Simply Sketched for the Pals Paper Arts #175

My husband and I are at an age where we are either going to weddings or funerals.  Weddings for our own children of children of our friends and funerals for our parents or parents of our friends. Sadly, today’s card was made for a friend who lost her father recently.  I also chose to incorporate the PPA color challenge of Always Artichoke, Cajun Craze and So Saffron.


About the card
1.  These colors probably screamed Fall to you.  They did to me as well.  However, I didn’t really want to use leaves for my sympathy card.  That left me with the dilema of how to incorporate these very rich colors without looking fall-ish.

2.  I wanted to use a stamp I hadn’t used before.  I liked the bird from Simply Sketched and practiced a bit with it before stamping on real paper.  I’m glad I did because I ended up embossing with Early Espresso.  I then used the Always Artichoke marker to redraw the stems.


3.  I applied cajun craze with a sponge after stamping off several times.  I wanted this to be very light and not overpowering.  Same with the So Saffron.  At that point, the bird was also so saffron,  I added some cajun craze using a marker and blended with a blender pin.  I even added a bit of Always Artichoke in the darker spots.

4.  I lined my envelope with some retired DSP.  I am really getting some great use out of my retired patterned paper for envelope liners.  So easy with the envelope liner framelits.

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What I used
Stamps: Simply Sketched, Ink: Always Artichoke, So Saffron, Cajun Craze, Versamark, Paper: Very Vanilla, Always Artichoke, Accessories: So Saffron ribbon, Candy dots, early espresso embossing powder. 

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About Lynn

Thanks for visiting my Site. My name is Lynn Kolcun and I'm a Stampin Up Demonstrator. I love being creative with paper and ink, learning new techniques and sharing my craft with you.


  1. Lynn, this is a beautiful sympathy card. Your sponging is perfect! Thanks for joining us at Pals Paper Arts this week,

  2. Love your card! This is my favorite stamp set and you showcased it beautifully!!!

  3. Beautiful! Love the sponging behind this image. Nice job, Lynn!

  4. Beautiful sponging this Hostess Set Lynn! I’m a fan of lining envelopes myself! Thanks to the liners that task is faster!

  5. Beautiful, Lynn! I am sure your friend will find the soft sponging comforting. I’m so glad you shared it with the Pals at Pals Paper Arts this week!

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