Sunday, March 29, 2009

Simple Prayers

The first time I saw this stamp set,I knew I wanted to make a simple black and white card with the images. My sweet friend, Nancy Littrell, shared her Fifth Avenue Floral set with me (thanks Nance!). She showed me some fabulous, colorful cards she's made with it. Her SCS gallery is full of amazing creations, you can see them all right HERE. Even after all her colorful inspiration, my card ended up being, black & white :) ! I love the simplicity of it and the clean lines. I used the Praying For You sentiment from the Thoughts and Prayers set, along with the new scallop oval punch (available April 1st in the Occasions Mini Catalog). Here's a closer look at some of the dimension on the card, created by stamping an extra flower, cutting it out and popping it up on Dimensionals, as well as adding touches of Clear Spica Glitter Pen & Crystal Effects to a few of the petals. Those are two products that I use all the time and the good news is, they're really inexpensive. A bottle of Crystal Effects costs about $6 and will last you a long, long time. And those clear Spica Glitter pens are a steal at less than $3 each. If you're looking for an inexpensive way to add shimmer and shine to your cards, I highly recommend both.

During Nancy's visit, she also showed me her new Manhattan Flower Textured Impressions Die.

I ran a few through my Big Shot, then promptly added one of the dies to the SU order I was placing that evening. It creates an instant, gorgeous floral impression that can be layered or used alone to create a card. You can see the simply gorgeous card Nancy created with it right HERE. Isn't that stunning?

These are two styles of cards that I'm likely to make extras of to keep in my stash. A great card to send off to a friend, to let them know you're thinking of them and praying for them.

Thanks for stopping by. My classes begin tomorrow, so my posts will be a little less frequent, probably once or twice a week during Spring Term ... it's gonna be tough, but studying is going to have to come before stamping :) ! Have a great week.

Supplies for the first card (size 4 1/4 x 5 1/2) ~ Stamps: Fifth Avenue Floral, Thoughts and Prayers Paper: Basic Black, PT White Ink: Ranger Distressed Black Soot Accessories: Large Oval Punch, Scalloped Oval Punch, Spica Glitter Pen (clear), Crystal Effects, Dimensionals

Supplies for the second card (size 4 1/4 x 5 1/2) ~ Stamps: Thoughts and Prayers Paper: Basic Black, PT White, Bashful Blue Ink: Ranger Distressed Black Soot Accessories: Manhatten Textured Impressions Die, Big Shot, Bashful Blue Taffeta Ribbon, Stamp-a-majig

11 comments:

The Crafty Den said...

What beautiful cards Nancy, especially the first one. I agree they look gorgeous in black and white. Good luck with your studies, although it will be a shame that it will mean that we won't get to see your amazing work as often. Hugs, Denise x

Nancy Riley said...

Oh! ... the drama you have created with these images! WOW, Nancy!

Darlene (SCS:akronstamperdpk) said...

Both cards are WONDERFUL!! Love the black & white ... so stunning!

liannallama said...

oh, these are amazing and have such big impact! I am in love with your cards!

Marisa said...

Great cards! Love the top one - CAS with a big punch. Well done.

nancy littrell said...

OMG Nance, love how your images turned out :-) You continue to amaze me with your creative talents....even on very simple cards. Can't wait for our next playdate....now I will be competing with your classes for our time together, but am excited for your next big adventure :-) You Go Girlfriend!!

Alex said...

Gorgeous cards Nancy - love what you did here! *STAMPIN HUGS* Alex

Denise said...

Very beautiful cards!!! Love the simple, but yet very elegant look to them.

**Nancy** said...

Gorgeous cards!!! I just ordered the Fifth Avenue stamp last week! I should be getting it this week!!! I can't wait! Especially after seeing your cards!! TFS!

Angel said...

LOVE these, nancy! I am so glad you recommended this set to me. It is very classy!!

Lori Craig said...

THUD.... I love this look. So stunningly classy.