Sunday, March 26, 2017

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Easter Card

When I make cards snippets of hymns I used to sing usually play in my head. This set of cards inspired two hymns from the days when I used to teach in a Christian school in Harrisonville, Missouri. At Easter the music teacher taught my class "Lift Jesus Higher" which paraphrases John12:32: "And Jesus said if I be lifted up, I will draw all men unto me." The other I learned in church which I kept repeating, "Lift high the cross, the love of Christ proclaim..." He gave us the perfect example of love with both His life and His death. The cross He died on wasn't attractive. I'm sure it was a rough hateful thing. But since it represents His sacrificial love, taking our punishment for our sins, artists down through the centuries have decorated crosses to symbolize this love.

This sketch at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge inspired my design for these Easter cards combining the symbol of the Easter cross with Cricut cut spring flowers along with some old Paper Garden papers and new Paper Fundamentals.

I used Cricut Flower Market cartridge to cut the flowers. You may use my cut file if you have that cartridge. They are sized for my 6.5" x5" card.  My hubbies favorite is the purple one I made first which has the sentiment and cross embossed with silver. The cross comes from a retired CTMH stamp set A1184 Rejoice.

My favorite has a lot more white space and is embossed with gold to match the yellows in the striped Paper Garden papers.
The embossed sentiments show up better in this photo.

Thank you for visiting! May you be blessed with the joy of Christ's love!

I'm sharing this post with the following challenges:

Addicted to Stamps Challenge #144 - Easter
Atlantic Sketch Challenge #204
Cut It Up Challenge #118 - stitches (mine are faux from the MFT double stitched circle die)
Fab n Funky Challenge #343 - flowers
Moving Along with the Times #41 - handmade or die cut flowers
Mustard Seed Faith Challenge - any shade of yellow
My Time to Craft - woodland animals or Easter
Really Reasonable Ribbon #160 - Spring/Easter with ribbon
Southern Girls Challenge #156 - use a die  cut
Word Art Wednesday #274-275 - anything goes


Kathleen said...

Vickie, Your cards always inspire me! I love the embossed cross, do you remember what stamp set that comes from. I didn't see you mention it.

Jenny L said...

Hi Vickie,
what a very lovely card and your design is so wonderful.
Love the wonderful embossed cross, and your daffs are so beautiful.
Thank you for joining the MAWTT Challenge.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L. DT

aussie aNNie said...

Cute card and gorgeous image, thanks for joining in our challenge this time. xx[aNNie DT for Fab n Funky

Lori said...

Such beautiful Easter cards! I don't know if I could pick a favorite! Thanks so much for sharing with us at AHSC! -Lori DT

Cut It Up Challenge Blog said...

Those are stunning. I love the placement of the flowers.

Thanks for joining us for our "You've Got Me in Stitches" challenge at Cut it Up!


Golden Goddess Designs said...

lovely cards, I like the one with white space best, thanks for sharing with us at AHSC this week!


Team Clark said...

Hi Vickie, these are the most beautiful cards! I love everything about them. Hugs, Autumn

Oma said...

Beautiful cards Vickie! I love them both! Thanks for joining us at AHSC!

Nancy said...

Your Easter cards are both so beautiful, Vickie! The embossed cross is fabulous!
Thank you for joining our first challenge at Mustard Seed Faith! :o)

Jackie Trinder said...

Hi your Easter cards are gorgeous. Thank you for joining us at Moving Along with the Times Challenge Blog Handmade Flowers. Hugs Jackie DT

Wendy L said...

Super card, thanks for joining us at MAWTT, xxx

Danoesja said...

These easter cards are both very beautiful.
Thanks for joining us at Addicted to Stamps.
Greetings, Danoesja

Judith said...

Gorgeous Easter cards Vickie- such a lovely design. Thank you so much for paying along at Moving along with the times floral challenge this week hugs Judith x

BeautifulMomentCards - Tracey Fehr said...

Vickie, both of these Easter cards are beautiful! I love those pretty lilies! Thank you for playing along with us over at Mustard Seed Faith Challenges!

Wendy Nicola Jackson said...

Two utterly fabulous Easter cards! Gorgeous cards both of them and perfect for our 'Diecuts' challenge at Southern Girls, thanks so much for joining in the fun with our challenge this fortnight. Hugs, Wends xoxo SGC DT

Lisa said...

Such beautiful cards! Thanks for sharing with us and thanks so much for playing along at Atlantic Hearts!

Wendy said...

Beautiful cards...Thanks for joining us at Fab'n'Funky :)
Wendy xx

Peggysue Turner said...

I have been through Harrisonville! I love Arkansas, such a beautiful state! And I think I create better works of art when listening to inspiring music like old hymns too. This is wonderful. Thank you for joining us for our first challenge at Mustard Seed Faith!

Sue Reynolds said...

Beautiful set of Easter Cards. Thanks for sharing with us at Atlantic Hearts this week, and please join us again for this week's challenge.

Amy Ottmers said...

Super cute!!! Thank you for joining us at Cut It Up, good luck!!! Amy DT

NJ Stamping Queen said...

Gorgeous cards, Vickie! So refreshing to see Easter cards with inspirational elements and not bunnies or eggs. Thanks for sharing at AHSC blog.
:) Marie

Traci M said...

Such beautiful cards, love the gold embossed crosses and Easter sentiments! I love listening to Christian music while Stamping also... Thanks so much for joining us at Mustard Seed Faith challenge!

MariLynn said...

Beautiful cards. I love how just subtle changes in color can make such a big difference. Love how the crosses look. Thanks for sharig with us at The Mustard Seed Faith Challenges.

Karen Letchworth said...

This is GORGEOUS, Vickie! Thanks so much for sharing this in our Spring Challenge, and I hope you'll join us again soon.
Karen L
Really Reasonable Ribbon

Jo said...

Awesome creation. Love the colours.
Thanks for playing along at MTTC :)