Thursday 19 March 2015

A Sheltering tree with sympathy - Stampin' Up artisan blog hop

Hello and welcome to another Stampin' Up artisan blog hop. As usual, the team has loads of ideas to inspire you - so let's get started!

Cards and gifts are not always celebratory and this week I want to show you a little card and gift I sent to a friend when she was knocked for six after the death of her little cat.

I used the beautiful Sheltering Tree stamp set for a sombre card and took it round to my friend with a gift of snowdrops, which I thought she might want to plant as a memorial.

The pot of flowers was wrapped in white tissue paper and fit perfectly in one of the 9 x 9 x 6.4 cm kraft gift boxes. I kept the decoration very simple, adding just a pretty seam binding bow and a garden marker cut with the Handpicked framelits dies.

The card uses just stamps and ink, my favourite kind of card! I layered the images to create the scene, using the leafy image to create a vaguely bokeh effect. The trees were stamped in a variety of neutrals giving a misty look.

There are lots of useful sentiments in the Sheltering Tree set but again, I wanted to keep it simple so I used the 'thinking of you' greeting. With this kind of card, the stamped image takes centre stage so I simply scored and sponged ink over the edges of the panel and pasted it onto my card front.

The loss of a pet can be devastating but I hope this project brought my friend a little comfort.

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Forgive me if I'm a little bleary today. We enjoyed a heady evening of drama and dancing at my youngest son's school last night and watched him and his friends lift the cup for Best Performance. Off I went to Mumland! Honestly, who needs the Oscars?!

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  1. Oh my goodness, this card is simply stunning! It could easily be used for many different occasions. Thanks for sharing it.

  2. Wow, what a beautiful, stunning and serene card!

  3. Beautiful thought and card. A 5 ***** use of this stamp set - love it.

  4. Beautiful card Vicky and such a thoughtful gift!
    Val x

  5. Schitterende kaart, wowww.

  6. A beautiful card and gift which I'm sure your friend was very pleased to receive
    Jackie x

  7. Beautiful! I enjoy your scene you've created. And, it's always nice to have cards that just use one set.

  8. Just beautiful! Love this stamp set even more now. Thank you!

  9. Beautiful. I'm sure it brought comfort xxx

  10. Beautiful card and gift and so very thoughtful too.

  11. Love this card, hope you will create more using this set :)

  12. What a work of art!

  13. I LOVE this!! I have this set haven't used it yet, this is calling me to recreate your idea! Beautiful!!

  14. I just came across this card on Pinterest and just want to say it is the most beautiful use of this stamp set I have seen! And very fitting for a pet loss sympathy card. You are absolutely right about the loss of a pet being devastating.

  15. Thank you for sharing this beautiful card.

  16. This is lovely. Thank you for sharing it.


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