Cards- Sympathy

Strength & Prayers

On Monday, I posted a sympathy card here.  Today I have another one for my upcoming sympathy card class.  This one features Strength & Prayers.

Strength & Prayers sympathy

This card is pretty simple.  I tried something new for me, though.  Have you noticed black embossing powder is not in our catalog?  This has bothered me.  I know that the pads we have now are very juicy.  Today I tried stamping the bird with the Basic Black Archival ink and then immediately added clear embossing powder.  Please use your Embossing Buddy first over the area.  After heating with my heat tool, the result was great!  It looked just like I used black powder.  So, I thought, that should work with any color, right?  I stamped the sentiment in Pool Party and did the same thing.  It works!  Using our juicy pads and clear embossing powder makes it look like we have every color embossing powder!  Life is good!

Strength 1

Here are the rest of the details.

  • The card base is Basic Black 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, scored at 4 1/4.
  • The Tempting Turquoise layer is 3 x 3 3/4.
  • The Shimmery White layer is 2 3/4 x 3 1/2.
  • Cut a Lace Doily in half and put part at each end.
  • Using the Aqua Painter add a little Tempting Turquoise ink to the bird.  Just press the lid of your pad and get some ink in the lid.

Strength 2

Here's the inside straight from the stamp set.

This card is simple and elegant, and you just need one stamp set!

Strength 3

This card would not have to be sympathy, but for anyone in need of your thoughts.  So many people need our love.

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Thoughts and Prayers

I asked for suggestions for an upcoming class.  Several agreed that it was time for a sympathy card class.  No one wants to need a sympathy card, but they are a fact of life.  We'll have this class later in April.  Today's card will be part of the class.

Thoughts & Prayers Sympathy

The Thoughts and Prayers stamp set has been around for a while.  I really haven't used it very much.  I do like how this card turned out.

  • Start with a card base of Very Vanilla measuring 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, scored at 4 1/4.
  • Stamp around the outside of the front of the card in Soft Suede.  Sponge around the outside, too.
  • The next layer is of Soft Suede card stock and is 3 3/4 x 5.
  • The Very Vanilla layer is 3 1/2 x 4 3/4.
  • When stamping on this layer, stamp full force and then stamp again and again without reinking the stamp.  Stamp from the center of the paper.  Add some sponging on this layer and around the outside of the layer.
  • Cut an oval from vanilla using the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies.  The sentiment is from Thoughts and Prayers.  Stamp on top with the flowers, but stamp off first so the words will stand out.  Sponge around the oval.  Adhere to the middle of the card.  This will hide most of the ends of the stems.
  • The two birds are cut from Soft Suede card stock using the Birds & Blooms Thinlits Dies.  Put a scrap of Basic Black card stock behind the eyes of the birds. Now here is a hint:  Cut these birds from the Soft Suede layer before you adhere it to save paper.

Bird Sympathy 2

Here's the inside of the card.  All is from Thoughts and Prayers.

I do think this is a great card.  It's also a pretty easy card to make.  Don't need a sympathy card?  That's good.  You can always change the sentiment for this card and make it fit about any occasion.

Thoughts and Prayers

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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.

Color Fusers grafic Sept. 2016


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!

CF 1

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.

Strength & Prayers 2


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.

Strength & Prayers 5


  • 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.

Strength & Prayers 4


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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.

In the meadow 1


  • 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.

In the Meadow 3

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.

In the meadow 4

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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