I needed to create a sympathy card for a good friend whose father passed away suddenly a few days ago. Those cards are never easy to create, but Sunday Stamps color challenge gave me a neutral color palette and the Rooted in Nature stamp set and Nature’s Roots die set gave me the inspiration.

Here’s the challenge banner for this week’s challenge, SSC221:

Here’s my card:

SSC221 – Stay Neutral

The challenge required at least three of the neutral colors to be used. I could add in another color as long as the focal images were neutrals. I used Basic Black for the first mat and the sentiment. The background trees were stamped in Smoky Slate on Whisper White. I stamped the tree on Basic Grey using Versamark, then embossed the image with white embossing powder. The mat for the sentiment is also Basic Grey. Since I used four of the neutral colors I could add another color.

I love the In Color 2019 – 2020 of Seaside Spray. Love. It’s one of my favorite blues ever, and it pairs so well with this neutral color palette. Therefore, I used Seaside Spray for the base of the card and the sentiment layer, and the stunning ribbon from the holiday catalog. I ordered two extra rolls of it before Christmas and still have enough to use for quite a while, even though it retires at 2:00 AM ET.

I cropped both sentiment layers using one of my favorite die sets, the Rectangle Stitched framelits. The stitching gives such a finished and professional look to any paper cropped with them. They have become my go-to dies. I especially love to use them to crop out the centers of mats to save on cardstock and also lighten the card just a smidge.

As always,

Thank you so very much for stopping by my blog today. I appreciate your the time you take to read, and comment, on my blog.

Have a Peachy Day!


Sale-a-Bration is Almost Here!

Contemplating placing an order today?  Of course you are, especially because the Sale-a-Bration items are must haves!  If you don’t already have a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, I would be honored to work with you.  Please contact me or visit my shop to order the supplies for this card.

If you are ordering $150 or more, please contact me first so you earn all the Stamping Rewards for your order.

If you are ordering less than $150, please use the host code,  DANAAUNT, when prompted.  I use the combined rewards for gifts for customers.

The theme for the Paper Pumpkin in January, 2020 is “I’ll Bee Yours” and is available to order between now and January 10, 2020. Here’s a sneak peek:

The adorable bee coordinates with a Honey Bee stamp set and dies, which are available on January 2nd!

Sale-a-Bration starts in just a few days! I’ve been able to pre-order and have already earned The Gang’s All Meer stamp set, the Golden Honey DSP, and the metallic ribbon and sequins. Woo-Hoo! Images for each follow:

The Gang’s all Meer, free with a $50 order!
Golden Honey DSP, free during SAB with a $50 order!

Supplies Used

Rooted in Nature stamp set, item # 146482

Nature’s Roots die set, item # 146341

Whisper White cardstock, item # 100730

Basic Black cardstock, item # 121045

Basic Gray cardstock, item # 121044

Seaside Spray cardstock, item # 150883

Memento Tuxedo Black ink pad, item # 147110

Smokey Slate ink pad, item # 147113

Versamark Pad, item # 102283

Embossing Buddy, item # 103083

Heat Tool, item # 129053

White embossing powder, item # 109132

Tombow liquid adhesive (my fav!), item # 110755

Again, thank you for stopping by today!