19 May 2013

Sympathy Card featuring Fifth Avenue Floral Stamp Set

Hello crafty friends,

Today I went to our church, Glen Ayr United and it is one of our very few remaining services as this particular community church shall be closing in June. So it is with bittersweet joy that we continue to meet and share some more time together as a congregation and I am happy that we have the beautiful weather during this time. 

It is also sad that one of our own, Ruth, lost her life's partner, her husband Gordon not long ago. I made Ruth a card of sympathy last night which I am sharing here. 

I perused through some Stampin' Up! retired designer papers looking for some that were soft in nature and colour, and found a lovely white and pink paper dotted with roses and leaves from an old collection, Bella Rose. This immediately reminded me of Fifth Ave Floral, a stamp set from many moons ago that contained a large pretty rose. I chose to use Raspberry Ripple cardstock and ink to contrast with the aforementioned pink/white paper, and added some Pretty in Pink cardstock to bridge the two. I believe I achieved the softness I was hoping for.

Here is my card, and all supplies are Stampin' Up! save for the Cheery Lynn Fanciful Flourish and the pearl accents. 

Remembrance of a Loved One - How to offer your sympathy in a card. 

Remember if you need to do a Sympathy Card, and find writing the message a bit difficult, here's one way: after expressing your sorrow, try to recall a personal memory you have of the departed. I think your card then helps the recipient to feel a bond beyond their own memories or even discover something new of their loved one. Just keep it to the point though, you don't want to overwhelm someone who is going through something that is already taxing them. You may even wish to offer some form of support by extending an invitation to go out for lunch, or accompany them when they need to attend a matter, no offer of help can be too small.  

STAMPIN' Up! =  Raspberry Ripple, Pretty in Pink, White Cardstock and Bella Rose Designer Paper (retired)/ Fifth Ave Floral Stamp Set (retired)/ Scallop Trim Punch/ Raspberry Ripple Ink/ Dazzling Diamonds

OTHER = Fanciful Flourish Die (Cheery Lynn)/Copic Pink marker/ pearls (Dollarama)/tape & glue.


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