Serene Silhouettes Sympathy Card

This is the third (and final) project that we made for September’s Club classes.  I got this idea on a blog and cased it with very few changes.  The stamp sets used were Serene Silhouettes and Petite Pairs.   I used Elegant Eggplant and Wisteria Wonder along with the Apothecary Accents Framelits.  I lightly sponged the Wisteria Wonder with the “stencil” made from the Apothecary Accents shape.  And the Paper Piercing added one more tiny detail — along with allowing my customers to try out several of Stampin’ Up!’s newest products.  The new Paper Piercing Mat, Templates, and Piercer are among my favorites from the new catalog.

I hope each of you has a blessed week.  It will be a week of reflection for me as I think about my brother.  His birthday is on Wednesday, and this is our first birthday without him.  Please pray for my mom, as she is feeling especially sad this week.  She also has another round of medical tests tomorrow, with results following next week.  I’m going to go and visit her on Wednesday and try to cheer her up.  Please join me in praying for her a little more than normal this week.   Thank you!


Sympathy Cards

I have been the recipient of about 50 Sympathy Cards these past 2 weeks.  I am blessed by the words printed on them, the hand-written notes on them, the gorgeous artwork on them, and the love that went in to sending each of them to me!  I am able to see the hands and feet of God in each one of them.  I have all of them in my kitchen where I can see them often and be reminded of how many people care about me and want to encourage me through God’s love.  I started putting them on my memo board, but ran out of room the first night I was home.  So I have the cards in a pretty bowl on the counter so they are all nearby and my family can enjoy them, too.  I am reminded of how important it is to mail the cards I make!  I hope that each of you will mail cards to those who come to your mind on a daily basis.  God wants to use you to be a blessing to others.

Here are the cards that I have received that are Hand Stamped by special ladies that I have met through Stampin’ Up! over the years.  I wanted you to see them for inspiration.  I’m not going to try to list supplies for all of thse, but if you have a question, please ask me.  I can probably give you more information on how it is made.

Sympathy Card

Today is a great day!  The new catalog goes LIVE……..all of you can see it online or contact me for your copy today!  Our Stampin’ Up! website is down until noon so they can get everything ready for us to accept orders on our websites and load all the new goodies for you.  It is always very exciting to know what you like about the new book………..please let me know!  You can purchase anything you want after NOON.  You can go directly to my website  and order.  You don’t have to wait for me to get the e-mail or be home to get your call.  The price is the same, and YOU GET A FREE COPY OF THE CATALOG if you order $50 or more on the website — this is coming directly from Stampin’ Up! in your box with your order.  Of course, I still would love for you to call me directly, and I will gladly place your order.  But the truth of the matter (and you all know this about me) is that I am not always home to take your calls.  So, please feel free to order on-line if you prefer.  You can shop 24/7 just like all the other on-line stores!!!!  Fantastic for our business.

Club Classes are this week (tonight and Thursday) so I will be posting club projects very soon……….and things we made at Leadership and Regionals.  Some of the other bloggin’ gals will probably show you things before I get to it, but hopefully I can show you a few things you have not seen later in the week. 

Unfortunately, I have needed several sympathy cards in the last few weeks.  I really don’t like to sit down and make these at the time of need.  I prefer to have them ready in my “stash” so that I can sign them and send them out quickly.  There is something about making them that is never really too fun for me, but I try to think of the smile and comfort that it might bring a hurting heart — that is the encouragement I need to make a lovely card.   Here is one of my most recent cards…flowerfancy1flowerfancy2









These cards are almost the same…….the only difference is the ink on the flowers.  On the top photo it is Pacific Point (the outline) and on the bottom card it is Pacific Point stamped off one time to “soften” the color.  I was just playing with it to see which I liked better.  I am happy with both of them………didn’t make a huge difference in my eyes.   These cards were quite thick with the flowers, the beads, and the large grosgrain ribbon.  I did need to add extra postage, but my friends are well worth it!!!

Supplies used: Stamp:  Flower Fancy, Sanded Background Stamp;  Cardstock:  Whisper White, Baja Breeze; Ink:  Pacific Point, Baja Breeze, Old Olive;  Accessories:  Sponge (around the edges of the card), Beads (old, retired ones, sorry!), Grosgrain Ribbon, Dimensionals, Scallop Punch.

Don’t forget that Sell-A-Bration is quickly approaching.  I am working on lots of samples to show you, but I don’t think I can show them to you until February 1st……..gotta check on that so I don’t get in trouble with SU!  If you want to book a workshop during February or March, please contact me right away!   Have a great day……….