I just discovered that today was Marilyn Monroe’s birthday. I certainly knew that she was a cultural icon in her era, and easily recognize how beautiful she was. I also had a slight recollection of sadness related to her story, but didn’t realize the extent until I read about her on Wikipedia. I wish that I could have sent her this pretty card on her special day. It certainly wouldn’t have fixed the challenges in her life, but perhaps it would have given her a little lift on her birthday.

This is another example of a card that I made for the church birthday card ministry. This was part of the larger batch where I used some non-Stampin’ Up! DSP that I had on hand from previous birthday card creation sessions. Even though Stampin’ Up! is my definite go-to for pretty and amazing papers, the soft colors and delightful patterns of these papers called to me in the store. I really hope that the recipients of these cards feel special on their special day. I’ve been getting reports from people that they are really appreciating receiving handmade cards from the church. Which really warms my heart! There is a hardworking group of women from our church that get cards mailed out to members every month. I’m just glad to have the opportunity to assist them in their beautiful, from-the-heart ministry that they do for our church.

This stamp set that you see here is one of the sets that are retiring tomorrow (June 2nd). I confess that I really like the dictionary look of the images, and I will really miss them when they are gone. They remind me of one of my favorite background stamps of all time called “Dictionary” (fittingly enough). It provided a wonderful background texture without overbearing the finished card. Sigh – I still miss that one!

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