Diane issued a paper piecing challenge to us and I chose one of the easiest sets to work out paper piecing, Quilter's Sampler. It almost feels like cheating. Actually though, once I had my central image done I had trouble deciding just what to do with it next. Then I had need of a particular style card for a friend of mine. It always makes it easier when you have someone specific in mind when creating, don't you think?
The saying, the black thread in the buttons, the black backdrop for the quilted image and the tiny black butterfly all are meant to convey sympathy for someone's loss. I learned recently from the loss of my own father that sympathy cards mean as much in any color as long as you send them. Just the fact that people reach out to send a card means so much. So I'm trying not to make them quite so dark as formerly, but with a bit of a better balance. I popped up the quilt on dimensionals after cutting out the inverted scallop shape on the white-toned Euphoria cardstock and laid the black underneath, so it has a black 'shadow.' Then I could use the interior of the Euphoria piece as the square underneath the quilt blocks. Thanks for looking.
Stamps: SU Linen BG, Papertrey Ink Quilter's Sampler
Ink: SU black, Versamark Dazzle Frost
Cardstock: SU purple, black, Papertrey white, Basic Grey Euphoria collection
Other: Martha Stewart butterfly punch, Black Diamond stickles (on butterfly wings), SU vintage buttons, Lasting Impressions "all sorts of things' matte finish buttons in Boardwalk Blue and Raspberry, black thread, Spellbinders nestabilities inverted scallop square, 3/4" square punch.