Sympathy and Prayers in Yellow

Phew!  I’ve finally made my Freshly Made Sketches challenge card and am sharing it on the last day of the challenge – just under the wire.  It’s been a crazy week – the Fungeon has been a dusty disaster area (I had a new furnace and A/C installed last week with all new duct work), and I traveled to Tucson, Arizona this past weekend for an InkBig Academy training (business training for Stampin’ Up! demonstrators).  Lots of time for talking about crafting, but not a lot of time for crafting.

Cindy Hall is hosting this week’s Freshly Made Sketches challenge, and I couldn’t love this sketch more than I do – it’s so clean and so simple.  Here’s my card:

Simply Sketched (Hostess), Petite Pairs, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, FMS131

Here’s Cindy’s sketch that inspired my card:Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Why Yellow on a Sympathy Card?  Daffodil Delight is a bright, cheery color, so why did I choose it for this sympathy card?    Yellow is commonly associated with wealth, sunshine, happiness and optimism.  Ancient Egyptians associated yellow with gold, which was considered to be imperishable, eternal and indestructible.  What better way to uplift a sorrowful loved one than with optimism and comfort that our lives are eternal?
  • Simple Snipping.  This hostess stamp set is perfect for a quick-and-easy snip.  I stamped the flower and bud on the Watercolor Wonder Designer Series Paper and stamped it again on Daffodil Delight.  I snipped the Daffodil Delight flowers and glued them down over the other image (after a little fluffing of the flower).  A great effect for a simple image.Simply Sketched, Stampin' Up!, Brian King
  • Let it be.  My card follows this sketch to a “t”.  There are times when it’s best to keep things simple and let the design speak for itself.  I thought about adding ribbon or a button or pearls, but I loved the card as-is.  I stopped myself from adding any extras – no points for creativity in making this sketch work, but this sketch didn’t need anything else.  Thanks, Cindy!

Stamp sets:  Simply Sketched (Hostess), Petite Pairs  Papers:  Daffodil Delight, Smoky Slate, Whisper White, Watercolor Wonder  Inks:  Jet Black StazOn  Accessories:  Stampin’ Dimensionals

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  1. That’s very pretty! Nice to see Daffodil Delight and Smoky Slate together, so relaxing! Welcome Home! Hope you can put your new Air Conditioner to good use soon!

  2. Like the colors, plain and simple, sends the message 🙂

  3. Brian, there is no need at all to add anything else to this very beautiful and serene card. Sympathy cards should be subtle and simple and this one is one amazing example of that. The Daffodil Delight is a bright color but paired with Smoky Slate tones it down just right.
    Welcome back from Tucson, I bet you had fun even if the trip was all about business. Can’t wait till you post some pictures… will post some, right?

  4. Liked your color choices and interesting rationale for them. Lovely card.

  5. What a nice card and and what a nice sketch . Using yellow is different ,but it works with the simplicity of this sketch and the one flower . I love yellow used artfully and you did it to perfection . Loved your picture with that cactus on FB ….!

  6. A very nice card, simple but still elegant. Good job!!!

  7. Thanks for the pretty reminder about this set. I have it and need to use it!
    Happy Monday!

  8. LOVE this card! It is very pretty! TFS!

  9. How simply soft and beautiful for a sympathy card! I love it!! Great job as always!!

  10. A beautiful sympathy card! Love the flower and pretty colors!

  11. LOVE this card, especially during the springtime! Maybe it’s because I love yellow. On a sympathy card, to me it says there will be sunshine after the rain (sorrow).

  12. I love the colours! This is such an effective card, Brian! Just right to lift the spirits of someone who needs it.

  13. I love the clean lines on this card! And I love yellow for sympathy cards. Beautifully done, Brian! Thanks for joining us at Freshly Made Sketches again this week.

  14. Sounds like a pretty great week but glad you finally got some stamping time. Super use of that striped print and one of my favorite stamps! Glad to see you!

  15. How very delicate. It radiates a sense of peace. I like it very very much.

  16. Perfect card, just so beautiful! Thank you very much for sharing this card. We all need to have some on hand, and this is a great one.

  17. Clean, simple with a touch of elegance. The perfect sympathy card. I love your style and I should take the time to tell you that more often.

  18. Have just gone back to this post. 3 friends lost love ones this week so I was thinking of cards to make for them when I remembered you had made a really beautiful sympathy card! So glad you did all the work for me and that I just have to follow your directions.
    Thank you!

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