I made my card using Taylored Expressions – SEASONAL TREES Die Set TE448. I wanted to make a sympathy card, so I opted for a white on white feel, with minimal colour. I first cut out the trees. On another piece of card stock I estimated how deep the sky/land should be and with Distress Inks (Broken China, Squeezed Lemonade, Tumbled Glass, and Mowed Lawn) Lightly inked the background. I also added a small seagull from Impression Obsession’s – Sea Birds Die. The sentiment is by Verve Stamps - Forever in our Hearts.
Unfortunately I needed to refill my Sympathy card stash, and I was looking for a CAS card suitable for a man or woman. The focal point is Impression Obsession’s - Sea Birds dies. I made 3 versions of the card. I used a With Sympathy Embossing folder for the sentiment for the first card, and a sentiment from ’Ballerina Rose’ Stamp Set By AnnaBelle Stamps. I die cut the birds from a different white card stock to give them more dimension.
Card 3I entered card 1 into Cardz 4 Guyz – #53 Birds
For the next two weeks, Mrs. A at the Butterfly Challenge is hosting Challenge #24 Butterflies + R is for Ribbon. I made a sympathy card using new butterfly dies I just received from Memory Box called LYDIA BUTTERFLY & SORONA BUTTERFLY. The first die is both an embossing and cut die. To achieve the effect, I cut out the base butterfly in a patterned tone on tone paper from my stash. Next I die cut two of the filigree version and run them both through my big shot, once normally, and once with the rubber mat to emboss. I fussy cut out th floral details and popped them up with Stampin’ Up dimensions. I layered the butterfly on the Sunray embossing folder by Craft Concepts. I used a sentiment/die, With Sympathy/Vintage Labels Seven by JustRite. The ribbon, gems and pearls are from my stash.
I entered my card into the following challenges:
Creative Moments - Challenge 62 Anything Goes/Paper Piecing (I paper pieced the butterfly)
Loves Rubberstamps – Challenge 139 – Let it Sparkle
ABC Challenge – D is for Diecuts
Pile It On #56 – Butterflies
4 Crafty Chicks – Things with Wings
Addicted to Stamps - Embossing dry or heat
UPDATE: My card was selected as a favorite of the week at SCS for the week ending March 22/15. See Post 19 at http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/forums/general-stamping-talk-f17/favourites-week-ending-march-22-2015-a-t597743.html
It is always a sad time to make a sympathy card, but it is very important to send your condolences. A friend’s co-worker’d father passed away and she asked if I would make a special sympathy card to her. I made two options for her to choose from.
For my first card, I masked off the card front and blended Broken China, Peeled Paint and Evergreen Distress ink. I then stamped the single tree from Stampin’ Up – Lovely as a Tree in the same inks (stmped off once) for the background, then the full tree in Stampin’ Up – Artichoke Green. The sentiment is from Clearly Besotted – Brushed Poppies. I stamped the tree on the envelope as well as inside the card.
For the second card, I went very simple. I used the white wood grain paper by SSS. I die cut the large fern Spellbinder - FOLIAGE Dies, and paper pieced it back into the opening. I only glued the stem so the leaves would add dimension. I added the Sympathy die sentiment from SSS. I added another leaf plus sentiment on th inside cover of the card, plus a greeting verse.
I entered this card into MFP - Speedy Fox and Friends Challenge 246 - Only White
UPDATE: I won the MFP - Speedy Fox and Friends Challenge 246 - Only White
Unfortunately as ones gets older, one has a need for Sympathy cards. I wanted a few very simple, yet classic designs. I made up the cards using a few different embossing folders, ribbon/gems/encaustic leaves from my stash, and a sentiment from Verve.
I entered my first card into Totally Gorjuss – Sympathy Challenge and Cards in Envy – Autumn Leaves Challenge
I entered this card into Little Tangles – Anything Goes
UDATE: My card was selected as Mailbox Winner by the Cards in Envy Design Team. See Cards in Envy – Autumn Leaves Challenge