May 22, 2011

Thanks, Chickie...

Hi friends. Before I share my project for today I want to share some sad news from our community. Last night, tornadoes ripped through our area in Kansas. As we took shelter in our basement, we watched the weather reports as they announced that a fierce tornado was headed for a neighboring town about 15 miles from our house. The small town of Reading, Kansas was hit hard, leaving a demolished town and one fatality. You can see photos at this link. The grade school took major roof damage, homes were completely torn apart and the few businesses in town took major blows. Relief efforts from the Red Cross are taking place now. My husband is ready to move in Bobcats from his store to help in clean up efforts + the entire community is just waiting for the word to help out in any way we can. We are left feeling so thankful that our family and home and safe and sound.....but yet so distraught about our neighboring town and families. Please keep the town and residents of Reading, Kansas in your thoughts and prayers.

On a more cheerful note, I needed something to keep my mind busy this morning. Josey received a darling little graduation gift from a friend at school and a thank you card was in order. I created this fun card and treat sack ensemble.
This cheerful card uses a stamp set called Spunky Nature from My Cute Stamps, now available at 2Peas. I love to cut out their fun images + they were perfect for embossing too.
Sentiment is from Papertrey Ink along with fence die cut and ribbon.
I love to personalize cards and gifty items for the girls' friends. I used a small metal rimmed tag and spelled out Riley's name using Hero Arts tiny letter stamps.
Using a medium glassine sack, I tucked in a few Kit Kats and stitched the sack closed with my sewing machine. A few extra embossed images embellish the sack.
Hope you enjoy!

34 comments:

Country Mouse said...

Praying for all of those in Reading, Kansas. What horrifying images. :(
Take care.
And thanks for sharing your "thank you" treat...very cute!

Janis said...

My family lives in Hillsboro, KS and my nephew was out chasing this particular storm last night (you must be near Emporia). Glad you weren't affected; praying for those who were.

Jessie said...

Sending prayers their way. Neat card!

Gina said...

Very sweet card and treat bag. I love the plaid tummy on the bird - adorable. Prayers for the families affected by the storm. It has been a really bad season!!! Kansas, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia...ugh! I even have friends in INDIA who have suffered through severe storms and tornadoes! Glad you had a basement to get into!!

Emm said...

We are in the same situation here in Alabama. The tornadoes on April 27 did not hit our town, but there is devastaion all around us. We will be thinking of Reading!

Tami McBeain said...

Praying for the families in Reading, so very sad. We're having tornados in our area of MN today.
Your card is so cute, I love the embossing on these bold solid designs, it is a fun effect that really pops!

Anne said...

Praying for all the people of Reading. Really shocking photos. Thank you for sharing your card and treat.

Marci said...

Keeping Reading, Kansas in our thoughts and prayers.
SUPER cute card and treat sack! Love that plaid paper. Too cute!!
Stay safe!

Donna K said...

as I read your post I'm also watching of tornado damage in North Minneapolis just miles from my home. the damage to houses and cars is just devastating and they just reported a death of a man who was in his car and was killed by a falling tree. so sad. your card post is a wonderful distraction from all this bad weather. and the sun just came out. happy day!

2- Haley Maxwell said...

Keeping everyone in my prayers.

Anonymous said...

I thought of you when they announced the tornado on the news this morning and hoped you and your family were safe. Mother nature is really reeking havick this spring there have been disasters all around the world. Hugs Ann Lind

sarita said...

saw on the news about Reading. Devastating for sure. we who are OK need to remember to donate to the Red Cross..
i love me a polka dot fence!!! :^) now i have to get that die! i also like the idea of sewing the kit kats closed! :^)
thank you for being so generous in sharing your ideas. I have to say that i have made myself some of your cranberry fresca drink. since it's just me i take two cans of fresca and 1 cup of cranberry juice cocktail to mix...lasts me the day!
again - thank you for being so generous.

Linda said...

I thought about you when I heard about the tornadoes. Glad that you and your family are safe. My prayers go out to those affected by the storms.
Love what you did with the treat bags.
God bless!

Mamajulie said...

Saw the radar yesterday and thought about you. Too many storms this year! Stay safe.

Lisa said...
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Lisa said...

Oops hit the wrong button & deleted my comment! I'm so glad you & yours are safe & will keep those in need in my prayers. The card is sweet and I adore the little polka dot picket fence!

crazymom said...

Such a sweet card on such a sad day! My prayers will be with the many people hit so hard.

Diana F. said...

I heard about Reading on the news. I am so sorry to hear about the devestation. I am thankful that you and your family are ok. I will say a prayer tonight for the town of Reading.

angelina said...

So sorry to hear and see all the destruction! Glad to hear you and all your family are ok!! Praying for all the affected!
Please tell me the papertrey ink are to emboss? can you give me some light here? Thanks a lot. Love the plaid paper? or is it fabric? Thanks a lot!

Cassandra said...

Just can't imagine what you guys go through with tornedos, but our thoughts are with you as we went through such trying times in January in Queensland. Take care.

Debbie Fisher (debbiedee) said...

been thinking of you! Glad to hear you are okay and my heart goes out to those in Reading. I saw the news on TV when I have having my IV treatments. We've been hit here by tornadoes and and have seen and felt the devastation.

CARDS by SUSAN said...

Oh Mish, I didn't realize you were that close to Reading. I am so glad you are safe and your families as well. So sad about Joplin, too. That is not too far from where I grew up.
All of those people are in our thoughts and prayers
The card set is adorable
Thanks for sharing
Susan

paperischeaperthantherapy.blogspot.com said...

Hi Michelle, praying for everyone there in Kansas. I live in Alabama and we were spared from last month's devastation as well, although a number of friends experienced severe damage. Thankful none of them were injured or killed, but unfortunately hundreds of others were. I'm sorry I rarely comment on your blog, but I do want you to know how much I enjoy reading it and seeing your beautiful creations. I love your vintage style. Hope you have a wonderful day.

Cindy Lyles said...

This thank you is adorable! So thankful you and your loved ones are safe.

Sara Paschal said...

Beautiful Thank you Gift and card. Love the bird on the fence.

skintique said...

When we live so far away, we only see what is on the TV news. Hearing your firsthand account makes it more personal and real. Glad you and your family are ok and sending prayers to those in Reading.

Anonymous said...

Our prayers go out to those in Reading and love how area towns pull together to help out. I live in KS just across the state line from Joplin who had a devastating tornado last night with storms still in the area. Please also pray for those affected by this tornado as well as all those who are helping either by donating blood, items needed or with the healthcare and search and recovery.

Karen B said...

My heart goes out to all who suffered during the storms. I pray for healing for those who lost so much. I hope that you and your family continue to be safe! As always I love your work!

carolj said...

Thoughts & prayers to all those affected by the recent outbreak of tornadoes.

Anonymous said...

As someone who felt the wrath of Cyclone Yasi that devastated North Queensland, Australia, in February this year, my heart goes out to all affected by the tornadoes in America. At least with cyclones, we get days of notice to prepare and/or leave the area. Thinking of you,
Jo R.

Shirlann said...

Sending prayers your way! We are getting to see this tragedy on the news here in Canada and it is devastating to see the destruction. Hear there are more warnings for today....

Veronica said...

Sending prayers your way and to those affected by all the tornadoes. Such devastation the storms have caused this year. Stay safe, and thank you for sharing your creations.

Creative Dee said...

Sending best wishes and prayers across the miles (Australia)Glad you are all safe. Kind regards Denise

Chrissy said...

Glad you were safe. We live in Joplin so I understand the hurt you feel. My family is safe thankfully, but our community is crushed. . . it is indeed very hard to see. . . Prayers to your community. . .

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