Thursday, January 3, 2013

Retro Sketch #44 and Serendipity #2

I had a bit of time to play in my craft room today, and worked on replenishing my stock of sympathy cards.  I used this week's Retro Sketches #44 as my sketch.  

I used Vintage Cream card stock and PTI Harvest Berries for my focal point.  The smaller bit of branch is popped up with foam tape.  I used a stamp from Background Basics Text Style in Ocean Tides for the left panel.

After I finished the card, I wondered how it would look in another color, and also with a bit of texture.  I made another similar card using Scarlet Jewel and the Canvas & Linen Impression Plate on the main panel.  I also switched the ink color to grey on the text stamping. 

Here they are together.  Which do you think is better?

My next card is for the current Serendipity challenge, which is to make a winter birthday card.  I am lucky enough to have a friend in high places (i.e. on the design team), and Cathy was kind enough to send me some stamped images so I could play along.  I am also entering this card into this week's Simon Says Challenge 'New Something'.  This beautiful Serendipity stamped image is new to me.

Supplies Used (PTI):
With Sympathy
Stamps:  Harvest Berries, Background Basics Text Style, Asian Fusion
Paper:  Vintage Cream, Ocean Tides, Scarlet Jewel
Ink:  Ocean Tides, Scarlet Jewel, Memento Grey Flannel
Other:  Harvest Berries Die

Winter Birthday
Stamps:  Serendipity Snow Bunny, Verve Big Wish
Paper:  Rustic Cream, Pine Feather
Other:  Lil Inkers Stitched Rectangles and Stitched Sentiment Flag

Thanks for Visiting


  1. Joyce I think both cards are beautiful but I think the difference to me is the two different inks gives it more interest. You sure are lucky, Cathy must be a wonderful person. You made a beautiful card with the image she sent you!

  2. Joyce, all of your cards so beautiful. I love how you used that harvest berries for your sympathy card, very, very clever and these make the most beautiful cards for a difficult time. Your birthday card is so sweet, I love that stamp with the tree and little bunny running. Fabulous colors and I am looking forward to your card tomorrow with that darling little dog!

  3. I really like the sympathy cards - simple & delicate. I like the Scarlet Jewel a little more - the touch of texture definitely adds something to the design. Love the stitched sentiment flag on the birthday card.

  4. very pretty! unfortunately i need to make one for a friend whos father-in-law just passed:(

  5. Not so sure about the "friend in high places", but I sure do love the card you made Joyce. I love that you added the stitched border to it and especially the two color combination you used. The double banner colors really make it stand out.

  6. Joyce both of your sympathy cards are so beautiful. The colours are just perfect. Can't pick. I love that stamp set. Your card for Serendipity is wonderfully CAS, what a beautiful image.

  7. I am so sorry you need to replenish your sympathy cards. Love the ones you made, they are so elegant and professional looking.
    Your Snow Bunny card is beautiful , love the way you framed it. Great way to use the word new. That works for me ! Thank you so much for playing again in the Serendipity Stamps Challenge!
    I though you were out of town for New Years, I would have chatted with you if I knew you were home like last year. Happy New Year !

  8. Your two sympathy cards are lovely, Joyce!
    And your card with your new stamp (which is awesome) is wonderful, too!

  9. Joyce,
    those sympathy cards are beautiful. You nailed the retrosketch challenge. i love the richness of the Scrlet jewel ink a bit more than the Ocean tides.
    Great winter birthday card/

  10. Love your pretty sympathy cards! Both are wonderful but I do like the added texture a little better. I adore that image on your birthday card--so sweet! And the stitched border and banner add the perfect touch. I got both of those for Christmas and am looking forward to using them a lot!!

  11. Beautiful cards, so pretty and dainty.. thanks for joining us at Simon Says Challenge blog

  12. Beautiful Joyce! I love the sympathy cards - they are stamped beautifully and the bunny around the tree is sweet!

  13. These are lovely sympathy cards! I love both colors! And that sweet tree and bunny image is adorable! A wonderful birthday card!!! :)

  14. These are beautiful! I love your color choices! Thanks so much for playing along with us over on the Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog!


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