Friday, May 29, 2015

Sympathy card - Friends with Flair 5-29

"There are times when mere words cannot bring the comfort that comes with holding a cat."

Hi, Friends...

I am here with a sympathy card for this week's Unity - Friends with Flair link up.  This was one of those cards that was particularly difficult to make.  Some neighbors lost their college-age daughter to cancer recently.  So very, very sad.  Because she was so young and in the prime of life, I decided to go with brighter colors instead of pale or somber ones.

I used another of my Brusho backgrounds from this project and applied some Picked Raspberry Distress Ink to the Darice - With Sympathy embossing folder and misted it before running it all through my machine.  I trimmed off the sentiment part and sponged the words with additional DI for more definition.

For my background, I chose a piece of lavender colored cardstock and a Unity lace background stamp (discontinued, apparently) that I've had for quite some time.  I stamped with Versamark Ink and heat embossed it with WOW! Embossing Powder - Opaque Bright White Regular.  Then I sponged over the lacy embossing with more DI in the Picked Raspberry and Salty Ocean, removing the excess with a baby wipe.

That's it for this simple, but pretty, sympathy card.  Do you think it is too bright for this kind of occasion?  I hope it isn't.  

Today I am introducing two new followers with the same name!
(Different spellings, although very close.....but it still isn't really the same name...I know this from having a less-common spelling for my own name.  Janice and Janis are NOT the same name!!  lol...)

By the you notice how close I am to 100 followers????  A giveaway is just around the corner........

Mandi Mance of Faith, Hope and Crafts is the enabler that introduced me to Brusho!!!  LOL...  She lives in NY, but is originally from Scotland and continues to bring that lovely Scottish charm to her blog entries and awesome projects!  I was the very lucky winner of her blog prize recently that included the turquoise Brusho that I can't keep my crafty fingers away from now.  Ha.  So, you can call Mandi an "enabler excellence"!!!  Thank you so much, Mandi, for becoming a follower....and for introducing so many of us to Brusho!!  This ginormous new-follower smile is all yours!!!

Next up is Mandy Dodd of A Teacup of Scrapisms from down under in Tasmania, Australia!!!  WooHoo...I think this is my first follower from Australia.  I was first introduced to Mandy's AMAZING artwork in Jennifer Grace's recent blog event, where Mandy's mojo went totally nutso and she pumped out zillions of inspired and inspiring paper and 3D projects in the course of a week!!!  WOW!!  Such beautiful and fun pieces that went with the camera and focus theme.

Here's a fun little story about Mandy and me: I was so inspired by Mandy's spectacular creativity and number of projects for Jennifer's event that I spontaneously decided to send her a little prize myself!! Since Jennifer Grace is in the UK, I figured Mandy was, also. Imagine my surprise and delight to find she is from Tasmania!! I told her it was exciting for me to send something all the way to Australia and she wrote back and said it was exciting for her to receive something clear from the UK!!! Hahahaha..... She figured I was in UK because of Jennifer's event, too! LOL!! We had a great laugh over all of that when I told her I actually live in the USA!!! Hooray for the world wide web!!! :)

Mandy, thank you so much for becoming a follower of my blog.  I am so glad to get acquainted with you!!!  This is the smile that spreads over my face seeing a new photo on my sidebar!!


NOTE TO SELF: Check spellings of new followers before posting. Then check them again!!! I had Mandy spelled Mandie....and Mandi spelled Mandy!!!!  ARRRGGGHH!! I am not totally sure I have it straight, yet!!!  I hereby declare that anyone who has ever misspelled my name is officially pardoned.  :)

Thank you, everyone, for stopping by today.  I appreciate your visit and each and every comment.  Have a good weekend.


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1.  Unity - Friends with Flair Link Up
2.  Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
3.  Sentimental Sundays Challenge #260 - With Sympathy  

4.  Word Art Wednesday Challenge #185 - Anything Goes Family Friendly
5.  The Sisterhood of Crafters - Photo Inspiration


Brandi R said...

Oh what a terrible occasion to make a card for! You did a beautiful job with it. GREAT colors and wonderful papers. ♥

Bananastamper said...

Sorry to hear you have need of a sympathy card. It is very pretty though, I am sure they will appreciate it.
Shanna :)

Rebecca Yahrling said...

Hi Janis - lovely card. I think all the pink is perfect for this particular sympathy card. It's beautiful and will be appreciated.

Ruby said...

It is nice to see such a colourful sympathy card. I am sure it will be appreciated.

Life of a Caffeinated Mom said...

The lace stamp really is a pretty background. The card is very pretty and the color choice is great.

Teresa Doyle said...

Hi Janis, your card is very beautiful. I think your decision (and reason) in your colour choice was thoughtful and well intended. I know the pain of your neighbours. I lost my beautiful niece to cancer on her 23rd birthday, 7 months after she received her University degree. My deepest condolences to your dear neighbours. I'll pray for them to find peace!
Also, I think I am your 101st follower! (Being as you are counting!) Just to be clear on WHERE I live, I am in Nova Scotia, Canada. Its kind of fun communicating so readily with like minded people from around the world, isn't it? Also, I've subscribed by email to stay abreast of your work. Thanks so much for sharing!

mandysea said...

This is another fun surprise from you Janis!! (still getting my head around the fact you aren't in the UK! LOL) Thanks for the lovely mention here.
I'm so sorry about your young neighbour, so sad, and unfair, and I'm sure your very beautiful card will brighten a moment for them. I'm glad you've used more vibrant colours, I'm sure she'd have loved that. Big hugs.

Lisa :) said...

A very pretty card and I really love the colors you chose. Those are always hard cards to make but it's lovely. Hope it brings your neighbors some comfort! said...

Sympathy cards can be so difficult to create but you have made a beautiful card and I'm sure it will be much appreciated. Thanks so much for joining us at The Sisterhood of Crafters.

Mary Anne / MA54K said...

Very rough to create for such a young soul. I think you made it perfectly. I want to thank you for the reminder of that sympathy EF. I have it in my stash, and now I must get it out and use it.

Doreen said...

A lovely

Stampsnob. said...

Beautiful texture and color.........Lis

Sue D said...

Beautiful colors for this sympathy card.

Gaylynn said...

Awesome inking for this card. :)

KT Fit Kitty said...

Gorgeous sympathy card! Love the background! Congratulations on 100 followers!

Terri's Cards N' More said...

A beautiful card for such a sad occasion. Your color choices are perfect for this card. I'm sure your neighbors will greatly appreciate it. Thanks for joining the Sisterhood's "Pink and Lavender Photo Inspiration" challenge.

AJ Bodine said...

A very sad occasion to have to make this card for, but I know how appreciated it was. Great choice on the colors and design. Thanks for joining us this week at Sentimental Sundays!

AJ - DT, Sentimental Sundays

Vickie Y said...

A beautiful card for a very sad situation. The colors you used are perfect. Thank you for sharing with us at The Sisterhood of Crafters Challenge.

Davi said...

A beautiful card, which Im sure will be and encouragement to your neighbors for such a sad occasion!

Donna Ellis said...

Oh, such a shame - so very young to leave this world. Your card is certainly sweet, Janis. Lovely soft colors, and pretty textures utilized. Congratulations on reaching your 100 followers! What a great achievement!

I am beginning to feel a little better. Still difficult to use my fingers, as my hand-eye coordination is very poor, and the fatigue is exhausting! LOL But I can sit up now for brief periods of time, and enjoy doing some things around the house. I have missed you and your pretty cards very much. love, de

Scrapper Myra said...

Elegant beautiful card.

Lisa B said...

These are the cards I hate to make but sadly we all need them. You made such a beautiful card for such a sad occasion. Love the background and techniques you used.

Thanks for playing along with our "Pink & Lavender photo inspiration" challenge over at the Sisterhood of Crafters. Have a great day!

DT member @ the Sisterhood

D- said...

Your card is soooo cute. Thanks for sharing at FWF.
Crafty hugs,

Diane said...

Beautifully done...hard cards to sad for your neighbors, but I am sure they will appreciate this pretty card! Thank you for joining us at "The Sisterhood"
for our "color challenge"
Diane TSH DT

Melissa Bove (SCS ~ Melissa1872) said...

Beautiful card for such a sad occasion. I'm sure your neighbors appreciated your thoughtful and pretty card!

Thank you very much for joining us this week at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog!


Karen Letchworth said...

Hi Janis! I really LOVE the texture on this card, and the colors are wonderful. Thanks so much for sharing with us in this week's challenge. I always enjoy having you play along with us.
Word Art Wednesday

P.S. Here is another great challenge where we would LOVE to have you play along, It's Anything Goes -


Karenladd said...

What a sad occasion but a fitting tribute to the young woman who bloomed but such a short time. The embossed lace background is elegant, and beautifully sets off the sentiment. I really love the embossed font on your misted Brusho and Distress Ink background. Sponging the sentiment really adds dimension and those colors are so striking! I hope your card gave some comfort to the parents.