Monday, March 16, 2015

Bloom with Hope for Freshly Made Sketches

I needed a sympathy card this week and I turned to a stamp set that I haven't used for awhile, even though it has beautiful images and sentiments. It's Bloom with Hope and it is a Hostess set from the Annual Catalogue, which means it is only available for those who are receiving Hostess Benefits. So if you would like to get this set, you either need to place an order of $200 or more by yourself, or get some friends together and let them help you reach that threshold. The hostess stamp sets are priced lower so you get more bang for your reward buck! Hosting a private class during Sale-A-Bration is a good move, too, because Stampin' Up! has added to the rewards for qualifying parties! Contact me and we'll set a date!  For the layout of this card, I used the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #177:

And I used the colour palette from Colour Throwdown Challenge #333:

Here's how they look together:

  • On the Whisper White panel I stamped two of the blooms in Perfect Plum ink and a background bloom in Wisteria Wonder. These images are from the stamp set, Bloom with Hope. Using Old Olive ink on the large splotch from Gorgeous Grunge, stamped off, I added some green to the center of the blooms. I wasn't entirely sure I wanted to do that, but after some test stamps, I decided to go with it.
  • I used narrow panels of Perfect Plum and Wisteria Wonder cardstock for the side panels from the sketch, but they looked so plain on their own that I added some Venetian Crochet Trim, which gave me the look I was after.
  • The sentiment is stamped in Old Olive on the Whisper White banner backed with Old Olive cardstock, and the embellishment is from the Artisan Embellishment kit.
There is a sad story behind this card. There was a couple from the church we used to attend, that my husband and I loved and respected. They were strong role models for us as they weathered many storms together with faith and hope, including the loss of their son to cancer, severe hearing impairment for the husband and many other challenges. They were inseparable until just recently, when the husband finally passed away. His wife bravely fought on alone for awhile, but her heart was broken and she just passed away herself within a year of losing her lifelong companion. The card is for their family to tell them how much their parents meant to us. I hope Ken and I will be able to live as faith-filled a life as they did.

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  1. This is really pretty! And I love the beautiful decorative brad you've used. Thanks for joining us at Freshly Made Sketches this week!

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  3. So pretty and elegant. That lace is lovely. Thank you for playing along with us at The Color Throwdown.


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