Paper and Ink Imaginings

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Floral with Buttons Encouragement Card


This card is related to a previously mentioned conversation with Cousin Pati. The two larger buttons were purchased as crafting accessories. The smallest button came from a blouse I owned back in my Software Engineer/Mathematician days.

The stems were all cut with the same die, and I embossed them with an embossing folder. Then, I trimmed them by hand to make them unique.

This cannot be sent through the mail in a regular envelope.

Supplies:  Stamp – Simon Says Stamp, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, PopTone Razzle Berry, Stampin’ Up! Old Olive, Pear Pizzazz, Pink Pirouette (retired), Soft Sky (retired), Wild Wasabi (retired), ink – VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Papertrey Ink (stems), Provo Craft (flowers), buttons – Stampin’ Up!, dark pink – source unknown, embossing folder – Provo Craft, embossing powder – Stampendous Detail clear.


9 thoughts on “Floral with Buttons Encouragement Card

  1. Gorgeous card, and so nice to remember where the buttons came from xx

  2. What type of software work did you do Kathy? I don’t know many engineers who are also artist. Nice card by the way and a good morning to you.

    • Hmmm, Mike, let’s see, software I have worked on…psychological testing software, state lottery software (not MD), Navy missile direction systems, A12 aircraft (got cancelled by Dick Cheney for cost overruns!), and my final project was a modification of the A12 software to be used to identify incoming aircraft for mobile missile launchers. I was not very artistic when I was working (softball – yes, gym rat – yes, baking – yes). HorseSpirit Arts Gallery has a fair amount of engineer artists. Robin, the owner, was a Nuclear Engineer.

      • My career ended when we moved to Germany for my husband’s job, and then we started our family. I was lucky to be a stay at home Mom.

      • Wow, that is some great experiences and it sounds like challenging work. Do you miss that at all?

      • Mike, I would not trade my stay at home Mom time for the world. That being said, I had really just hit my career stride on my last project when I walked away in my early 30’s. I have missed the work environment on and off since I left, but I know technology advancements have left me in the dust – I am not marketable in that field at all at this point. The work was challenging, sometimes the hours were long.

      • My better half says the same thing about the stay at home Mom time. Glad we both could pull that off. Even though you liked the work, you know you made the right call and that is great. And in regards to technology it can leave you in the dust even if your in it now. I’m amazed at some of the young talent around me. Keeps me challenged.

  3. Love it. Have to have it!