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Jun 24, 2022

Freshly Made Sketches #541 & NBUS#39

Today I am joining in on Freshly Made Sketches #541:


I needed to make a Sympathy card and while they are not always the most fun to create they are needed (sadly).
So I started out with the first card below and wasn't sure if it was a bit much for a Sympathy card so I created a second card.  Tell me which is your favorite & which you think is most appropriate for a Sympathy card.
Card #1 
Card Base, Extra Heavy White
Next Layer Bashful Blue - Retired SU color (which I really miss) that I embossed with Birds & Swirls embossing folder (Cuttlebug)
Next I layered a strip of Night of Navy cs and a strip of Bashful blue with a tiny piece of designer paper (Paper Studio) - I also distressed the edges of the Navy piece.  I glued down a piece of the designer paper on white card stock and cut the heart die and also the bird die wing out.  The main bird was bashful blue.  I also used a rectangle die for the first time from Sizzix.  I cut that out in white and used the negative piece from Night of Navy.  The banner was cut with fishtail die (MFT) and the sentiment is from SU - Heal Your Heart stamp set.  I used Memento Tuxedo black ink on that.
Card #2 - I angled the rectangle portion of the sketch on this card.
Card Base - Bashful Blue
Embossed Layer - Basic White
Heart Die & Rectangle Die - Night of Navy cs
Multicolor deisgner paper - Paper Studio.
Other: Foam Tape
Baby Blue Stickles for the centers of the 3 flowers.
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Fishtail Dies
 Stock for the strip across the card.Textured Piece of Navy Card
Entering in for NBUS #39 as well since I used New Dies on these cards.
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There you have it.  2 cards using the same colors, dies & stamps.  
Which one is your favorite?


  1. What a sweet set of cards! Love the pretty flowers and that cute little bird! Such a pretty sentiment as well! Thanks for joining us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!

  2. I've never made a sympathy card. I just never know what to put on them. These are both great. I think I like the first one better.

  3. they are both really nice, I would choose the first if I were shopping

  4. Ida, these are both terrific -- I don't believe either is better than the other. Now you have two and don't have to make another for a bit. Great work

  5. Sympathy cards are not the easiest to make but you have made two perfect designs using these pretty new dies Ida, and the colours navy, blue and purple with the white is so fresh and pretty, and the embossed design in the background goes beautifully. Thank you for joining us again over at the NBUS Challenge this time. x

  6. They're both very pretty, Ida. I've gone back and forth trying to pick a favorite, but cannot choose for sure. Maybe the first? I think the nature of the sympathy card depends on the recipient. I'm sure I tend to make them too somber and that's probably wrong to do because a person needs a little light at a sorrowful time.