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Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop Sympathy

Blog hop headerYou know how it is. Some days you have it, some days you don’t. One day the creative juices just seem to flow and you could create all day. Other days, like today, it is like the creativity is frozen, and nothing moves! Today is one of THOSE days. I guess I could claim the cold weather has frozen my brain.

Regardless, today was a struggle. And, today is our blog hop, so, I HAVE to do a card. Our challenge was color, specifically Old Olive, Marina Mist and Whisper White. Not difficult at all, right? Well, for me it was today. I simply could not get a card that completely satisfied me.

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I began with several ideas, none of which seemed to work. I actually started 3 different cards and none of them was  satisfactory. In the end, this is what you get.

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Thick Whisper White card stock is the card base with a mat of Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper. Next up is a dry embossed panel of Marina Mist using the Fluttering Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. After adhering these two panels together, I layered a strip of Old Olive Sheer Ribbon over a strip of Whisper White Organza Ribbon, wrapped it around the panels and taped it to the back. Liquid Glue adhered this combination to the card base.

I used the lovely Lots of Lavender stamp set that I got FREE during the Sale-A-Bration event, to stamp the flower on a panel of Whisper White. I first stamped the Marina Mist watercolor piece, then, with Memento Black, stamped the outline design. I finished it by using my Old Olive and Blushing Bride Stampin’ Write Markers. I did use a little bit of Pear Pzazz to shade the leaves.

Again with Memento Black ink and the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set, I stamped the sentiment. This panel was then cut with the largest oval in the Stitched Shapes Framelits set. The Old Olive mat was die cut with the largest scalloped Layering Ovals Framelits. Liquid Glue adhered these together and Stampin’ Dimensionals were used to attach this to the card front.

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As a finishing touch, I stamped the small butterfly from the Hold on to Hope bundle in Marina Mist and used the matching die to cut it out. A Mini Stampin’ Dimensional adhered it to the front of the card. Not my best effort, but it will have to do.

On the inside I repeated the design on the front, stamping it off once before stamping my Whisper White panel. The sentiment is from the Thoughts and Prayers stamp set and stamped in Memento Black. This panel was liquid glued to a Marina Mist mat, then to a mat of the same Delightful Daisy DSP that is on the front, and into the card base.

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The envelope has another of the Lots of Lavender flowers on the front and a piece of the DSP finished the flap. I deliberately did a sloppy job on the leaves on the envelope and on the inside of the card. After doing the front art piece, I decided that if the flowers had a sort of watercolor look, the leaves should as well. Thus, I did not fully color them.

In spite of my struggles, I hope you enjoy this effort. If you didn’t happen to get the Lots of Lavender set before the Sale-A-Bration ended, Stampin’ Up has several floral stamp sets you could use just as well.

So, now, on with the hop! I am sure the rest of the team has gorgeous  offerings for you today. Just click on the ‘next’ button to go to Amy’s blog, or to ‘hop’ around, just click on any of the names to go to her blog.Blog hop next button

Amy Koenders

Shelagh Freemantle

Mary Deatherage

Kristi Gray

Jaimie Babarczy

Sue Prather

Karen Finkle

Julie Johnston-you are here

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Card Cuts: Whisper White Thick Card Stock: 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ for base, 2-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ oval, inside panel 3-1/2″ x 4-3/4″; Marina Mist: front embossed panel and  inside mat (2)3-3/4″ x 5″, Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper: front and inside mat (2) 4″ x 5-1/4″; Old Olive: 3″ x 4″

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21 thoughts on “Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop Sympathy”

  1. Well, your brain works pretty good on “frozen”. One of the things that caught my eye right away, that I loved, is your off center focal point. At first I thought you had taken the white ribbon and colored the center with an Old Olive marker…thought it was perfection. Then I read that you put the Old Olive ribbon over it…still perfection! This so perfect for a sympathy card. I have to laugh at myself because I thought Mary fussy cut her 7 butterflies the other day, not realizing there is a butterfly die for them. In light of that, I may have to re-do my card for the Tuesday hop!

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    1. Thanks Sue. I will keep using it. Just because SU retires something does not mean I will retire it. I know, supposed to be better for business if you only use current stuff. Guess I’m not much of a business person.

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      1. I am so with you on that Julie! I’m in it more for the enjoyment and camaraderie of our teams. I’m too old to go full-blown sales. If I get a couple of $20 orders every quarter, I am lucky!

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      2. Gotta love our team spirit, friendliness and support. Well, making lots of money is nice, but I do have other things in my life that are more important right now. Looking forward to Orlando in November. Will you be there?

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  2. You may have struggled and feel it is not your best work, but it is still beautiful and your struggling work is better than my good work! It’s a lovely card and sure to cheer someone in need of a smile. TFS.

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  3. Love this card, Julie, especially the blue. Such a nice card for a sympathy card. Too bad this stamp will be retired, but I will keep using it. Use a lot of stamps that are retired. If I like them I use them.

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    1. Thank you, Shirley. I appreciate your comments. I am glad I am not the only one who keeps old stamps and uses them. I might sell, give away or pass on other stamps that I don’t use much or ones about which I don’t really like, but the ones I like I will continue to use. Thanks.

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