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We received the shocking, sad news today that a man we have known for years has suddenly passed away. Our families’ lives have been loosely intertwined for over 50 years – his family was at school with mine, my son has been friends with his younger son from early childhood. So it was with heavy heart that I made this card for his family, particularly his widow who is a friend. The inspiration for this was challenge no 157 over at Muse, I really liked the way the sentiment filled the gap. I am also going to enter this in the Flower Power challenge at Stamping Sensations.

The flowers are by Altenew, coloured with Zig Clean Colour pens. The stamped greeting is by Hero Arts and the diecut “sympathy” is a new purchase from Clearly Besotted – I didn’t think I’d be using it quite this soon.

Autumn

Autumn has definitely arrived here today and that’s the theme of some of the challenge blogs I follow. I’ve combined the autumn theme with one or two other challenges & this was what I came up with:

The background is by Kaisercraft, stamped in Adirondack Paint Dabber in Terra Cotta. The leaves were created from One Strike Filler (aka spackle) using a stencil I made on my Sizzix Eclips. I coloured them by dropping diluted Distress Inks onto them as they take the colour very easily. I used a mix of inks: Fired Brick, Peeled Paint, Rusty Hinge, Gathered Twigs and Barn Door. The greeting is from Clearly Besotted’s Many Messages set, in Memento Potter’s Clay which was also used to stamp the Flourishes border by Marion Emberson Designs.

I’m entering this into the following challenges:

Addicted to CAS: Theme “Stencil”
Virginia’s View: Theme “CAS”
Less Is More: Theme “Autumn’s Bounty”
Stamping Sensations: Theme “Autumn”
CAS(E) This Sketch: sketch below

Third Time Lucky!

This card is for the one-layer challenge over at Less Is More where the current theme is Foliage.
The greeting is by Clearly Besotted & was stamped in Distress Peeled Paint onto watercolour cardstock. The leaf stencil was a downloaded image (modified in Craft Artist 2 Professional to add an extra branch) then cut on my Sizzix Eclips. As embossing paste is all the rage right now I used my own version which is known in the US as “spackle”, but I know it as “One Strike Filler”. I mixed it on my craft mat with Distress Peeled Paint ink. A few arty water splashes were all that was necessary to finish it off.
This was my third attempt – the first couple of attempts initially turned out fine but I managed to ruin each card in different ways! Although I could reuse parts of them they wouldn’t have been one layer so watch out for them over the next few days as they turn up in modified form.

The Sky’s the Limit!

I’ve not had much time for cardmaking lately but I hope to rectify that over the next day or so! I made this card over a week ago but just hadn’t got round to posting it. It was inspired by the challenge over at Addicted to CAS where the code word is SKY, and as I’d just bought these new stamps as a bargain from Make the Day Special it seemed like the ideal opportunity to test them out.

I stamped the tree, greeting & birds onto watercolour card, then sponged Distress Inks over the tree. I kept it simple, which is always a good idea when you’re entering a Clean & Simple challenge!! The sponging is in fact more graduated than it looks in the photo, I’m not really sure what happened there.

Stamps: Unity Stamp Company “With Sympathy”
Distress Inks: Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Rusty Hinge
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa

Handpainted Poppies

The theme over at Less is More this week is “Flowers” so I took the opportunity to practice watercolour painting again. I’ve also belatedly realised that I didn’t enter this into this week’s “Flower” challenge over at CASology as I’d intended to. The poppy stamps are by Inkylicious, one of my favourite stamp companies. I stamped & masked the images in Antique Linen Distress Ink.

Then I smooched Adirondack Terracotta ink onto an acrylic block, mixing it with water then using that to paint the main image. The black is Cosmic Shimmer Iridescent Watercolour paint. The greeting is a Lucy Cromwell for Papermania stamp, stamped in Hero Arts Charcoal ink. Although the card looked too plain without any embellishments I tried to keep them to a minimum, just using a few pearls to finish it off.

Predominantly Purple

My mojo has gone AWOL again just lately, but the challenge over at CASology of the cue word “Purple” inspired me to make this sympathy card. Unfortunately by the time I’d finished it I was 30 minutes too late to enter the challenge!

I always think sympathy cards should be simple & understated, so this one was no exception: a brayered background overstamped with an Artemio poppy. The greeting is by Dovecraft. Simples!
Inks: Adirondack Cool Peri & Eggplant
Stamps: Artemio, Dovecraft

Poppy Sympathy Card

Sympathy cards are so difficult but I always think poppies are quite appropriate. This was coloured using dry Derwent Inktense pencils blended with a blender pencil, then masked so I could do the background stamping.

I never intended the script stamp to be so patchy but my first attempt, using the first generation ink, was too dominant so I decided the second generation ink would be better. I’m entering this into this week’s challenge at Keep It Simple, where the theme is text.
Cardstock: Xerox Colotech Plus 300gsm
Stamps: Hero Arts Delicate Blossoms, Inkylicious Script Stamp,
Greeting: Inspired by Stamping
Inks: Memento London Fog
Inktense Pencils