Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Extreme Elements & Bird Punch Halloween Card!

Today's Lesson From The Craft Room:  Check Your Assumptions

I heard an interesting story the other day - the kind of story that really makes you stop and consider your own actions.  A woman in her 20's had driven her grandmother to a grocery store.  She dropped her grandmother off in front of the store and went to park in a handicap parking space - her grandmother had a handicap tag due to her frail condition.  While her grandmother was shopping in the store, the granddaughter told her grandmother that she would run out to the car and return her grandmother's rented videos to a store in the same shopping center to save her grandmother the additional trip.  Out she ran to the car, grabbed the videos, returned them to the store and then went back into the grocery store to finish helping her grandmother with the shopping.  When they got back out to the car, there was a note slipped under the windshield wiper.  To hear her describe it, the note was the nastiest, meanest note the granddaughter had ever seen.  The note berated her for being young and able-bodied and taking up a handicap space in a parking lot and accused her of being a liar and inconsiderate!  The person who wrote that note made assumptions based on the limited information in front of them - a young woman running to a video store.  I wonder how the note-writer would feel if they were reading this post right now...The next time you are tempted to jump to a conclusion, take a pause and check your assumptions - there might be something important that you're missing.

Today's card is an early Halloween card!  Can you believe it's already mid-August?!  I used the Extreme Elements stamp set and Perfect Plum and Elegant Eggplant ink to create the background.  The "spooky" banner was created using the points from the large star punch with the Rough Type stamp set.  I dyed the linen thread black by running it across my black ink pad.  The "boo" is from the Tiny Tags stamp set.  I punched the 2-Step Bird out of Basic Black card stock and used my scissors to create feathers on the wing.  The bow and some dazzling diamonds finishes the look.  I hope you like it!

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