Tuesday, September 28, 2010

A Week of Gratitude: Day 2

Welcome to DAY 2 of  A Week of Gratitude! Remember to leave a comment here and then check out Mary Dawn's post at My Pink Mexico to leave another comment for a chance at this week's give-away!

Yesterday, I made a card for an old friend who's been out of contact with me for a while. I just want her to know that I still think of her and value her friendship during those years of my life in Idaho.

Today, I'm sharing a card for a very new friend in my life, a woman named Barbara. We met a week ago at our first Stephen Ministry class, and we are now prayer partners for the duration of our training. Obviously, Barbara and I have faith in Christ in common, since we both feel called to the Stephen Ministry. We're also both a bit uncertain and nervous about the responsibility of providing Christ-centered care for people in need. The Papertrey set Everyday Blessings gave met the perfect stamps to make a card for my new friend!


Design Discussion: I really wanted the scripture to be prominent, so I offset the cross and made sure it overlapped the sentiment on the word Lord. The gray medallion in the center of the cross forms a bit of a right triangle with the sentiment...a design I can't remember using before. My original plan was to put the matted panel on a standard 5.5-inch wide card with a bow off to the left for balance, but that looked, well, odd, sort of like the eye just didn't know what to look at. It was a distraction.

So I cut the card down to evenly matte the stamped panel and added pearls to the corners to anchor the whole thing. Now the eye moves just between the cross and the verse, which is where I want it to be. At least, I hope the design works that way!

I'm really liking the gray and lime color scheme lately. It's so fresh-looking, and softer than black and lime would be. I'd rather not beat someone over the head with a blessing, if you know what I mean!

Do you have a new friend (or person you hope will become a friend) in your life? Why not make a card for him or her?

Supplies
stamps: Papertrey
ink: Memento
paper: PTI white, SU gable green
accessories: SU ticket punch, half pearls, dimensionals

57 comments:

  1. I like the grey and lime colour combo too Susan and I agree a bow would have been a distraction. I really like the centres sentiment with the soft pearls in each corner. All very striking.

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  2. I love those pearls! Its a color combo that I've not worked with..should give it a try!

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  3. I love this card...so perfect in color and in the design.

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  4. Very pretty card. Love the size/spacing!

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  5. Lovely card....what a wonderful and rewarding mission you are taking on...should be very rewarding.

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  6. This is exceptionally beautiful in design, color, and layout! I can't tell you how much your card designs inspire me. I think it's because of the stories behind the cards that I just can't wait to CASE them. If only just to prove I've really absorbed the lesson you were trying to share. You rock! I CASEd one for my French teacher today.

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  7. Love the grey and lime! Really tones down the lime to a sweet color rather than a bright one.

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  8. Great balance in this card and love the colors.

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  9. I like the colors together something I probably wouldn't have thought to put together. Like the verse with the cross-neat design.

    Blessings as you prepare for your service ministry.

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  10. Thanks for the lesson in placement. Nice color combination.

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  11. The balance seems great to me! Once again, I appreciate you taking the time to talk through what almost went wrong and why.

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  12. I love the colors! So soft and soothing. I like how you "chomped" the corners and used the pearls.

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  13. Gorgeous (as per usual!) I love the scripture and you've paired it perfectly. I love your thought process behind the layout, thanks for sharing it:)

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  14. Susan, I love the softness of the card and I'm sure your new friend will appreciate it. You've inspired me to send a card to a friend that I haven't talked to in several years, but at one time we were really close. Thanks.

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  15. Beautiful card. Your explanation of your creative process is so helpful. I actually have made several new friends in the past few months. I will make them cards, thanks to your inspiration.

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  16. Beautiful card! Thank you for walking us through the design process, it really helps! Today I am grateful to be able to learn from creatively talented bloggers.

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  17. Such a beautiful card. I am loving the gray. So much softer and gentler than black.

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  18. what a gorgeous card and what a blessing it will be to your new friend!

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  19. This is a beautiful card and I'm sure your friend will really appreciate it. I love the way the colours work.

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  20. Beautiful card, she will love it!!! Perfect!

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  21. Wonderful card! I love the colour combo and a perfect balance of course.

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  22. Colors, balance, love it!! -Pamela

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  23. This is beautiful! I love the color scheme too and need to try it. The meaning of this card and giving it to a new friend is a fabulous thought!

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  24. Your card is so pretty. A couple weeks ago I made 2 of my friends a Thank you Card. They loved them. I love to see the smile of the person i give the card to!

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  25. so pretty! And your eye does travel between the cross and the sentiment. It's perfectly balanced and a lovely color scheme!

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  26. Beautiful card! I would never have thought of putting gray and lime together. Thank you for the design explanation. I really like square cards and your description of how it focuses the eye on the image and sentiment helps me understand when a square card would work better than a rectangular card.

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  27. This card is a perfect example of the beauty of simplicity. Mor would have just taken away from both the lovely sentiment and the image.

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  28. This card is lovely! I especially love the medallion and pearls (perfect).

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  29. Your new friend will be thrilled to accept such a fab card. The Lime is so clean and fresh and using Grey with it was a real inspiration. An unfussy, simple, sincere card.

    Mary Mac x

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  30. Everything about this card is PERFECT! Seriously. PERFECT! LOVE it!

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  31. Perfectly beautiful! I love the colors, the scripture and the placement.

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  32. Awesome - fabulous color combo. Thanks for sharing! :)

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  33. This is a wonderful idea. And I love your card - very peaceful and elegant.

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  34. I love a green and white color scheme, and the sentiment in gray is perfect. I'm sure this card will bless your new friend.

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  35. Perfect card for your new friend in ministry.

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  36. what a lovely card, i know your new friend will appreciate it, and thankss for the inspiration!
    tpatti@windstream.net

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  37. Lovely card, TFS - I am sure your new friend will love it too! your blog is an inspiration to me! Hugs always! G

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  38. I think your card design is marvelous and just love your color scheme too.

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  39. I hope your new friend will enjoy this beautiful card.

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  40. I agree with you... The lime and gray work together on this card so well! And I do plan to make a card for a new(ish) SCS friend who's very supportive in her comments.

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  41. Beautiful! I'm sure she will love it.

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  42. Pretty! I love that lime color! Very refreshing.
    DeniseB

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  43. I love the lime green and soft gray combo. Very elegant and striking. Beautiful card!

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  44. What a great color combination! I'm sure your friend will like the card.

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  45. I love hearing how you plan the card and I love the soft colors. Your friend is going to love it. Paulette S. in MO

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  46. Thank you so much for sharing your design tips. I can't see it myself, but when you explain it it makes complete sense. You are a tremendous resource for those of us who are artistically impaired (smile)

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  47. love the colours!! very fresh!!
    no new friends but an old one that has come back into my life and would prob love a card!!

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  48. This is just beautiful! Nice balance and your friend will appreciate it so much!

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  49. You always make clean and simple so fun and exciting for me. I struggle with the less is more approach. Luckily, I have you to CASE!
    Great job on this one...

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  50. love this card.
    your friend will, too.
    i have a coworker who is the dearest soul.
    she needs a card like this!
    thanks!
    marty ferraro

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  51. Nice shade of green and a very lovely card!

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  52. Beautiful card! I have this set and you have inspired me to bring it out again. *Ü*

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  53. Great layout and sentiment ~ TFS!

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Thank you so much for taking time to comment!