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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Sad Day

Hello.

Today is a sad day.  I was forced to have one of my favorite trees in my backyard cut down due to the toll last year's record-breaking heat wave and drought inflicted on it.  I gave it a year to recover and finally called in an arborist a few weeks ago to give me his opinion on whether or not it could be saved.  What I thought were merely a few dead branches (albeit huge dead branches) were really the outward signs of the blight that took hold when the tree was weakened due to the unforgiving elements.  What was once a majestic tree....








suffered...


and now there is this:





I am so sad... (insert the sound of Taps playing in the background).

On the other hand (and a much brighter note), I made a card which fulfilled two SCS challenges - their last week's Sketch Challenge SC403, and this week's Color Challenge CC394.  So much fun.  These are not colors I'd normally put together (Sahara Sand, Not Quite Navy, Pacific Point), but that's the fun of a challenge - it makes you stretch outside of your comfort zone.  Here's the Sketch...




And here's my card:




I pieced strips of Pacific Point DSP Stack on self-adhesive paper, alternating each side, and then cut it out using the largest Apothecary Accents die, then "echoed" it using Not Quite Navy. Embossed the image on Whisper White then echoed it as well with NQN. The snowflakes are stamped with Tsukineko Glue Pad Adhesive and covered with blue glitter from Barbara Trombley. There is the barest hint of blue chalk under the kids, though I think I need to make it darker in the future. The ef is SU Northern Flurry placed at an angle then sponged with Shimmer Paint.  Like it?  :)

And now I am off to see a live baseball game with my darlin', DARLIN' DH.  Have a fab day and happy crafting!!

Shea

7 comments:

Karen B. said...

Such a sweet holiday card, love the silhouette image and your design.

Catherine Jane said...

I love the snowflakes, especially the large white ones on the bottom of the page, they are gorgeous and so textural! The blue cutouts behind the kids is a very cool shape too, very unique. Lovely holiday card, as USUAL.

Catherine Jane said...

Btw I miss the Christmas Tree, now there's this big blank spot in the yard.......

Shea said...

Thank you ladies!

Anonymous said...

Sad day, indeed. I watch the growth of that wonderful tree from its babyhood. Makes me very sad. Huuuuuuurry and fill the void.

Kimie said...

I missed this one the the other day because I was in such a hurry. Love it - everything about it! That is one of my favorite stamp sets and embossing folders. You did a great job, and I love the glitter. So sad about your tree huneybunny. Hugs and kisses coming your way. MWAH!

miji1116 said...

Sorry about your tree. Perhaps losing the tree makes way for bigger and better things? I love the designer paper you created...and I love your card! I have one of those glue pads...sits here unused! Does the glitter cover all the glue...no wet spots?? I'll have to try it out!
TFS!
Sue