Friday, September 4, 2015

With Sympathy--FMS 202 and PPA266

September 3, 2015

Unfortunately, I needed a sympathy card for a friend that lost her brother to cancer.  I didn't have any cards that I thought were appropriate for a man.  So, when I saw the sketch at Freshly Made Sketches and the colors at Pals Paper Arts, I knew just what I wanted to do.  I thank both teams for helping me with this difficult task!  By the way, I LOVE Cajun Craze.  I know that is not a favorite of most people!  

I began by cutting a small rectangle with my stitches dies on Very Vanilla paper. I stamped the tree from "Lovely As A Tree" with Early Expresso Ink.  I stamped it off once so it wasn't so dark.  I used my aqua painter and colored the top of the tree with Delightful Dijon, Old Olive and Cajun Craze.  I also added some Old Olive at the bottom.  I used a Distress Ink, " Broken China" and lightly blended some blue for the sky.  

My card base is Very Vanilla.  I added a layer of Bohemian Designer Series Paper  die cut with a rectangle stitched die.  I made a frame with two stitched dies using Delightful Dijon.  I made a banner with Cajun Craze, the DSP and Very Vanilla and stamped the sentiment with Teeny Tiny Wishes.  I added a gold button and gold Baker's Twine.  

Wishing you a lovely day!



  1. That tree is gorgeous all decked in fall colors! Pretty card! Glad you shared it at FMS!

  2. Hello Claire: This stamp set, "Lovely as a Tree" is one of my favorite SU sets, I've had it since it came out a long time ago, so happy they have not retired it yet.
    Your card with this tree is just gorgeous, the Autumn colors are stunning and you framed it beautifully.
    Thank you for sharing.
    Maria Rodriguez.

  3. I LOVE Cajun Craze too - you are not alone!! This tree is fabulous for masculine cards and you have done an amazing job coloring it! Thank you for playing along with us at Freshly Made Sketches.

  4. Very sad reason, but beautiful card. I love how that tree looks in the middle of this DSP. Thank you for playing with us.

  5. A beautiful card. The Bohemian DSP is a stunning background for the autumn tree. Your watercoloring is perfect.

  6. Such a beautiful sympathy card, Claire! The tree looks beautiful in these colors and I love how you've framed it. Thanks so much for joining us at Freshly Made Sketches.

  7. Autumn is the perfect theme for a sympathy card. Can't believe I haven't thought of that. I'll be stashing this one in the idea bank. Thanks for sharing at Pals Paper Arts.


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