Monday, September 7, 2015

Leaves for Sympathy

Unfortunately, I have made quite a few sympathy cards lately. While it is hard to make these cards at any time, I just cannot make them in advance.  I always make them when I need them.  This is a 6 x 6 square card.  I used my CTMH Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge for the frame and leaves. I cut the leaves on white paper and colored them with Spectrum Noir markers. The DPs are from my stash. The butterflies are a Martha Stewart stamp which I fussy cut. The sentiment is a retired CTMH stamp. (Unfortunately, there is a glare on the right side of the card which I didn't realize until just now.)

I stopped entering challenges earlier this year, in May or so.  I also took a break from visiting and commenting on blogs other than for my DT assignments.  I was experiencing some personal issues, some health issues, and some artistic issues. I was generally discouraged and not enthusiastic about my cards. But I'm feeling a somewhat better now, and want to get back to challenges and my blog friends.

So I am entering these challenges:  Craft Your Passion Challenges - Anything Goes; Simon Says Monday Challenge - Stamp & Punch/Die Cut;  Creative Moments - Anything Goes, and Simply Papercraft Challenge - Anything Goes.

The key to life is accepting challenges. Once someone stops doing this, he's dead.” 
― Bette Davis


  1. This card is lovely and I'm sure that it means a lot to the recipient. I love how it has that iconic green foliage there and then how you've added a subtle touch of hope with the yellow butterflies. I think it's actually a noble idea to not make sympathy cards in advance; it's as if you are waiting to personalize each one during that recipient's time of need, so I like that method! I'm also glad that you are feeling better. This life surely isn't a carnival ride all the time...and if it is, the ride definitely has some valleys and dark tunnels! I'm proud of you for continuing to add beauty to this world through your art and using your talents to be a comfort to others even when you yourself might be struggling. Keep up the good work and thanks so much for sharing your talents with us for this week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!

  2. Pretty card! I'm sure it will bring comfort to the one who receives it. I struggle with sympathy cards too. Sorry you had to make these....but I'm happy to see that you have found your way back to making cards...
    I can so relate to what you wrote above...I stayed away from card making myself for a while for some of the same issues. It feels so good to be back.

  3. A very simple and very elegant card. Thank you for sharing this with us over at Simply Papercraft. Sue DT xx


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