Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Natural Flourish

Thank you for visiting - it has been a week since I wrote anything here, but I have been busy making cards!!  
Can't do everything at once.... well that is my excuse - I can multi-task, but with the computer in one room and my craft area well away, it is a little difficult :-)

I chose to feature this card this week as Stamping Sisters In Christ have a challenge to use red and/or blue in a card this week.  

The challenge is is based on  
2 Chronicles 7:14 "If my people who are called by My name will humble themselves and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land." 
This is a scripture that applies to all nations, as we all fall well short of what is godly, both as individuals, and those who lead us, and we as Christians need to pray for our nations, no matter where we live.

I had made this card using blue inks and the Layers of Color stencil, Natural Flourish - I have been experimenting with these stencils and love what you can do with them - before I saw the challenge, as I wanted to send a card to a family who have just welcomed a son. 

The crib stamp is one from my daughters stash, but it is unmarked.  The full stamp has a star suspended over the crib, but I masked that part of the stamp for this card.  The crib was coloured with chalks and blender pen.

The edges of the main panel were distressed and sponged and the corners pierced before it was mounted on a pale blue base.  A simple card, but quite effective, I felt.

I then went on to make this card, using the same stencil but different inks.

The anniversary it is for is a Ruby one, hence the touch of red on the butterfly (from Layers of Colors, Flutterescent set) and the pearls - one for each decade.

I stitched the main panel, as well as distressing and sponging the edges, then mounted it on a dark green base.  Not quite as quick and easy as the description may imply, but I enjoyed my time and was pleased with the outcomes.

Thank you for calling by again, and I trust your day is as lovely as our day is today, here in the middle of an antipodean winter.


Lovely Linda said...

Oh my giddy aunt Maxine - you are ROCKING Blogville with these Layers of Color Art Stencils! I love what you have done here with both cards! Gorgeous Maxine! I love the journey you are on with your cards - your work has such a lovely feel Maxine - especially your Faith Art! I LOVE it! It is a joy having you play along with us at Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challenge this week - hope to see you again next week! {{{hugs}}}
Linda SSCC & LOC Design Teams

Melisa Waldorf said...

Maxine these are AWESOME. I absolutely love how you put the little baby cradle right in the curve of the swirly! Lovly job chick!

Grace said...

Oh my goodness Maxine... wow!!! I'm loving what you did with these stencils!!! So creative!!! Love the way the top one cradles the cradle in the bottom curve! Love the rich tones on the ruby anniversary! So gorgeous!!!

peggysue said...

Oh they are both so beautiful, what a lovely work of art you have created with those stencils, the look is so different with the different colors and images you paired them up with. Thanks for joining us this week at Stampin' Sisters in Christ!