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Friday, 22 April 2011

Easter Symbols

front of card

close-up of floral arrangement

close-up showing shaped stamped flower

close-up showing heat embossed butterfly

close-up of shaped & glittered butterfly

inside of card

close-up showing corner detail
& paper pierced scallops
(click on images to enlarge)

The theme for Simply Stampin's third challenge is Easter. I had to think a bit how to approach that with my Bliss Stampin' Up set (I have another month to go before the party & some new stamps). 

What does Easter mean? It's remembering Jesus' Crucifixion & Resurrection; & if we are Believers that is central to our faith & hope. My Mum was an Ordained Minister of the Church in her later years & she would have liked this card. The butterflies represent new life; the cross the crucifixion; I've used an embossing folder to create a semblance of a stone wall with trellis along the top; it could be the wall around a cemetery where the cross is the headstone for a grave, but also Jesus was crucified outside the city wall.  A garland of spring flowers adorns the headstone - I've used brown pearls for the centres & couldn't help but think of the Kingdom of Heaven being likened to a "pearle of great price" (King James Bible Matthew 13:46). As I was putting the card together I had to laugh when I realised I'd unwittingly used a predominance of chocolate brown cardstock & Rich Cocoa Memento Ink for there we have Chocolate Easter Eggs. 

Stamps Stampin' Up Bliss.
Inks Memento Tangelo & Rich Cocoa; VersaMark watermark stamp pad with Stampendous Detail Clear Embossing Powder.    
Colouring Stickles Glitter Glue (Cinnamon).
Cardstock An assortment of colours in various textures & finishes from stash, Craft UK white card blank.
Punches etc... Woodware (butterflies, small daisy, circle & scalloped circles), Martha Stewart (edger & corner), Cuttlebug Embossing Folder (Tiny Bubbles).
Pearls Bunny Zoe's Crafts.

Challenges Entered
Simply Stampin' Challenge 3 - Easter
Simon Says....Emboss It (I have used both dry embossing & wet/heat embossing)


Sarah-Jane said...

This is a lovely card, beautiful flowers and embossing, I don't quite know what has happened to the Linky either! ;-) Never mind, your entry is still in!
Thanks for joining in with this weeks challenge
Hugs xx

Donalda said...

girlfriend this is just breath taking. So love your embossing dear and those flowers are just gorgeous. Love the corner punch too it is all just gorgoeus dear. hugs my dear

Debs said...

Beautiful card Paula. Such a lot of work has gone into it. Debs xx

Sharon said...

I love all the themes you have going on to represent Easter - very clever!
It's a lovely card. Thanks again for joining in with this week's Simply Stampin Challenge.....x

Judy's Crafty Moments said...

Wonderful card Paula. I am so impressed with your stunning flowers and butterflies. They are just beautiful. The chocolate and orange combination is so rich and warm. The Easter themes are wonderful. Thank you for sharing those.

Wishing you and your husband a very blessed Easter.

Love Judy xx

saturated canary said...

a beautiful card that represents so many beautiful themes. well done!...nice to see an easter card that represents the true meaning of the holiday:)


Sandra said...

Hi Paula. A lovely card - so many techniques! Love the glittered butterflies. Sandra

Lorraine A said...

Beautiful card Paula :-) the flowers are stunning and the colors and details are all perfect :-)

thanks for joining us on the Simon Says Stamp Challenge :-)
Lols x x x

weewiccababe said...

I always love to see the attention to detail you have on your cards Paula and this is no exception.I really love the shaped flowers and butterflies

Elaine said...

Fabulous card Paula and of course so fitting for the Easter celebrations from the cross down to the chocolate colours (for the non believers)
Love the flowers and the depth you achieve on them and the beautifully embossed butterflies.

Happy Easter Paula

Love Elaine xx

Hanna said...

Paula, this is absolutely ADORABLE! I LOVE IT! Gorgeous, yummy colours and the flowers and butterflies are out of this world! WOW! Stunning! Love how you've decorated the inside as well as the outside.


Donna said...

Stunning Easter card Paula, the colours are amazing and so are your flowers...such a beautiful embossed butterfly...a really pretty card :) Donna x

xxxtglxxx said...

Fabulous Easter card Paula - such a lot of thought and meaning gone into this - and well worth the effort.

I think the stone wall and fence look great, the flowers are beautiful and delicate and the butterflies are just perfect. Had to laugh at your accidental choice of chocolate and cocoa though! :D

Hope you had a great easter sunday Paula,



Teresa said...

Beautiful card, love the butterfly. Thank you for the lovely comment you left for me on the Sugar Nellie blog, I really appreciate it. Teresa xx

mamapez5 said...

Hi Paula. I have just found you via the CB site. I love your card and the fact that you have drawn from the real meaning of the Easter celebration. My son is an ordained minister and Easter is a special time for all the family.
I love your flowers and the colours you have chosen. It all works together so well. Kate x

Debgem said...

Oh Paula - this is lovely. I adore the flowers on the cross, you have got such depth on them - and the pretty pearl centres are fab! I do like the way you always do the inside of the card too. Fab!!

Annie said...

gorgeous flowers on your card Paula, and beautiful butterflies too.
hugs, annie x

GinaA said...

Fabulous as usual, I love all of the references to Easter that you have put in.
The detail on the stamped butterfly is lovely.

Wendy Ramlakhan said...

What a beautiful and elegant Easter card Paula. I adore the color combo that you've used. The dimension you created with the butterflies and flowers is amazing!!

Lorraine said...

oh wow Paula this is fab the flower arrangement is gorgeous and i do love the embossed butterflies too they look fab xx

Pauline said...

Beautiful card, the little flowers are so pretty.

Hilde Larsen aka. Tindaloo said...

elegant card and awesome details!