And what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, and to love kindness
and mercy, and to humble yourself and walk humbly with your God? (Micah 6:8)

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Lighthouse Greetings

Summer days just seem to fly it is Saturday again, and I hope you are staying cool!  With temperatures at or near 100, these are perfect days to stay in the air conditioning and stamp away.  That's just what I've been doing so I have two cards to share with you today.

My first card is my design team sample for the SNSS blog.  Check out what the other Sugar Babies have done with the sketch and come play along with us this week!

 The Sugar Babies

Creative Nugget: Since I'm thinking cool thoughts, I decided to use this lighthouse digi from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps and flipped the sketch to accommodate the image.  The white panel was embossed with swirls and Diamond Stickles were added to the swirls to represent waves.  Since the embossing folder was not big enough for the whole panel, I scored two lines with the Scor-Pal, separating the embossing from the greeting.  After the greeting was stamped, two colored gem stones were added along with some piercing.  The EK Success border punch also gives the impression of waves.  I've learned to appreciate how white space on a card gives a clean and crisp appearance and draws attention to the main image, in this case, the lighthouse.  The lighthouse was colored with copic markers and a small gem stone added to the beacon.  The button twine was also colored with a copic marker to match the color of the DP.  The sand dollar, from another SNSS set called Flourish Seashells, was colored, cut out, and popped up with a dimensional.

Card Recipe
Stamps: Flourish Seashells, Lighthouse Digi (Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento), Enchanted Evening (PTI)
Paper: Pure Luxury White (Gina K), Enchanted Evening (PTI), Little Boy DP (Echo Park)
Accessories: Curved Rectangle Nestie (Spellbinders), Scor-Pal, Embossing Folder (Provo Craft), Border Punch (EK Success), Piercing Tool, Button Twine (PTI), Diamond Stickles, Glossy Accents (Ranger), Rhinestone Stickers (Michaels), Copic Markers R24, R29, R59, R89, BG0000, BG000, BG13, YR30, YR31, YG61, YG63, YG67, E70, E71, E74, W1, W3, W5

The Encouragement Ministry at our church decided to do a card shower for our pastor this week to show our appreciation and support for his commitment and faithfulness to our church body.

Inspirational Nugget: A good pastor is a true gift from the Lord.  "And Christ gave gifts to people ~ he made some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to go and tell the Good News, and some to have the work of caring for and teaching God's people.  Christ gave those gifts to prepare God's holy people for the work of serving, to make the body of Christ stronger."  (Ephesians 4:11-12)   I am so thankful for a pastor who gives us the truth each Sunday and not a watered down version of the word, a true shepherd who cares for and prays for our congregation.  If you appreciate your pastor, why not send a little encouragement his way!

Creative Nugget:  I used the same lighthouse Digi on this side step card to send to my pastor this week.  The directions for making a side step card can be found in this resource thread at SplitcoaststampersPool Party, Chocolate Chip, and Wild Wasabi were the colors chosen by Mary for  CC332, and seemed perfect for a nautical themed card.  I didn't have Pool Party so I substituted Cool Caribbean for the embossed waves which were then lightly brushed with the Wild Wasabi stamp pad and covered with Diamond Stickles.  The lighthouse, colored with copic markers, fit perfectly on the side step.  The other steps were decorated with waves, seashells and a verse from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps.  
I hope you've been inspired by one of these projects today...let me know what you think, and thanks for stopping by!


Card Recipe
Stamps: Flourish Seashells, Wait on the Lord, Lighthouse Digi (Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento), Wild Wasabi (SU!), Peeled Paint, Walnut Stain, and Broken China Distress Inks (Ranger)
Paper: Pure Luxury White (Gina K), Cool Caribbean, Chocolate Chip (SU!)
Accessories: Curved Rectangle Nestie (Spellbinders), Embossing Folder (Provo Craft), Rope Twine (SU!), Diamond Stickles, Glossy Accents (Ranger), Copic Markers R24, R29, R59, R89, BG0000, BG000, BG13, YR30, YR31, YG61, YG63, YG67, E70, E71, E74, W1, W3, W5


Shannon White said...

Miss Cathy, these are both soo Lovely! I love the Wonderful light house image and you colored them both up so beautifully! Really loved the embossed swirls and the sweet popped up sand dollar too! 8-)


Korin said...

These are just gorgeous, Cathy. Thank you for being a light on your blog :). You are a blessing to me!!

Shelby Goolsby said...

These are both gorgeous!! I love how you scored the embossing folder..that is such a great tip because I always get frustrated when they don't fir my paper. I love the waves and shells you used on the side step card, so pretty.

Jennipher said...

Fantastic work on both of these Cathy! You ROCK. Love that side step card.

Monika/Buzsy said...

Beautiful cards Cathy! Love that image (one of stamp sets on my wish list). The colors, the textures... just great. The side step card is just perfect!

Kim said...

Cathy - Your work is amazing!!

Janice M said...

Cathy both these cards are gorgeous! Love the Red & White theme of the lighthouses.

Anonymous said...

Very nice theme for the quote, step side card done well