Sympathy With Flowers

Why is it when you need a sympathy card, you never have one in stock   and   it’s not like you have a lot of time to make one.  I made this card based on the card designed by Patricia Hays here.  I found this card so much fun to make.   It is such a versatile design – all you have to do is either change the embossing folder or the designer paper or the sentiment.   I used a square punch to create the banner look on the designer paper – a tip I learned from another paper crafter.

I apologize for the quality of this photo, as the photo really does not do the card justice.

Stamps:  Sympathy Sentiments – Impression Obsession
Paper:  Pumpkin Pie, White, DP-unknown
Ink:  Versafine Black
Accessories:  Oval Petite Small and Oval Scalloped Petite Large Nestabilities; Damask Embossing Folder – Sizzix


Same Card — Different Colour

Talk about being in a groove.   I decided to make a couple of sympathy cards for my reserve stash.  I used the same card design as yesterday and changed up the colour scheme.   I used Baja Breeze with Chocolate Chip and I think I like this colour combination better than the celery green from yesterday.  I also improved on the sentiment today as well – I found another sympathy stamp in my stamp collection that compliments the flourish a little better. 

Card Size:  5-1/2 x 4-1/2
Stamps:  With Sympathy – Papertrey; Sympathy Sentiments – Impression Obsession
Paper:  Baja Breeze, Chocolate Chip, White
Ink:  Baja Breeze, Chocolate Chip
Other:  White Pearls – coloured with B52 Copic Marker (Soft Greenish Blue)

Floral Sympathy

The focus these last few weeks seems to be sympathy cards.  I found a very elegant card in the SCS gallery here and just loved the simplicity and peacefulness.  I happened to have the same stamp set, so all I did was changed up the colour scheme of the card and the sentiment.

I enjoyed making this card so much, I ended up making a duplicate for my MIL, as she needed a card as well.

Card Size:  5-1/2 x 4-1/4
Stamps:  With Sympathy by Papertrey, Warmest Regards from Stampin’ Up
Paper:  Certainly Celery, Chocolate Chip, White – SU
Ink:  Certainly Celery, Chocolate Chip
Pearls:  Coloured with G82 Copic Marker (Spring Dim Green)


A quick sympathy card with a little bit of a masculine look to it.  I was browsing SCS and came across a card here that I thought was so eye-catching. 

I decided to use that same sketch and make a sympathy card.  I kept the same colour scheme but used different DP.  I added some stitching to the felt to give it that little extra zing.  I found that the felt was just a little too thick for my liking – I ended up using two pieces of dimensionals, stacked one on top of the other, to match the height that the felt created on the card.  I think for the next card, I will just use card stock instead – that is the fun of card making – you can always change up things on the next card.

Stamps:  Everyday Classics – Papertrey
Paper:  Chocolate Chip, Vanilla, Wild Asparagus-Dad Diamond – My Mind’s Eye
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black
Other:  Linen Felt, Petite Oval Small Nestabilities, Petite Scalloped Oval Large Nestabilities, Punched Flowers – SU Punch, Dimensionals


I needed a sympathy card for a co-worker whose father-in-law passed away on the weekend.  The card I made today was a case of a card I had originally made at a class at the Paper Pickle.  I used a different designer paper and changed up the colour scheme.  This card is fun to make as I used two different nestabilities and if you notice on the side where the ribbon is tied – there is a small punch cut-out.  This was done using the 1″ round punch and only punching half of the circle onto the green strip and DP.  This is a really neat way to profile the ribbon tied on the side.  I also loved how the dandelions are lightly stamped underneath the sentiment – it gives a soft feel to the card.  An extra touch – I coloured white ribbon with a Copic Marker to try to get the colour of ribbon that I needed for the card because I did not have anything close in my ribbon stash.


Card Size: 5-1/2 x 5-1/2
Stamps: Dandelion Bunches – Stamping Bella; Sympathy Sentiments – Impression Obsession
Paper: Mama’s Curtain – My Minds Eye; Wild Wasabi, Chocolate Brown, Vanilla; DCWV Brights Blue
Ink: Baja Breeze; Vintage Sepia – Versafine
Accessories:  Nestabilities – Classic Scalloped Square Large & Classic Square Small; 1″ Round Punch; Dimensionals; Copic Marker BG09

Remembering a Great Man

Last week my sister had emailed me that our childhood doctor has passed away.  Life is interesting just through the people we meet and the friends we make along the way.   About 30 years ago, we became friends with this couple, through mutual friends.  Over the years, we have remained friends and kept in contact through visits, emails and cards.   Through our friendship, we discovered that Anne’s stepfather was Dr. Rees.  Well  you know the saying “It’s a small world” certainly applies here.  A few years back, we were invited to a New Year’s Party at Dr. Rees’ home, which Anne and Brian were hosting.  Well talk about memories coming back – you say things like ….. I remember coming here when I broke my arm ….. I remember sitting here waiting for my appointment (because back in the “old” days – you didn’t get an appointment – you waited your turn in the waiting room) …… and of course, I had to tell Dr. Rees – I know it’s been a long time, but do you remember that you delivered me —- well talk about dumb, as if he is going to remember a birth from 45 years ago.

As we were travelling to the funeral home in Blenheim, a calmness and beautiful thought came over me.  Dr. Rees gave birth to me 50 years ago and now I am going to pay my respects to a great man.  I remember going to him as a child and he seemed like such a giant, but he had the softest voice.  He had such a calming demeanor and took the time to listen to you and take care of you.  Dr. Rees was such a kind and considerate man – he was always giving back to his community (obituary).  He will be greatly missed by the people and businesses of Blenheim and surrounding communities.

 Anne and I share the craft of making cards, etc.  She had made the most beautiful (not sure if that is proper grammar) card for the birth of our grandson, Carter.  Here is my card for Anne and Brian. 

  • Card Size:  5-1/2 x 8-1/4
  • Paper:  Whisper White, Real Red
  • Stamps:  Embrace Life – SU, Thinking of You-A Muse
  • Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black, SU Markers
  • Accessories:  Silver Brads, Glossy Accents, Scalloped Edge Punch, Ribbon from Costco

I will leave you with the sentiment that I stamped inside the card – as it is one of my favourites — Death leave a heartache no one can heal, Love leaves a memory no one can steal  (Irish Tombstone)


I didn’t have any extra sympathy cards made up ahead in my stash – so I had to make one up real quick.  It seems of late that I have needed quite a few.  To soften the card up a bit, I rounded the bottom corners.  I also sponged the sentiment while the nestability was still attached to give it the clean white border edge.  Thanks for looking.

  • Stamps:  Everyday Classics – Papertrey Inc.
  • Paper:  Whisper White and Night of Navy – SU, DP is the Far East Mat Stack from DCWW
  • Ink:  Night of Navy, Versafine Black
  • Accessories:  Blue Satin Ribbon, Gemstones Flower Green from Spare Parts The Paper Studio, Corner Rounder Punch, Nestability S4-138 # 1