Friday, March 13, 2015


Hi everyone,

Well, I'm back quickly because unfortunately I have a sympathy card to share. Our family friend of 30 years, our softball coach - when David and I first met and "Uncle" Tommy to the kids, passed away rather unexpectedly this week. It's taken me a few days to get over the shock and put "ink" to "paper". Tommy was very connected to the Irish community in D.C. and so I wanted to keep the card in the green family in his honor. So out came the Brusho Crystals again!

I spritzed normal white cardstock with water and then sprinkled the paper with Yellow, Leaf Green and Emerald Green Brusho Crystals. I chased them around the paper with my heat gun until it was dried. (Not quite sure where the random pink spots came from?) So now what? It was a pretty background, but you know I can't leave well enough alone, and I had no idea in what direction this card was going.

I cut out the Die-Namics Daisy Bunch (love this die) from a lime green and yellow cardstock, saving the negative pieces of the die. One of the negatives was temporarily taped to the brusho surface after applying lots of anti-static dust. I used a dauber with Versamark to pounce down through the negative die. I lifted up the "stencil" and applied Black Detail embossing powder, which was then heated.

I covered that entire piece with Versamark and heat embossed with Clear Detail, then applied a little Magic Speckle on top of that, which gave it a marbled look. (Wish I had taken my camera upstairs with me!) It looked too dark, so I decided to put the die back over the top of the black "image" and cut it from the brusho piece. I used it in the inside of the card instead:

So then I took the yellow die cut piece and placed it back in the space where the black version had been. It was taped down from the back. I cut all the flowers off the green version and glued it on top of the yellow version. Using a Sakura Glue Pen I added Spirited Green Glitter to the stems and leaves and then Sunny Daze Glitter to the petals and buds.

I used Spellbinders Classic Scalloped Circles Large to cut out the center piece. The Grand Scalloped Circles was used to cut the black base card (leaving a fold uncut at the top of the circle). I die cut the same size Grand circle for the outside frame, from the brusho panel and glued that to the black base. I turned the front circle piece slightly so that the scallops had the black showing behind. It was then attached with Dimensional Foam.


The sentiment from Sympathy Set 579 was stamped in Versamark onto yellow cardstock and then heat embossed with Pine (one of the awesome Tuscan colors, which come in various colors and are detailed powders so are great for sentiments, when you don't want to use black). I fussy cut the sentiment and sponged it with a little Memento Pear Tart ink before attaching it to the card with dimensionals and tape.

I liked the inlay look. It gives dimension to the card without adding the bulk.

I'd like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Creatalicious Challenges #72: No square or rectangle cards
Scrapy Land Challenge #13: Use brand of die that Scrapy Land Sells

Here's a photo of Tommy giving me flowers as I arrived at the church before our wedding in Scotland. I think I remember he was crying more than I was!

I hope Wava, Tommy's wife will like the card. We're all going to miss this really special man. 




  1. So sorry to hear about the loss of your dear friend. Your card for the family is lovely and I know they will cherish it.

  2. Hi, Shona - it was great speaking with you yesterday, and I'm so sorry about Tommy's passing, and the void it will leave in your heart. What a special person he was to have influenced your life so beautifully. Your card is wonderful with all "The Shona" touches and special artistic touches. I imagine you could feel him as you made the card, knowing how sweet your heart is, so sensitive and caring. Thank you for sharing your photo, too, Shona! love and kissies, de

  3. Shona ~ I am so sorry for the loss of your dear friend! Your card is beautiful, I love all the Irish green you put on it! I am sure his family will treasure it and the memories you share together! Thanks for playing along with us at Scrapy Land Challenge #13!

  4. So sorry to hear about your friend. But I think you created a beautiful card in his memory. I am sure the family will find comfort in it.

  5. Hi, Shona - I'm back with my other hat -- Thanks for sharing your pretty project in the Scrapy Land Challenge! hugs and blessings, de {Creative Smiles}

  6. A lovely shaped card! I'm sorry about the reason this was created though...
    Thank you soo much for taking part in our "no square or rectangle cards” challenge over at Creatalicious & good luck in the draw.
    Hope to see you again in our next challenge as well…

    (DT Penny's Paper Crafty Challenges)
    (DT-Coordinator Creatalicious Challenges)
    (DT Come and Get It)
    (GDT Kreativzeit Challenges)

  7. I'm sorry for your loss Shona.

    Your card is a beautiful honour to him

  8. A very sad occasion, indeed. I'm so sorry. I know this card will be very appreciated and how wonderful you
    did it in the green colors. The card is beautiful. That's a very special photo and one I'm sure you cherish.

  9. I am sorry you have lost such a special person and I hope your lovely card will bring some comfort to his family. I think the techniques you used on this gorgeous card are amazing and the design is so pretty.

  10. Lovely textured card, such a sad loss of a special person. Thanks so much for joining us over at Emerald Faeries Challenge Blog, good luck and hope to see you again.
    ~ Denise DT ~
    Emerald Faeries Challenge Blog
    {Denise's Patch of Creativity}
    {Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Challenge}

  11. Shona, what an absolutely beautiful bride you were! That's a special photo and a beautiful card in every way, especially the meaning. These are always the hardest cards to make but yours will bring comfort and joy to the family, I'm sure. I'm sorry for your loss. Blessings ♥

  12. I am sorry for your loss. He was very special. I love the card background. I have never heard about these crystals. Lovely card.


  13. Lovely shaped card. Thoughts are with you. Thanks for joining us over at The Emerald Faeries. Good luck and hope you will join us again.
    Emerald Faeries

  14. So sorry to hear of the loss of your beloved friend, but what a beautiful tribute you have done for him with these magnificent brusho colors, celebrating his heritage. Love the way you've done the card as a circular shape, and the pretty daisy bouquet that graces the wonderful background. Hope you will get a chance to check out the video links to Eileen, think you will enjoy it. And did you know that there are 8 new brusho colors? My friend got her set at Amazon, but they don't have them now! Blick has them listed as individual colors now, but also OOStock until sometime in April. Just thought you'd want to know!!! TFS such a lovely card, even though it's for a sad time. Your friend's family will appreciate your time & skill in thinking of them with such a personal remembrance. Hugs


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