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Saturday 3 September 2011

Summer Fence Sympathy

You know how every now and again you make a card that started off as a little spark of imagination and comes out so perfectly it feels like something was guiding you, well this card is one of those.

At I Did It Creations this week they are having a nature challenge and a lot of the weeks they give away a free digi image that you send a request email for. Admittedly I don't always have time to use an image I have requested but this image Summer Fence by Toucan Scraps just seemed like a perfect image for a sympathy card.

I have used a photograph of a sunset at West Super Mare that I took at the end of the pier in February. Both myself and my husband had our camera's and took a sequence of shots whilst the sun was setting in the water and the tide was coming in too. I just love the rich colours in this picture and really wanted to try and incorporate it into a card somehow, this digi seemed like the perfect marriage.

I use a graphics program called Xara and played about with the positioning of the digi. There was a particularly large ripple in the water that provided a great straight line for the bottom of the image to sit on. The sun wasn't quite in the right place so I stretched the picture a little and just kept playing with the sizing of the images until it fit together nicely. The sentiment is a PNG from the Modern Flowers Sympathy set which is a freebie from McMahon Five Design

The base of the card has been covered with a pearlescant embossed paper from Kanban Designs. I matted the image onto dark brown card and used a Martha Stewart punch to add a punched heart border to the bottom.

The ribbon was from a challenge prize I had from One Stop Crafts and for a finishing touch I added a flower grouping made with 2 Flora Doodles fabric flowers, an opened up metal beadcap and a pearl brad.

I am truly delighted with how this card has turned out. No one likes to have to give a sympathy card for obvious reasons but would be a beautiful card for the occasion.

Materials Used in this card are as follows:-

Card Size – A5
Image – Combination of my photograph and Summer Fence by Toucan Scraps
Paper – Kanban Crafts
Embellishments – Ribbon from Stash, Flora Doodles fabric flowers, metal beadcap, pearl brad from American Crafts
Tools – Scissors, 3D foam, Martha Stewart Heart doily punch
Techniques – Punching

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges (in Alphabetical Order):-


Angela Toucan said...

Beautifully done Mandy. Thank you

I used to love in Weston Super Mare in my teens.

Kathy said...

Gorgeous Mandy! Love the photo and image layered together, great look.

Rainbow Lady said...

A beautiful card Mandy and super photo. Thanks for embossing with me this week
Love Cynthia x

Caroline Rawcliffe said...

A great card, the image. Thanks for joining us at Rainbow Lady.

ElizabethR said...

Gorgeous photo and a fab card. Thanks for sharing with us at Rainbow Lady's Challenge this week. Elizabeth x

Diane said...

Thanks for entering the quirky crafts challenge, come back on Friday fro voting.

Jane (Carroll's Creations) said...

Great card, I find these so hard to make

Hugs Jane x

Love crafts forever said...

Wow Mandy! This card are so beautiful. I can look all day on it. And thanks for playing at Whoopsi Daisy this week. Good Luck to you.
Hugs Nat

Unknown said...

Beautiful card! Thanks so much for playing along over at Frosted Designs.

Roberta; mother of 4, GiGi to 1 said...

Beautiful card! And, you are right, it is a great image for a sympathy card! The flourishes on your background paper add just the right touch! Please create with us again at Frosted Designs!

Jules said...

Hi Mandy

Your picture is just perfect for a sympathy card.

So calming and beautiful.

I know what you are saying .. .. some cards just come together like they were "meant to be".

Hope you are having a good weekend.

Love Jules xx

Debbie (Little Gingham Bear) said...

Beautiful - thanks for sharing with us at IDIC this week
Debbie xx

Inkypinkydelights said...

Hi Mandy, this is amazing! I would not know where to start to make something like this. Really lovely! Judy x

Nannieflash said...

A really beautiful sympathy card that image is gorgeous. Thanks for joining us at TPS, good luck with the challenge. hugs Shirleyxxx

Mona`s Bittelille Scrappekrok said...

Your card is absolutely wonderful. That photo is magnificent! Thanks for sharing with us at WhoopsiDaisy this week and good luck. Hugs...Mona

Unknown said...

This is a beautiful card, you have done an amazing job with it.

Thank you for joining us at Frosted Designs. I hope that you enjoyed the challenge

I look forward to seeing more of your work.


Linda Simpson said...

Beautiful card, I love the sunset. Thank you for taking part in Creations by Gill M Challenge

Linda DT

The Crafty Den said...

Hi Mandy, what a beautiful sympathy card. I love the gorgeous punched detail. Thanks for joining us at Bee Crafty challenge. Hugs, Denise x

Margaret said...

What a wonderful sympathy card your photo has made. Thanks for joining Creative Card Crew for this challenge :o)

Nancy Wethington said...

Beautiful scene! Thanks for joining the challenge at Simon Says Stamp & Show.

gina g said...

Gorgeous card i love the image how peaceful. Thanks for joining us at The Paper Shelter for our challenge this week. luv gina xx

Anita Bownds said...

wow beautiful card..
thanks for joining in on the delicious doodles challenge good luck Hugz Anita..XX

Jo Austin said...

What a lovely card!! Thank you so much for playing along with the MTTC Challenge blog!

Jo xx

Helen said...

Beautiful card - love the way you've layered the digi over a photo!
Thanks for joining us at the Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge!
Helen x

PS - I have candy here on my blog if you're interested :0)

Mandy said...

You've done a great job with this card Mandy. Love how you've combined your photo with a digi image...just perfect!

downrightcrafty said...

What a beautiful creation, thank you so much for joining us at the Secret Crafter Saturday challenge
Hugs Kate xx
PS I have candy if you are interested :)

Spyder said...

What a beautiful image,no wonder you're please with it's out come, lovely card. Thank you for joining us over on Quirky Crafts, don't forget to pop back Friday/Saturday to vote for your favourite

Anne said...

Hi Mandy, why we're almost neighbours! LOL! Your card is just so serene and beautiful and very poignant image! Great work! I was at Weston earlier this year too :o) Thanks for playing at Delicious Doodles and good luck! :o) x

Scrappy said...

Oh wow! This is beautiful!Fantastic card! Thanks so much for joining us at Catch the Bug! We hope you will be back to join us soon!

Scrappy - Bugaboo Stamps DT

Min said...

Mandy - this card is just gorgeous - I just love this photo and how you combined it on the card! Thanks so much for playin' along with us this week for the Catch The Bug Anything Goes Challenge with Bugaboo Stamps! Hugs & Happy Days! ~Min
Kaymin Kreations

Unknown said...

A lovely card thank you for joining us at Delicious Doodles this week
Luv Jane xxx

Lori said...

Very pretty sympathy card! So glad you linked up at Craft us Crazy!

Francesca said...

A fantastic Creation for our Autumn colours Challenge At SECRET CRAFTER SATURDAY

Thanks for joining us and hope to see you again


Caro said...

Gorgeous photo and wonderful card. Thanks for joining us this week at Quirky Crafts

sandra's crafty corner said...

just beautiful hun,thanks for joinign us at cardmadfairy's digi days for our flowers challenge,
good luck hugs sandra DT