Tuesday, October 6, 2015

The Hop to Stop

The talented Becca Cruger (aka the Damsel of Distressed) has organized a fantastic blog hop to draw attention to Domestic Violence Awareness Month in the United States. (A little Googling reminded me that in much of Canada, Domestic Violence Prevention Month is in November. Awareness and prevention are important all year round, of course.)

To participate, you need to create something with the colour purple predominating. I wanted to participate, and needed some sympathy cards (unfortunately). So I combined the two. 

I even used some new supplies for this card. When crafting with friends recently, Ardyth no longer wanted her Altenew Vintage Flowers set... so I nabbed it! I had been planning on buying and trying one of their flower layering sets, so this was perfect, thank you Ardyth! They take a little practice. But wow, when you get the layers more or less lined up, a gorgeous rose is the result! I'll mention yet again the lack of purple patterned paper in my world, so I made my own with a background stamp. The sentiment stamp is a recent purchase... it has taken me approximately forever to find a classy sympathy sentiment on a single line. I think this is it. 
I was happy enough with the card above to make a variation on the theme: 

Same stamps, mostly the same inks (I didn't go quite as dark for the shadow layer), darker mat. This time I used an off-white card stock, but through my amazing photography skillz, you'd never know it. 
Just Us Girls happens to be highlighting the word SYMPATHY this week, so I will link up there, too. And to Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday Anything Goes challenge, as well. 
I hope you'll visit The Hop to Stop to show your support and admire all the beautiful projects! 

Supplies: (1st card) white & mauve cardstock, Altenew Vintage Flowers, Impression Obsession roses & Hero Arts With Deepest Sympathy stamps, Memento lulu lavender, Stampin' Up lavender lace & Papertrey Ink royal velvet inks, Creative Memories corner-rounding punch, pop-dot tape; (2nd card) Stampin' Up naturals white & purple cardstock, Vintage Flowers & Deepest Sympathy stamps, Memento grape jelly ink in place of royal velvet ink

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Tenia Nelson said...

Gorgeous card!

Happy Dance said...

Two pretty cards, and while they're not "fun" to make, they are absolutely lovely. I've wondered about the Altnew sets, and might have to make the investment sooner rather than later. Really lovely. Bev

KT Fit Kitty said...

Thank you for visiting my blog and for your sweet comment. I wanted to stop in to see what you made for the hop. Your cards are beautiful! Those Altenew stamps are gorgeous, aren't they! Love your purples!

Becca Cruger said...

Well it's not good that you needed sympathy cards but I DO thank you for linking up to the Hop to Stop! Your cards are perfect for this type of card - beautiful, pristine, and with a gorgeous sentiment to boot.

Michele Henderson said...

Wow! Beautiful card! I love your clean and colorful inking technique!
Take care!

Sue Reynolds said...

Your personal design background paper is gorgeous. I have a stamp similar to your rose stamp and I know what you mean about lining up...your's is perfect. I always like the look of stitching/piercing in a card.

Lisa said...

Beautiful that stamp..I'd snag it too!

Caryn said...

So elegant - needs nothing more.
Thanks for joining in this week at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.
Caryn xxx

tiffani pool said...

Yes you are right on two things, there is a lack of purple paper and the rose is stunning! Thank you for sharing your talents with us and joining such a great cause!

Chris D. said...

Score on that gorgeous stamp set. And you've put it to such beautiful use too. And bonus: a two-for! Thanks for joining us at Just Us Girls!

Julie Gearinger said...

Love the purple with this gorgeous flower! So sorry that you need several sympathy cards but am sure this will be appreciated by the receipient! Thanks for playing along with us at Just Us Girls!

TracyM #6773 said...

GORGEOUS cards!!!
Such a DELIGHTFUL design, LOVE IT ALL, especially your purple inky layered flowers!!!
Sorry that you need sympathy cards but these are sure to bring joy to ease the saddest of hearts!!!

Cheryl said...

Both cards are striking in their own way and beautiful. Love the layered rose on both background colors.
Thanks for joining us this week at Just Us Girls!

Jessi Fogan said...

That's a beautiful classy sentiment! So tough with sympathy ones. Love the purple for sympathy, and oooooh pretty flowerses :) That set's gorgeous!

jimlynn said...

Clean and simply - and gorgeous! Love it!

Jerrie said...

Your card is simply elegant! Fantastic job coloring your flower.