Category Archives: Sympathy

“Can You Case It” Challenge #84


I had to make the card that you never want to have to make tonight.  It was for a friend who lost her 23 year old son to an overdose.  Such a sad, sad situation.  I have been thinking of her and the family constantly since I heard, so I knew that I wanted to use a “Thinking of You” sentiment, and butterflies just seemed appropriate.  I chose yellow and green because I love that color combination, and it just seemed soothing to me.

When I saw the CYCI layout, I knew it would work perfectly for my card, so I got to work.  I tell you guys, I am really late to the party using all these challenges, and I really regret all the time I used to spend agonizing over creating a card!  I am starting to enjoy working with my hoard now!

I chose to layer the wax paper cut out of the butterfly underneath the mossy meadow cut out to create a little more depth.  I used my new favorite fine tip glue pen to adhere them together–I LOVE that thing!  A line of mini pearls and the sentiment stamped in white, and the card was done in less than an hour.  Amazing!  Here it is:


Stamps:  Wetlands

Ink:  Craft White

Paper:  English Garden DSP, Mossy Meadow, Hello Honey, Very Vanilla

Misc: Butterfly thinlits, Pearls

Ya’ll, hug those that you love extra tight tonight, tell them you love them, and DON’T DO DRUGS!





Mojo Monday 354 (on a Wednesday), and a hard color challenge


I have been stewing over the Paper Players color challenge for several days.  It’s like my brain just shut down when I tried to envision using those four colors together.  Then we got the very sad news that a couple we knew at church had lost their 9 year old grandson (and the grandson’s other grandfather) in a private plane crash.  Sympathy cards are hard enough to make, but when it’s for a child, it is just so sad.  I decided that I would use that color combo in my card, and also use the Mojo Monday sketch.

The hardest color for me to incorporate was lost lagoon!  (do you see that tiny layer of wisteria wonder under the strip of blackberry bliss!  it’s easy to miss!) I finally decided to use it to outline the image.  And can I just say that after coloring with the blendabilities, I am totally spoiled.  It was so boring to use plain old blender pens!  I had to use all kinds of different adhesives on this card because of all the layers!  I used tombow multi glue on the embossed piece and the thin strip of mossy meadow.  I also used sticky strip to attach the greeting to the thin strip of mossy meadow.  I had to use bits of dimentionals on the right sides of the sentiment and the main image because the other layers were so high.  The only thing I left off of the sketch was a bow.  It just didn’t seem right for a sympathy card.

I really like this sketch, and I can see myself using it again.  I can’t say the same about the color combo, lol, but it really made me think outside the box to “get ‘r done”!


Stamps:  Bloom with Hope

Paper:  Park Lane DSP, Mossy Meadow, Blackberry Bliss, Wisteria Wonder, Whisper White

Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Mossy Meadow, Blackberry Bliss, Lost Lagoon

Misc:  Circle thinlits, Swiss dots embossing folder, scallop oval punch, large oval punch

The need for this card reminds me how life can change in the blink of an eye.  Let’s love and appreciate our family and friends because you just never know when you won’t be able to do that anymore.





CAS Sympathy Card


I was sad to hear that a member of our stamping group passed away this week after a battle with cancer, and I wanted to make a card to send to her family.  I like to use Thoughts and Prayers for sympathy cards-the images and sentiments are classic.  Although I didn’t come up with this layout on my own, it is one that I use over and over.  It works so beautifully with this set!  I chose vanilla paper because it softens the images.  I did try to make this with basic black ink, but I had trouble getting a good solid image, and then the image smeared-ugh!-so I reached for my now favorite Memento black pad.  Love it!  The picture doesn’t do the final card justice–it looks very nice in real life.



Stamps:  Thoughts and Prayers

Paper:  Very Vanilla

Ink:  Memento black, Pumpkin Pie, So Saffron

Misc:  sponges, squares framelits