Monday, May 5, 2014

With Heartfelt Sympathy

Hi Everyone,

I know it has been quite some time since I have posted but there has been a lot going on here in my life - both good and bad.  But, I'm happy to be back and to be able to feel like getting in my craft room again.

Tonight I needed to make a sympathy card for a friend of mine who lost her husband just last week.  I don't believe in having sympathy cards on hand as I am a little superstitious and believe it is bad luck.  But, at the same time, I really dislike making them - don't we all?

I decided that I would combine a few challenges tonight to make my card.  The first is Colour Me...!  This week is the special 5th week of the month which leaves us being "Creative" and choosing up to 5 colours to use in our card or project.

I decided to use the colours over at Pals Paper Arts for this card.  This week they are combining Real Red, Bermuda Bay and Crumb Cake.  I thought that although these colours usually strike me as a happy colour set, that they could also be used for a Sympathy Card to try to bring  a little sunshine into a very sad time.

PPA202 May 1

Finally, I decided to combine the colours with the sketch challenge over at Just Us Girls for this week.  I really liked the clean lines of this sketch and had ideas pop in my head right away.  This is a challenge that I've never played with before so it is nice to enter somewhere new.  

I used one of my favourite stamp sets for this card - Simply Sketched.  I am really disappointed to see this one retire and I haven't decided if I will be letting this one go or not.  We'll see...

And here is my card for tonight:

Card Recipe:

Card Stock: Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Fresh Prints DSP
Ink: Basic Black, Real Red. Crumb Cake
Stamp Sets: Simply Sketched
Tools/Techniques: Basic pearls, Sponging, Envelope Punch Board (to round the corners)

I'll post about the Stampin' Up! 2014 Annual Catalog Premiere later this week and post a few photos to go along with it.  It was a great event!

Thanks for dropping by!


  1. Steph this is gorgeous! So happy to see you back stamping, just wish it were for a happier reason <3 Thanks so much for sharing with us at Colour Me...! this week, we sure hope we will see you again soon!!!

  2. Very pretty, love those colors :) Thanks for joining us this week at Colour Me...!

  3. Great combination of challenges! Very pretty card! Thanks for joining us at PPA!

  4. Glad that you are back at creating and posting, but so sad that it had to be a sympathy card. I am sure that your friend will be comforted by this lovely one.

  5. Your sympathy card is beautiful and soothing. It is sure to bring some comfort to your friend. Thanks for playing with us at JUGS!

  6. This is a really nice sympathy card-sort of calm. Sympathy cards are tough for me and this one will surely send the message you want it to
    Thanks for joining us this week at Just Us Girls!

  7. Lovely card! Thanks for playing along with Just Us Girls this week.

  8. Pretty Sympathy card - Thanks for joining in with JUGS!

  9. Gorgeous card! Really love the colors and the distressed edges! Thanks for playing along with us at Just Us Girls...Hope to see more of your talented self! :)

  10. This is a beautiful card, Steph. I'm sure it brought some comfort to your friend. Thanks for playing with us at Pals Paper Arts.