Thursday, April 7, 2011

Evolution of the OLW Sympathy Card

I know the OLW was to make a one-layer sympathy card without trees or flowers, but I got the idea because I had to make a sympathy card for the wife of a man who died after a fall while trimming a tree in their yard. How completely shocking and sad. I really couldn't put a tree on the card. So I made this card:



Mellow moss, always artichoke, and PTI's natural cardstock work so well for a subdued natural theme, don't you think? I really like how this simple, unembellished card turned out, and I'm enjoying seeing what you all are doing for the challenge. Good stuff!

17 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh, how horrible! I thought you said no trees for the challenge just to make it challenging.

    That poor woman - my heart hurts for her.

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  2. My goodness, how shocking for her! I think the subject and colours you have chosen are perfect. Will have to give that combination a go myself.

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  3. How awful! I can see why you decided not to have trees or flowers. I do like the colours and the image works perfectly!

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  4. It is a very 'sympathetic' card...the grey is so appropriate....what an horrific accident.

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  5. Oh my goodness...I can see your point, that could have been seen to be a bit insensetive to use a tree.
    Lovely card and gorgeous colour palette too.
    Jennie X

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  6. Tragic accident - sometimes those deaths are the toughest because there's no time for goodbyes. Love your card. Beautiful and soothing.

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  7. This man's death certainly shows how uncertain and fragile life is. The man was trimming a tree as he'd done for his whole life (his dad had been a professional arborist). He received help right away, but the closed head brain injury was too severe, and he died about two weeks later. His wife loves to work in their flowerbeds, so a nature theme seemed appropriate, but flowers seemed a bit too cheerful.

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  8. Your sensitivity to the widow touches my heart. Your card is thoughtful and beautiful.

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  9. Your card is PERFECT . . . especially when considering the reason for it. Tragic.
    Hugs, Sandra

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  10. Love the card. Sad about the death, but common...and as bad, many survive but are disabled for life. It saves money and heartache to pay a professional to trim/cut trees. Believe me, this is coming from a person who is tight with money and a husband who grew up cutting trees and such. We need trees cut--we will hire someone to do it.

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  11. What a lovely, gentle card, Susan - just right for a really difficult situation. x

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  12. Susan, I think you've created a beautiful card...and you're right about not using flowers and trees. Having lived through the unexpected loss of a spouse, I know that getting a card relating to the source of her heartbreak would have been very difficult for the wife. She will appreciate your thoughtfulness.

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  13. This is a perfect sympathy card!

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  14. Dreadful waste of life, how totally devastating for your friend, I understand now the restrictions on the card. I applaud your sensitivity. Your card is just right, it fits so well with the circumstances. xx

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  15. My goodness, what a heartwrenching story and what a beautiful card.

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  16. What a tragic accident, just heart breaking. Your card is just perfect for the circumstances. Thank you for sharing this. I'm going to CASE your card to make a few cards for my stash.

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