Wednesday, January 28, 2015

With More Sympathy for Sid

I was going through the cards in my Drafts folder earlier and found this one... it was the Sympathy card I made for my Mum and Dad to give to my Aunty when my dear Uncle Sid died... that was in September 2013!  I figured as this was the oldest card in my drafts it should be the first one to see daylight!
To make up for my tardiness in getting it "blogged" I've included loads of pics... I always take this many but usually manage to restrict myself to just a few - not this time!
I actually loved this card - the papers and cardstock were all such good quality - bought, as are all my "specialty" papers, in Starfish Lane.  The textures are gorgeous, I used pearl card as the base and gold foil for the matting.  The background layer was very fine paper with an oriental style pattern on it, I embossed that with a folder I just had to have... and have used just this once I think!  It's a Sizzix folder and I had to buy it in the Hello Friend set as it's discontinued as a stand alone product.... but that's okay - more folders for me :-)  The Crazy Challenge theme this time around is Embossing... I have this type, "dry" embossing and heat embossing too so I'm definitely IN!  The folder was new (still is, haven't used it since!) and the image is new too so I'm entering the "Something New" challenge at Top Tip Tuesday  and Crafty Calendar.  Crafty Creations has a Something Old Something New challenge... the gold flatbacks are well and truly from my stash, so I'm entering there too.
The next layer up is one of the Pebble range of papers, card really... very heavy.  It takes on a different hue depending on the angle you view it, love it!  It is a bit hard to get a decent "clean" edge on it when you cut it, I always end up trimming it by hand - so it's not for quick cards, for sure.  The green layer is handmade paper, again it cuts a little "fluffy" but a sharp blade does help.  It has a nice texture and the gold sort of wash through it is really nice too.  The Paper Shelter has a "Lots of Layers" challenge, I've used the "at least three" required so I'm entering there. 
The image is from Delicious Doodles, Teri has had to close her shop but you can still get her images from Cardmaking Downloads... I'm not sure if all of them (including this one) are available, I'm scared to go and check as it'll cost me a fortune; I'm just the gal who can't say "no", lol.  I coloured the image with Prismacolor pencils, I like the effect you get on textured (this is linen) paper.  I embossed around the edge of the image panel, cut with Spellbinders Labels Four, and added some extra texture to the centre of the flowers too with Old Gold EP.  I added a couple of gold flatbacks to the flowers and the corners of the green panel and the top right edge of the background.  The sentiment was computer generated.  
I bought loads of chipboard laser cuts from Make It Crafty before Zoe decided not to stock them anymore... that's where the dragonfly came from.  I embossed it with the gold EP then decided it still looked a bit flat, so embossed it's body again with Midnight Sparkle EP... very glittery IRL, but being dark not too garish for the "theme" of the card!  Bit fiddly holding it to heat the EP though, and HOT!!

When I made this card I used one of the Papertake Weekly sketches with the thought in the back of my mind that I could enter one of their regular "Sketchie Free For All" challenges; as it happens this week they have a "Take Your Pick" challenge so I'm picking "Sketch" and using sketch number 68, albeit flipped horizontally.  I used the same sketch for the inside of the card... but then I usually do, lol  The sentiment on the inside is computer generated too.  I inked around the edge of the jotting panel in the rose colour to tie it in to the front better.
Art by MiranPaper Creator CraftsInky ChicksCraft Your Passion and Through the Craftroom Door all have Anything Goes challenges so I'll be entering them.
Well that's it for Sid's card, my next "dragged from the drafts" card will at least be from 2014!!  There have been so many "events", all with their own card, lol.  In the meantime I'll be back on Saturday with my Di's Digis DT card.... as yet another fortnight has flown by!  Until then Happy Crafting, Donna


As.I.Do.Rodos. said...

Beautiful card Ginny x

Tracey said...

Such an elegant card Donna & I love all the different textures :o)

Maria Loyen said...

This is just gorgeous,great image and fab details
Greetings Maria

Jacee said...

Gorgeous design Donna, love all the texture and that is such a pretty flower, love it!
hugs jacee
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Helena (Gvendalen) said...

Very deautiful card! I love the combination of papers and all details. Thanks for joining us at Craft Your Passion. Hope to see you again next week. Helena x

Gail said...

Very pretty card and I love all your layers. Thanks for joining us at The Paper Shelter for our LAYERS challenge this week! Hugs, Gail

Pillan said...

Lovely card! Thanks for joining us at The Crazy Challenge.

Desire Fourie said...

Donna this is a wonderful creation with great attention to detail. It is perfect for our 24th ‘ANYTHING GOES’ challenge. Thanks for sharing your talent with us. Good luck.
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Marlene Atkinson said...

a beautiful card. Thank you for sharing with us at Crafty Creations Challenge. Marlene DT

cotnob said...

Hi Donna, this is a fabulous card, such a beautiful image and wonderful details.
Thank you for joining us at Paper Creator's Crafts.
I have candy on my blog if you would like to take a look -

CraftYourPassion said...

Such a beautiful and elegant card.Lots of lovely texture and detail too.
Thanks for joining us at Craft Your Passion.Hope to see you again next week.
Lisa x

Lisa S. said...

Your sympathy card is beautiful! Thanks for joining us at Top Tip Tuesday.

Cindy Groh said...

Your card is stunning. It is perfect for a sympathy card and I'm sure your aunt liked it. Thanks for joining us at Throught the Craft Room Door

Joey said...

This is such a beautiful card, and such lovely details. Thanks for joining us at art by mi ran. Jo xx

Seafield Jo said...

This is a beautiful card both inside and out and I'm sure brought comfort to the recipient. Sympathy cards are so difficult, I find, and you've made this one so beautifully.

Thanks for joining in with our What's New Challenge over at Crafty Calendar with your gorgeous card.

Jo x

Shell Shearer Swinscoe said...

Perfect for such a sad occasion
Hugs Shell xx

Grenouille Greetings said...

Lots of lovely texture on this stylish card. Hugs, Lesley