Sympathy cards

Positive Thoughts and the Nature's Thoughts dies

Are there stamp sets you shy away from?  For me, it is the collagey type sets.  Don't get me wrong I love them and usually end up buying them, it is just that I do not feel comfortable creating with them.  This is how I felt about the Positive Thoughts stamp set.  Loved the images and the sentiments but I wasn't sure if  I could put them all together.  Enter the Coordination Product Release.  Once I saw that there were coordinating dies (Nature's Thoughts dies) for the set, I could no longer resist.  Honestly, once I saw the die for the fern I was sold.

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I made this card for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge #CCMC599.  Love this color combination!  The center flower is inked in Flirty Flamingo ink and then gently sponged around the edges with Real Red ink.  

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Because I was so focused on the fern die I sort of overlooked what else was in the set.  There are dies that cut out the feather, butterfly, flower, and fern images.  In addition there is an awesome frame, small butterfly, border, 2 more foliage (1 small, 1 large), a larger feather that has embossed details, and 1 other die that maybe is for the center of the flower.

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Here's a peek of the inside of the card and the border die.  It is a perfect border for Valentine cards, can you see the OXO?

The only other die I used was the Stitched Rectangle die.  It is slight too short and doesn't make a perfect layer but  the flowers and foliage hide the gap .  Love the detail around the Basic Gray frame!  This die is going to be used a lot! 

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I had an extra flower so it was also added to the inside of the card.  

Love the products in the  Coordination Product Release!  I have spent some time using the Birthday Dies that coordinate with the Sale-A-Bration set, Happy Birthday to You.  You can see samples here and here.  You will be seeing more samples using the Coordination Product Release soon.  What is your favorite from the Coordination Product Release?

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Thanks so much for stopping by today! All of the products I used on this card are listed below. You can click on any of the photos to go directly to my Stampin’ Up!® online store

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Forever Blossoms Sympathy Card

Sympathy cards are difficult cards to make but they are so important.    

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I wanted very softly colored blossoms so I used part of a Stamping Sponge scrunched up and lightly sponged on Petal Pink ink on the flowers.  I did the same thing to color the leaves except using Pear Pizzaz ink.  I wanted to keep everything soft so I inked the the sentiment in VersaMark ink, then in  the Petal Pink ink pad and then sprinkled it with Clear embossing powder.  This little trick is so helpful when you want a color embossed look but do not have the right color of embossing powder. 

The front of the card was embossed using the Parisian Flourish 3-D Embossing folder, which is BEAUTIFUL!  The folder creates a very elegant backdrop.

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The frame was created by using the largest scalloped rectangle from the Stitched So Sweetly dies and a Stitched Rectangle die.  After I attached the frame blossoms to the card I felt it was a little bare so I added another flower and leaf.  Can you tell where it is?  To finish off the card I added a little bow made from the Petal Pink Striped Organdy ribbon.  This ribbon is so easy to tie and is one of my favorites.

Well, it is time for me to get this card in the mail.  Thank you for stopping by.

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Thanks so much for stopping by today! All of the products I used on this card are listed below. You can click on any of the photos to go directly to my Stampin’ Up!® online store

The Host Code for January is FTCKVA4N.  When you place a Stampin' Up!®  order using this code I will send you a project tutorial.  If your order is $60 or more I will also send you a package of Champagne Rhinestones as a thank you gift.  This gift will be sent in early February. 

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Remarkable You Sympathy Card

These are the hardest cards to make but I think they may be some of the most appreciated cards.  

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Rose Red 1/2 Inch Seam Binding Ribbon
Rose Red 1/2 Inch Seam Binding Ribbon
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Backyard Basics Sympathy

Do you keep a supply of sympathy cards?  I don't.  I know it would make  sense to have some on hand but I just don't.  Today I needed to make one and while I was making the card I was thinking about the person who we were sending it to.  I hope she finds some comfort knowing that so many people care about her and are thinking about her.

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Stamps: Backyard Basics, Sweet Essentials and Thoughts and Prayers(inside)
Ink: Black Stazon,  Pistachio Pudding, Blushing Bride, Strawberry Slush
Paper: Very Vanilla, Shimmery White , Pistachio Pudding
Big Shot: Backyard Basics framelits, Pretty Print folder (Holiday catalog), Envelope Liner Framelits(holiday catalog)
Extras: Very Vanilla Seam Binding ribbon, Aqua Painter, Dazzling Details

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I also lined the Very Vanilla envelope with a liner.  I love how it looks, just raises it up a notch.  Thanks for stopping by and hope to stamp with you soon.

SharonB


Thanks for Caring

No one likes to make sympathy cards and  I never seem to have any on hand.  When I saw the set   Thanks for Caring in the Occasions mini catalog I knew it would be a great and necessary addition to my stamp collection. 

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The card above was stamped by Jan Cramer.  Jan added a lot of  little details to make this great card.   She used the Elegant Bouquet TIEF and she brayered the folder with Certainly Celery ink and embossed her Whisper White cardstock.  Isn't that a great technique?  The floral embossed design remains white and the parts not embossed get colored with the Certainly Celery ink.  I also liked how she used the Decorative label punch to frame the sentiment.  She punched out 2 labels and cut them in half to frame the oval sentiment.    Nice idea! 

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This lovely card was stamped by Mary Ammar.    Mary definitely has a great eye and creates clean, simple and beautiful cards.  Here she used the Framed Tulips embossing folder and then layered in the middle River Rock cardstock embossed with the Perfect Polka Dot TIEF.  I like how she brought the River Rock back in the sentiment.   Really a handsome card.  Thanks Mary!

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This lovely card was stamped by Kimberly Allen.  She combined the Thanks for Caring set and the Baby Blossoms set from the Occasions mini catalog.  Here she used River Rock and Basic Black.  River Rock is definitely a chameleon and seems to change and coordinate with lots of different colors.   She used Whisper White Craft ink and River Rock ink along the edge and carried through the white with white embossing powder in the label pieces.  I know you are wondering and the answer is yes she cut the black label layer freehand!

I know you will agree with me that these 3 cards are great examples of why you need to add the Thanks for Caring stamp set to your stamping stash.