My son took this picture as we were cleaning up after a sunset surf last summer.  That’s my hubby.  And that’s the beautiful sunset that inspired my card today.


The cardstock was masked to leave a large strip where several sunset colors were sponged onto it.  I’ve said this before but it absolutely makes me giddy when the masking is removed and there is this crisp contrasting line of ink. Smiley.Yes1Ani

When a sympathy card is needed, it can be hard to feel creative.  Fortunately this card is just for my stash, but it’s nice to have one on hand.


Playing along in a few challenges:

Simon Says Monday Challenge: “The Great Outdoors”
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City Crafter Challenge: “Week #360 – You Can Do It!”
Take it, it's yours

Aud Sentiments Challenge: “#179 Flowers + A Sentiment”
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STAMPlorations CAS Card Challenge: “Anything CAS Goes”

Die Cut Diva’s Challenge: “May Challenge – May Flowers or Trees, Bushes and Grass”
The Diva's that cut ....paper!

Happy Crafting!

Stamps: SU “Wild About Flowers” and “So Sorry”

Papers: PTI Select White and True Black

Inks: SU Summer Sun, Pumpkin Pie, Really Rust, Ruby Red and Not Quite Navy; Memento Tuxedo Black

Accessories: Spellbinders Oval Nestabilities Die

17 Responses to “It’s a Beautiful World”

  1. Love your gorgeous card! The colors are fantastic! Thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. 🙂

  2. Beautiful card and beautiful picture!! I love sunsets! This is a great sympathy card too. I need more of those in my stash…!

  3. Your sympathy card is gorgeous. It wil ceraatinly bring comfort. I am in awe of your spinged background. Wow! Thanks so much for joining us at CCCB!

  4. Gorgeous background with pretty flowers!

  5. Gorgeous sunset and picture and equally gorgeous card!!!

  6. Such a fabulous picture and I will have to say you did a wonderful job with combining the colors on your card, the sponging is just beautiful!!

  7. AWESOME Sunset photo! Just gorgeous, as is your card Susan. I love that clean break you get when you remove that mask! Always amazes. Great card and easy – LOVE That! Like you said a great one to have on hand.

  8. Beautiful composition! Great take from the photo, sympathy cards are not difficult to make, but you made it look so easy! Thanks for joining us at Die Cut Divas.

  9. That is one gorgeous sunset! I do love the crisp edge from your masking, and the beautiful silhouette stamp. It’s always better to make sympathy cards ahead of time. I need some for my stash, as well.

  10. Wow!!! You captured the sunset perfectly. I can see so many different uses for the layout and colors you used. I’m with you on removing the mask with a fist pump too.

  11. Only a true stamper can understand why you were “giddy” making this card. ROTFL! It’s stunning and I love the masking too! Hugs, Autumn

  12. Love your card and how your vacation picture inspired it! I hope it remains in your stash for a long time. But, I am certain it will bring comfort when it is eventually used.

  13. I just love this! Super design & color! Hugs, Autumn

  14. Such a gorgeous sympathy card. I also like to have some in my stash. Thanks so much for playing along at Time Out.

  15. Oh, Susan, what a stunning sunset, and what a perfect inspiration for your card. Sympathy cards are so hard to do, but I love the beautiful colors you’ve used. And I agree that it is so cool to peel off the masking paper and voila! Love it! Hugs, sweet friend! xoxo

  16. You drew your inspiration from an amazing photograph and I love how the card turned out! it’s always great to have this type of card handy for quick mailing.

  17. Cool inspiration! Wonderful card! 🙂 Thank you so much for joining May CAS Challenge at STAMPlorations! 🙂
    Suchi xx

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