Friday, March 21, 2008

Easter Parade

There's no telling whether or not I'll be able to get to the computer over this Easter weekend (I'm pretty sure it'll be the 'not' -lol), so I thought I'd post all three remaining Easter cards I've yet to share with you now that the house is quiet and I've got some time to myself. Though it's getting late, and I'm tired from a LONG week, as I'm sure you are too, so I'll spare you the chit-chat and get right to the cards. But with three cards, I still might seem long-winded (just to warn you -lol).

This first card uses Easter Elegance by Verve Visual and "a happy sketch" by Anna Wight (Sweet Miss Daisy). I'm not sure where she came up with the name for it, but it works for me, so I say it's aptly named. ;)

I'm also not sure what's up with the soft yellows and pinks not coming through on the scans lately, but they're not and it's makin' me sad, especially on this card. ;C This LilyKate DP I chose for the background is sooooo soft and beautiful, it's a shame that you can't see it here. I used my square Nesties for the focal image, stamping the cross with Timber Brown on Curious Iridescent Cryogen White cardstock (my new go-to cardstock for stamping case you hadn't noticed -lol), stippled a pale yellow 'glow' around the cross (which I'm sure you can't see either), framed with Baby Pink. The horizontal strip is a coordinating LilyKate paper, though you can't really tell because it's covered up by the baby pink ric-rac. To anchor it down and to create some visual interest, I stitched on both ends. The focal piece was adhered using pop dots, the sentiment stamped in Timber Brown, and the final touch was adding the ivory/pale yellow decorative pearl to the center of the cross. Easy, peasy.

Supplies: Cardstock: White Daisy, Baby Pink (CTMH), Curious Iridescent Cryogen White (Arjo Wiggins); Patterned Paper: LilyKate collection (BasicGrey); Stamps: Easter Elegance (Verve Visual); Inks: Timber Brown (Staz-On), Buttercup (CTMH); Other: Nestabilities -classic and scalloped square dies (Spellbinders), ribbon (May Arts), decorative pearl (JOY! Crafts), stipple brush (CTMH), pop dots, sewing machine, white thread

This next card uses more LilyKate DP, the Modern Cross again (all three of my boys will be seeing this on their cards this year because it just looks so rugged -- Hey! maybe they should've named it the Old Rugged Cross -ya think it's too late to suggest a name change? lol) and the sentiment is He Is Not Here, both by Cornish Heritage Farms. No sketch for this one. Well, that's not entirely true. I did start out intending to use a sketch, but it went seriously awry and this is where it ended up. lol This one is for my son who just turned ten yesterday, so I don't think he'll mind. ;) He's seen me stamping with the cross image on the other cards and loves it, and he knows (and believes) what the sentiment means, so I think he may actually even like the card. lol

I started with a White Daisy card base, distressed with Bamboo ink to smudge it up a bit in keeping with the DP style. I matted the DP with some Misty Lilac cardstock, added a small pewter brad here and there, and put that on a piece of Sweet Leaf cardstock (also distressed with the Bamboo ink) with my ribbon tied around that before adhering to the card base. I'd like to tell you the ribbon is from May Arts, but to be honest, I've purchased ribbon from so many different vendors over the last several years that I just can't keep it all straight anymore -lol...I'm sure you know the feeling. Anyway, it's a beautiful two-sided grosgrain ribbon (reverse image - one side green with brown; the other, brown with green, which is the side I used here).

I used my classic rectangular Nesties for the cross, stamping in Cocoa ink on Curious Iridescent Cryogen White cardstock (I just LOVE its shimmer!), matting with Sweet Leaf and again with Misty Lilac cardstock. The sentiment was stamped in Cocoa ink, and I added another couple small pewter brads in the upper right corner. And there you have it, my third and final Modern Cross card of the season.

Supplies: Cardstock: White Daisy, Sweet Leaf, Misty Lilac (CTMH), Curious Iridescent Cryogen White (Arjo Wiggins); Patterned Paper: LilyKate collection (BasicGrey); Stamps: Modern Cross, He Is Not Here (Cornish Heritage Farms); Inks: Cocoa, Bamboo (CTMH); Other: Nestabilities (Spellbinders), ribbon (my stash), pewter brads (CTMH), pop dots

This last Easter card is a little more whimsical than all the others this year. But since it's for my 'baby' (who'll be eight in just two weeks! *insert sad face here because I don't have any emoticons*), and because she knows the true meaning of Easter and won't be sidetracked by whimsy, I decided to play a bit more on this one, using the fun, swirly egg image from the Easter Elegance set.
I used Beate's inspiring Weekend Sketch Challenge from last week for this card, and for my version, I guess I could've named it 'Look Ma, No Tools' -lol.

The card base is Cocoa cardstock and the background DP is --you guessed it-- LilyKate (I had some fun with this 6x6 pack...if you hadn't noticed -lol), and the other, smaller piece of DP is from Around the Block (matted on Taffy and again on Cocoa cardstock). And again, because the LilyKate DP is a little on the soft side, a lot of its beauty is lost here in the scan. ;C I'm tellin' ya, first chance I get, I'm gonna break out that lighting kit and learn how to use it! This is really frustrating me!

Anyway, I stamped the focal image and sentiment on --and everyone said...-- Curious Iridescent Cryogen White (I should be handing out prizes to those of you who knew that one -lol), using another favorite du jour, Timber Brown. I colored the image in with my CTMH markers and then added some Star Dust Stickles over parts of the eggs. But of course you can't see the bling from the scan (we wouldn't want to break my running attempt to win the 'washed out and bland' award here, now would we -lol), so you'll just have to imagine it. The image was mounted on Taffy cardstock and then adhered with pop dots over the gingham ribbon. In hindsight, I think I would've liked it better if I'd inked the edges with Cocoa before adhering it to the Taffy mat...but you probably wouldn't have been able to see it anyway. lol

Supplies: Cardstock: White Daisy, Cocoa, Taffy (CTMH), Curious Iridescent Cryogen White (Arjo Wiggins); Patterned Paper: LilyKate collection (BasicGrey), Springtime (Around the Block); Stamps: Easter Elegance (Verve Visual); Inks: Timber Brown (Staz-On), Taffy, Baby Pink, Sweet Leaf (CTMH); Other: ribbon: retired apricot gingham (CTMH), pop dots

Thanks for putting up with me tonight. I'm definitely tired. ;)

With the celebration of this season and the eternal hope offered to us through the cross, I wish you and yours a wonderful, hope-filled Easter.

Thanks so much for the visit, and I hope you'll stop by again soon. Until then, many blessings to you!


Trish D said...

Beautiful cards!!

Happy Resurrection Day!

Janine said...

These are all gorgeous... I love these sets from Verve.. I haven't had much time to play with mine so will have to ink them up some time soon.

Jacqueline's Craft Nest said...

Beautiful unique cards, love your style!