Tuesday, November 2, 2010

The Manger


I held my swaddled tight and comfy warm newborn in my arms, and as we rocked in the chair, I read to him the Story of Christmas. There's not a better story out there that holds so much symbolism, so much hope for the future, especially during the holiday season.

The stamped scripture verse dictated my design of this clean and simple card, and I went quite symbolic with my embellishment choices. I included a strip of wood to represent the manger, ivory rustic twine to represent the swaddling cloths and the staples to represent the hardship that the three of them faced and will have to face during their lives.

Here's a close up of the lovely verse that is included in the newest release from Practicing Creativity Designs!:

I completed the inside of the card as well, with a beautiful passage from the same set:

Hop on over to the inspirational blogs of Paulina, Dana to see some amazing projects with this same set and you definitely don't want to miss stopping by Courtney's blog

Supplies Used:
Cardstock: (Vintage Cream) PTI

Stamps: (Rejoice!) Practicing Creativity Designs
Ink: (Vintage Photo Distress) Ranger
Patterned Paper: (Pyrus) Basic Grey
Embellishments: (Ivory Twine) May Arts, (Staples), (Wood)
Tools: (Circle Cutting System) Creative Memories

26 comments:

  1. great cards. so simple, yet right to the point.

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  2. wonderful clean and crisp cards Karen!

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  3. Great inside and out! Love the clean design and the wood strip and string look fab.

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  4. Awesome concept Karen.. Just gorgeous :D

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  5. Your cards are stunning (no surprise there). I am SO SO excited about the release of scriptureal Christmas cards!!

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  6. Perfect! The wood makes it shine!

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  7. I love the simplicity of the first card... I am not sure that with a beautiful verse like that you need much more! Well thought out by you... love it!

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  8. Stunning design for both...just wonderful!!

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  9. FAB-U-LOUS-O!!!!! Congrats on another set! The symbolic elements are awesome!!! Can't wait to see the rest of the set!

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  10. Karen,
    What a gorgeous card, meaningful sentiment and fabulous use of materials to create a special theme!
    Brandi

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  11. lovely card-inside and out:)

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  12. Beautiful card, Karen! I love all of the meaningful elements you used--the wood, the twine, the staples. Gorgeous work!

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  13. Simple yet STUNNING Karen...love both cards!

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  14. This is lovely and amazing, Karen! I love the outside verse and the large inside sentiment.

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  15. CAS at its best! Lovely work Karen! :)

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  16. Beautiful Karen, I love the symbolism!

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  17. It's amazing how something so clean and simple can have such an impact!

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  18. Oh, my. This is simply fabulous. I may have to have this stamp set and duplicate your card!!! :)

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  19. amazing simple designs. i adore these, girl!

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  20. Beautiful Karen - I'm especially loving how you used the wood to represent the manger. Brilliant!

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  21. Karen, I'm woefully behind on reading blogs, and as I scroll through all your posts in my reader, I'm struck again quite powerfully by how amazing your design sense is, how much inspiration your blog gives me. Thank you. For all of it.

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  22. Oh! So simple, yet unbelievably touching and beautiful. I ADORE this!

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