Freshly Made Sketches and Heartfelt Sympathy

I try to anticipate the need when it comes to sympathy cards. When I need one, and don’t have one, I seem lost for inspiration. Yesterday I saw the Freshly Made Sketches challenge and it helped me come up with this card using the soon to be retired Heartfelt Sympathy stamp set.

Heartfelt Sympathy stamp set, sympathy card, Stampin' Up!,


Here’s the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches. FMS333

Design Notes for Heartfelt Sympathy Card:

It seems like I had not done heat embossing in a while. How could that be? Heat embossing is one of my favorite things to do!I decided to go with the Copper Embossing Powder, gold or silver both seemed too flashy. I carried the copper theme through with the Copper Foil layer behind the Night of Navy and the Copper Trim bow.

Supply List for Heartfelt Sympathy Card:


Retiring Stamp Sets:

As you probably know, there are many things retiring soon – stamps, inkds, papers, accessories. Today I featured the heartfelt Sympathy stamp set which is set to retire. Here are the other stamp sets that will be retiring. When you are ready to order, don’t for get to use this month’s Host Code (BDPHTPDQ) when you order.



Thoughts and Prayers Swap Card

A few weeks ago, I participated in a swap organized by my awesome up-line, Alisa. The theme of the swap was Thinking of You or Sympathy. I used the Butterfly Basics and Thoughts and Prayers stamps sets to create a card that could be either sympathy or thinking of you.

Thoughts and Prayers stamp set, Butterfly Basics stamp set, sympathy, thinking of you, heat embossing, Pretty Label Punch, Stampin' Up!,

I love the color combination.



Design Notes for Thoughts and Prayers Card:

As you probably know, I love doing heat embossing. For this card, I used White Embossing Powder on the Vellum Card Stock. Then I used Sponge Daubers to color the flowers and leaves. I did that on the embossed side. The other side faced out. When I was putting the card together, I wanted some ribbon and didn’t have anything in either of the colors. I thought white would be too blah. So, using the same Sponge Dauber, I added some Marina Mist ink to the White Organza Ribbon. Easy! Have you ever tried that? I think most of the white ribbons can be used for that technique.

Thoughts and Prayers stamp set, Butterfly Basics stamp set, sympathy, thinking of you, heat embossing, Pretty Label Punch, Stampin' Up!,

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Thoughts and Prayers stamp set, Butterfly Basics stamp set, sympathy, thinking of you, heat embossing, Pretty Label Punch, Stampin' Up!,

Hope you are having a great day!



Flourishing Phrases for Sympathy

Oh, it was that time again. I needed a sympathy card. As much as I love making cards, it’s always hard to make sympathy cards. Of course, I pulled out one of my favorite stamp sets, Flourishing Phrases. It seems there is always a sentiment here that I can use, both for the outside and inside of the card.

Flourishing Phrases, sympathy, Stampin' Up!,

It’s a pretty clean and simple card. I was inspired by this week’s challenge over at Freshly Made Sketches. Here’s the link and logo should you want to go over to see what other great cards are there.

Freahly Made Sketches FMS322

Design Notes for Flourishing Phrases Sympathy Card:

I think figuring out the measurements for the layers on this card was the hardest part. I stamped the flower and the leaves so that there would still be a bit of white space near the top. I just felt it gave better balance. I experimented with adding another piece of Whisper White card stock at the bottom with the sentiment on it. But, it just looked too crowded. I’m always happy to do heat embossing so I am glad I thought of that! Here’s a look at the stamp set images.

Flourishing Phrases stamp set images, Stampin' Up!,

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February Host Code:

Did you notice that there is a new Host Code for February? When you want to order on-line through my 25-7 on-line store, be sure to add the Host Code (if your order is less then $150). By using the Host Code, you become eligible to win FREE merchandise at the end of the most when I select one name from all of the on-line order folks. Host Code for February is WZQPZ4D7. Click on the link below to go directly to my on-line store., Stampin' Up!


Hope you had a great weekend.


High Tide for Sympathy Card

I’m not sure why I was drawn to this stamp set when I needed to make a sympathy card. But, I think ultimately, High Tide for sympathy was a good choice.

High Tide Sympathy, Stampin' Up!,

The colors are all soft and seem to work well with the tranquil feeling of the beach and seagulls.

Design Notes for High Tide Sympathy:

As much as I love using Vellum Paper, it’s always a challenge to make sure that it is adhered well. Adhesive has to be applied where it won’t show. On this card I added a Mini Glue Dot under the sentiment at the top. I also had some Snail adhesive behind the piece with the sea gulls. Finally, I added some Tear n’ Tape under where the ribbon hides the vellum. It’s all about the adhesives!

If you didn’t know that the embossed piece was created using the Petal Burst Embossing Folder, would you think they were pebbles in the background? Well, do you think they look like pebbles now that I’ve added that little thought? I think I’ll alert Stampin’ Up! on a possible name change for this folder – maybe “Beach Pebbles” embossing folder?

Petal burst Embossing folder, Stampin' Up

Generally, when I use Aqua Painters, I use Watercolor Paper. It’s a bit heavier stock and has a texture. I knew I was only adding the briefest of color so used Very Vanilla card stock for the coloring of the beach and sky. It seemed to work.


Supply List High Tide for Sympathy Card:

The “With Sympathy” sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Wishes. You HAVE to have this set. It covers every imaginable occasion.


Year End Sale Event:

It’s not too late to take advantage of the Year End Sales Event. Some of the items are items that will are in the Holiday Catalog but are going to be discontinued as of Jan. 2.


Hope you are having a great day! Busy here. I think today I will finally be able to start on our Christmas cards!


Sympathy Card with Climbing Orchids

I love making baby card, new home cards, congratulations and wedding cards. Birthday cards are always fun. Most cards I look forward to making. Not so much with sympathy. Right now I am participating in another International Blog Preview. The theme this month is sympathy. It forced me to prepare some cards to have on hand. Climbing Orchids seemed to match what I was thinking – something soft and soothing, no fuss.

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Design Notes for Climbing Orchids Sympathy Card:

I love the Climbing Orchids stamp set and thought it would add a sophisticated, tasteful look to the card.The layers of Chocolate Chip and Powder Pink set off the white flowers on white card stock. I stamped the center of the flowers in Sweet Sugarplum ink on Powder Pink Card stock. The only additional thing I did was add a layer or two of Wink of Stella to the centers of the flowers.


Climbing Orchid stamp set, Orchid Builder Framelits Dies, Kylie Bertucci International Blog Highlights, Stampin' Up!,

Supply List for Climbing Orchids Sympathy Card:

Good news, the Climbing Orchids stamp set is part of a bundle with the Orchid Builder Framelits Dies. Save 10%, be 100% happy!


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