Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Thoughts and Prayers

Thoughts and Prayers is a new set in Stampin' Up's Spring/Summer Catalog and it caught my eye the first time I leafed through the pristine new pages! I love it's elegance, simplicity and beauty, and it also has six sentiments that are so useful and range from Thinking of You, Get Well to Sympathy. There is also another graceful image of a flowing vine with flowers on it. This tree image is also a Decor Element so it can be used to decorate your walls too! What a beautiful set, in more ways than one!

I designed a very similar card as the one below for a workshop last week and just tweeked it a little for this one, adding the knot in the bow and a little more of the chocolate chip background showing. I really like this color combination of chocolate/cocoa and kiwi with vanilla; it offers great contrast and looks so clean and fresh.

First I used my Kiwi Kiss ink pad to ink only the leaves on the stamp. Then I inked the tree trunk and branches with a cocoa marker; because the marker is darker, it will cover the kiwi ink. Occasionally "clean" your marker by scribbling on a piece of scrap paper to get the green ink off. I then "huffed" on the stamp to re-moisten the ink and stamped this on vanilla cardstock, then stamped the sentiment with cocoa ink, This piece was layered onto Kiwi Kiss, Chocolate Chip and a vanilla cardstock base. The Kiwi Kiss striped grosgrain ribbon was tied in a single knot then the ends were adhered to the underside of the chocolate layer.

This was a quick and easy card, yet striking in it's simplicity. The ladies at the workshop seemed to really like it and finished theirs quickly.

Stamp set: Thoughts and Prayers (#113252, p. 58, $25.95)
Ink: Kiwi Kiss, Close to Cocoa pad and Stampin' Write Marker
Paper: Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip, Kiwi Kiss cardstocks
Accessories: Kiwi Kiss Striped Grosgrain ribbon, Snail Adhesive

Thanks for dropping by for a visit! Sorry I haven't posted sooner but I've been busy with a workshop, classes, health and then yesterday we had tornadoes in Oklahoma, one of which skipped over our house but did alot of damage in the Oklahoma City/Edmond area and we were without electrical power for a number of hours.

Please pray for those who lost loved ones yesterday in the tornado at Lone Grove in south central Oklahoma. God bless them. Thank you.


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