Monday, March 2, 2009

In Everything Give Thanks - Eggspecially for You

An appropriate title for the season of Lent I think (the first part that is!) - a good reminder for us all. The featured stamper on Split Coast this week was Kelly H who has some beautiful cards in her gallery - I finally decided on this card to CASE. And here is the card I created:


I loved the white embossing on her card - but I don't have the stamp set she used (can you believe there is a stamp I don't have???! Shocking - I know!! LOL!!) - so I substituted the Bird Call cuttlebug folder which has similar lines. First I inked the inside of the front of the folder with First Snow Ink by Papertrey - put the card stock in the folder and ran it through the cuttlebug. I love the look that this technique gives. I cleaned off my folder immediately after embossing.


I added a second blue shade of color to my card by using the Blue Bayou for the Bible Verse (Verve Visual) and the framing of the cuttled panel. I did emboss the sentiment using Versamark embossing ink and white embossing powder. The butterfly was punched out of Glitter card stock using a Martha Stewart punch. I attached it to the card with a glue dot. I really like how the cuttled panel came out on this using the ink.


Stamps: Verve Visual - Pray without ceasing
Paper: White: PTI, baja breeze, blue bayou: SU, Solid Glitter White: Provo
Ink: Fresh Snow: PTI, Versamark Embossing Ink
Accessories: White EP, foam dimensionals, butterfly punch - Martha Stewart, Bird Call Cuttlebug folder, cuttlebug, Fresh Snow Satin ribbon: PTI, hot gun

Today's Clean and Simple (CAS) challenge on Split Coast was to use piercing or drawn dots on your card to highlight the image.In keeping with the 'less is more' idea of Clean and Simple cards - I simply stamped this egg on a white square, mounted it to a plum pudding square (I know - it looks black in the picture - the trials of night time photo shooting!) mounted that to the card - stamped the sentiment underneath the image and then used my Stampin Up grid, mat and piercer to add the lines of piercing. The card looks simple - but I went through 3 colors and 3 different stamps before I got the combination that looked good to me!! And I do like how the piercing looks on this!

This pretty egg and coordinating sentiment are from a new H&M Stamp Set called Eggstraspecial. It's one of Heather's 3 new sets so be sure to check it out!

We had about 7" of new snow today - mostly during morning commute - oh joy!

Thanks so much for coming by!

Stamps: Eggstra Special: H&M Stamps
Paper: white, Plum Pudding: PTI
Ink: Plum Pudding: PTI
Accessories: paper piercer, grid, mat: SU, creative memories square punch

17 comments:

~amy~ said...

Fabulous cards Julia...I really love the cas Eggstra Special one :)

MakiJo said...

Ohhh, they are both very beautiful! Each card has a fantastic style and grab my heart! TFS~

Joan Ervin said...

Your cards are gorgeous, Julia....I love the bugged background on the first one and the CAS card with the purple egg and piercing is just awesoeme!!! I thought about you, Anne, Fran, and Beverly today when I saw the weather report....stay safe and warm!!!

Debbie said...

These are both stunning Julia!! Love that cb on the first one...and how you used that as the main image...GORGEOUS! And you know I love the Eggstra Special One! LOL! I think I may have to play that CAS challenge b/c that is one FAB card girl!

I was thinking of you yesterday with all the snow...we ended up with an inch or 2 but for some reason the roads were bad. You'd think we never get snow here w/all the accidents we had!

Pat (mspfd) said...

Stunning, Julia! Your design is awesome. I adore this card!

Pat (mspfd) said...

Wonderful use of the CB folder! Great card, Julia.

chelemom said...

Both of these are gorgeous! Love the piercing in the second one....so subtle, yet so effective!

dpkennedy said...

I love the embossing on the first card! Such a beautiful, elegant card! The clean and simple card is perfect too! Love the the focus on the egg!

Christina said...

You have been busy while I was away! I don't know where to start everything is super cute! but I have to say I love that pray stamp. WOW WOW WOW!

newenglandstamper said...

Both cards are gorgeous, Julia!

Bev said...

Both are beautiful cards and another idea on using my Bird Call cb folder. tfs

LeAnne said...

Beautiful cards, I love them both!

Carolina said...

Such adorable cards - love the soft feel of the first and the piercing on the second one is just perfect!

Lisa Olson said...

Oh Julia these are stunningly beautiful, so elegant and pretty and beautifully finished, I have this folder and have not used it yet, thanks for the inspiration.
Thanks for being YOU!!

JulieA said...

Wow! That first card is so beautiful and the second is so stunning in it's simplicity and color. Gorgeous!

debb said...

Two beautiful cards! Love that bird call folder! debb

Vicki (basement stamper) said...

These are both really gorgeous creations!! Too funny, I cased the very same card on the top one....but mine looks nothing like hers at all!! LOL!! So much for casing, eh?