Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Huff and Puff

Hi again everyone - this is my second post of the day!!  If you're looking for the {Pin}spirational Challenge post, it's directly below.

It's time again for another challenge over at Shopping Our Stash.   This week our theme is Wooden it be Nice!  We want to see anything that reflects wood - like maybe paper, wood embellishments, trees, a log cabin or whatever........as long as it reflects wood.  Fun, right?  Check out the blog for inspiration from the DT.  Come on over and enter your creation and be sure and use up some of that stash!

I never seem to have enough sympathy cards and (just being honest here) as you get older you really need more of them.  Guess that's a fact of life though.  I'll never forget a neighbor of mine (who was 98 years old at the time) telling me that all her friends had died - then she put this big smile on her face and said that wasn't a problem as she just made new, and younger, friends!  Pretty good way of looking at things.  She lived to be 106.


Anyway, on to my card. I used an image from SU's Thoughts and Prayers set and stamped the image with markers.  This is SO HARD for me to do! You know, where you color in on the rubber with the markers and then huff and puff, then stamp!  I get it colored in, huff and puff until I feel like the house is going to blow down, and then stamp!  Sometimes it comes out ok, other times, not!  I just can't seem to get the vivid colors.   From my "stash" I used the image (haven't used lately), the paper (maybe never used?) beige ribbon (has been very neglected) and the small brown pearls ( the package was still unopened).

I'll enter this is the following challenges:  My Time Made Easy (Sketch), and Speedy and Friends (Sympathy card), and Squigglefly (Monochromatic).

Thanks for stopping by...........
Lynn

40 comments:

Alyce said...

What a beautiful card Lynn. It is so hard doing sympathy cards but this is just really pretty and has a beautiful sentiment. Your friend had a great way of thinking! ;)

Tammy said...

Lovely card Lynn. Pretty, serene and beautiful bow!

Monica said...

This card has something vey comforting about it... must be the homogenity of browns... that embossing folder is to die for. And the card is very nice.
Let me see if I have time and motivation to make a woody card...

Love,
Monica

Monica said...

Just read that bit about your neighbour... what a brilliant attitude! My MIL is 96!
Love,
Monica

McCrafty's Cards said...

I find sympathy cards the hardest to make, This is beautiful Lynn, I like the tree the papers and the ribbon.
Kevin xx

McCrafty's Cards said...

I find sympathy cards the hardest to make, This is beautiful Lynn, I like the tree the papers and the ribbon.
Kevin xx

NanaConnie said...

Really incredible, Lynn! You tie the most magnificent bows!

Anne Temple said...

This is beautiful and so heart warming! Love that image and sentiment.

lauren bergold said...

well all that huffing & puffing ♥DEFINITELY♥ paid off this time! no just a BRILLIANT interpretation of the "wooden" theme AND an awesome feat of stash usage... this is truly one of the most beautiful sympathy cards i've ever seen... and they are sooooo hard to really get right, imo! WELL DONE, indeed!! ♥

ScrappySandie said...

Hi Lynn~ What a BEAUTIFUL card! Love the clean lines and the simple, elegant tree. Using markers on stamps IS hard to do! Good for you...turned out SO nice!
Sandie

Melissa said...

This is a beautiful sympathy card, Lynn! LOVE those warm browns and that stamp set is a favorite of mine!

Love the attitude of your neighbor! Sometimes I really think that is a lot of it when getting older...attitude! My grandmother always said she wanted to age gracefully. :)

Linda said...

A gorgeous sympathy card Lynn! I love the beautiful tree and the sentiment is fabulous.

Hugs
Linda xxx

Holly said...

Wonderful card. I love the simple layout and your papers and texture are great! Thanks for playing in Squigglefly's challenge!

Leslie Hanna said...

This set makes an awesome Sympathy card (if sympathy cards can be awesome).

Your 98-yo friend had the right idea - great attitude!

Alissa said...

That paper is so perfect with the stamp you chose. I love the little pearls too. So cute!

bumblebee creations said...

Beautiful card!! Gorgeous papers-thanks for playing along with Squigglefly!

Tammy said...

Lynn, I love this sympathy card! Gorgeous image and beautiful colors! Sympathy cards are so hard to make and this one is perfect!!
Hugs, Tammy

Carol L said...

GORGEOUS! I just LOVE that striped dsp and it looks perfect with the embossed panel! I rarely ever use this stamp set either, although I just love it! Very pretty card!!

Carla said...

Way to shop your stash! Lovely card- and you are so right--we need to have a few on hand.

Davi said...

Lynn this is a beautiful sympathy card! Very peaceful with the simple image and the lovely colors and embossing!

maryr917 said...

this is such a pretty card Lynn-love your color scheme-your marker stamper looks fine to me

Pat Garvin said...

Great papers, Awesome sentiment and wonderful image. Perfect card!!! Thanks for joining Speedy Fox and friends.

Angie said...

Gorgeous card! Beautiful bow! Thanks for joining Speedy Fox & Friends this week!

Joan Ervin said...

Looks like you huffed and puffed just right cause this is gorgeous, Lynn!!!!! The stamps are wonderful and I love the calming colors and pretty white bow!!!!

Glimpses of My Heart said...

Lynn - This card is simple and gorgeous! I think it is absolutely perfect! (Love he story about your neighbor! What a great outlook on life she had!)
Blessings,
Michelle

gale said...

Beautiful card. I'm with you on the huffing. I have a hard time with that. Yours looks amazing!

Darlene said...

A perfect Sympathy card, serene and peaceful. How'd you get that bow so perfect?? Lovely image and papers too. A winner!

Shawna said...

Beautiful card Lynn! Love all the warm brown papers you used and that ribbon is gorgeous!

Maria@Crafty Cre8tions said...

Wow! 106!!!!!! My grandmother lived til 105 and my hubby's grandfather til 104! We're in it for the long haul it seems!

The card is gorgeous and will surely help someone. I do love the sentiment and it looks pretty good to me!

The papers are great too!!!!!!
Hope you've caught your breath by now! lol

Kathy Bradley said...

Beautiful and elegant card! Thanks so much for joining us at Squigglefly this week!

Lynn McAuley said...

So very beautiful, Lynn!!

Margaret said...

I just love this card. That is a beautiful tree and you've turned it into a fantastic creation. The backgrounds papers you used are just perfect.

Margaret said...

Beautiful! For some reason, I've never thought to use browns for this type of card, but it's lovely! I think your huffed and puffed tree looks great! I agree that it does take a bit of practice to get the marker ink applied evenly, but it's so nice to have more than one color on a stamp!
Love the thought process of your neighbor! We have an older gentleman at church who when asked how he's doing always responds, "Well, I woke up on this side of the dirt, so I guess I'm doin' ok!" Hope I can manage that outlook when I'm 'older'!

Shelly Schmidt said...

This is such a pretty card- I love the markered and huffed image- glad you did not blow your house down...! The DSP is awesome- and I love the ribbon.

Marilyn said...

This is a lovely card Lynn. Sympathy cards are the hardest for me to make because the circumstances you need them for is never a happy one. But it's part of the life cycle, I guess. This is such a great image for a sympathy card and the colours are just right... muted is much better than vivid.

wannabcre8tive said...

This is so pretty, I love the papers and the image you chose. Thanks, for joining us over at Squigglefly.

wannabcre8tive said...

Thanks for entering your beautiful card in the Speedy Fox and Friends challenge.

Shannon White said...

Lovely sympathy card Lynn! such hard cards to make! and your is so Elegant! Love the great combo of embossed BG and striped dsp.. 8-)

Hugs
Shannon

Nancy in Iowa said...

This is really very beautiful Lynn! Very elegant. The image is great. I don't have much luck with the huff-puff method-I think I'm too slow at the inking - can't be that I'm short winded - cuz I can talk up a storm at the drop of a hat. You've inspired me to revisit to huff-puff technique!

Shirley said...

How very lovely and warm.