Stampin’ Up! Avant Garden Serene Scenery Sympathy

Good morning, y’all!  Hope you’re having a great weekend!

Finny is still recovering from his play date – so’s Scout.  She apparently took advantage of the chance to eat…well…”Stuff”.  The kind of stuff Finn eats on a too-regular basis.  But she’s not used to it – so, she discharged said stuff….on my friend’s Oriental Rug. 🙁  Oops.  We may have to do play dates at their house for a while!

Finn’s not sympathetic.  He thinks she needs to toughen up.

You can tell just by looking at him what he’s thinking.

Girls. 😉

My card today is for a friend of my mom’s – who recently had to put her horse down.  He wasn’t terribly old and they didn’t expect it.  So…quite sad.  I had a hard time with this one – I wanted a good quote to put on the card, so I had to read thru a bunch of them.  Which made me think of the horses and dogs and cats that have already left me.  It’s the plight of every animal owner – we outlive them all.

But – I finally found what I wanted to use and called on my Labeler Alphabet again.  I paired it up with some rustic Serene Scenery, and added some vintage feeling touches.  The Sale-A-Bration stamp set called Avant Garden played a supporting role, too.  Take a look-see:

My layout is from the Freshly Made Sketches challenge this week.

I started with a piece of Serene Scenery DSP and stamped the pretty flower image from Avant Garden all around the panel in Crumb Cake ink.  Then I matted it on Crumb Cake card stock for the card front.

Next up is a second design from Serene Scenery – the cloud filled sky – also matted on Crumb Cake.  I used Liquid Glue to adhere a new Lace Doily (Very Vanilla side up) and a length of Very Vanilla 1/2″ Lace Trim to the back of the matted panel.

Then I wound some large loops of Linen Thread around – again using Liquid Glue to secure it.  I cut a couple of pieces of 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon and adhered them directly to the card front with Liquid Glue.  I used Stampin’ Dimensionals to pop the small panel onto the card front.

Using my Labeler Alphabet, I stamped the individual words in Island Indigo on more of the rustic board design paper from Serene Scenery, and then cut them all out.  I adhered them to the card with Liquid Glue.  I know I just did a card the other day with this technique to make a custom sentiment – so, I hope you’ll bear with me!!

Finally, I used my Island Indigo Stampin’ Write Marker to add the source of the quote under my sentiment.

To give it just a little bling, I added a few small Rhinestone Basic Jewels and then nestled a single Falling In Love Embellishment under the other decorations with a Glue Dot and the card was done!

On the inside, I stamped the Avant Garden flower in the middle of a Very Vanilla panel, using stamped-off-once Crumb Cake ink.  Over that is a sentiment from Flourishing Phrases in Island Indigo.  I wanted it muted a little, so I stamped it off once, too.  Then I flicked the edges of the panel with a Pool Party sponge.

I SNAILd the panel to a Crumb Cake mat and into my Island Indigo card base.  Well, actually, I SNAILd it into a Marina Mist card base.  And then realized the error of my ways!  Fortunately, my friend Beth had told me about using a Heat Tool to loosen up adhesive – so I pried it back off and put it into the Island Indigo card where it belonged! 🙂  Then I popped the card front on with Stampin’ Dimensionals and the card was done!

My Very Vanilla Medium Envelope got another Crumb Cake Avant Garden flower on the front.  I used my Pool Party and Pear Pizzazz Stampin’ Write Markers to give the flower just a touch of color…

…and I added more barn wood Serene Scenery DSP to the envelope flap.

Et Voila!  This isn’t the card I started out to make – I had a completely different direction in mind when I started.  But, I think it turned out well – I like the sort of shabby-westerny-chic vibe.  Hope you like!

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Island Indigo Card Stock: 4 1/4″ x 11″ (card base, scored and folded at 5 1/2″)

Crumb Cake Card Stock: 4″ x 5 1/8″ (mats for card front and for inner liner); 2″ x 4 3/8″ (mat for center DSP panel)

Very Vanilla Card Stock: 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ (inner liner)

Serene Scenery DSP: 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ (card front); 1 7/8″ x 4 1/4″ (center DSP strip); Labeler Alphabet words; envelope flap

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6 thoughts on “Stampin’ Up! Avant Garden Serene Scenery Sympathy

  1. My heart goes out to your friend. That’s the worst part of loving animals (as you alread said.) I’m sure she’ll appreciate your beautiful card.

  2. So pretty Mary and that sentiment is just perfect! Great layering and perfect colors. I’m sure that she’ll love it. 🙂

  3. Mom

    She will love this, Mary. Thank you. The quote is perfect,, and the card is beautiful.

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