Tuesday, January 10, 2012

The Perfect Sentiment: Inspiration Photo Challenge!

It's time for another card making challenge over at The Perfect Sentiment!
This week the challenge is to make a card with a sentiment of sympathy.
And for the twist- Use this awesome photo to inspire the design of your card:

Isn't that a wonderful photo? Sympathy cards are often difficult to make, but this photo is so great for inspiration. And it's always great to create sympathy cards before you need them! Sadly, we should always have some on hand, and this challenge really helped me get the creative juices flowing for one. Here's what I came up with~

It's a fairly simple card. I feel it's not only good as a sympathy card, but could actually be used for other reasons as well: maybe for someone who is sick, or just going through a hard time. In any case, I really like how it came out. I don't think I'd ever have thought this up without having seen the inspiration photo. All that snow on those big beautiful trees immediately made me think of this stamp, and white polar flower soft seemed like an obvious choice as well. I love how the tree turned out. I also think the dry embossed swiss dot background reflects the feel of the snowy photo as well.

I added the ribbon for more blue and white, but when I made my sentiment I went a tad off course and put in a little peachy color just for a tiny bit of contrast. I just like how it looks. But the pearls around the scalloped circle again came to mind because of the snow.

So to get you a little more inspired, Shelly's Images at www.shellysimages.com is our sponsor this week and will be giving our challenge winner their choice of any one digital image free!
For even more inspiration, be sure to check out all of the other blogs from The Perfect Sentiment's design team member's:
and our Guest Designers:

I can hardly wait to see what you are inspired to create! Just remember to add your submission over at The Perfect Sentiment by Tuesday at 10PM EST.

I am also entering my card to the Sentimental Sunday's Challenge #84: Snow, Blue and/ or glitter challenge.

I'll be back soon with more to share with you. And no, I have not forgotten that I promised to do a blog candy giveaway soon, so stay tuned :-)

Blessings to you!

Items used to make this card include:
Stampin' Up! Marina Mist; Bashful Blue; Blush Blossom and PTI White Card Stock
Stampin' Up! Thoughts & Prayers stamp set (tree image)
PTI Scattered Showers stamp set (sentiment)
Stampin' Up! Top Note die
Spellbinder's Beaded Circle die
Polar White Flower Soft
Stampin' Up! 1/2" striped Bashful Blue grosgrain ribbon
Stampin' Up! 1 1/4" hand held circle punch
Want2Scrap white baby pearls
Cuttlebug dotted embossing folder baby pearls
Ranger Archival black ink


Samantha said...

I love the flower soft and the pearls on your card it just adds that soft touch of elegance. gorgeous card!

jan farnworth said...

very pretty love the bling you added on the sentiment nicely done.

Margaret said...

Yours was the first card posted on our group, and I loved it then and still do. It's beautiful. Looks like a real tree. Love the flower soft. Love the added peach touch to it too.

Ashley said...

This card is beautiful! I love the colors and the touch of peach with the pearls. :)

Jenn Fontaine said...

What a beautiful photo- as much as snow in a picture is beautiful to me~I'm not such a fan in real life;)

Your card is amazing! I love the tree with the flower soft- wow, it is so pretty!

I love the touch of the embossed background, it just adds a little something without too much! Great job!

I don't know how you placed the pearls in such a perfect circle- it is wonderful!

Beautiful card as usual Sarah- I hope to one day be able to join along with the challenges.

Unknown said...

Absolutely beautiful. I love the flower soft on the tree. Sarah, I hope you don't get tired of me telling you what an awesome artist you are. Thanks for visiting with me today and your lovely message to me.


Melisa Waldorf said...

Very Pretty!

Sassy said...

Gorgeous, Sarah - love the bling and the image with the flowersoft.

krcmasterpiece said...

that tree is an eye catcher! I do love the pearls around the sentiment too. I was also struck by the inspiration photo & thought your card reflects it well.

Jessica Pascarella said...

What an elegant card! I LOVE the design and the trick with the embossing powder! I must try that!

Scrappin Abby said...

Beautiful card Sarah..I love your tree..I like to use flower soft too and yours turned out just beautiful :)

Jackie said...

Beautiful card Hun! TFS!!!

SAMARA said...

WOW did you get this right on for that photo! The card is lovely and reassuring and full of the nice things one can remember when going through a hardship. Thank you for bringing this card to Sentimental Sundays. Best of luck in the Challenge. Love Samara - DT

Nazeema Calypso Thompson said...

I have to piggy back on Samara's comment...This is a beautiful card...very clean, simple and it has a very nice feeling to it. Thank you for joining us at Sentimental Sundays.

Tabitha said...

The color trio goes beautiful together. Lov eyour tree.