This is about all I can do when it comes to sympathy cards. I have no sympathy cards in my card stash at all, so each time the need arises (which unfortunately happened last night; a good friend's dad died), I have to start from scratch. A smart stamper would make a whole bunch at one setting to have on hand, wouldn't she? But as my husband observed this morning, I like to make "happy cards or cards about sex." (I've only made one! But I guess once is enough to give a girl a reputation...)
Anyway, I know this doesn't have the softness of a typical sympathy card, but I still think it works. Who says sympathy cards have to be pastel? I especially like the nostalgic quality this patterned paper by Cosmo Cricket gives. And, I think this sketch, which is Jen's Sketch For You To Try for this week, also lends itself well to a sort of yesteryear sensibility thanks to it's use of an oval as the focal point. Be sure to check out what Shannan, Susan, and Amy made with the sketch, as well as Jen's guest designer Joanne, whose card is featured on Jen's blog. Hopefully you can use it to make a happy card (or a sex card, then you too can be a part of the Bad Girl Stampers Club!), and if you upload it to your Splitcoast Gallery, be sure to use SFYTT as one of your keywords so we can be sure to comment on it.
ETA: This card was made to fit in SU!s long-notes-sized envelopes and measures 3.25" x 6.5".
Supplies used -- Stamps: Scenic Poppy by Stampendous, sentiment by A Muse; Paper: Garden Green, Ruby Red, Georgia Pacific White, patterned paper by Cosmo Cricket; Ink: Brilliance Archival Graphite Black, Palette Hybrid Noir Black; Accessories: Copic Sketch Markers, Nestabilities, SU! word window punch, ribbon, Dimensionals.
In happier news, tonight is the awards ceremony for the Oklahoma Book of the Year award. Voices From the Heartland, a collection of personal essays by 50 Oklahoma women that I co-edited with my friends Carolyn Taylor, Emily-Dial Driver, and Sally Emmons-Featherston is one of the finalists in the non-fiction category. We have some really stiff competition, so I'd be very surprised if we won, but as Susan Lucci always said, it's wonderful to just be nominated.