Friday, December 10, 2010

CSS Blog Hop!


I'm so excited to be joining in this Gina K Designs Center Stage Spotlight Design Team blog hop! This time around we found our inspiration in a sketch by my talented friend Melissa Cash.  If you made it here from Cheri's, you're in the right spot!  To start at the beginning, visit the forum at StampTV.

My card is a very clean and simple design using Asela's set, Winter Wings.  I used a nestabilities  oval to cut a window from some kraft card stock to allow the sentiment to peek through from the layer underneath.  I stamped the bird to overhang the edge, and colored/cut another one from ivory card stock to pop up on dimensional dots to add even more depth.  The edges of the kraft card stock were inked with distress ink, but the ivory was left clean and bright like fresh snow for contrast.  It really would have been pretty to add some stamped snowflakes with Versamark or white craft ink, or even feathers from Asela's newest set, but time has been tight so I kept it super simple.  (I actually tried to add some lace, but liked it best without it after all!)


More Notes:
Copic markers
Martha Stewart snowflake punch
Diamond Range Polar White Flower Soft
buttons
jute thread


This photo angle is a little odd and makes the mat look uneven, but I actually took this picture outside the theatre as we were getting ready to go in to see Narnia on opening day!  Didn't want to make us late, so I actually (to the embarrassment of my fellas) took my foam board with me and went back out to the car to take it after we bought our tickets!  Matthew, sweet indulgent son that he is, held the whole set-up for me...it was just beginning to sprinkle, so we were crouched under the open window of the back of the Jeep to stay dry!  I feel lucky the picture turned out useable at all, and I'm glad my card survived!  I am planning to send it to a sweet friend from my church who recently lost her husband...I think it will make a nice sympathy card for her.  I love this verse from Ecclesiastes (are you singing it too?), and the little sparrow reminds me of His care for us.  That will hopefully bring comforting thoughts to Violet as she walks through this Winter of her life.  I would love if you'd whisper a prayer for her and her family, and for others in similar circumstances.  It is especially hard to lose a loved one so close to Christmas.

Thank you for your visit, and for your prayers!  Next on the hop is my friend Jen's!  Can't wait to see what she has for us to feast our eyes upon!

eta:  This card is one of two that I have made for the Order of the Opus Gluei! This week the challenge is to "Get Frosty!" 

131 comments:

  1. This is beautiful, Deb! I love the soft colors and wonderful verse. I'm sure Violet will really appreciate your thoughtfulness. Keeping her and her family in my prayers.

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  2. Stunning card! Love how you used the sketch.

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  3. Deb- this is a lovely card. The colors are fabulous and your coloring of the bird is super. I am sure your church friend will cherish it. I will remember her in my prayers.

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  4. Deb, your card is beautiful! I love how soft and comforting it is! You always amaze me with your wonderful designs!

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  5. Deb this is a wonderful card. I love how the bird turned out. Your story of the photo made me chuckle....I could just see this taking place. (Us card makers can be very fanatical at times. LOL) With out without the snowflakes, this is truly lovely. Prayers for your friend.

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  6. Stunning card Deb...I'm sure it will bring Violet a bit of comfort and she will treasure it for years to come. I also love your CAS take on the sketch!

    Thanks for the background story on how this photo came to be - I thought I was the only one who pulled stunts like this - hugs!

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  7. Oh wow - I love this.That bird is so pretty! Love how you took the photo - I have taken some at work, during lunch! We are a wild bunch aren't we?! Sending prayers....

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  8. Gorgeous, Deb! I love the attention you pay to details.

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  9. This is lovely, I love the subtle colors!

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  10. Deb, I love this!! It's beautiful and your friend with cherish it!
    Thank you for sharing the story behind the photo!
    I will keep Violet and her family in my prayers.

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  11. You make CAS look so good Deb! I absolutely love this!

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  12. Beautiful card!!!! Love your little bird!!

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  13. I am just gonna HAVE to get me those birds. sweet.

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  14. Such a lovely card, Deb! I am sure it will lift the spirits of your friend, Violet. My prayers for her at this difficult time. I love how you did the cute little bird on this card. I haven't played much with that set and your card has given me inspiration to pull it out and play.

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  15. this is darling, love the window and the Kraft!!

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  16. What a darling bird! This is a sweet card! I love the branch you have him sitting on!

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  17. Deb, this is a really lovely card. I love the bird and the verse is perfect. I'm sure your friend Violet will appreciate it.

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  18. What a pretty serene card. Your friend should really like it.

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  19. Very pretty card! Kraft cardstock has always been one of my favorites.

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  20. Oh! Just gorgeous....love that little bird

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  21. I really like the natural look of this card!

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  22. This could be a picture frame too! Love the back to nature look. Thanks for sharing

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  23. So pretty! The little bird really pops!

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  24. Great use of those soft colors.

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  25. What a great use of the bird! Thanks for sharing

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  26. What a sweet card! Thanks for sharing it and the back story.

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  27. I'm a bird lover with several bird stamps, so this one really caught my eye. Peaceful color choice.

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  28. Great card, very classic look...

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  29. Oh, Deb, this is just gorgeous! I love the snowflakes and the snow on the branch. Fabulous card!

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  30. Just wonderful. Such a great take on the sketch.

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  31. So pretty! Love the bird on the card.

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  32. Very pretty in browns. Thanks for sharing!
    http://thehoosierstamperleahanngast.blogspot.com

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  33. Your friend is in my prayers. Love your story about the card. (How was the movie, by the way?)

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  34. What a pretty card for a special person. I love any stamp with a bird on it, and you showcased this set beautifully.
    Shirley L.
    Roseville, CA

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  35. OMG!!! As soon as your card pop up on my monitor I just fell in love. I just love this...so much fun to see so much creativity!!!

    Thanks so much for sharing.

    Valerie Martin

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  36. Such a pretty card. I love the dusting of snow around the opening. I just said a prayer for your friend Violet to heal her heart at this most difficult time.

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  37. What a great fall card. I love birds, and this just "hits" the spot. Great Card.

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  38. Beautiful card. Love the simplicity.

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  39. Amazing! I do admire your work.

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  40. You have such great talent and vision. thanks for sharing.

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  41. Your "simple" card is very stunning. Thanks for sharing your idea with us.

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  42. love the clean and simple design. TFS!

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  43. So very beautiful, Deb! A wonderful sympathy card. Love the simplicity of it and how the bird and the button/snowflakes set off that lovely verse.

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  44. Really sweet card Deb! So soft and serene. Great take on the sketch!

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  45. I love the subtleness of this card. Absolutely stunning

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  46. So very pretty. Love the soft colors. Great job,
    Susie
    susies@twcny.rr.com

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  47. I just love the colors This is doing it for me!

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  48. Beautiful! Love how the bird is peeking into the frame and you've used such a pretty colour combo

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  49. What a beautiful sympathy card you have made!

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  50. A very special card for a special person,We can all relate to this -god bless Rita Allen

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  51. Very nice, looks very calming and peacful. A great combo fo a sympathy card.

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  52. Beautiful card, Deb! The little birds will be battling the snowflakes real soon!

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  53. SO Nice, love the clean uncluttered look, so simple but just plain gorgeous.

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  54. I love the simplicity of this card. It is just right for a sympathy card.

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  55. Your friend will love it. It'll bring tears but knowing that God will care for her is a sweet reminder during such a heart breaking time.

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  56. Great job... thanks for sharing.

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  57. Your use of the snowflake and button and twine embellishment is lovely. I always learn something when I go to the experts.

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  58. Really pretty with the cut out bird.

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  59. This card is classic and elegant. I just love it!
    Melody

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  60. Great card, that bird is just perfect!

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  61. Reallhy lovely card. Love the colour scheme.

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  62. Beautiful card as is. So glad you held off on adding more. And what a special 'gift' for your friend in her time of loss. May all the added prayer bring added strength and peace to her.

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  63. Lovely card - clean and simple is my style as well - love the muted colors!

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  64. This is such a beautiful "sympathy" card and the verse is very good. Barb Shelton

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  65. I love window cards! This is such a cute card

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  66. This is so beautiful!!! I will have to borrow this one for sure!!

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  67. This IS a really different card from your last submittal for this challenge but it is also a a great one. I think that your friend will be touched by such a beautiful and sincere card. The clean lines and gentle beauty are really wonderful, and I think the circumstances of your son holding it up for you and you photographing it on the fly are great - families of crafters are tolerant and good natured souls.

    I will send up a prayer for your friend's loss and yes, this is a very difficult time to be experiencing this kind of pain.

    Thank you again for your submittal to Opus Gluei!

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  68. A beautiful, special card. I can see this being used many ways.

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  69. Very pretty card!! Thanks for sharing!!

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  70. Stunning card! Very beautiful.

    Blessings!

    ~§hawnie® Bartron
    http://cardsbyshawnie.blogspot.com/

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  71. Such a beutiful card. Soothing colors!
    Donna Billingsley

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  72. I love this card. You did a beautiful job.

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  73. LOVE birds and this card is right up my alley...er...tree! LOL

    Maggie Minnich
    maminnich@wowway.com

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  74. What a charming clean and elegant design! It is absolutely perfect for the sentiment.

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  75. Deb: This is a beautiful card and the sentiment I'm sure, will offer some peace to your friend. Love the simplicity of the design, it works so well!!!

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  76. Love the pretty bird and the way you used it

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  77. Beautiful card. Very nice job.

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  78. very pretty card like the color it is very soft cute little bird to
    thank for showing

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  79. My fav card of the blog hop - thanx for the inspiration and blog candy opp! Now I'm off to check out your blog in more detail! Then back to my task of making a couple more sympathy cards too; I never seem to make those to have on hand ... sigh ...

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  80. This is such a serene card.
    I'm sure it will be cherished
    by your friend. Will remember
    her and her family in my prayers.

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  81. The cards with birds are all so lovely

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  82. Clean and simple sometimes works best.

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  83. Love the bird on your card. Nice added touch!

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  84. like the colors and the bird very pretty

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  85. Great use of the sketch! The bird is wonderful and I love the warm, muted browns you used. Makes me want to head home to family for the holidays. :-)

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  86. like the colors and the bird very neat Joan W

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  87. I like everything about this card--the coloring, the depth (amazing)--it's just beautiful.

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  88. Such a sweet, soothing card to send to someone. The bird and the coloring were just right.

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  89. Your friend will be blessed by this Deb, just beautiful and love the way you added the snow on the branch!

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  90. Such a beautiful card; very earthy and natural looking.

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  91. Wow, rain and all, this is a great card. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  92. The card is so lovely--understated and pretty. My prayers go out to your friend at the loss of her husband. Thank you.

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  93. Beautiful - the stamp set Winter Wings is a pretty one, huh! Thanks for sharing!

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  94. subtle, quiet, elegant and soft-spoken: words to describe the mood of the card. Really precious

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  95. Oh how pretty, You card is lovely, I love your bird!! Thanks for sharing!

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  96. I love the buttons on the snowflakes. Great look.

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  97. I guess the most interesting thing about this card is the bird. How cute is that...he looks so real. Great work!

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  98. I really like this card - it's simple yet conveys so much! I especially like the distress ink on the Kraft paper and the dimension it adds!

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  99. I love it - so glad you didn't change a thing! The whole scene is simply perfect!

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  100. Ooh - so pretty Deb! I love the rustic feel and monochromatic look of this card. That bird is so adorable and looks great positioned on the frame like that, and I love the snowflakes with button centers too.

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  101. It is a simple design but I do like it. The color is especially warm and inviting.

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  102. This is a great card! I love the details.

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  103. I like this card best so far.... beautiful. Lovely sentiment too.

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  104. WOW. This cards is stunning. I love the kraft and the frosty branch. Thanks so much for playing with us at OPUS GLUEI.

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  105. Stunning card. I'm sure your friend Violet will love and appreciate your card and I hope she will have comforting thoughts with it, especially in these times. :)

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  106. Lovely card and a sentiment that will give comfort to your friend.

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  107. Love this card it is so soft looking. Very elegant. Thanks for sharing. I am always looking for great ideas.

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  108. Very elegant....lovely card and sentiment!!

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  109. I love the dimension you've displayed on this card!

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  110. This card is so sweet. Very serene looking.

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