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Close as a Memory - Paper Players Challenge # 74

Hi Everyone.  Happy Monday.   I hope you all had a fabulous weekend, I know I did.  Too short, though:-)

I finally got my card done for the Paper Players.  I find sympathy cards so difficult to make.  I put a tremendous amount of thought into the color scheme to use for this particular card.  Lesley's sketch was perfect.  We hope you will pop along to the Paper Players and play along with us this week.  Here's Lesley's fabulous sketch:

Sketch 74

I used the Mocha Morning DSP as my inspiration for my card.  You might think it a strange selection for a sympathy card, but I do believe that a life that has been lived long, and lived well, should be celebrated.  Hence the choice of gold for my card. 


I really love the color scheme and the mix of the two different pieces of Mocha Morning DSP.  I have always LOVED the flower image from Close as a Memory.  The addition of the pearls echoes the dots in the background DSP and I really like the Mocha Morning against the textured Early Espresso card stock.  To help to highlight the gold in the DSP, I used gold metallic card stock as my card base.   The image itself was stamped in Early Espresso, as was the sentiment. 

What colors do you use on your sympathy cards?  Do you have a particular one you favor, or does it really depend on the person whose life you are celebrating.  Or, do you design your sympathy cards for the recipient?

Don't forget to check out the design team and submission cards to see what everyone else has done with this great sketch.  I promise you will find something to inspire you.  Don't forget to join us, too:-)

On a personal note:

Several of you have asked me for recipies for family members who are vegetarian.  Now, I had never thought of doing that on my blog, especially as I am one of those people who tend to throw things together and add a little bit of this and a little bit of that and a little bit more of the other thing!  However, I will be happy to share some recipes with you and a couple of pictures when I make particular dishes if you woud like.

For the nutloaf, the mixture holds together best if you add eggs, just as it does with a normal meatloaf.  We don't have eggs in the house, so I generally serve a slightly crumblier version of the nutloaf.  I like my loaf to be nutty and the added lentils really give it a great texture.  A nutloaf is really easy to do if you are cooking for a vegetarian, but just remember.... don't cook it in the same oven as you cook a turkey or other meat product :-)  Here are a couple of links to nutroas/loaf recipies for you.  The first is from Cranks restaurant - it is a very well known vegetarian restaurant in London.  Cranks Nut Roast and a different take from the BBC Parsnip, Cranberry & Chestnut Loaf and, whilst I was looking, I found this recipe and can't wait to try it.....  I think I might do it this weekend and let you know how it goes Easy Cheese and Onion Slice.

As always, thank you to all of you for visiting.  Warm hugs and prayers for those of you who need a little lift tonight.