The little things that make me happy here on Bliss Road~~Emily Keaton

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Autumn Sympathy

A happy Wednesday to you! What a crazy week. At first I started typing "happy Monday" and then changed it to "happy Tuesday" before realizing that it is already Wednesday. Where has the week gone??? I can't believe I haven't posted anything since Saturday. I'm not sure how that happened. I trust that all of you had a super weekend. We certainly did. Our DD (11YO) had a fantastic Girl Scout encampment weekend. The weather was perfect! On Saturday, our DS (7YO) was thrilled when my DH took the training wheels off his bicycle. He was obviously far past ready to be released from training wheels land. He had everything mastered within minutes! He spent his weekend tearing up and down the driveway with no training wheels to slow him down. :)

Then on Sunday afternoon, after DD returned from her camping trip, all four of us went apple picking. It's our family tradition to go picking at a local orchard the very first weekend that MacIntosh apples come into season! It was fabulous. We picked 3/4 of a mixed bushel of Macs and Galas. That should last us for a couple of months of lunches (and maybe a few pans of apple crisp, too.) Yum!

I stole an hour (OK, probably a bit more than that) this morning to make a sympathy card I've needed for over a week now. It was lovely to be creating again. I do hope that this will help to comfort one of my fellow DT members who lost her mother last week.
I stamped the birch tree trunks (an MFP stamp from the set Stinky Situation) in Versamark ink and applied SU chocolate chip chalk with a sponge applicator. The oval of "DP" under the main image was recycled from a Panera gift card holder I received earlier in the year. To make the messy pleated ribbon, I ran a line of adhesive from my tape runner down the length of the ribbon (on the back) and stuck it down, to itself and to the card underneath.

Here are the challenges I incorporated while making this card:

Thanks for stopping by to visit today!

Card recipe:
Stamps: MFP Stinky Situation, My Sentiments Exactly (MSE) Sympathy Sentiments
Paper: SU chocolate chip CS, Cosmo Cricket Pixie Dust CS, various scraps of CS, recycled Panera gift card holder
Ink: Versamark, Palette burnt umber
Accessories: CM oval cutting system, SU modern label punch, scoring tool, emery board (for distressing), Stampin' Pastels, sponge applicator, hairspray, dimensionals, wrinkled ribbon
Techniques: Poppin' Pastels, distressing

Edited 10/12/2010 to add:

Just discovered that I was named a City Crafter Challenge Blog Spotlight Artist for Week 22 for this sympathy card.


Mary Marsh said...

these are such great fall colors emily and good ones also for a sympathy card-way to hit all the challenges as well-
the apple picking sounds like fun-we dont have any orchards in our area to do that-they are way north of us

Ros said...

Sorry to hear about your fellow DT's Mum ... sure she will appreciate your lovely card ... thanks for joining us at CCCB

Rachel said...

Beautiful card Emily! Thanks for joining us this week at Delightful Sketches.

Marisa said...

Lovely card, Emily. I'm sure it will be very appreciated. I LOVE Gala apples - yummmmm!! What a fun family tradition too. Enjoy some apple crisp for me LOL!


Hi Emily
A fabulous card,thankyou for joining us at Delightful Challenges,
hugs Dianne xx

PatR said...

Great card Emilywhich I'm sure will be well received. Thank you for joining the TT challenge.

cnelson said...

Oh so lovely!! Thank you for playing along at CCCB!

Bonnie said...

Wow, Emily, you really did have a busy weekend! When I was a girl, we went to pick Macs as soon as the orchard opened. It seems like the apples were bigger then. Maybe I was smaller? I miss that. The store apples don't taste quite as good.

I love the card. I love the way you used the Versamark and sponged on the trees. It gives them a softer look. And I love the scored diamond background & the "messy" ribbon. I think this card will be very special to your friend.

Linda Beeson said...

That wood grain piece is so neat on your card.

Vicki Dutcher said...

This is an awesome sympathy card!! As I said on SCS - love the way your trees are a semi focal point!! Thanks for playing with Speedy's Friends!

Benzi said...

I'm sure your card will be well
seems perfect for a sympathy card. Sounds like a bushel of fun at the apple orchard.

Ann Schach said...

Beautiful! Thanks for joining The Paper Players this week.

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Beautiful autumn card.

Emily (stampingout on SCS) said...

What a beautiful autumn inspired sympathy card! I love that pleated scrunchy ribbon! :)

Carola Bartz said...

Very beautiful card in my favorite colors.

Lynn McAuley said...

Such pretty work on this autumn sympathy card!

Thank you so very much, Emily, for sharing this wonderful design with the Friends of Speedy the Cat in this week's fall colors challenge!!

Virgo5 said...

Emily this is a lovely sympathy card.
Now I have a craving for apple crisp!

LeAnne said...

Wonderful sympathy card....just a great use of that stamp set image! Thanks for playing with the Paper Players this week!

Unknown said...

I am sure that your fellow DT member is going to love this... Your card is beautiful..

I just love reading how your whole family went out to pick apples. What a great tradition..

Thanks for joining us over at CCCB!

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

Lovely fall colors, thanks for playing along with us at CCCB!

jaydee said...

Lovely sympathy card. the colors are so soothing.
Thank you for joining the Paper Players this week

Nance Leedy said...

Simply lovely card--perfect for a soothing expression of sympathy. Love that barn wood image and your ruffled ribbon is beautiful! Thanks for joining us at the Paper Players this week!

Colleen Dietrich said...

Boy, I wish my 8 YO would learn to ride a two-wheeler! She has no interest, whatsoever. She prefers a scooter.

And that apple picking - what a nice family activity! My hubby does not like to do that, and the kids don't care much for it either, so that leaves me. I just pick mine out at the grocery store. :(

And now - the card: you picked the perfect tones for this sympathy card, and love the way you matted up the different layers. The ribbon is really pretty, too. Gives the card a lot of texture.