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October 13, 2010

I'm Here for You - a few Challenges

I don't know about you, but I really struggle when it comes to creating Sympathy cards. I used Kazan's wonderful Sketch#63 at 2S4Y as my starting point.  I thought about rotating the sketch, but it didn't work with the pattern paper, as the journal lines were going the wrong way.  This is one of those sketches I can see myself using over again with many images or shapes in place of the circle.

The Flower is cut from and old jean shirt that my DH was throwing away, so I thought I'd recycle it into my crafting.  Speaking of recycling things - I had the Nate Berkus show on for background noise while I was in my studio and he made some fab pillows using clothes he bought from a second hand store.  Sure makes you rethink throwing out worn clothing!  This card also fits the challenge Simon Says Stamp and Show Some Metal (metal button embellishment).

Stamps - Stampin' Up! Occasional Quotes
Card Stock - Soft Suede, Bordering Blue
Ink - Soft Suede, Pumice Stone
Other - Ink Blending Tool, Accoutrement Button, Dimensionals, Pop Up Glue Dot, Distrezz-it-All, Tattered Floral Die, Pattern Papers - Donna Salazar, Old Jean Shirt, Big Shot


Creative Inspirations said...

That is very beautiful!

Suzanne C said...

Fabulous denim flower! Love how you recycled the old clothes! Beautiful & elegant card!

Sue Lelli said...

LOVE the distressed look and feel of this card which is perfect for a sympathy card! That flower is so FAB!

Netty said...

Sympathy cards are not easy but yours is gorgeous. Love the flower, good use of a denim shirt. Annette x

Sarah Anderson said...

Gorgeous denim flower Lisa. Love this card :)

email: Steph@SimonSaysStamp.com said...

The flower's center is gorgeous!! I like the flower too (and the rest of the card!). :)

Thanks so much for entering the Simon Says Stamp & Show Challenge!!!


Traci S. said...

Hi Lisa~

I don't think making sympathy cards is fun or easy for anyone. That is why I try to make 5 or so at a time...they don't have to be exactly the same. I think it is easier, because we are not in the stress and emotions that come with losing someone. Just an idea!
I also save quotes that are great for this type of thing.

I really love how you made this card so wonderful! That denim flower is really great! I have a new denim shirt. I wonder how long it will take to look old? I'll wear it while I stamp! That will work! lol

He IS Able!
Traci S.

Erin Smetak said...

What a great card! I, too, struggle w/ sympathy cards. I whip through them as quickly as possible because I HATE making them! It's so nice when you have a great sketch to help get that process started!

Love how you recycled the jean shirt! It looks like you PLANNED it that way! LOL! Awesome!

Deb said...

Gorgeous, Lisa! Soft and graceful! I agree, it is hard to make sympathy cards...especially when you actually need one.

Terry said...

Absolutely agree! Don't quite know what to say or what to use. Your card is perfect way to let someone know you are thinking of them. Love the tattered flower and great use of used denim! Love this!

Linda Carson said...

Whoa! Love that flower! I would never thought a die cutter could handle fabric! I need to check my dh's shirts!

Lynne Forsythe said...

Lisa, your struggle turned into a complete success!! It is a wonderful card which conveys much love!!

thanks bunches for playing along with the Design Teamies and Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge!!

Jo said...

It's a truly lovely card, love that flower

Basement Stamper said...

Love the look of the jean t-shirt flower, it's gorgeous!!! Great card, the combination is gorgeous.

HappyCrafter said...

This is just right for a sympathy card, calm and caring. Nice to see you recycling too :-)

Unknown said...

I think part of our struggle with sympathy cards is hoping we say enough with a card. Your card is beautiful and conveys the message perfectly
Thanks for joining us at 2S4Y this week
:) Kazan

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