Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Some of the Quickest Sympathy Cards Ever

I am running out of clever titles for all these sympathy cards I create!  The title of this one is really true.  Take a look at the cards in the middle of this post, and you'll see what I mean.

But first....


I used blue grid paper (old SU) to highlight a Honeyblossom Sprig / Memory Box die cut, done up in green gingham.  The sentiment is new-to-me Papertrey Ink:  Boutique Borders - Sympathy.


Okay, here's what I mean about the quickest handmade sympathies:


I used SU's Branch Out tree and bird, and a Hero Arts sentiment on a one-layer card.  This would be good for someone who lost a pet, don't you think?


The next three are also one layer, and use some of SU's background stamps to provide the beauty:  Medallion and Damask Backgrounds.




And though the card below wasn't the quickest of today's group, it didn't take too long.  I did not use a Stamp-a-majig to line up leaves, because the irregular pattern was something I wanted.


All the leaves and acorn are old Stampin' Up! (With Gratitude, Touch of Nature).  I even used an old ink color of theirs:  True Thyme.  Anyone remember that one?


We had some snow yesterday - about 4" - and another day off from school.  These kids in town have to make up, like, 4 or 5 days of school.  It's eating into the Spring Break week.  Ah, well.  I must admit to enjoying these unscheduled days off, with everyone at home, snuggled inside.  It's a small pleasure that I treasure.

Thank you so, so much for your visit today!



Card #1:
Stamps: Boutique Borders: Sympathy - Papertrey Ink Paper: white - PTI; blue pattern - SU; green gingham - Nana's Nursery - Girl - DCWV Ink: Versafine Onyx Black - Tsukineko Accessories & Tools: pearls - Queen & Co; Honeyblossom Sprig die - Memory Box 

Cards #2 & 3:
Stamps: Branch Out - SU; With Sympathy - Hero Arts Paper: gray; Crumb Cake - SU Ink: Versafine Onyx Black 

Cards #4, 5 & 6:
Stamps:  Medallion, Damask backgrounds - SU Paper:  Vintage Cream - PTI Ink:  Bashful Blue, Mellow Moss, Crumb Cake - SU; Accessories:  White Opal Liquid Pearls - Ranger

Card #7:
Stamps: With Sympathy - Hero Arts; With Gratitude, Touch of Nature (acorn) - SU Paper: Close to Cocoa, Mellow Moss, Whisper White - SU Ink: Close to Cocoa, Mellow Moss, True Thyme, Always Artichoke - SU; Versafine Onyx Black - Tsukineko Fibers: twine - Creative Impressions Accessories & Tools:

17 comments:

Shani Thomas said...

All are very well done, Colleen, striking just the right balance between elegance and sobriety.

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

These are all gorgeous!!!! I am loving each one!!!!

Gibmiss said...

HiColleen
Love all your cards.... Think i have all those SU stamps... Thanks again for all your inspiration....
and all your lovely comments on my last card..... I feel so honoured have a comment from a top designer....
Hugs Sylvie xxx

Marisa said...

These are wonderful, Colleen!!

Stella said...

You are on a roll girl:) I love love love that medaillion stamp and I am still looking for this gem because it's a retired stamp. Your cards are lovely. Sympathy cards do not need a lot of layers or embellishments. They are a sort of CAS with a wonderful touch of elegance. Perfect for these cards.

We just had one week of snow and I must admit that I really like a mild winter like this. The weather in the USA is on the news here. I guess you are having the idea that it will never end..... Enjoy the days that you are sharing with your family. And stay warm:) Before you know they are off to school again!
XX

Benzi said...

They're all fabulous, Colleen. I think the tree/bird card would be a wonderful pet card, as you thought.

~Tammy~ said...

Sympathy cards are so hard for me to do. I never have any made up ahead of time just because I don't ever want to have to use it. Then when I need one, I hate that I am having the need to make one.

Your cards are so beautiful and all so touching!

Lisa said...

Wonderful my friend, each and every one of them! I agree with your leaves being scattered about and layered on the last card. Looks fabulous!

Barbara in SC said...

What a great assortment of cards that we all need at some point or other, but are so hard to make. Thank you for the great ideas ~ pinned them all!

Bonnie said...

Great ideas for quick and easy sympathy cards! It's always good to have some on hand.

Leslie Miller said...

They are simple and so very elegant in an earthy kind of way. They're ideal sympathy cards. The last one looks like my kitchen counters. Love it, especially!

Holly AKA KopyKat said...

Wow, these are all so beautiful, love the touch of nature leaves and your great design.

Linda Callahan said...

Simple you say? Simple perfection I say!

Sue Lelli said...

FAB sympathy cards, Colleen! My FAV is the leaves with the acorn and twine!

Karen McAlpine said...

Beautiful collection of cards, Colleen. I see several stamps I have in my stash....will probably be casing a few of these lovelies. Thanks for sharing.

Larissa Heskett said...

AMAZING Sympathy Cards!! I LOVE them all!! CONGRATS on making the Moxie Fab World Blog!! Have a FABULOUS WEEK!! =)

Emily Keaton said...

These are so very pretty and perfect for sympathy cards. Those can be so hard to create, but I really like simple and sophisticated approach you took. Lovely!

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