Nature Walk sympathy

Debra Burgin Nature walk sympathyBeing that Easter brunch is at our house, this was the weekend to buy new blinds for the porch.  (Some years we have several heaters going out there, but this year I’m counting on springlike warmth.)  I’m not sure anyone would actually comment on the condition on the blinds (the ones we’ve had out there for 13 years), but I know they look … well, dirty.  Does someone have the secret to cleaning these cursed things?  I’ve tried in the bathtub, out on the lawn with the hose, hung in place and each slat wiped separately — whatever technique I use, I approach the job with dread and annoyance.  In fact, I delay it as long as possible, and so we are at the point where it’s less frustration to replace them than to clean them.

However, trips to five different stores yielded three different blinds to take home — none of which turned out to be “perfect” in fit or function.

Luckily, card making is much less difficult.  After the Great Blind Find, I spent a bit of time in the studio playing.  I’m sorry to note how many sympathy cards I have needed lately, so it was necessary to replenish my supply.

I used pieces cut — but not used — for other projects.  Sometimes when I “glue as you go” I get in trouble:  something ends up the wrong size or the color is wrong.  But I was very pleased with the end result here.  In fact, I love this layout and think I’ll use it for a project for May’s camps.  Not with this stamp, of course, as the Occasions Mini Catalog expires in just two weeks.

Stamps:  Nature Walk (Occasions Mini), Teeny Tiny Wishes (p. 157)

Ink:  Elegant Eggplant, Stampin’ Write Markers (Old Olive, Perfect Plum)

Paper:  Certainly Celery, Whisper White, Perfect Plum, Patterns Designer Series Paper Stack (Subtles)

Other:  Big Shot and Final Press embossing folder, 5/8″ Satin Ribbon (Certainly Celery), 1-3/8″ x 5/8″ Oval Punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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9 Responses to Nature Walk sympathy

  1. Gorgeous card. Love the colors you used, especially for the sentiment.

    I have no idea how to clean the blinds. I’ve tried everything you mentioned and wasn’t thrilled with the results, either. Sometimes I’m tempted to just say forget it and put some tinted film on instead!

  2. lynn koepke says:

    Your Card – Love it! Your blinds? Nothing I every did was right either – excepting throwing them out!

  3. Yapha says:

    Sorry to hear that you need so many sympathy cards. This one is gorgeous though. Those colors are amazing together!

  4. Julie says:

    Very pretty! I need to remember to use my embossing folders.

  5. What a beautiful card! Great colors and layout. Whoever receives this card will feel very loved indeed.

  6. Shelley says:

    I’m sorry to hear that you need sympathy cards right now! This one is beautiful!

  7. I am so glad you could counter the frustration of blinds with the art of stamping–especially something so beautiful!

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