Thoughts & Prayers

Illness and sorrow are part of everyone’s life. Sometimes it’s difficult to create get well or sympathy cards as they reflect the suffering or loss of someone very special to us. However, a handmade card helps to comfort our friends and family during these difficult times. It’s also a powerful way to send messages of prayer and healing.

This card is one of my favorite creations. It’s soft colors and images send a comforting message. To make this card, start with a piece of Soft Sky cardstock for the base of your card. You can emboss the front of the card or simply leave it plain. The card is beautiful either way. Next, cut a 2-3/4 x 4 inch piece of Very Vanilla cardstock. Make yourself a square template that is slightly smaller than the very vanilla cardstock. You will use the square template to sponge some different colors on the vanilla cardstock. I used Pear Pizzazz and Soft Sky for sponging on this project. Once you have sponged a colorful square on the cardstock, stamp the tree and sentiment images using Crumb Cake ink. For the finishing touch, add a bit of ribbon and a little doily.

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Flourishing Phrases Sympathy

We love to create handmade cards for those fun occasions like birthdays, weddings and new babies. However, we do not get the same “happy” feelings when we create sympathy cards. These cards reflect the loss of someone very special to us. When I create a sympathy card, it is usually only at a time when I need one, it’s not usually something that I put together in advance. I spend some time reflecting upon the life of the loved one I lost…what they liked, what they did, what was important to them…then I design the card.  However, this particular card was inspired not by the loss of a loved one but by the beautiful images in the Flourishing Phrase bundle. To me, flowers and butterflies represent comfort and peace which is the message I want to send to anyone that is experiencing the loss of a loved one.

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To make this card, start with a piece of pool party cardstock for the base of your card. Cut a 5-1/4 x 4 inch piece of basic black cardstock and adhere it to the front of the card. Cut out the large flourish using a piece of pool party cardstock and adhere to the center of the black cardstock. Glue dots work well for this! Cut a 1-1/2 x 4 inch piece of pool party cardstock and stamp the “With Sympathy” sentiment on it using black in. For the finishing touch, embellish the left side of the 1-1/2 inch strip with a little scalloped circle and bitty butterfly. Embellish with a few pearls.

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Rose Garden Sympathy Card

rose garden sympathy cardThe loss of a loved one is one of the most difficult times of our lives. Sympathy cards are not always the easiest type of card to create but they can certainly send a powerful message. I tend to use very soft, subtle colors when creating sympathy cards as they deliver a soothing and comforting message. This particular card does just that by using 2 colors: very vanilla and sahara sand. To make this card, start with a piece of very vanilla cardstock for the base of your card. Cut a 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of one of the small patterns in the Timeless Elegance Designer Series Paper (DSP) pack. Cut a large very vanilla rose image uisng the Rose Garden Thinlit set and adhere it over your DSP as shown. Using images from the Rose Wonder stamp set, stamp a sympathy sentiment in sahara sand ink and cut out the image with the coordinating thinlit. Add a few bitty butterflies and embellish them with some pearls.

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Heartfelt Sympathy

Heartfelt SympathyMy daughter and I are nurses at a local community hospital. One of the many wonderful things we do at the hospital is to provide handmade cards and “heart” ornaments to grieving families in their time of need.  My daughter is in charge of designing the cards that are given out to families after the loss of a loved one. This past weekend she designed this beautiful card with the Heartfelt Sympathy stamp set. A simple card with such a profound meaning.

To make this card, start with a piece of hello honey cardstock and emboss the front with your favorite embossing folder…in this case, she used the new Softly Falling textured embossing folder. Cut a 5 1/4 x 3 inch piece of the Timeless Elegance Designer Series Paper (DSP) and a 3 x 4 inch piece of basic black. Secure the basic black piece directly across the center of the card then layer the DSP over the top of the black piece as shown. Cut a 2 x 3 inch piece of very vanilla cardstock and stamp one of the sentiments from the Heartfelt sympathy set on the cardstock…use hello honey ink to coordinate with the cardbase. Or, you can also stamp the sentiment in black for a bolder look. Sponge a bit of hello honey ink around the edges of the cardstock and secure to the card, as shown, with dimensionals.  For the finishing touch, add a few pearls.

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Hello Honey 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock

Softly Falling Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

Basic Black 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock

Hello Honey Classic Stampin' Pad

Heartfelt Sympathy Photopolymer Stamp Set

Pearl Basic Jewels Embellishments

Timeless Elegance Designer Series Paper

Stamping Sponges

Heartfelt Sympathy

Have you noticed how many wonderful projects are showcased in the Stampin’ Up! catalogs?  No matter what catalog you pick up, you can always find loads of inspiration!  And I tend to use the catalog whenever I need some inspiration.  The project I am sharing with you today was inspired by one of the projects on page 27 in the Annual Stampin’ Up! catalog.  Let me give you some instructions on how I recreated this project.heartfelt sympathyStart with a piece of crumb cake cardstock for the base of your card. Randomly stamp a few of the little stem images on the top and bottom of the crumb cake cardstock (using crumb cake ink).  Cut a 2 3/4 x 5 1/2 inch piece of rich razzleberry cardstock. Emboss the heartfelt sympathy sentiment on the right hand side of the cardstock. Ink up the image with versamark, sprinkle on some gold embossing powder, tap off the excess powder and heat to set. Tuck a little paper doily behind the top part of the rich razzleberry cardstock. Wrap a bit of linen thread around the left hand side of the rich razzleberry cardstock and tie on a little button.  For the finishing touch, add a few itty bitty flowers and some pearls. Enjoy!

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Crumb Cake 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock

Rich Razzleberry 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock

Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder

Heat Tool

Versamark Pad

Heartfelt Sympathy Photopolymer Stamp Set

Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack

Tangerine Tango 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock

Pearl Basic Jewels Embellishments

Tea Lace Paper Doilies

Very Vintage Designer Buttons

Linen Thread

Love & Sympathy

Love & SympathyThere are some simply stunning projects showcased in the Stampin’ Up! catalogs. So I have been busy CASEing some of these awesome projects! CASE means Copy And Share Everything.  While this didn’t turn out exactly like the one in the catalog, it’s definitely pretty and everyone enjoyed making it in class last month. 🙂  And I bet you will too! To re-create this card, start with a piece of very vanilla cardstock for the base of the card. Cut a 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of crumb cake cardstock and emboss it with the filigree frame textured embossing folder. Using very vanilla cardstock, cut out 2 different sized pennants from the Party Pennant Bigz L die.
Grab the beautiful love and sympathy stamp set. Stamp the sentiment on the smaller pennant. Color the flower image using your markers…I used pear pizazz and pool party for the flowers. Color and stamp the flower images all across the bottom of the larger pennant. For the finishing touches, add a bit of crochet trim and some linen thread! Enjoy!

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