Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Sympathy Card

Happy Wednesday! I hope your day is off to a great start. We're still trying to beat the heat and humidity in Charleston, but that's expected in July. I didn't expect what I encountered on my front porch when I was watering flowers a couple of days ago. I caught a flash of red and a tattered looking web at about waist height. I almost walked right into a black widow spider who placed her web between one of my window boxes and a rocking chair! The red hour glass marking was so defined it could have been taken straight out of a textbook photo. Needless to say, the exterminator made an extra visit to our home this month.      

Today begins a brand new challenge the Frilly and Funkie Blog! Pamellia is our hostess, and her guidelines for the next two weeks are to Raise it Up! She wants to see lots of layers, panels, and/or elements on your shabby chic or vintage project, BUT they must be raised up! Whether you choose pop dots, foam squares, silicone glue or another means of support, make sure they stand proud. We're hoping everyone will play along with us! For full challenge details and prize information simply click on the link above.

Sadly, I am in need of a sympathy card for a dear friend who lost her mother not long after my own sweet mom passed. I want give her something more meaningful than a store bought card. 

I chose a palette of soft blues and neutral tones, distressing and layering papers from Maja's Vintage Summer Basics collection. I concocted a mixture of Tim Holtz Distress Stains to color the roses. All of the layers are popped up with foam tape. This is a really chunky card!      

The trio of tags are courtesy of the Tim Holtz Tag Collection die set. It's difficult to discern in the photos, but the center tag has a pocket to hold the vintage image I used as a focal point. Each tag is tied off with ivory twine. I found the image of the praying children on the internet and printed it from my computer. 

I found the perfect sentiment in my stash of stamps. My stamp collection is slowly taking over our home. I should stop buying them, but somehow they always find their way in my cart. A scattering of white pearls was the finishing touch to the card.   

I hope you'll find time to join us at the Frilly and Funkie Challenge! I send warm wishes and lots of love to all my crafty friends. Thank you so much for taking a peek at my card!


I have also entered my card in the following challenges:
Creative Craft Cottage - Layer it up
Fab n Funky Challenge - Flower Delights
Inspiration Destination Challenge Blog - Anything goes
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Anything goes
Creative Moments - Anything goes/Monochromatic
Card Mania Challenge - Anything goes
Story Teller
Crafty Friends Challenge Blog - Anything goesWord Art Wednesday - Anything goes/Family Friendly
TTCRD - Anything goes


  1. What a beautiful way to show your friend you care Nancy. This challenge could have been designed just for you - my layering queen! Sending hugs. Jenny x

  2. This card is absolutely gorgeous, Nancy, and will be treasured by your friend.

  3. So beautiful and I love the quote.

  4. Absolutely stunning and your friend will cherish it. Love all the beautiful layers, the gorgeous flowers and that very special sentiment.

  5. Beautiful Nancy. I love all those layered tags and the pearls are just lovely. Such a wonderful sentiment. hugs :)

  6. Oh wow Nancy... I always adore you cards, you have such a way with vintage and shabby chic that that is just undeniably beautiful, and this card is magnificent! You have such a gorgeous signature style to your work, that you provide unlimited inspiration (thank you)!! Hugs, Georgie xx

  7. such a beautiful , soft and yet perfectly gorgeous card x

  8. Gorgeous vintage creation!!! Love the soft tones and such gorgeous design!

  9. Beautiful card Nancy, I'm sure your friend will treasure it. Sue C x

  10. Stunning !
    Thanks for joining us at Creative craft Cottage Challenges and Good Luck !
    Maryvonne DT Member

  11. Super cute!!! Thank you for joining us at Creative Moments, good luck!!! Amy DT

  12. Gorgeous card Nancy. Thank you for playing along with our Challenge at Creative Craft Cottage. We would love to see you again … Anet DTx

  13. WOW this is so incredibly beautiful and wonderfully vintage a very special creation thank you for joining our challenge at FAB 'N' FUNKY this week.
    lorraine x

  14. gorgeous card, love the vintage colors, I'm sure your friend will treasure it!
    Thank you so much for entering our ATG challenge at Through The Craft Room Door this week. Looking forward to see you again next challenge.

    Cards and Creativity {My Blog}

  15. Beautiful card. Lovely layers. Thank you so much for sharing with us at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog!!

  16. Nancy, You have raised it up so beautifully. Those tattered edges are superb and the sentiment is really touching. I am glad you saw that black widow in time. Thank you so much for taking time to post your very creative art with us this week at Word Art Wednesday, on our 192nd Challenge.
    Blessings and Hugs, Carole

  17. This is so beautiful , thanks for joining us at Creative Carft Cottage this week, x

  18. Gorgeous card and so many beautiful details. Thanks for joining us at Card Mania Challenges. Good luck and hope you'll join us again.

  19. Wow, this is a wonderful vintage elegant creation! I love all layers and flowers are beautiful!
    Thanks for playing at Card Mania Challenge. Ileanaxx

  20. So many gorgeous details!! I love all the layers in this card and the colors and image are absolutely breathtaking.