Thursday, January 27, 2011

musically speaking...

Sympathy cards...they have to be thee toughest to design...luckily there are a ton of challenges to help the process...this card is the result of 2 challenges..


This will be going to my friend who recently lost her grandmother...it's a surprising color combo for me, isn't it?  I struggled to decide what to create because my friend loves to wear black...LOVES to wear black but I just couldn't design a card with that color..it is too somber for a sympathy card...I didn't want her to be sad when she receives the card, I wanted to her to think of her grandmother fondly, kwim?

I have to admit that this is one of more heavily stamped cards that I've created in awhile...the musical background is Hero Arts that I inked up with Versamark and embossed with Ranger clear embossing powder...it is a 'mystery' lavender cardstock that I picked up at my local craft store...the center pink panel is Bo Bunny that I also clear embossed with the Hero Arts Small Solid flower {LOVE that bloom!}...The center stamps are PTI...I splurged and bought a package of Prima blooms...

The color combo is compliments of CR84FN12:


Definitely not a typical color combo that I work with but I do love the end result...gotta love the kraft...

The card design is ala Tiff!


Really love this particular sketch...think of all the possibilities...

Here's another card...I'm trying to be good about sending out cards...this will be going out to a friend that is going through a rough patch:


Who can resist October Afternoon?!  I also added some yo yo blooms that I whipped up last year with Cosmo Cricket fabric...same color combo so it worked out fabulously!


Here's another Tiff Sketch:

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48 comments:

  1. I really love your sympathy card, Amy! feel likes warm the heart :)

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  2. Beautiful work on all creations Amy, I love your sympathy card and you are right they are tough to make. I am sure that your friend will love the card you made and hopefully it will put a smile on their face. As for your yo yo's super beautiful!

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  3. Oh my, what fabulous cards! The sympathy card is lovely and such pretty, unexpected colors! Great job with that color challenge! Love the polka dot card too--what a cute stamp and sentiment, sure to cheer someone up!

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  4. Is this the first time we have seen purple since November? Such a lovely card and the kraft really grounds it. You second one is so cute too - those yo yos = yummy!!!

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  5. I recognized the designs on your cards straight away! Great testament to you, as a card fabricator, to be able to recognize them. Fabulous cards.

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  6. Loveeeeeeeeee these... and I think the colors on the sympathy one are perfect!!! Ok...one last time... BYE AMIE...lol..."see" you in a week! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

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  7. Swoon! These are soooo lovely Amy!:)

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  8. I'm so afraid of insulting someone with my handmade sympathy card that I have never made one. This one is beautiful Amy - your friend will cherish it, I'm sure.
    Love your yoyo blooms, so cute!!!!

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  9. Lovely cards.. your sympathy card is gorgeous :)

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  10. Hey, I remember that yo-yo post. Glad you put them to good use. I uber love that first card. Your color's are gorgeous and I think it will definitely cheer up your friend.

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  11. Perfect cards Amy....Love those yoYo blooms...so Pretty!! I also LOVE that Lavender flower you added to the first card!! Hugs....

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  12. Yes those cards are difficult but you did a wonderful job!
    Your cards look wonderful and warm!

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  13. Quite a collection of cards Amy! Love the lavender music note BG and the gorgeous bloom! Thanks for playing along with CR84FN :)

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  14. Hey Sista...seriously... what else can I say... you must be bored with ME...LOL... these are fab!!!..my fave is the OA card with your TDF bon bon flowers...gorgeous like you...xoxo

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  15. wonderful cards for your friends. your sympathy card is very pretty. love your second card too. it's super cute. thanks for sharing and have a great day! *hugs* steph :)

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  16. You are right Amy, It is hard to make a sympathy card! YOur's are beautiful. The first one is so pretty and serene, the second one(and as it is not for a death) is perfect. Hopefully it will cheer up you friend! I love the layout and the colors!

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  17. Seriously! Both cards are gorgeous Amy. The sympathy card would definitely brighten a somber day, it's so beautiful.
    And, October Afternoon, say no more!

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  18. such a pretty card and it is sure to touch your friends heart :)

    what a FUN OA card!!! love the little blooms :)

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  19. Two wonderful cards, Amy! I love all the purples on the first one and the little girl riding her trike makes me smile! I hope your friend will find it as uplifting as I did.

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  20. Gorgeous sympathy card. The background/music is so pleasing. Your polka dot card is fab (LOVE dots) and now I'm inspired to get me a yo-yo maker!

    I too resolve to send out more cards. I missed "Squirrel appreciation" day, but I'll get the next occasion!

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  21. Beautiful cards! Great take on the CR84FN challenge! Surprising combo for sympathy card, but works beautifully! I love it!

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  22. Love your cards! They are so pretty!

    Hugs Gwendolyn

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  23. Beautiful sympathy card. The flower is gorgeous. :)

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  24. What a fab selection of cards you've made. I really like your interpretation of our colours this week. The muscial background and flower stamps are lovely. Thanks for playing along with CR84FN this week.

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  25. What darling projects! I love that purple flower!

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  26. Amy, Sometimes mystery paper turns out to be the perfect color! LOVE that you made a happy sympathy card so she'll remember her fondly! REALLY pretty card! THX for playing with us at CR84FN!

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  27. WOW Amy! All of these are so pretty! I really love your CR84FN card! Such a beautiful sympathy card with the fabulous purple, glittery flower. Lovely take on the challenge colors! Thanks so much for playing along with CR84FN!!!

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  28. The first card is really beautiful! Fave is the second with that keep calm and ride on! Fun!

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  29. You are so amazingly talented Amy - love all the goodies you shared with us today...awesome stuff!

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  30. you are such a thoughtful friend, Amy. your card is so pretty and soothing, your friend will love it. and your yo yos are soooooo fun! love the delightful card, too! fab work as always!

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  31. Boths cards are so preety!
    I love them both.
    And those yo-yo flowers are awesome! Did you make them yourself?

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  32. OMG...Love all of these but that little bicycle is adorable..and I just love the popularity of that "keep calm and..." phrase!

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  33. Your OA card has wonderful vintage charm with the little girl on a bike. And I didn't even know Cosmo Cricket has fabric !

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  34. These are really beautiful! Love the use of your yoyo blooms on the card!

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  35. Hi Amy, I just read what you said about making a black sympathy card and how that tends to be somber. Let me know what you think of this card: http://alienanessa.wordpress.com/2009/08/30/a-sympathy-deja-vu/

    I've turned to that sketch a zillion times for various things because it's so elegant!!

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  36. I am sure both of your friends will love their cards. I know these are not your "normal" colors, Amy. But, it is beautiful. I love the pretty sugared flower. :)
    Thanks for playing at CR84FN!

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  37. Wonderful cards. Beautiful sympathy card, I'm sure your friend will find comfort with your lovely card. Thanks for playing at CR84FN!

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  38. Awesome cards Miss Amy!!! Hope you are doing well!!

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  39. Oh my, Amy! That flower on your first card is ah-mazing, and your second card? ADORABLE!!!

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  40. Beautiful, the sympathy card should brighten your friends day.

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  41. i love those fabric flowers, and love what you did with Tiff's sketch!!

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  42. That sympathy will certainly put a smile on your friend's face. I am so sorry to hear about your loss :( I'm so glad the sketches helped you! You surely elevated them! Love both cards oh so very much!

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  43. what a lovely card for your friend! i'm sure it lifted her spirits knowing you were thinking of her.

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  44. the colors in the keep calm ride on card are awesome! such a sweet vintagy feel.

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  45. Just can't get over how cute and appro po the "Keep calm and ride on" sentiment is!! How cool!!

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Cheers,
~amy~