Cards- Sympathy

Color Fusers Blog Hop: September 2016-Part 1

Welcome to the Color Fusers blog hop for September.  The colors for this month are just wonderful.  We are using Flirty Flamingo, Mint Macaron, Rich Razzleberry, and Sweet Sugarplum.  It just speaks flowers to me, so that is what I have for today.

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Flourishing Phrases is the perfect stamp set.  It has wonderful sentiments that can be used on the outside and inside of a card.  No need to look elsewhere.  The other stamps in the set are beautiful.  When you pair the stamp set with the Flourish Thinlits Dies, be still my heart.  This bundle was tops on my list back when the annual catalog came out.  There are so many things you can do with it!

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I do love this card!  I do love those thinlits.  Just look at how pretty those flowers are on the card.  Here are the details.

  • The card base is Rich Razzleberry cut at 4 1/2 x 11, scored at 5 1/2, and folded.
  • Next is a layer of Sweet Sugarplum measuring 3 3/4 x 5.
  • A layer of Rich Razzleberry is next measuring 2 7/8 x 4 1/8.
  • The Whisper White layer is 2 3/4 x 4.
  • Stamp the white layer in Sweet Sugarplum ink.  Be sure to stamp off.
  • The Layering Ovals Framelits were used for the next layers.  The scalloped layer is Rich Razzleberry.  The white oval is stamped in Rich Razzleberry.  The sentiment is of course from Flourishing Phrases.  Notice that I stamped it closer to the right so there would be room for the flower.

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  • Using the Flourish Thinlits, cut the largest flower from Rich Razzleberry and the next size down out of Sweet Sugarplum.  The leaves are also from the Flourish Thinlits and are Mint Macaron.  The branch with the dots is cut using Flirty Flamingo.
  • The ovals are adhered together and then put on the card with dimensionals.  The leaves at the top poke out from behind the oval.  The rest is placed on top of the oval.  The fine tip glue pen is a great tool to use for this.  The center of the flower has a Flirty Flamingo enamel dot added.  So cute.

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The inside has the sentiment stamped in Rich Razzleberry.  The flower is stamped in Sweet Sugarplum.  Stamp it off first.

CF 2

This sentiment is perfect for a sympathy card or just to let someone in need know that you are thinking of them.  Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Please continue on the hop.  There are some great projects to see !  My product list follows the list of blog hop participants if you need the supplies to make this card.

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Star of Light Meets Strength & Prayers

Hooray!  The new Holiday catalog is live!  Today I have a little peek of the new and the old.  Well, not that old.  Strength & Prayers is new in the annual catalog this year.  It's nice to take a Christmas set like Star of Light and show that it can be used for something other than Christmas.  Here's my card.

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I just love the simplicity of this card.  That's why it will be in my next card class.  Here are the details.

  • Start with a card base of Night of Navy card stock measuring 4 1/4 x 11, score at 5 1/2 and fold.
  • The next layer is Pool Party card stock measuring 3 3/4 x/5.
  • Next, we have Night of Navy again measuring 3 1/8 x 4 3/8.
  • Finally, the Whisper White layer is 3 x 4 1/4.
  • The sentiment on the front is from Strength & Prayers and is stamped in Night of Navy.  The swoosh from Star of Light is stamped in Pool Party in the middle of the card.  It's a little hard to see in my picture.

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  • Stars, from Star of Light, are stamped in Pool Party and Night of Navy (Stamp off the Night of Navy).
  • The navy star of cut using the Starlight thinlit dies that coordinates with the Star of Light stamp set.  Remember that bundles are 10% off!

Strength & Prayers 1

For the inside of the card, I used the other sentiment from Strength & Prayers.  Much of the inside is the same as the outside.

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Need the Star of Light bundle?  The links are below in my product listing!  This is a great card to let someone know you are in their corner.  We all need that sometimes, maybe even all the time.  Make a card.  Send some loving.  Thanks for coming to visit!



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Serene Scenery and the SUO Challenge #152

My last post shared a card made with the Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper stack. If you missed it, you can see it here.  Today I have another card using this paper.  This paper really lends itself to a quick card.  You know that sometimes we are really rushed to make that special card, especially when it comes to sympathy.  However, today's card would work for any occasion.  The SU- Only Challenge theme for this week is Delight in Nature.  I felt this card was perfect.


In the meadow 5

I live in the foothills of the North Carolina mountains, so I don't think about deer at the beach.  A friend of mine moved to the beach and tells me about the deer that pay her a visit.  Then I saw a cute video on Facebook of a deer playing in the edge of the ocean.  So cute!  Thus, the thoughts for my card began.

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  • I started with a card base of Crumb Cake cut 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, scored at 4 1/4 and folded.  Don't forget to use your Bone Folder to give it a good crisp fold.
  • The Island Indigo layer measures 3 7/8 x 5 1/8.
  • The beach scene from the Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper stack is cut to 3 3/4 x 5.
  • I stamped the deer from the In the Meadow stamp set directly on the patterned paper using the Basic Black Archival ink.  I love the crisp dark image it gives. Warning, this ink does take a little time to dry and will smear if touched immediately after stamping.
  • In a few minutes, you can color the image.  I used Soft Suede ink and my Aqua Painter.  Mash down on the lid of the ink pad.  This will give you ink on the inside of the lid when you open it.  Put a drop or 2 of water and mix so that the color is thinned out a little and paint your image.
  • When dry, cut out the image using the Layering Circle Framelits.  I just tried a few circles until I found the one I liked for the image.  Cut a scallop coordinating circle from Island Indigo.  Adhere the two.  I pulled a few threads from the new Burlap Ribbon to tie around the circles.  Put dimensionals on the back of the circle.
  • Yes, you do have a hole in your patterned paper, but when you adhere it, the image will cover the hole since you have the scalloped frame added.  But, first, I stamped some birds along the sand using the Wetlands stamp set.  Now adhere the deer.
  • The sentiment on the front of the card is from the Flourishing Phrases stamp set.

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For the inside of the card, I used some of the designer paper left over when I cut it for the card.  I stamped more of the birds on the sand.  The sentiment here is also from Flourishing Phrases.

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This makes a lovely card that doesn't take a lot of time to make.  Thanks so much for taking a look at my blog.  The list of supplies follows.  I'd love for you to order right from my online store!  I hope to see you on Friday!

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NC Demo Blog Hop for April

Here we are again with the NC Demo Blog Hop for April!

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This month we have a wide choice of topics for our hop.  I've chosen a little of all three, Mother's Day, feminine, and maybe you could call it retiring.  If you are a Paper Pumpkin subscriber, you got a free stamp set in celebration of Paper Pumpkin's third birthday and the sale of their one millionth Paper Pumpkin.  It's lovely.  It's the stamp set I chose to feature this month.  It's a one time set, so I suppose you could say it's retired.  Here's the video on the All About Everything Stamp Set.


I used the same color pallet for all three of my cards today.  They are Mossy Meadow, Pear Pizzazz, Rich Razzleberry, and Blackberry Bliss.  You are probably aware that Mossy Meadow and Blackberry Bliss are retiring also.  Sadness.  Here's my first card.

April blog hop

I used the Blackberry Bliss for the base of the card.  I stamped the Whisper White base with the fern stamp in Pear Pizzazz.  The Mother's Day sentiment is from the stamp set Circle of Spring.  I did wrap the sentiment rectangle in Linen Thread and top it with a bow.  All of the rest is the All About Everything Stamp Set.

April blog hop inside

I think the inside makes this a perfect Mother's Day card, don't you?

April blog hop 2

My second card has a base of Mossy Meadow.  I love the wider border on the outside of the card.  The Whisper White piece measures 3 x 4 3/8.  The Mossy Meadow piece is 3 1/4 x 4 5/8.  Once again, I used the Linen Thread around the panel and then popped the panel up with dimensionals.

April blog hop 2 inside


Here's the inside of the card.  I carried over the theme of having a wide margin around the layer of white.  The All About Everything Stamp Set is the only set I used for this card as well as for card number three.

April blog hop 3


This card is a little out of my comfort zone.  The Paper Pumpkin kit came with a Very Vanilla ink spot.  I must admit that I actually used Craft White ink.  Again, I have a larger area outside of the focal piece.  I stamped the base layer with the fern stamp and the flower bunch stamp.  There is lots of layering on this card starting with a Mossy Meadow base, and alternating with Rich Razzleberry.  I stuck in a layer of Blackberry Bliss to add a little interest.

April blog hop 3 inside

Here's the inside.  I left most of it blank.  I have to admit that I love to make and send cards.  I don't like to write in them.  That's why I always finish the inside.  It leaves less space to write. So, here are all of the cards together.  I think they make a cute set.

April blog hop all three


Thanks for coming by today.  I hope you will continue with the blog.  NC has some very talented stampers!  Click on the icon to continue or go to the list of links below.  I will have a list of supplies following the list of links.  Come back to my blog on Wednesday.  I have something special!

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