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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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


Beanie said...

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

Jacqui's little piece of England said...

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

Suze Bain said...

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

Gwen said...

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

Di said...

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

Nana said...

Beautiful card. Thanks for joining us over at HIMCR.

Have a great day.
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Sherrie K. said...

Beautiful card! Love the simplicity of it!
Thanks for joining us in the challenge at My Craft Spot!
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Jackie said...

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

Caz said...

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

Beccy said...

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!

aussie aNNie said...

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

Mau xx said...

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

Paper Junkie said...

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

coops said...

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

xx coops xx

Pauline said...

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

Stamps and Paper said...

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


Joan Macdonald said...

This is so elegant Viv i love the design.

Joan x

Evie said...

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

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Debbie said...

So elegant.


Monica said...

How clean and classy is this card.

Lady Anne said...

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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Kate (Small Bits of Paper) said...

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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Zippy said...

Stunning card, really elegant xxx

Viv said...

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

Ger said...

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