Deepest Sympathy Card

Unfortunately, in life there are many occasions in which a sympathy card is warranted to offer your condolences. Creative Embellishments’ new Small Sentiment Words set has a lovely variety of elegant title pieces to suit life’s ups and downs, including “Deepest Sympathy.” Since I now find myself needing to create a card for such a purpose, I’m thankful that CE has thoughtfully created this beautiful set.

For this card, I lightly coated the pieces with watered down gesso so the etching could still be seen after altering the Coneflower piece. I used an acrylic glaze and applied sheer layers to create a slight ombre effect on the petals. To alter the frame and title pieces I used acrylic paint. The gold tone was created by mixing gold with a touch of bronze to deepen the shade a touch. I don’t have navy paint, so I combined royal blue with black.  It’s a very simple card, but made with a love and care, so I do hope it helps bring the recipient comfort in this trying time.

sympathy card

Angled shots to show the dimension created by the laser cut chipboard. I usually paint the sides and exposed edges, but neglected to do so this time:

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I added Mini Prills to the flowers to give them added texture. Here you can see how the etching on the chipboard pieces add subtle details to the pieces even after being altered:

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The gorgeous CE pieces I used (click the pic to be taken to the store listing). Thanks for looking!

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Like a Mother to Me – layout for Creative Embellishments

Hi everyone, it’s Thursday again, which means I’m up on the Creative Embellishments blog with a layout to share. This week, I went with a page featuring my mil. I’ll be honest, I really struggled with how to do this page. My mil is a very simple woman and likes simplicity. My daughter’s favorite color is purple (which I struggle with) and she loves flowers, but my mil likes CAS. What a really wanted to capture is what a wonderfully inspirational and fabulous role model she truly is. I hope I did her justice. For my page I incorporated one of the new fancy rectangle frames which I altered with a couple of different distress stains and blended together. I did the same with the antique clock which I topped off with one of the new Mother’s Day flair pieces and the green part of the Spring flourish. I then colored the flowers on the flourish using Pitt artist markers and while it was still wet, went over it with gesso to mute the color, yet have it bleed through. I worked it with the brush to draw out more of the color and create some variegation. Here’s how my page turned out:

Like a mother

TFL!

Handsome – dt layout for Creative Embellishments

Happy Thursday, everyone! I’m up on the Creative Embellishments blog with another Christmas layout to share. For this page, I decided to go with a pic of my youngest son, Christian opening his first Christmas present. The previous year, he was just 6 months old, so he didn’t open his own gifts. 😉

If you don’t know this about me already, I’m a huge Webster’s Pages fan and have horrible hoarding tendencies with their products…I’m avidly working on breaking that habit, so you’ll be seeing a lot of WP projects over the next few months. lol Anyway, I went with the oldest Christmas papers of theirs that I have and made them fresh and current with some FABULOUS Creative Embellishments chipboard pieces! I just love how easy they are to incorporate into any project and totally make my page come to life. 😀

For this layout, I was also inspired by the Monday Mojo sketch at Flying Unicorn. Here’s what I came up with:

Handsome

Materials:

Creative Embellishments Spiral Tree
CE Handsome Frame
CE Christmas Bulbs
CE Fancy Xmas Bulbs
Star from the CE Flourish Tree 2
Webster’s Pages pp, wire floral, sparkler, tinsel trim
doily from my stash
acrylic paint
Distress Paint

The fantastic Flying Unicorn sketch by Alda that I worked with:

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TFL!

Gift of Gab – PageMaps sketch challenge entry

PageMaps is well known for their fabulous sketches which are frequently used on challenge sites throughout the web. I recently stopped by to see what they’re all about and found this great sketch posted with a challenge. I’m also entering this layout into Sketches in Thymes’ Open Challenge #4. You can enter any layout you have created that is based on a sketch (up to 3 entries). Here’s what I came up with based on this sketch:

Well, I just received a fabulous package of My Mind’s Eye’s newest release, Stella and Rose, so I decided to create a layout for this sketch using that line (I will be posting a review of Stella and Rose on Monday). Based on the photo I selected, I decided to go with the Hazel range. Here’s what I came up with for the challenge:

TFL!

Materials:

My Mind’s Eye Stella and Rose Collection, Hazel papers in “Special”
Bazzill solid colored cardstock
MME Bohemia “Bella” twill ribbon trim
MME Stella and Rose “Special” frame
MME Stella and Rose “special” tag
Making Memories brads
The Paper Company brads
MME Stella and Rose Mabel stamp
Pink Paislee alpha stickers
Cosmo Cricket tiny type alphas
DMC embroidery floss

Adhesives:

Glue Arts Glue Glider Pro PermaTac
Helmar 450 Quick Dry
American Crafts This to That foam dots

If you’d like to take a peek at PageMaps other creatively inspiring sketches or enter their challenge, CLICK HERE.

If you have a project you created based on a sketch and would like to enter it in the Sketches in Thyme challenge, CLICK HERE.