Wednesday, February 13, 2013

With Deepest Sympathy–CTD #229


Hi, everyone, and welcome to this week’s Color Throwdown challenge! Wanda chose some really sweet colors based on her equally sweet inspiration piece.


swatch 229


This is the first card I’ve made since my hand surgery over a month ago and it had to be super simple! I remembered I had some of this paper in my stash and that it would be perfect for these colors (I can’t bear to part with paper for just this reason!). So, first of all I stamped the sentiment from MFT’s More Essential Sentiments on Whip Cream card stock using my new Fiskars stamp press. Do you use one of these? I thought it would work well since I still can’t hold a stamping block and I was right! I love this thing so much that I bought two more smaller Martha Stewart versions. I may never go back to regular stamping blocks again!

But I digress.

Using my Die-namics Square STAX I cut out some squares, popped them up on foam (the hardest part since I’m still not allowed to use my right hand). After they were in place, I nipped a groove in each side of the card base with an 1/8” punch and tied around some olive green jute twine in a bow. This was accomplished with the use of tweezers and, yes, my teeth, LOL! Where there’s a will, there’s a way!

Here’s the inside with another sentiment from the set:



And that’s it from me! Remember, you do not have to have the exact colors to play the Color Throwdown challenge. If you don't, just use the closest you have. So, c'mon over to the Color Throwdown blog and play along with us this week. Please use the link service to post your card and please link directly to your card so we can find it easily. And please include a link in your post to the Color Throwdown. If you upload your card to a public forum, please use the keyword CTD229 so we can see your beauty all in one place. Hope to see you there! Be sure to check out what the other team members have come up with this week!

Barbara Anders (<--- You are here!)   
Broni Holcombe
Denise Marzec
Joan Ervin
Kerri Michaud
Lori Tecler
Lynn Put
Tammy Hershberger
Wanda Cullen
Kim Hahn – February Guest Designer

Thanks so much for stopping by! See you back a little later with this week’s MFT Wednesday Sketch challenge (which is even more simple than this card ;-)).




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More Essential Sentiments (MFT)
Whip Cream card stock (MFT); Porcelain (Basic Grey)
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa
Accessories/tools: Vagabond;
Die-namics Square STAX (MFT); 1/8” punch, foam tape, jute twine



  1. For being one-handed, I think it's fabulous! :)

  2. Your card looks like it could have been a little crazy to do!!! WOW, the pattern. I think I would have driven myself a little nuts. From what I can tell, it looks pretty darned perfect to me. And you did this one handed?? I sure hope it's your good hand - probably at least for now it is, right?. :>)

  3. Oh how COOOL! Love the chevrons broken up into squares!

  4. You did great for your first card back! Love the cool graphic look you created with the patterned paper.

  5. Barbara, this is simply fantastic! (Pun intended! =D)
    I hope your hand recovers quickly and completely.

  6. Great card design! Perfect design for a sympathy card. I love my stamp press, too!

  7. Wow, I love the quilted look that these squares create! I was thinking and wondering earlier this week how your hand was coming along. As a rehab nurse, I know that lots can be done in alternative ways than we'd ever imagine! Teeth are useful for more than chewing - lol!

  8. The minute I saw your card I remembered I had some of that paper,'s just perfect for this weeks colors!!! You did a fabulous job with one hand and a few teeth, are one dedicated and multi-talented stamper!!!! Glad you are doing well and hopefully you will be stamping with two hands, soon!!!


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