Strength & Prayers for Today

Today is one of those days – we all know where we were and what we were doing 15 years ago.  The devastation of 9/11 hits all of us in different ways and for different reasons, but it touches us all.  I don’t like to talk about sad and solemn things here – this is a place of happiness – but sometimes we make cards to heal or to help others heal.  Today’s card is a simple, inspired by a sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch.  Here’s my card:

Strength & Prayers, Crazy About You, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, CTS#189And here’s the sketch for Leigh Penner’s challenge that inspired my card:


Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Strength & Prayers.  There’s something so beautiful about the dove in this Strength & Prayers stamp set.  The lacy wings add such a delicate feel to this bird.  The dove is a symbol of peace, and that’s exactly how you want the recipient of a card like this to feel.  Whether these wings are stamped in bold, graphic colors or soft, wispy ones (like this one on Tip Top Taupe with White Stampin’ Emboss Powder), the dove conveys beauty, peacefulness and a hope for strength.

    Strength & Prayers, Stampin' Up!

    Strength & Prayers, Stampin’ Up!

  • Versatility of this Image.  Not only is this gorgeous dove beautiful, but it’s also very versatile.  Aside from the card I shared above, I’ve used this stamp set two other times (you can click on either of these projects to see my original posts.  I used the dove once as a colorful sympathy card: Strength & Prayers, Better Together, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, PPA305and it works beautifully on a coppery Christmas card, too: Strength & Prayers, Holly Jolly Greetings, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, Christmas card
  • Beautiful Neutrals.  I love this combination of neutral colors for a solemn, peaceful card.  While Whisper White keeps things crisp, Tip Top Taupe grounds it all.  The black accent just deepens the mood.  I used this same combination of colors on my “Well, This Just Stinks” card – you can see that card here.  If you like this combination, too, please save this as a reminder:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Basic Black, Tip Top Taupe, Whisper White

Stamp Sets:  Strength & Prayers, Crazy About You  Papers:  Tip Top Taupe, Basic Black, 2015-2017 In Color Designer Series Paper Stack  Inks:  Whisper White Craft  Accessories:  White Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Strength & Prayers, Crazy About You, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

I hope you have a wonderful day!  There are so many memories associated with today – it’s a dark day for so many so don’t forget to keep those people in you thoughts and prayers today.

I hope you’ll pop over to the CAS(E) This Sketch site to see the cards by the design team members and to play along with Leigh’s challenge.

Thanks for stopping by today!


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  1. A beautiful card using a symbol of hope for remembering this day.

  2. Simple, beautiful and heartfelt. You really know how to make the dove sing!

  3. A very elegant card! Thanks for your inspiring words on this day of remembrance.

  4. Very elegant & well said, Brian.

  5. Very beautiful! It is perfect for days of remembrance

  6. As always, an amazing card. In fact, an amazing group of cards. I love how you show us that with a change of color and saying, a stamp can be so versatile. Thank you Brian, you are one very special designer.

  7. Beautiful card Brian. I like that you chose to go with neutrals for this card, it adds to the simplicity. Great job

  8. Beautiful card. Love the subtle color combo and the white embossing.

  9. Very calming Brian! Don’t know which one is my favorite!

  10. Beautiful, beautiful card.

  11. Brian – I believe that this is one of my favorite stamps… your take on the cards is just… well… AWESOME! Thank you for sharing 🙂

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