Hang In There - Today's Pause For Thought Card

by Joanne James19. November 2014 08:57

Today's card is for this week's Colour Me...! card challenge where we have are working with a subtle palette of autumnal browns:

   

I also decided to use the rather unusual sketch layout over at Create With Connie and Mary for my card this week. Here is my card:

 

I used Soft Suede as my card base and layered a piece of paper from the Trim The Tree DSP stack at an angle across the bottom of the card. For the main image, I used the tree from the Nuts About You hostess set and having inked it up with my Soft Suede and Cajun Craze Stampin' Up! markers, stamped in out onto very Vanilla cardstock and partially cut out using my circle framelits, fussy cutting the leaves so that they would overhang the edge of the circle. I deliberately created a streaky finish on the tree truck to make it look a little bit like tree bark. I stamped both the sentiment and little creature (is it a possum? I'm really not sure what he's supposed to be, but he's cute all the same!) in Versamark and heat embossed them with Early Espresso embossing powder. I fussy cut the animal and adhered him over the tree so that he looked like he was 'hanging in there'. I finished with some strips of Early Espresso and a piece of retired Early Espresso taffeta ribbon to complete my card.

I made this card for a female friend who is having a tough time of it recently and I wanted to send her a little something to brighten her day and just let her know I was thinking of her. I really liked the finished card, then I read on a blog somewhere this week that it was the author's view that a thinking of you/get well card should always be in brighter colours to lift the recipients mood. As someone who was entirely happy with her card until I read this, and who also loves bright colours, I'm now having second thoughts  - maybe I should remake it with something less subtle; what do you think? Either way, I still love today's card!

Feel free to leave a comment on today's card, before hopping over to check out the amazing cards by the rest of the Colour Me...! team:

Claire
Hayley
Julia
Sherrie
Tara
And our talented guest designer for November - Anita Bowden
 
We look forward to seeing your striking creations - what do these colours inspire you to create? 
 
Back tomorrow with another project; until then, happy stampin'!
 
 
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Table built using Product Table Builder by The Crafty Owl - Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.
 

Comments (10) -

Mary Brown
Mary BrownUnited States
11/19/2014 11:48:17 AM #

What a great card!  I love that little guy hanging from the tree....great way to brighten someone's day!  Thanks for playing along this week in the Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge!

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Lisa Martz
Lisa MartzUnited States
11/19/2014 2:15:41 PM #

What a darling card!  Love the possum hanging in the tree!  I love this!  Thanks for playing the Create with Connie and Mary sketch challenge this week!

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Deb
DebUnited States
11/19/2014 2:26:00 PM #

What an adorable card! I love how you did your circle image! That is just so clever! Thanks for playing the challenge at Create with Connie and Mary!

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Wendie Waldman
Wendie WaldmanUnited States
11/19/2014 2:38:40 PM #

Adorable!  I know several people who'd appreciate this right now!

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Pat McCleary
Pat McClearyUnited States
11/19/2014 6:57:24 PM #

I love this card, esp. the browns. Such a clever idea you used for the tree & overhanging leaves.

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Lisa Young
Lisa YoungUnited States
11/20/2014 12:15:55 AM #

This card is adorable! Great job on the fussy cutting - love how it extends beyond the circle. Thanks for playing along with us at Create with Connie and Mary.

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Margaret Raburn
Margaret RaburnUnited States
11/20/2014 2:49:48 AM #

Joanne, your card is just adorable!  The colors lend themselves so well to this tree scene and the little possum is adorable!  Kudos to you on all the fussy cutting and technique with the circle framelit!  Adorable card for your friend.  Thanks for joining us for the sketch challenge this week at Create with Connie and Mary!

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Claire Broadwater
Claire BroadwaterUnited States
11/21/2014 1:14:31 PM #

Joanne, your friend will LOVE your thoughtful card!  The colors are perfect for the tree and opossum!  The sketch is perfect for your card!  GREAT JOB!  XX

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Tara Bourgoin
Tara BourgoinCanada
11/23/2014 1:42:37 PM #

Oh, this is so super cute!! I love the unique layout - I might have to try this myself Smile

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Heidi Weaver
Heidi WeaverCanada
11/23/2014 6:11:25 PM #

Hi Joanne, I love the card and suggest you don't pay attention to someone's suggestion that bright colours lift moods.  In my experience it is the knowledge that someone cares that lifts spirits.  It is the words and love sent rather than some colours that might have been used.  Your card would lift anyone's mood and the amount of work and care are obvious.  Your friend is lucky to have you and will love receiving this wonderful card.

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