to be done, whether that's to grab a whistle and run the sidelines, serve post match chips in the canteen or teach the skills of the game. 

So as well as being for our umpire, this thanks is also for all of those who spend time in the sometimes wet and muddy but rewarding trenches of junior sport - I salute you.

Stamps:   Endless Thanks, Writing Notes   Paper:   Whisper White, Whisper White thick card stock, Brights Designer Series Paper Stack   Ink:   Soft Sky, Blushing Bride, Flirty Flamingo, Cameo Coral, Pear Pizzazz, Memento Tuxedo Black   Accessories:   Metallics Sequin Assortment, Rhinestone Basic Jewels

Stamps: Endless Thanks, Writing Notes Paper: Whisper White, Whisper White thick card stock, Brights Designer Series Paper Stack Ink: Soft Sky, Blushing Bride, Flirty Flamingo, Cameo Coral, Pear Pizzazz, Memento Tuxedo Black Accessories: Metallics Sequin Assortment, Rhinestone Basic Jewels

I have loved the Endless Thanks stamp set since I first saw it in the previous Annual Catalogue, and like many of the sets in my collection, it hasn't seen nearly as much ink as I would like it to have. Neither has the Writing Notes stamp in the background #virgininking but I digress...

A quick Google search presented me with myriad options for use, but I couldn't go past this one and CASEd it almost to the letter. Often, I will use a card idea that I see as a starting point and end up somewhere else altogether, but this one was perfect in its perfection, so I hardly altered a detail.

When looking up the details of who to credit for its creation, I discovered that it was pinned to one of Stampin' Up!'s own squillions of Pinterest boards, where they share card ideas from their own concept artists, as well as from blogs of demonstrators from around the world. If you're ever in need of inspiration of the stampin' variety, or just like to look at pretty things, I would highly recommend a visit.

Speaking of visiting, you might want to swing by my online store for the newest batch of Special Offers or check out the recent updates to the Clearance Rack - there are bargains of all kinds on offer!

And thanks for visiting with me today :-)

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Creation Station - Forced Festive Fun!

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If you've arrived here via one of the other stops on this fortnight's blog hop, you'll be wondering why I'm going against the theme of this round, which is Holiday Catalogue Sneak Peek. I've never been much of a rule breaker and am not intentionally doing so this time either, promise. Had my Big Brown Box full of festive pre-order products arrived in time, I'd have happily delved into it for the purpose of today's post, but sadly, I'm expecting it will arrive tomorrow, which will be wonderful, but not at all helpful for keeping with the theme for today.

Rather than bow out of the blog hop altogether, I thought I would do something Christmassy with stuff from the Annual Catalogue, but given that I haven't actually purchased anything new from the Christmas section there either, I've had to get a bit inventive...

Stamps:   Endless Thanks, Hardwood, And Many More   Paper:   Crumb Cake, Whisper White   Ink:   Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive, Real Red, Soft Suede, Early Espresso   Accessories:   Circle Card Thinlits, Circle Collection Framelits, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Stampin' Sponges

Stamps: Endless Thanks, Hardwood, And Many More Paper: Crumb Cake, Whisper White Ink: Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive, Real Red, Soft Suede, Early Espresso Accessories: Circle Card Thinlits, Circle Collection Framelits, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Stampin' Sponges

The main decorative element on this card was created not with a Christmas stamp set, but with the Endless Thanks set...

Endless Thanks - #138796 - $28.00

Endless Thanks - #138796 - $28.00

The combination of the little spray of leaves, the tiny heart and banner shape came together perfectly as a wreath, and the addition of the 'Very Merry' sentiment from And Many More stamp set completed the festive theme.

The card base was created using the Circle Card Thinlit Dies, which, whilst being a fun and different way to make a card, is almost impossible to photograph, hence the addition of my thumb in the first image to hold it closed.

Here's what it looks like standing up...

From the front/side...

From the front/side...

From the top...

From the top...

Interested is seeing how the Thinlit Card Dies work...? Check out the video below, keeping in mind that the Label version has since retired...

Thanks for wandering by today. To check out some other projects on the hop that DO include some sneaky peeks of upcoming Christmas goodness, follow the links below...

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