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Highland Heather Sympathy

Hello Stampers!  Today’s card features several new items. One of our new colors is Highland Heather…it’s lovely! I’ve also featured two new stamp sets – Painted Glass and Kindness & Compassion. 

I know most people don’t like to make Sympathy cards but they are needed at times. I try to make my Sympathy cards a bit cheery and elegant. This card has a lot details that show the recipient you really care.

The die cut along the bottom comes from the new Stained Glass Thinlits. I wove a piece of white satin ribbon through it and the final result is beautiful. The Layered Leaves Embossing Folder gives the background a nice subtle touch of texture. This wonderful font greeting is from the Painted Glass Stamp Set.

This is a beautiful sentiment and the butterflies add a bit of color.

 

Stampin’ Up! Products Used:

Stamp Sets – Painted Glass, Kindness & Compassion

Ink – Memento Tuxedo Black

Paper – Highland Heather, Whisper White, Black

Accessories – Layered Leaves Embossing Folder, Layering Ovals Framelits, Stained Glass Thinlits, Stitched Shapes Thinlits, Corner Rounder

 

 

I  hope you have enjoyed this card and maybe you will try it yourself. Remember in stamping it’s CASE – Copy and Share Everything!

Until my next post…Happy Stamping!      Donna

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Tri-Fold Card

Hi Stampers!  Today I have a very versatile card for you. Yes, mine is a Valentine card…better late than never! I should have posted this on Wednesday but life got in the way. 🙂

 

In class some of the participants made this lovely card into a birthday card…you can put any sentiment you want on it.

 

Open the first page and find this lovely flourish.

 

And finally the inside where you can put your sentiment. I left this particular one blank until I need it and then decide what I want inside.

This card may look difficult but really isn’t.

Here are the measurements for this card:

Powder Pink – 6 3/8″ x 5 1/2″, score at 2 1/8″

Whisper White – 8″ x  5 1/4″, score at 4″; (2) 2 1/2″ x 4″

Sahara Sand – (2) 2 3/4″ x 4 1/4″

DSP – 2″ x 5 3/8″ and 1/2″ x 5 1/4″

Use the photos to lay out your pieces then stamp and adhere.

 

Stampin’ Up! Products Used:

Stamp Sets – Bloomin’ Love, Flourishing Phrases

Ink – Crumb Cake, Powder Pink

Paper – Powder Pink, Whisper White, Sahara Sand, Fresh Florals DSP

Accessories – Stampin’ Write Markers (Pear Pizzazz, Powder Pink)

 

This card is really lovely; I hope you will try making one. 

Please try to stay healthy! The flu bug has hit my daughter and her family very hard…all 5 of them are down with the flu (mom, dad, 3 children). Unfortunately one of the girls also has pneumonia! This flu is nothing to fool around with so take care of yourselves.

Happy Stamping!      Donna

Heartfelt Sympathy

Hello Stampers and Happy New Year!

Today I have one of those cards you hate to make but they are very necessary…a Sympathy Card. This is a card I made for a dear friend and one of my down-line and her husband. 

You won’t recognize this stamp set since it is from the Sale-A-Bration brochure (Heartfelt Blooms). I love it! It’s just so beautiful.

 

The texture and highlights of this flower are built into the stamp. Experiment with this stamp…I found that dark inks don’t work as well as the lighter colors.  You can use this by itself or as a light background.

 

 

 

For details about the New Occasions Catalog and Sale-A-Bration…look for Crafty Cardmaker Weekly Newsletter tomorrow. Don’t receive my newsletter…contact me so I can add your name to my email mailing list at donnamk47@yahoo.com.

Happy Stamping friends.          Donna

Touches of Texture Sympathy Card

Hello my dear Stampers! Hope you are having a wonderful day. Every day I can make cards is a great day for me.

Do you find stamping and creating as peaceful and relaxing as I do? If so, be sure to make time in your hectic schedule to create! When I first started as a Stampin’ Up! demo I spent at least one afternoon a week in my craft room. Now, after almost five years as a demo…I spend some time every day in that room. My husband now expects me to be in “my space” every evening after dinner and part of each afternoon.

With the new catalog making it’s debut there are soooo many new ideas that I MUST try. But first…I have another CASE from Mary Fish. What can I say…when I see it and I love it I have to make it.

Once again a nice clean design. I used Whisper White for the base card and Pink Pirouette for color. I repeated the image on the envelope. I really like to decorate my envelopes and sometimes use a colorful insert on the flap. 

I used the Scoring Tool to make the “lines” on each side of the base. That is Old Olive ribbon from the past. It’s too pretty not to use. 

Card Measurements:

Whisper White – Base, 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, score at 4 1/4″; 2 3/4″ x 4 3/4″ for image piece; Inside – 3 3/4″ x 5″

Pink Pirouette – 3″ x 5″; Inside – 4″ x 5 1/4″

 

 

I carried the lovely little flower onto the inside with the touching sentiment.

The front panel of Whisper White and Pink Pirouette was popped up with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

 

Don’t you agree this is a lovely clean card that says so much?

 

Stampin’ Up! Products Used:

Stamp Sets – Touches of Texture, Flourishing Phrases

Ink – Memento Tuxedo Black

Paper – Whisper White, Pink Pirouette

Accessories – Scoring Tool, Pink Pirouette & Pear Pizzazz Stampin’ Write Markers, Old Olive Ribbon

 

I know if I received this card I would feel that the sender really cares and knowing it was made with love makes it all the more special. 

Remember…an email or text just isn’t the same as a hand stamped card. If I can be of assistance in helping you make a card like this just email or call me. I’d love to help you create!

Happy Stamping!

Donna

 

Simple Sympathy Card

Hello Stampers! As much as we hate to think about making Sympathy cards – they are a necessity. I have two Sympathy cards to share with you. I’ll show you a quick but oh, so tasteful card today and another one in my next post. I was inspired by Alene Humphrey for this card. I always like to give credit where due.

 

This is done with a Whisper White base card, another Whisper White popped up piece, a Black layer, and a Whisper White piece that has been dry embossed with the Floral Affection Embossing Folder.

The little butterflies were punched out of Silver Glitter Paper using the Bitty Butterfly Punch and popped up with Stampin’ Dimensionals . The sentiment came from the stamp set Better Together. 

The inside sentiment was from the same stamp set, Better Together, and that beautiful butterfly was from the die in Bold Butterfly Thinlits in Silver Glitter paper again.

The measurements: 

Whisper White – Base card 5 1/2″  x 8 1/2″ folded at 4 1/4″; 4″ x 5 1/4″; 3 1/2″ x 4 1/2″

Black – 3 3/4″ x 5″

 

Stampin’ Up! Products Used:

Stamp Set – Better Together

Ink – Memento Tuxedo Black

Paper – Whisper White, Black, Silver Glitter 

Accessories – Floral Affection Embossing Folder, Bold Butterfly Thinlits, Bitty Butterfly Punch

 

I always think of butterflies when I think of sympathy cards because here in San Diego one of our Hospice groups does a butterfly release each year to represent those loved ones who have passed. Both my father and mother in law were cared for by those fantastic nurses. 

I do hope you enjoyed seeing this card. I just realized that both Bitty Butterfly Punch and Floral Affection Embossing Folder have retired on May 31. If you would like either…contact me and I will see if I can get them for you from other demos in our group. I have had 100% success so far. These transition periods always catch me because I really like some that have retired and hate to part with them. Sorry for any inconvenience.

Be back soon…until then…Happy Stamping!

Donna

 

Retro Sympathy Card

Hello Stampers!  Today I have another retro card for you. I am finding so many unfinished cards! 🙂

 

This is another short and sweet post. I used the same flip card as the Confirmation card on May 15. This shows how card bases can be changed. Love those little butterflies.

 

The sentiment comes from the lovely stamp set Thoughts and Prayers (which is being carried over into the new catalog!).

 

In my June classes we will be making Sympathy and Get Well Cards. They won’t be retro and I’ll be showing you those mid June.

So, I used retired DSP and the card die but the butterfly punch and die as well as the Thoughts and Prayers Stamp Set are all current.

Be sure to check in on June 2 for a really cool card. Hint: it’s a peek-a-boo card.

Until my next post…Happy Stamping!

Donna

 

Sympathy in Watercolor Pencils

Happy New Year dear stampers!

Today I’m going to show you a sneak peek at a couple of the FREE Sale-A-Bration items and the new Watercolor Pencils. I’m sharing my first attempt at using these awesome pencils. They make water coloring so easy. I want you to see this first card and then on Friday I’ll share my second which I think is much better. It gets much easier and better with practice.

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The flowers were done with the Avant-Garden set you can earn as a Free item with Sale-A-Bration.  The envelope and inside were done using another SAB item, Delicate Details.

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I had no problems with the shading of the flowers but I do need to work on my background technique.

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It is possible to get great depth and shading with the Watercolor Pencils.

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There are four borders in the Delicate Details set and they are all lovely. The sentiment is from the Rose Wonder set.

I’m so excited about these pencils. There are several You Tube tutorials on using watercolor pencils but nothing beats trying it yourself and practicing.

 

Products Used:

Stamp Sets – Avant-Garden (SAB), Delicate Details (SAB), Rose Wonder

Ink – Memento Tuxedo Black, Rich Razzleberry

Paper – Whisper White, Rich Razzleberry, Watercolor Paper

Accessories – Watercolor Pencils (Occasions), Melon Mambo Ribbon, Aqua Painters

 

You may have noticed that you can see the covers of the new Occasions Catalog and Sale-A-Bration brochure but you can’t see the contents…that is because they don’t go “live” until January 4th. On Wednesday you will be able to visit and see both cover to cover. 🙂 But…you will no longer be able to see the Holiday Catalog. 😦

I’m very excited for you to see the new items. I found so many that I MUST have and already pre-ordered (only for demonstrators).

Until Friday when you will see my Swan Lake Watercolor take care and Happy Stamping!