Saturday, July 18, 2009

With Sympathy - Color Throwdown #51

I really don't think anyone enjoys buying or making sympathy cards. Sadly, they are a fact of life. Recently, a dear friend emailed me that her 22 yr. old niece was in the hospital undergoing treatments for cancer. Two days later she notified me that her niece had passed on to be with the Lord. A young beautiful life taken much too soon.

As I contemplated an idea for a card for her family, I went looking for color combinations that I thought would celebrate her life yet exude a sense of peace and calmness. This challenge at the Color Throwdown blog #51 seemed to fit the bill. We were to use Garden Green, So Saffron and Lavender Lace. Those are colors I would not have put together myself but I think they suit this butterfly perfectly. The sketch is a play on the Midnight Madness challenge. I wanted to keep it pretty clean and neat.

I used the "out of the box" technique on the buttefly's wings. The butterfly is heat embossed in black onto watercolor paper and colored with SU markers. Overall card size if 5" x 5".

Stamps: SU (Retired) Wings, Papertrey Anniversary set 2007
Paper: SU Garden Green, So Saffron, Lavender Lace
Ink: Versafine Black, SU markers - Garden Green, So Saffron, Lavender Lace
Accessories: Cuttlebug Swiss Dots folder, Clear EP, bling brads (JoAnn's)


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Denise @ kc242 said...

What a beautiful butterfly! Great job on the sketch challenge. Thanks so much for playing along!

Charlene Merrick (LilLuvsStampin) said...

Do you know how to color a butterfly or what?!?! Omigosh, this is beautiful!

Stephanie said...

I'm sure your friend will take comfort in the beautiful card you've made her.

great layout :)

Sue from Oregon said...

A lovely card...and the heart that went into this card will certainly give comfort.

Carolyn said...

I'm so sorry about your friend's niece. How tragic! This is such a beautiful and perfect card that you made for that purpose. The butterfly is just gorgeous. You are a thoughtful friend. Thanks so much for playing with us at the MMSC this week!

Carolyn, MMDT member

Sabrina Jackson said...

Charlene, this card is gorgeous!!! Your coloring is out of this world. Did I tell you that I really LOVE butterflies? :D:D:D:D My blog name kind of gives it away ;D. Hugs, Sabrina

Susan (rainy) said...

It is a beautiful and elegant card, Charlene. The colors are perfect. So sorry to hear of such a terrible loss.

Mary Beth said...

This is a beautiful, serene gift of love. Awesome work!

Valerie said...

Very pretty!

Priscilla said...

What a beautiful card. I love how you turned the center sketch to work with your image. The colors and images and embellies all work well. your card has an earthy feeling to it ..very nicely done :)Thank you so much for playing the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge this week.

Michelle's Daydreams said...

This is beautiful. I'm so sorry about your friend's niece. I'm sure this card will be a comfort to her family.

~Michelle MMSC DT

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

Love your butterfly! What gorgeous coloring!! What a gorgeous MMSC creation. Thanks for playing along with us this week!

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