Friday, September 5, 2014

Inspire Dreams by Reading

Things around here are starting to pick up speed.  Gone are the lazy days of summer filled with sun, surf, ice cream for dinner and flexible bed times.  School has started and so have our daily rituals and routines.  Honestly, I'm more of a "let's see where the day takes us" kind of girl, but as a mother I realize (after a lot of kicking and screaming) that it's just easier with a schedule; especially when one has three girls in school and each doing their own 'thing' before and after.
Mackenzie first day of 3rd grade

My favorite time in the school day routine is reading with my youngest every night.  I have read to each of my girls since before they were born...and then one day out of the blue they decided they would rather read by themselves.  Kenzie still loves to read with me (and having her 1st day of school pics taken), and I cherish every second because it won't be long before she joins her older sisters and retreats to her bedroom to read on her own.

My little family's mutual love of reading inspired this card.

The image is from this week's challenge over at The Shabby Tea Room (week #234 Reading).  It couldn't be any cuter or more perfect!  
And the design came from Mojo Monday's sketch challenge #361.

To keep the focal point on the image,  I used only a small scrap of neutral Colorbok paper and machine stitched the border.  I painted over the image with a fine crackle finish and sprinkled it with a course embossing powder for added texture and interest.
The 'cluster' is made up of a distressed and glittered chipboard heart (PinkPaislee) backed by a bit of rusted screen, an actual vintage book spine, and a vintage button.  The epoxy stickers are by K&Company.

This card can be purchase in my Etsy shop.  Be sure and stop by often...I'm always adding new items.

Inspire dreams by reading.
Have a wonderful day!


  1. Beautifully full of pretty details!! Thank you for joining us last week at "The Shabby Tea Room" for our "Reading" challenge! Hope to see you this week!!
    Diane TSTR DT

  2. Not sure if my comment went a beautiful card full of pretty details!! Thank you for joining us at "The Shabby Tea Room" for our "Reading" challenge...hope to see you back this week!
    Diane TSTR DT


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