Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Ash Wednesday

While I don't think it's appropriate to say "Happy Ash Wednesday," I know that without all that Ash Wednesday implies, there would be no 'happy' in our lives. Lent is one of my favorite times of the year. A good time to reflect on the past, and understand what 'hope' really is. So I'm sending you all the blessings that this season gives.

Cards. I've got two this morning. Well, I actually have more, but will only go with this pair this morning. The first card helps to celebrate Less is More's 5th birthday; how cool is that?! Happy Birthday and many more to come!! And I finally came up with an idea to play along at The Challenge too! My second card is for Muse. I changed it up a bit, but I like the way it came out. Anita has a beautiful card to inspire us, as you'll see.

Whoo Hoo!
Let's Celebrate!
We are 5 years old!




Since my sister Lisa has a birthday coming up, and since it's National Margarita day, we should celebrate on the 22nd, shouldn't we??! You can bet that if I could, I would make a batch to toast my baby sister. Unfortunately, migraines prohibit me....Waaaaaaaaaahhh!!!! But here's a little card, all dressed up in black and white:


I really wanted to play along with The Challenge but had difficulty coming up with something that made my eyes happy. Then, I had a little ping. Pulled out my MB number dies and did them all in white, plus the '54' in black. Can you guess how old my sister will be this year? (Hahahahaha Lisa, in case you ever read this!) Then stamped the sentiment with a PTI set using Versafine black ink.



Above you can see Anita's card. I love the embossing folder she's used on her card. I didn't have one that tripped my trigger, so decided not to use one. And I flipped my sponged branch, went with a smaller sentiment, and added a few blings. I like the way it turned out, and was happy to play along this time. Studio G inks, and an AE die cut. The branch was the remains of a Sizzix die, which NEVER came out right; I always ripped the leaves or stems...so I tossed it out, but decided to keep the negative and use it as a stencil. My dots were made with an SU marker. And that's it for now. Won't keep you, but will wish you the blessings of the day.

36 comments:

sandie said...

I am doing a Happy Dance for your white on white card, what a fab take on the sketch, totally inspired Bev x

Tracey McNeely said...

All beautiful cards Bev and yes you can say Happy Ash Wednesday and I hope you had pancakes for dinner yesterday too. These cards are getting my crafty mojo going!

Sazzle Dazzle said...

Beautiful cards Bev and I'm loving the added dimension with all those numbers. Great take on the MUSE card too. I'm thrilled to see you've linked up for the Less is More Birthday challenge. Thanks so much. Sarah

Lynn said...

Oh these are two fabulous cards. Love the soft stencil on the second one..and the first one..the numbers are perfect!

Barb said...

They're all lovely cards Bev. That's such a clever idea you came up with for your sister's card. Barbxx

cm said...

A belated Happy Ash Wednesday to you, too, my friend! I'm all over this snazzy card for your sister (she's still a young 'un, given she's younger than me); white on white, cascading numbers having a fun frolic, and the perfect whisper of black! Now this second card, pretty in pink and soft greens, is stunning! Delicate, soft and with a promise of Spring...Love these!
Hugs~c

Joyce said...

Two stunning cards, Bev. Love those tumbling numbers, and cool how you highlighted the most significant ones.

Judy1223 said...

Bev, I love how you started your post today...I do hope your Ash Wednesday and Lenten season are all blessed. I'm with you, Lent is my favorite time of year (actually Holy Week is my all-time favorite). Your cards are fabulous...I especially love the "54" birthday card (must go Pin this!)!

lostinpaper said...

Those 'hidden' birthday numbers are genius (no-one will ever know just how old they really are... wink)!

Susanne Vargas said...

That birthday card for your baby sister is genius! And so discreet! I pinned it already and will definitely use that trick at some point! And your take on the Muse is very sweet! Can't wait to see the other cards you made!

Darnell J Knauss said...

Well done on your Muse make, Bevie! I think it's perfect! But I gotta tell you, that number number with the emphasis on THE number is nothing short of genius! That's a winning pinning card right there!! Hugs and kisses, Darnell

Lisa Lara said...

Beautiful cards Anita. Love the "54".

Petra Swart said...

Love your card with all the numbers and what a clever way to highlight the 54, Bev!!!!! Your sister is going to love this cute card a LOT!!!!
What an elegant take on the muse card!!! The branch is beautiful and I really like the teeny tiny little pink dots and the rhinestones!!!! Pink and green - always a winning combination!!! Beautiful!!!!
Have a wonderful day!!!
Hugz

Lou said...

What a lovely set of cards, the white on white card is an inspired idea! Lou x

Kath said...

Fabulous cards - I love the white on white one. I have a couple of 'big birthdays' to make cards for this year and think this would be a great idea.
Kath x

Brenda said...

Your cards are just fabulous Bev! I love the number one, think that is a great way to do some birthday cards. Love the embossing fold on your first card, they are such cool ones. The branch is fab too. And the last card is amazing, love how you flipped the branch, the inking is so soft and petty. Hope your migraines give you relief and that the shot will work. Hugs, Brenda

maria f. said...

Whoa - that B/W beauty is fabulous. Love the graphic design. May have to use that idea. Here's to your pings!

Diane said...

Such a clever use of the number dies. So effective and all your cards are lovely :-)!!

Kim Heggins said...

Fabulous cards Miss Bev and I always think the same thing, you really don't say Happy Ash Wednesday to anyone but I love your way of explaining it, so perfect. Wishing a wonderful season of Lent. Your cards are fabulous my dear sweet friend! Thanks so much for taking the time to play along with us at The Challenge.

Marybeth said...

Last year when I text my kids to remind the it's Ash Wednesday of course the phone text ass . .... One of my son in laws text back it was his favorite day!
More gorgeous cards ,loving the white on white! Hope this means you are feeling better for now. I had a sligh head ach all day on AW and thought of you because I know your are so much worse. I had a few. Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Chrissie said...

Your WOW card makes my eyes happy too!
It's fab!
Thanks so much
Chrissie
"Less is More"

Buffy Esser-Burnside said...

Both cards are fabulous....I love how the 54 pops right off the page on your birthday card!

Bobby said...

Those white on white numbers is a fabulous way to personalize a card, Bev. I love it! Your Muse card is so soft and pretty with that airy branch and just the right amount of bling.

Ardyth said...

That number card is super clever - storing that away for future use! Love the simplicity of your take on the Muse, too! So glad you joined us!

Neets B said...

Two wonderful creations, Bev. The age card is such a clever idea (must store that in the memory bank!) and perfect for the LIM challenge. And I love your sweet interpretation of my muse card, the sponged leaves look lovely.
Thanks so much for playing along at Less is More and Muse, Anita x

Berina RGA said...

2 beautiful cards!! Love how you've used the die cut negative as a stencil!! Beautiful work!!
-Berina
Moxie Craftie

Anita in France said...

Oh goodness, Bev ... your white on white birthday card for Lisa is a stunner ... love that tiny smidge of black around those two important numbers ... graphic and gorgeous! What a lovely take on the muse ... soft, delicate, dreamy ... and so very pretty! We use Bon Carême ... Good Lent ... which is what I wish you, my sweet friend! Hugs & bisous, Anita :)

Lori said...

Fabulous designs! Love the white on white card. It's such a creative take on the sketch. Thanks for joining us at The Challenge!

Geri said...

"54" ..... totally rocks and is my new #1 fav Bev card. Sooooo calling Winner, Winnner on this fabulously clean, simple beauty! AWESOME shadow technique!

2nd card - bee-you-ti-full! The sponged branch is sooooo pretty and so perfectly blended! Nice bits of perfectly placed blings! Speaking of blings, you always, ALWAYS place them in the absolute perfect spots. Something you're gonna have to teach me how to do at the LH!

Broni said...

Awesome use of the sketch! Thanks for playing along at The Challenge!

Anne said...

What a really stylish white on white for your sister - CAS perfection!
Thanks so much for joining our 5th birthday celebration challenge!
Anne
"Less is More"

Susan said...

Beautiful cards! Love the birthday card...very clever use of numbers!The second card is also beautifully done...love the pink and green!

Charlotte said...

The letter card is such a nice idea!
Congrats with your notification on the LIM blog!
Charlotte

Evelyn S. said...

Your white-on-white creation is beautiful!

Darnell J Knauss said...

I had to pop back and congratulate you on being Showcased by LIM, Bevie! That is HUGE!!! And well-deserved!! Enjoy your day! xxoo Hugs, Darnell

Kylie said...

Wow! I LOVE the numbers cascading down the side of the card! The highlight of the "54" is subtle but just enough. Looks great!

And as for your second card, soooo pretty! Love the softness of the colours with the bright cardstock behind. xx