Tuesday, 16 April 2013


I have had a week of ups and downs, none of which I will bore you with, but sometimes don't you wish that you could just get through one day without more bad news/stressful situations/illness and anything else that contrives to add up to a crappy day????
I try to keep reminding myself that there's millions of others who are worse off than me at this moment in time!!
So how did I try to cheer myself up and shake off all this doom and gloom??? By making sympathy cards of course................... I know, I know, probably wasn't the best idea but didn't have one single solitary one in my stash and on Sunday I was asked by 4 different people if I had any!
I won't depress everyone even further by sharing them all, promise! Will save them for another day!
Here's one which wasn't exactly intended as a sympathy card but is likely to be sent to someone to let her know we're thinking about her as she goes through a particularly difficult time.
I used basic linen textured card. After cutting out a panel to fit across the card I ran it through a houndstooth embossing folder and wrapped a length of brown and white gingham ribbon across the centre, then stuck it on the card using 3d pads.

The stamps are an assortment from different companies but all are inked with Versafine Sepia Ink. I added some Stickles to the seed heads in the centre oval for a wee bit of sparkle.

The ovals were cut with a nestie using the scraps from the card base.
Sentiment stamped on bottom with same ink.

Sorry about the poor pic - think my little digi camera is about to go to the picture gallery in the sky as my pics are not as good as they should be................. or maybe it's ME????? LOL

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Crafty Creations - No Squares
Card Mania - Diecuts/Punches 
Card Crafters Circle - Die cuts/dry embossing
Cards by Lady Anne Stamping Challenge - Anything Goes
Crafty Bloggers - Anything Goes
HIMCR - Scraps Saturday
My Craft Spot - Anything Goes

It's been a gloriously sunny day here today - am just off for a stroll down the lane to feed the ducks! Thanks for calling in. x


  1. I know how you feel Viv... big hugs to you! I love this card; oddly enough I just made a quick & dirty card and I picked up the same ribbon to use, then opted for a stripe one instead. xx

  2. Love Love Love this card Viv, great layout and I really love your images
    jacqui x

  3. Feeding the ducks is bound to cheer you up Viv! A lovely card, the stamps are so delicate. Take care. Xx

  4. This is pretty! Thanks for joining us at My Craft Spot.

  5. Really lovely card Viv - and fancy those stamps all being from different sets, they look made for one another the way you've used them.

    I think a lot of us have the blues right now - the sun came out to tease a bit today - which only made it seem gloomier when it disappeared, sigh.

    Come and share a snippets card in the Playground - I dare you!

    Hugs, Di xx

  6. Beautiful card. Thanks for joining us over at HIMCR.

    Have a great day.
    Hugs Nana
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  7. Beautiful card! Love the simplicity of it!
    Thanks for joining us in the challenge at My Craft Spot!
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    Sherrie K

  8. What a beautiful card, and so suitable for sympathy and any occasion. I hope you feel better now you've got it off your chest :o)
    Jackie xc

  9. Love this Viv, simple and elegant. GORGEOUS.
    Caz x

  10. This is a lovely card Viv and would be perfect for lots of different situations. I really love the beautiful, simple images that you've stamped and the monochromatic colour scheme is wonderful too!

  11. Absolutely gorgeous...busy day so short and sweet.xx

  12. Sorry things have not been sunny for you VIv, Sending hugs your way (((xxxx)))))
    Love the card and its so useful for any occasion.
    Hugs Mau xx

  13. I love the sepia ink - one of my favourites. This card could be so suitable for many occasions. So sorry you've been having a crappy time - X P.S. loved your dragonfly card from Thursday too. X

  14. simply stunning viv.beautiful classy design.
    i hope you are feeling better now.

    xx coops xx

  15. Simply Stunning! Thanks for sharing at Card Crafter's Circle!

  16. Hi VIv...just catching up on blogs since I've been away...you've made some lovely cards and just love the simplity of this card


  17. This is so elegant Viv i love the design.

    Joan x

  18. Simply beautiful. Thanks for joining us at Card Mania Challenge. Hope to see you again for the next challenge.

    DT. member

  19. How clean and classy is this card.

  20. I think this card is stunning, I just adore the simplicity of it, beautifully stamped images perfectly in line. Thank You for sharing with us at Lady Anne's Challenges. I hope we see you again soon.
    Love ~ Lady Anne xx

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  21. This is such a pretty card! The brown on ivory is gorgeous!

    Thanks so much for playing along with us at My Craft Spot!

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  22. Stunning card, really elegant xxx

  23. Sorry you are having more ups and downs Viv. I try and remember there is always an 'up' coming if I have a 'down'.Lovely card here anyway, just beautiful :) Viv xx

  24. Love this CAS card. Thankyou for joining us this month at Crafty Bloggers Network.
    Geraldine M
    CBN DT


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