It's Not All Black and White

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

I Won! and Another Card

I was so excited that I won the "Bling, Bling...Hello!" contest. There were some really great entries. You should check out the whole gallery at {caardvarks}, and they also have a new contest up and running. You can see my winning card in this post.

I got some time this afternoon to sit at my stamping desk and make this card using Beate's Weekend Sketch Challenge #4, eventhough the weekend has already escaped me. I, unfortunately, needed a sympathy card for a long-time older friend from back home whose husband recently passed away. I'm coming to grips with the idea of stamping sympathy cards.
It almost seemed wrong to me at first, to do something I enjoy (stamping) for such a bleak, sad occassion. But, really, you need a card one way or another. And under what circumstances could a from the heart, handmade card be more appropriate, to let the recipient know that you truly care? So, I sat down to make this card with the hopes of lifting her spirits. These sweet little birdies certainly make me smile!

I stamped the two birds (black Stazon) on Papertrey Ink white card stock, as well as on scraps of Autumn Leaves Shangri-La designer paper to paper piece the wings and body. I used an aquapainter and inks to watercolor. I colored the beaks red dots with markers. The Marvy giga scalloped and mega circle punches took care of the layered circles. "With" was stamped in NQN and "sympathy" in versamark and white embossing powder, both from Papertrey Ink. The brads are layered on NQN 1/4-inch circles.

The Stuff:
Stamps: Hero Arts Decorative Birds, sentiment from Paper Tray by Papertrey Ink
Ink: black stazon, not quite navy, more mustard, sahara sand, close to cocoa, real red, versamark
Paper: Sahara Sand, Not Quite Navy, white, Autumn Leaves Shangri-La
Other: Marvy punches, 1/4" circle punch, Creating Keepsakes brads, white detail embossing powder, aquapainter, american crafts ribbon

16 comments:

Jessica (jessrose21) said...

Congratulations! You were up against some pretty stiff competition! Your cards are always beautiful and I can see why you won.

Rose Ann said...

Congratulations on winning the contest. You rock! ;)

I love your HA birds card, though I'm sorry for the occasion in which you made it. It's very lovely, and I'm sure your friend will appreciate it.

Melissa said...

congrats on winning! This card is top notch! Turned out great!

Lauren (mytime) said...

Yeah! Congrats Bethany! Well deserved. I have that image and have yet to use it! LOL! You rocked it.

I cant wait to get my birds from Stampendous-similar.

SmilynStef said...

Congrats on the bling win... loved your card.

Leslie Miller said...

I think you did a beautiful job of conveying sympathy and caring in a card which will also be somewhat uplifting. I really love your card. Congratulations on your exciting win, too! Well deserved!

Ila said...

Congratulations! your winning card is Fantastic!
Your sympathy card is wonderful too! Love the layout and birds.

Shadowcatcher said...

Congrats on your win. Your card was awesome. I love your bird card too... you're just so talented.

Charmaine (CharmWarm on SCS) said...

This card is just so sweet Bethany. I'm sure it will bring much comfort.

christina (cmf1216) said...

Congratulations!! You certainly deserve it -- your card is terrific!! Your sympathy card is beautiful -- your thoughtfulness will surely be appreciated by your friend.

Well Said Cards said...

congratulations on winning! I loved your card.

I'm sorry to hear about your friend. I had the same experience this past week. It is hard, but I'm sure they appreciate the kind gesture at such a difficult time in their lives.

Angie Z. said...

Congrats and Yay for you, girl! Your sympathy card is lovely. I have a hard time with those too. Warm thoughts for you and your friend. :)
~Angie

Heather said...

What a gorgeous card!

Kathy said...

Congratulations and this is a cute card--man, I kept picking these little birds up and putting them down the other day when I was at a huge sale at my LSS. . .I should've gotten then since they're so darn cute. I really think this card will brighten your friend's day.

chelemom said...

What a pretty card with those cutie birds! AND CONGRATS on winning the contest....you deserved it!!!

Debbie Olson said...

Beautiful job, Bethany, and congratulations on your win!