Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Thoughts and Prayers

Hi everyone! The minute I saw this tree from Thoughts & Prayers in the new SU! catty I knew I had to get the set. I just love it - so much that I got the coordinating wall decor to spruce up my wall in my spare time (yeah, right - like that will happen anytime soon!) So the images are beautiful, and I've seen GORGEOUS cards made with this set. The only thing I don't love about this set is that it's double mounted. ICK!!! Was that really necessary? What a terrible thing to do to such a beautiful set! Double-mounted is okay for alphas and borders, but for large images? Just say no! LOL Apparently I need to find myself some wood blocks, and then blow up the teeny tiny index labels about 500% because the two stamps from this set that I double mounted totally drove me batty, just in the time it took to make this card!

But, I digress. Regardless of the double-mounting, the tree just makes me sigh and I LOVE it. It's so graceful! Oh, the things we endure in the name of art! LOL! :) Anyway, when I was tooling around on the computer this weekend, I ran across this week's CPS sketch {CPS104} and it reminded me of this image, so I decided to take my new set for a test drive. I started by stamping the tree in Versafine Onyx Black and then using my Mat Pack and paper piercer to do a little faux stitching around the edges of the panel. Next I pulled out some Eclipse Tape and did some masking to first ink up the outer edges with Sahara Sand then Chocolate Chip. Next I masked off the outer edges and a strip at the bottom and sponged around the edges with Soft Sky, leaving the center white, giving it a cloud effect. Next I moved up the lower mask and inked on the Mellow Moss for the ground. I love the finished effect.

The background panel is stamped with Sahara Sand using the leafy image from the set on Kraft paper and matted with black. The tag is from the Nestabilities set, and I inked the edges with Sahara Sand and Chocolate Chip, then matted on black and added a Kraft Taffeta ribbon. I finished off with a couple off white Kaiser Craft flowers that I inked with Chocolate Chip ink and then sewed a Button Latte button to the center with some linen thread. A few little dots with a black pen around the edges and I was done.

40 comments:

Molly B said...

That is beautiful! -Molly B

Gretchen said...

Wow! This is beautiful! I love how you made grass and sky!

Tricia said...

What a gorgeous card. It's so peaceful and lovely!!

Caryl P said...

What a beautiful card! I love all the shading you did to make the tree look like it's in a field.

Cheryl Joshua said...

WOW!!! I love the earthy tones,this is fabulous!!

mudmaven said...

To put your mind at ease - SU is not going to do double mounting with anything but alpha and word sets from now on. They heard our pleas and won't do it anymore. Won't help the sets that we are stuck with now though. What size wood blocks would you need? I have a whole box and would gladly send you what you need. Just let me know dimensions and I'll see if I have them. ~chris

Denise ~ Paper Ponderings said...

Oh so beautiful!

Riet said...

woww Julee,what a gorgeous card.

hugs Riet.xx

Renée said...

This is so gorgeous, Julee! Love the two toned background behind the tree and the colours of the whole card are gorgeous!!

Alli Miles said...

Oh I know what you mean about this stamp set. My friend (a SU demo) told me about this set and it was love at first sight. Your card is stunning!

Cindy Major said...

Your card looks amazing!!! One of my favorite SU! cards ever, for sure! Love how you did the background, the silhouette tree, the piercing, the shabby chic look with the inking... Perfect result!

Thanks for sharing!
Cindy

Stephanie said...

I love what you have done with this set, mine is on order and now I am really worried about the double mounting (yikes).. I am a tree lover and just had to have this...

Tami Mayberry said...

absolutely love this! You did an outstanding job. Thanks for joining us at CPS!!

{pam} said...

what a gorgeous card! i love the tree stamp!!!

Amy said...

oh my goodness! This sympathy card is stunning Julee! Hope all is well with you, I haven't seen you around the blog lately. I sure looks like your mojo is rockin', girl!

Lisa H. said...

just beautiful, Julee! I love this image and you made it look even more amazing.

dpkennedy said...

Oh Julee, this is stunning! I love the colors and that tree is just perfect! Wow!

Lynda Benden said...

Wow Julee, this is BEAUTIFUL! I love the scene you made ~ gorgeous!

Amy Sheffer said...

Breathtaking, Julee!

Kelly Schelske said...

Beauitful Julee!!

Shar said...

Truly gorgeous! Love the way you put together the scene!

Michelle (sf9erfan) said...

WOWzers! I love this! I CAN'T wait for my order to arrive, you KNOW I got that tree too. But, the whole double mounted thing is buggin' too. Ack! Maybe I won't mount them both from the get go and hunt around for another block (where would one find one of those?). Anyhoo, lovin' this card!

jo said...

Gorgeous!! I love it :-)

Danisha said...

This is a beautiful card. I love it when you do cards like this!!! Would love to see in pictures how you manage to get the look.

Dawn Easton said...

Beautiful Julee! Love your scene that you created...so pretty!

Wendy said...

I am with you on the stamp, it is wicked and I love your card! I too got the Decor Elements tree for the wall and it is sitting on my craft room floor still! LOL But the stamp is double mounted???? What the??? Just because of that, I might say na!

Silke said...

Julee - I love the layout of this card - very neat and soooo gorgeous!!!!

Mary Fish said...

Absolutely stunning. Love the "sky." Hugs, Mary

Chriss Blagrave said...

Stunningly beautiful and elegant Julee! Love it.

Marisa said...

I'm with you Julee! I just LOVE this set!! It's my fave from this catty and I just can't wait for it to arrive. However, Double Mounted - YUCK!!! Think an e-mail to SU will be sent today about this not so wise decision. Guess I'll have to bake some cookies adn visit my neighbour up the street again so he can cut my Big Blossom block for this set so it can be mounted properly!

Didn't realize this image came in Decor elements...hmmm...may have to get that for myself as it is such a beautiful image, I just love it!!

Okay, now to the card - it's lovely. Great sponging and faux stitching.

Julia Aston said...

love your landscaping around your pretty tree! nice job on the sketch Julee!

Beth Norman said...

Ok. This is definately the most stunning card I've seen with this set!! Oh my goodness, this card rocks! It's on my list to buy. With so many nice sets in the new cattie, I'm not sure if it will be at next months' Stampers 12 or the following. Either way, you make me want it even more!

Valerie said...

beautiful card!

Jackie Pedro said...

Just stunning!!! I love every inch of this beauty, Julee!!

Tanya said...

oh this is gorgeous! I love your work and this tree is very "you".

Pam SCS "craftea19" said...

I don't just leave messages to be leaving them....that said. This is the most gorgeous use of this stamp ever! Mouth droppin' gorgeous!

Genelle Collins said...

I am with you on the double mounting--I got Wonderful Watercolors and am so disappointed.....I got the one image to line up once out of about twenty tries...You did a nice job with this T&P though.

Kelly Lunceford said...

This is amazing! I really love what you did with the tree and the background! Super fab! Great touches, too!

kimosabescraps said...

beautiful job.. I have this set on my wishlist.. it goes great with this weeks sketch!!

Melissa K. said...

Really beautiful card! I just ordered some wood blocks online so that I can go ahead and order this set. I've bookmarked this page so I can come back and case your card once my blocks/stamps arrive! :)