Feb 042012

Played along in the Inspiration Challenge #322 over on Splitcoaststampers today.  I was inspired by a photo on the challenge site of a “Pine Baugh Fire Screen” in front of a warm glowing fire.

A friend of mine lost her father last week.  Using the inspiration from the challenge photo, I made this card for her.

Sympathy cards can be so difficult to make.  I always mean to make some in advance of needing them, but that seems a little morbid in a way.  So I’m usually left to make them when the heart is heavy.  But the simplicity of this card seemed so right for the occasion that I did make an extra one to put away that will hopefully not be needed for a long long time to come.

Using the mask that had been created for the sympathy card, I decided to sponge in another rectangle to use for this next card.  Isn’t this the sweetest image.

My husband was truly my childhood sweetheart.  We grew up neighbors, and I have no recollection of ever meeting him… I’ve just always known him!

Thanks for your visit today.  Hope your day is filled with warmth and love.


Stamps: Card 1: SU Thoughts & Prayers / Card 2: SU Take It to Heart and Three Little Words
Papers: PTI Select White
Inks: SU Basic Black, More Mustard, Really Rust and Ruby Red
Accessories: Nestabilities Long Classic Rectangle Die; Masking Paper; Card 2 Only: Velvet Ribbon; Rhinestone

23 Responses to “Sunsets”

  1. Oh Susan these are simple and just GORGEOUS!!~

  2. Love the simple beauty of these cards. That is so sweet that you have known your husband all your lives. A perfect image for the love card!

  3. Really beautiful cards Susan. The blocked sponging is amazing on both cards! The perfect touch for both styles!

  4. I agree, Susan…I LOVE the simple “wow” of these cards! You need to think of a name for this technique…well done! Maybe instead of “out of the box” it could be “out of the blocked sponging” (using Christine’s words. ha!) or “out of the sponged box”?

  5. Amazing creations, Susan! Both fresh designs are spectacular and the sponging and colors just pop off the white background. I feel the same way about creating sympathy cards.

  6. These are fabulous, Susan. Just LOVE the one with the tree. Great sponging for the BG!

  7. Gorgeous CAS card, Susan! I love them both!
    Hugs and smiles

  8. Susan these are beautiful. Great shading and oh so beautiful.

  9. Just beautiful, Susan. They’re warm and delicate and I’m sure will encourage the recipients.

  10. oh WOW! These are fabulous Susan! I have that tree and I’ve never used it! Saving this idea! TFS!

  11. I know what you mean about sympathy cards and making them in advance. This one is so simple yet beautiful and I love your valentine card. How sweet that your husband is your childhood sweetheart

  12. Wow, Susan! Seriously AMAZING looking cards!!

  13. These are so beautiful!! I lvoe this idea and I really love the orange! So very sorry about your friend, but I seriously love that you married a boy you grew up with! 🙂

  14. I loooove your cards, Susan!!!!! The sponged rectagles are sooo fabulous and the stamped silhouettes look sooo striking…I am sooo going to case these!!!!

  15. Susan, Both cards are perfect! I love that you have known your husband your whole life and how wonderful is that image for the two of you! It’s one of my favorite new sets. I plan to try your masking technique real soon. Love your CAS cards!

  16. Susan, these cards are lovely! I am sure your friend will appreciate the beautiful card and your husband too! Such a sweet story about your Valentine Sweetheart! Thank you!

  17. Susan, are just just beautiful!!!!

  18. These are both just beautiful, Susan. I love the simplicity, and the colors are wonderful. Very nice contrast against the white. Very sweet about you and your hubby. You were meant to be!

  19. Hi Susan, these cards are gorgeous. I love the gradient color. The images are so crisp. Perfection.

  20. Susan, it’s possible that you’ve created the perfect sympathy card. It’s seemingly gender-free, CAS, yet beautiful in a way that brings the reader completely “in” to appreciate it. Wonderful!


  21. The sympathy card is just lovely, I love that tree, and your technique is great….. that image is so sweet, how neat that you have always known your husband, I met mine when I was 16 so we did alot of growing up together but to have known him your whole life that is so neat!

  22. Love your cards Susan!! I agree with you that sympathy cards are hard to make, but your is absolutely perfect. I think I will someday CASE it.


  23. I totally adore the I Love You card! It reminds me of my son and his gal pal. Do you sell these? I’d love to give her one before she moves away in June.

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