Crazy About You!

Crazy About You!

Today I am showcasing a Sympathy Card using Delightful Dijon and Elegant Eggplant. While these two colors would not be a go-to combination, I came across a set of napkins on my sister’s table and thought about the two colors together. Do you ever look at colors through Stampin’ Up’s! eyes? I do ALL the time.

img_2267-1I set out to make a quick and easy sympathy card for a colleague at work who recently lost her father.  Two stamp sets jumped out at me, Crazy About You and Better Together.

purplesympathyChristine’s Tips:

  • Start with the Delightful Dijon ink and stamp the leaf image across the bottom.
  • With the Elegant Eggplant, stamp across the bottom filling in between the Delightful Dijon leaves.
  • Add your sentiment in Elegant Eggplant ink.
  • Stamp the coordinating flowers and add pearls.


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Tips For Making Sympathy Cards – Helping Me Grow – Stampin’ Up!

Tips for Making Sympathy Cards – Helping Me Grow – Stampin’ Up!

It makes me ultra sad when I have to make a sympathy card for someone who has recently lost a loved one!  If you are like me, you want it to convey your thoughts exactly without being over the top.

While no one wants to have sympathy cards on hand, it really is wise to make a few ahead of time.  I know it may seem morbid, but when your thoughts are with the recipient, the last thing you think about is making a card.

Tips On Making Sympathy Cards:

  • Now is not the time to go overboard! Keep embellishments to an absolute minimum.
  • The card should focus on your thoughts and words.
  • No cutesy cards at this time.  Flowers are great, but the cards should be simple and elegant.
  • Stick with a soft color scheme.  Loud colors should be reserved for birthdays, graduations and other happy events.
  • At a loss for words for your handmade sympathy card?  No worries here!  Hallmark  and the Cardstore have some great ideas.

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Of course, you can always leave the inside blank and write your own message.  Adding a stamped phrase just adds to the personal tone of your card.

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The basic supplies for this card:

  1. Helping Me Grow Stamp Set – 140764
  2. Hardwood Stamp – 133035
  3. Papillon Potpourri – 123759
  4. Archival Basic Gray – 140932
  5. Smoky Slate Card Stock – 131022
  6. Archival Basic Black Ink – 140931
  7. Rose Wonder Stamp Set – 140697
  8. I used a small amount of It’s My Party black Designer Series Paper, but you can use just about any black in your inventory.


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Got out of bed and just enjoyed the stillness of the  morning while enjoying my coffee with my husband, knowing that I don’t have to be somewhere on someone else’s schedule.

Being an early riser, I was able to get a three mile run in early since it is going to be  HOT, HOT, HOT, and HUMID!

This month, for clubs and classes, I have been focusing on the NEW Flower Shop stamp set, along with the Pansy Punch!  Stampin’ Up! has come through and offered us bundles for 15% discount.  What’s not to love about that?!

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This card is earmarked for a sympathy.  I think the sentiment from Word Play works well.
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Stampin’ Supples:

Stamps:    Flower Shop, Word Play
Ink:   Summer Starfruit, Sahara Sand, Coastal Cabana, Basic Black
Paper:   Whisper White, Basic Gray
Accessories:   Basic Gray Marker

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Just Believe!

I had to send a sympathy card and really did not think that bright colors were the way to go.   In this instance,  I took out the Just Believe stamp set and set to work on coloring the image with my markers.  Using Riding Hood Red and Island Indigo, along with Lucky Limeade,  I stamped the larger image onto Whisper White.  The Designer Series Paper is Twitterpated.   The sympathy sentiment is from Petite Pairs.

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