Saturday, April 23, 2011

Finally...a Purple Card!

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I absolutely love purple...it's been my favorite color most of my life.  With that being said, I think it's strange that I own very few purple things, and make very few purple cards. 

I coaxed out a piece of Lovely Lilac cardstock (sadly it is a retired Stampin' Up! color) the other day and made two of these cards.


This card was made with a Splitcoast Clean and Simple Challenge in mind.  It is CAS #115, and we were to be inspired by a sketch by "mamamostamps", otherwise known as Maureen Merritt.  Her clean style is fabulous!


I used Finial Press embossing folder on the bottom half of the card front.  A dandelion cluster from Mark's Finest Papers' Just Dandy was stamped in Going Gray (another retiree of SU).  The butterfly (MFP's Garden Fairies) was colored with a variety of Copic markers, then coated with Crystal Effects for a thick, glossy accent piece.  The lavender flower was a terrific bargain at Michael's.  I think there were 6 or so of these flowers in a bouquet cluster, and the cluster was 39 cents!  I bought several.  ;)


I really like how the envelope turned out, stamped in Lovely Lilac ink.


My 12 YO is doing better.  She is not out of the woods with her eating disorder, but she has gained some much-needed weight and is functioning more like the sweet girl we know and love.  Whew.  Our work continues, but we are so relieved to have the worst of it behind us.

Colleen

Stamps:  Just Dandy, Garden Fairies by Mark's Finest Papers
Paper:  Whisper White, Lovely Lilac
Ink:  Going Gray, Memento Tuxedo Black, Lovely Lilac
Other:  Big Shot, Finial Press embossing folder, gray satin ribbon by Offray, lavender bargain flower at Michael's, Crystal Effects, Copic markers, dimensionals, pearls by Queen & Co.

17 comments:

Vicki Dutcher said...

BEAUTIFUL card!!

So glad to hear your little one is improving! Good for you and HER!

Cecelia said...

Very pretty! I love that butterfly!

Hugs xx
Cecelia B

Holly AKA KopyKat said...

this is so beautiful, I love it! I need to stop hoarding my retired cardstock,lol.

Shirley said...

Absolutely lovely, Colleen!

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous card, esp that butterfly! Good news about your kiddo. Keep those purple cards a coming - this is really so pretty!

Chris R. from Iowa

Marisa said...

Love the flower silhouette image and of course the butterfly. Perfect card to make me happy :) Darling flower you made too.

SO glad to hear of the improvements and will continue to pray for a complete recovery! Hugest of ((hugs)) to you, Colleen :)

~Tammy~ said...

Beautiful! I miss this color too! So happy to get the positive report at the end of your post! :-) It's a long journey and I know many who have been down the road! Keeping you in our throughts!

Janny said...

I also love purple and I love your buttrfly. Beautiful card. Janny

Linda Callahan said...

Beautiful card - so perfect for spring! And wonderful news that your little one is on the road to recovery!

Bev J. said...

Good news about your daughter-good for her (and you). Love your pretty purple card-love the dandies!

Stella said...

Your card is stunning but the best part of this post is your little "update" about your daughter. I am so happy for you that things are going a little bit better. It's a long and difficult journey..... Take care.
I hope that you and you family are having a wonderful easter!

Pauline said...

Beautiful! Purple and grey work so well together, I love the delicate dandelion image, it makes a very elegant card along with the gorgeous butterfly.

Emily Keaton said...

What a lovely, LOVELY CAS card, Colleen. So glad you were able to use your favorite color!! Your coloring on that pretty butterfly is stunning, and what a gorgeous {bargain} flower. As you know, I LOVE finding and using bargains like that--just as much as I like hearing about others' crafting bargains!!!

Stacey G.- 2 Craf-t-4u said...

This is so pretty Colleen! Love how you placed the butterfly and that it is color. Pretty flower too! Purple is also my favorite color, and I don't seem to use it enough either. When I first started doing cards, I didn't even have any purple supplies. That has changed. Glad to hear your daughter is improving. I am so sorry your family is going through this. You are in my thoughts & prayers. I had an eating disorder when I was younger. I was a bit older so it is different, but she can get through this. Sounds like you are going through the right steps. There was not the same programs there are now when I went through it.

Benzi said...

What great news about your daughter. I'm so happy for you and for her.
Your card is beautiful. I love those colors and your pretty flower. Be back to see more. Got to do some things. Hope I don't have to shut down the puter...bad, bad storms above us and headed to us, I'm sure.

Bonnie said...

I miss Lovely Lilac. I'm so glad you pulled some out. That butterfly is gorgeous! I"m so happy to hear that your daughter is doing better. Prayers continue.

Jinny Newlin said...

So glad to hear that Haley is doing better! She has been and continues to be in my thoughts and prayers. And the butterfly on your card is AMAZING! Beautiful colors!

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