Thankful to be Alive

Thankful to be Alive

On the way back from our cabin this weekend, my husband, son, and I were in a crash. We were on a two lane highway, in the right lane, approaching a stoplight.

We were slowing down for the light and it turned green, so we continued forward. The van that had been stopped at the light in the left lane suddenly honked and hit his brakes, so we hit ours too. We didn’t see the car that we hit until it was right in front of us, because it had been blocked from our view by the van.

Thankfully, no one was hurt. We were just a little shaken up.

There are so many “what if…”s in a situation like this, and so many factors that could have caused it to be so much worse. We are truly lucky and grateful to be alive.

Thankful for Family

The crash happened over two hours away from home and one hour away from our cabin where the rest of our extended family was located at the time. It was late and we weren’t sure if our car was road worthy. Luckily my aunt and cousin were headed home at the time and were only a few minutes ahead of us on the road. They turned around and came back to come get us and squeezed all our necessities into their car with them.  My mom and dad loaned us a car so we could drive the last leg home. Luckily the spare key was at their house and luckily my sister who lives near them was home and had a spare house key.

It was so nice to be home in our own beds after that long ordeal. If it hadn’t been for family, we’d have been stuck with no way to get back. I shudder to think of what our fate would have been otherwise: strange hotels and the struggles of trying to get a carseat in the back of a tow truck.

This card, and a few more I’ll share this week, are the thank yous I made and sent to my family members who helped us out after the crash.

Challenge Inspiration

This card was inspired by Global Design Project Challenge #052! That’s one full year of challenges! Happy Birthday GDP!

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I was inspired by the layout, but turned it on it’s side and moved the elements around a bit.

Thank you card with Blissful Blooms DSP and Hello You and Butterfly Thinlit Dies.


  1. Cut a standard sized Rich Razzleberry card base.
  2. Cut a white panel at 4″ by 5-1/4″.
  3. Cut a piece of Blooms and Bliss Designer Series Paper at 4″ by 2-3/4″.
  4. Cut a 1/2″ strip of Tip Top Taupe.
  5. From Tip Top Taupe, cut out a “thanks” sentiment using Hello You Thinlit Dies. (I love using these for sentiments; no need for ink or stamps means less cleaning when you have only a short time to work.)
  6. From Whisper White, cut out a medium sized butterfly using Butterfly Thinlit Dies.
  7. Assemble all the pieces and add rhinestones for a bit of sparkle!


Both glue dots and liquid glue work well to adhere thinlit cutouts. I use glue dots when they will be stuck to vellum or ribbon or other non-paper surfaces. I use liquid glue for paper on paper. For butterflies, where the wings stick up and only a small portion is attached, I use glue dots; they are a little stronger over a small surface area.

Coordinating Colors

I took my color inspiration from the designer series paper. I love that I know exactly which cardstock will match which paper, because I often sneak down to make cards after tucking in my little one and the lighting down in my office is not the greatest.

Color Combo: Rich Razzleberry, Blushing Bride, Tip Top Taupe


Cardstock: Rich Razzleberry, Tip Top Taupe, Whisper White (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: Blooms and Bliss Designer Series Paper (c) Stampin’ Up!

Dies: Hello You Thinlit Dies, Butterfly Thinlit Dies (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: rhinestones

More thank you cards

Thank you card by Natalie Lapakko, features Blissful Blooms DSP and Hello You Thinlit Dies.

Clean and simple thank you card, design by Natalie Lapakko, features Blissful Blooms DSP.

0 thoughts on “Thankful to be Alive”

  1. Wow!!! Glad you are all ok!! That’s really full on Natalie. What a wonderful gesture to give your family thank you cards. Thank you so much for playing along with this week’s Global Design Project challenge! And so happy you are all safe.

  2. I am also thankful your near miss wasn’t anything more serious! I agree with Kylie, your thoughtfulness is lovely. Thanks for playing with us as at Global Design Project as we CASE Teneale this week.

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