Bouquet of Thanks for a Friend


So, my BFF is about to face the biggest challenge of her life thus far… her one and only child, now 18 years old, is leaving for college and not only that, she’s leaving this weekend so she can attend a summer session. She’s going to need something… anything… to make her smile when she gets home from dropping her daughter off at the university. I hope this will do that, though I know it won’t… can’t… fill the void. There is only so much I can do from 600 miles away.

For this CAS card, I was inspired by the CAS Colours & Sketch Challenge for the choice in colors, and I think this regal color palette will appeal to my bestie more than the card from a couple days ago. The stamp and sentiment is from SSS’s Bouquet of Thanks, and I love the large image that required no masking. Once again, I used Prismacolor pencils to color my image (greens 908 & 911, purples 932 & 1008, and corals 921 & 922). I find pencils are great for what I call Couch Crafting… a way I can remain crafty while hanging with my family in the living room. My couch crafting has gotten a little complicated this week with the addition of a new puppy to our family, but so far the only thing she’s gotten into were my cup of pencil shavings!

ETA: This card was selected as a Top Pick by the Retro Rubber Challenge Blog 🙂

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I am submitting this card to the following challenges:

  1. CAS Colour & Sketch Challenge – #326 color combo
  2. Retro Rubber Challenge Blog – #113 Anything Goes – SSS released Bouquet of Thanks as part of their One of a Kind Release on June 23rd, 2017 (thank you internet), so this set is 2 years old. I’ve had it 2 years and used it *twice*… must correct that!
  3. Inkspirational Challenge  – #189 Garden
  4. Penny Black and More Challenge – Blossoms and Butterflies
  5. AAA Cards – #142 One Layer Card + opt. Black & White only
  6. A Bit More Time to Craft – #94 Anything Goes
  7. Sheepski Design Challenges – #27 For Someone Special
  8. Make My Monday Challenge Blog – #98 Lots of Flowers
  9. Tuesday Throwdown – #434 Keep It Simple – doesn’t get more simple than 2 stamps on a 1 layer card with 2 color blends for coloring

24 comments on “Bouquet of Thanks for a Friend

  1. such a lovely card for your friend! the pretty flowers are vivid and are sure to brighten her day. thank you so much for playing along with the penny black and more challenge.


  2. Gorgeous card, your friend will love it! Thanks for playing at AAA Cards, hope to see you joining in with future challenges too.


  3. Stunning colours on a beautiful card, many thanks for sharing and joining in with our June challenge at Penny Black and More challenge.

    B x


  4. A beautiful card for your friend, I’m sure it will cheer her up! Thanks for joining us at AAA Cards.


  5. I feel for your friend. I went through this 3 years ago when my son left for Uni. I’m sure she will appreciate your beautiful card. Thanks for joining us at Make My Monday. Love Dawn x


    • Thank you!!! My own son the same age as my friend’s has decided to stay home another year and attend the local community college but plans to transfer to a university the following year. I cried tears of joy because I was SO not ready for him to leave. We get along very well and spend a lot of time together. His absence will be very noticeable. I hope after 3 years it has gotten easier for you and doesn’t hurt all over again if/when he comes home for breaks! Please give me hope that we’ll survive this!


  6. I love the rich colours in your bouquet. I admire your ability to colour with pencils – I don’t think I have the patience to do such a great job. I like the clean look of the card too. The white space lets the flowers speak for themselves. Thank you for joining in with us at Retro Rubber Challenge.


    • Wow, thanks! I’m nowhere to the point I want to be with the pencils. I have shading often fail to keep a highlight. I’ll let you in on a tip if you like this look though. I used Bristol paper which the experts claim as bad for pencils… not enough tooth. However I find it goes really fast and the paper takes a lot of color so you get the really vivid and solid look. It really took no time to color on this paper.


  7. The vivid bouquet is pretty against the crisp white background! It’s a lovely CAS card. Thank you for sharing it with us at CAS Colours & Sketches! I hope you’ll join us again soon for another challenge.


  8. What a lovely thought, I am sure your friend will appreciate it. I love the pop of colours against that white background. So CAS and gorgeous. Thanks for playing along with us at Retro Rubber this time. Claire DT


  9. What a lovely idea, I am sure your friend will really appreciate the kind and thoughtful gesture and I LOVE the bright pop of colour against the white background. So CAS and gorgeous. Thanks for playing along with us at Retro Rubber this time. Claire DT


  10. Oh so pretty! Your friend was touched I am sure! Thanks for playing along with us at Retro Rubber for our Anything Goes Challenge!


  11. A heart-warming card that is sure to lift your friend’s spirits. I can well imagine that her daughter’s absence will be difficult to cope with but with your card and some holiday get-togethers scheduled, she’ll be fine! You’re an awesome friend for thinking of her! Thank you for sharing this gem in the Inkspirational gallery!


  12. Fabulous card.
    Thank you for sharing your creativity over at Penny Black and more;-))m


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