Monday, March 31, 2008

Twice the Sympathy

Yep, it's Monday again (sorry for the lag in posting)...but that means that I got to stamp a little over the weekend. And what made it even easier is that it SNOWED Saturday night (and again last night), so going outside and freezing isn't really on the top of my to-do list. And, being a California girl transplant (shhhh -- apparently it's not popular to move here *or some other places in this country for that matter* if you're from California...not sure why, unless you're the stereotypical valley-girl, brain-dead surfer dude, or self-absorbed Hollyweird type, which, I'm happy to report, I am NOT), I am SO ready for some warmer weather. While I love sipping my mugga hot chocolate as much (or more) than the next gal, I'm ready to shelf it for a good long while and start making some fruit smoothies...but not until my toes thaw out! ;)

Anywhoo...I've been needing to make a sympathy card for a friend (I've only made one other, and just can't seem to convey my feelings on these types of cards and so they really intimidate me). I started in on Saturday night (working from
Beate's Weekend Sketch Challenge) and ended up putting it aside out of frustration -- it was 'color-challenged' (and this was even confirmed by my husband -lol). I had thought about maybe chalking some 'life' into the flowers in the patterned paper, but quickly nixed that idea when I realized my chalks were still boxed up somewhere in the basement. So, after a good night's sleep, I came back to try again, this time starting a new card altogether (I'll get to that one in a minute). After making one that I think I can send, I went back and tweaked the original attempt just a bit. My husband still thinks it's rather boring, but I really like it's soft, elegant look. Part of me thinks it might be more appropriate for a wedding card (though, not with that sentiment -LOL!). So for now, I'm putting it aside, reserving judgment until I can come back to it with a fresh perspective. Here it is:

See what I mean? A bit pale. I do think the wide satin ribbon and the little bit of white matting helped a lot. What do you think? Should I (1) change the sentiment or (2) stockpile it as is? I'm not sure what other options I have at this point, but I'm open to any other suggestions as well.

I used a White Daisy card base, the beautiful but *ahem* "neutral" floral patterned paper from Close To My Heart's Paper Garden Level 2 paper pack, and a layer of Bamboo cardstock separating the two papers. The inset piece on the left is another "neutral" paper (looks almost marbelized -- very pretty in real life) from the Paper Garden pack, run through my Cuttlebug with the Swiss Dots embossing folder, and then layered on Bamboo and White Daisy cardstocks.

The focal image is stamped on Colonial White cardstock using one of the small floral images from Close To My Heart's Spring Equinox set, and the sentiment is from Papertrey Ink's Out on a Limb set. I added some Liquid Pearls to outline the two small floral images and did some stippling of Bamboo ink on the piece before matting in on Bamboo cardstock and adhering it with pop dots.

****EDITED****: MaryJane -- first let me say thank you so much for your kind comment on this card. I'm glad you liked it enough to say's always nice to get feedback. ;) The only piece I used the Cuttlebug on is the smaller piece of patterned paper; I'm guessing that if you added some type of scripty flourishes or subtle background stamp or even if you chose another piece of patterned paper, you'd be just fine without a Cuttlebug. As for the dimensions you asked about, the card is standard size (4 1/4" x 5 1/2"); the larger focal piece is 3 1/8" x 2 5/8"; the smaller focal piece is 1 7/8" x 1 7/8" -- all inner pieces of paper on those dimensions are cut slightly smaller the the piece it is matted on. Does that make sense? If not, give me another holler and I'll try to explain it better. ;)

On to the next card... I used Beate's Weekend Sketch Challenge from the previous week for this one. It was a fun sketch to work with, and one that I think could be really versatile (ditto regarding the one I used above). Here's her sketch if you want to give it a try (and then leave me a comment here linking me to your version -- I'd love to see what you come up with!):

My attempt here uses Sweet Leaf cardstock (again, run through the Cuttlebug using the Swiss Dots embossing folder -- LOVE that folder!), matted on Cocoa cardstock on a White Daisy card base. The main focal image, matted on Cocoa cardstock, is stamped with Papertrey Ink's Out on a Limb, with the addition of some Star Dust Stickles at the base of each leaf for a bit of dimension and sparkle. I also stippled some Heavenly Blue around the image and added some dots all around the edge of that piece. (I'm still struggling to get good pics for posting, so hopefully you can see some of the detail if you click to see it in a larger view.)

The sentiment piece was cut with my classic and scalloped round Nesties, stamped on White Daisy (all images are from Out on a Limb), and stippled with Heavenly Blue. I used the textured aqua ribbon to pick up the light blue "sky" on the stamped images, and I think it gives a nice color contrast.

Thanks so much for the visit, and I hope you'll stop by again soon. Until then, many blessings to you!

Supplies: Cardstock: White Daisy, Bamboo, Colonial White (CTMH); Patterned Paper: Paper Garden collection (CTMH); Stamps: Spring Equinox (CTMH), Out on a Limb (Papertrey Ink); Inks: Bamboo (CTMH); Other: Cuttlebug, Swiss Dots embossing folder (Provo Craft), White Opal Liquid Pearls (Ranger), ribbon (May Arts), stipple brush (CTMH), pop dots

Supplies: Cardstock: White Daisy, Cocoa, Sweet Leaf (CTMH); Stamps: Out on a Limb (Papertrey Ink); Inks: Cocoa, Sweet Leaf, Heavenly Blue (CTMH); Star Dust Stickles (Ranger); Other: Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Cuttlebug, Swiss Dots embossing folder (Provo Craft), ribbon (May Arts), stipple brush (CTMH), pop dots


MaryJane said...

I love this card. It is so elegant and beautiful. I have to send Sympathy Cards and am a CTMH consultant and it bothers me that we do not have any good sympathy stamps. What are the measurements of the items on this card? I do not have a cuttlebug & am wondering how I can get the same effect. Thank you for sharing, Mary Jane - Neillsville, WI -

Stacey said...

BOTH of these cards are just beautiful!!!

huntla1 said...

Both cards are really very appropriate. I think both are fine for sympathy cards. When I do a sympathy card, I try to make it more subtle, monochromatic, and elegant. I have seen others that are very colorful, but I personally like your approach. Thanks for sharing.

stampscrapnbowl said...

This is a STUNNING card. Appropriate as a sympathy card, beautiful for a simple & elegant wedding card, would make a gorgeous note card.

I have been stumped by how to use the "neutral" in the Paper Garden paper pack and this is PERFECT!!!! I'm going to have to stamplift it.

Thank you for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Christi, I love it when I see "Blessings on Paper" appear in my e-mail box! I just love your work! These cards are both absolutely beautiful. I, too, go for neutral, soft colors for sympathy cards -- and these are perfect. I wouldn't change a thing!
Pat aka desertrose in AZ

Jeanne said...

Wow, these cards are stunning and both do very well as sympathy cards. I wonder why we (including myself here) get so bogged down about making a sympathy card? I think if you can put love into making it, you are honoring the recipient and their loved one.

Enjoy your projects so much! Thanks for sharing!

Julia Stainton said...

These are both stunning! I love that dotted background and teh elegance of each design!