Sunday, January 24, 2016

Cards Galore

I am seriously behind in my card making so I turned to challenges to provide some inspiration.  I am playing along with 3 challenges today. In alphabetical order:

Cards in Envy

I am completely out of Sympathy cards.  While I generally like to make cards with the recipient in mind, it is not always easy to predict when you need a sympathy card.  I try to keep a number of them on hand so I can select one based on the deceased or the loved ones left behind.  I wanted a bit of formality and something that could be masculine or feminine.  I lightly stamped a gray leafy stem and on the main panel and then dry embossed with a vertical stripe.  The sentiment was stamped full strength in gray and layered on top with sponge squares.  The main panel was then mounted to the card base with sponge squares.  I love those little sponge squares as they can be squeezed flat and pop back up - perfect for mailing!



CASology

Hmmm, Clear as a cue word.  I was intrigued and puzzled that around for a bit.  I immediately thought of clear embossing but wanted to include something a little more obvious.  I clear embossed the swirl on the front panel and lightly stamped the same image on the inside of the card so it could peek through the clear window sheet stripe down the front of the card.  The main image and sentiment were heat embossed in Crushed Curry.  A bit of layering and the card was complete.




The challenge this week is a photo inspiration.  I knew I wanted the soft blue and floral images to be the star of the show.  So I selected this lovely floral teacup as my main element.  But, I couldn't pass up the cookies, so I added touches of brown.  I lightly stamped the script in a warm brown on the main panel.  I also lightly stamped a floral stem in green and a light blue scroll image.  I stamped the postage stamp image a little darker in blue as I wanted the "5" to be visible as it caught my eye in the inspiration photo.  A sentiment, some layers and a scattering of pearls on the teacup and around the sentiment rounded out the card.


Happy Stamping,
Dana

28 comments:

  1. so beautiful, pretty card thanks for sharing paula https://inkoncard.wordpress.com/

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  2. Lovely, thanks for sharing with us at CCCB!

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    1. Thank you Kirsty! I appreciate your visit and comments.

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  3. Wonderful cards! Such a pretty teacup there! Thanks so much for playing along at CCCB!!

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    1. Thank you so much Ros! It was a fun challenge to play along with, great inspiration photo!

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  4. Stunning...simply stunning. Love all your cards, so beautiful.

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    1. Thank you so much Kim! Your comments always make my day!

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  5. Such a classy birthday card :) These colors are great and I love that you repeated the flourish on the inside to peek through. Thanks for sharing with us over at CASology this week!

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    1. Deidre, thank you so much for your visit and super nice comments!

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  6. Three very lovely card Dana. The sympathy card is so tasteful and what lovely stamping on the other two cards. Some lovely design work. Barbxx

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    1. Thanks so much Barb! I always love your visits :)

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  7. A beautiful line up Dana! Your take on the clear cue card is stunning! Thanks for joining CASology ! Love to see you play along!

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    1. Thank you Hannelie! It was a great challenge to think outside the box a bit.

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  8. Oh my a teacup in my favorite color. And your card is so elegant. Such a gorgeous take on our theme. You mailed it! Thanks so much for being with us this week at CCCB!

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    1. Thank you Stella! I'm so glad you stopped in and left such nice comments.

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  9. Clear embossing & an acetate stripe are perfect for the CLEAR cue! I love the bold color too!
    Thanks so much for joining us over at CASology! :)

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    1. Thank you for your visit and super nice comments Melissa!

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  10. Beautiful white on white sympathy card! Yours is so pretty! Thank You for sharing with us at Cards in Envy!

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    1. Thank you so much Sandy! It was a fun challenge to play along with.

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  11. Beautiful cards! Love the white on white sympathy card! Thanks for joining us at Cards In Envy!

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    1. Thank you so much Lisa! I'm so glad you stopped in and I appreciate your kind words.

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  12. Beautiful cards! IMO, sympathy cards NEED to be subtle and elegant....you've captured both elements beautifully on your cards. Love the colors on your third card but REALLY, REALLY love the subtle blue postage stamp. Little touches like this are what take a card from good to GREAT!

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    1. Thank you so much Geri! You always bring a smile to my face.

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  13. Dana, What a lovely sympathy card. These are so hard to make, but you've made a wonderful tone-on-tone card... achieving just the right feel. Thanks so much for joining us at Cards in Envy. :)

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    1. Thank you so much for stopping in and your terrific comments Sybrina!

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  14. so CAS, and so pretty!!! LOVE your card!!! thanks for playing with Cards In Envy!!!

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    1. Thank you so much Wendi! So glad you stopped in and like my card.

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