Day 149: Make a Set of Embossed Orchard Cards

by thecraftaholic


“The more we care for the happiness of others, the greater our own sense of well-being becomes.”

I have observed what the opposite of this statement does to a person. I’ll tell you a story of two women. Both of them, the same age, living in the same city. But each with a different life.

One woman, her name is Julia. The other’s name is Mary. Now, Julia and Mary both have their own sob stories. Each of them have neglectful mothers and absent fathers. But each of them responded differently.

I’ll tell you how, by telling you where they are now. Where is Julia? Julia is getting her master’s degree. She’s divorced, yes. But she has two grown children who love and adore her, and would do anything for her. She has an ex spouse who treats her with respect, one that she still has a friendship relationship with and gets along with. She works as a counseler. She volunteers her time to gay rights. She’s a grandmother.

Where is Mary? Mary lives alone and has never been married. She has friendships that change every 6 months or so, and a strained relationship with the few family members she speaks to.

What’s the difference? The difference is in how we respond to life. Life is full of disappointments. But we must choose to put our attention on others, rather than drown in our own bitterness and spread misery where ever we go.

Instead of living your life like Mary, who focused on the wrong things her parents did over 40 years ago, choose to be like Julia who acknowledged her parent’s mistakes. She knew her mother AND father were not perfect. But instead, she put one foot in front of the other, moved forward, and built a life for herself. She put her attention to caring for others, and life rewarded her with love. She’s not perfect by any means. But she responded to her pain by putting her love and caring to those around her, rather than alienating them with bitterness and anger.

Love heals. Art heals. When you mix art and love together, you get healing. It’s easy. Just make art, and be happy. Choose to be happy, and you will be.

Today’s crafty endeavor, is another set of cards. I love making cards.

This is a set of four.


Stamp set-Farm Fresh, Stampin Up (retired)

Black Embossing Powder

Designer papers or colored cardstock, in green and red colors

Embossing ink

Brown Kraft Cardstock-Papertrey Ink

All you do, is stamp the stamps with the embossing ink on the red designer paper, and sprinkle the embossing powder. Heat with a heat gun.

Cut it out and glue it on the green designer paper, then center it on the cardstock. It’s easy, really.

I like how this looks, rather than coloring in stamps. I don’t so much care for the colored in look of stamps. You know?

Anyhow that is that.

Hope you like this set. Here’s a close up of each card:

An Apple a Day.


This one I’m not so crazy about. I don’t know why.

I like this one the best.

The funny thing is I like a lot of the retired stampin up stamps. It must just be the fact that it isn’t sold anymore. Or something.

Anyway I hope you like these cards.

The Craftaholic