Category: Sympathy

Falling Flowers

I needed a sympathy card and decided to use Falling Flowers.  I stamped the large flower 5 times and cut the middles out of 2 of them to make a dimensional flower,  The edges were sponged in the same color (So Saffron) and slightly curled with my bone folder.  The flourish image was stamped Old Olive.

I used the left over pieces to place petals on the front and inside.  The sentiment is Hero Arts Prayers, stamped in Verafine Onyx Black and heat embossed in clear.  And, of course, some Dazzling Details and gold gel pen.  Hugs, Fran

Butterfly Wishes

This idea uses the Flower Shop stamp set. First I stamped the Melon Mambo card base with one of the flower stamps.  Then stamp the flowers, used an aqua painter to create a pool of color, and then stamped over the images with the stamp.  The background is Shimmery White (which does fine with water) and the punch is the Elegant Butterfly.  Then I sprayed the entire card with some home made shimmer spray.  I suggest spraying the stamped part and then putting the card together!   Hugs, Fran

Trust God

Trust in God 01

This card is a re-do of an oldie but a goodie.  I originally saw the layout from Sandy McIver several years ago.  This recreation is done in Marina Mist and So Saffron.  The stamp sets are Gorgeous Grunge and Everything Eleanor  – with Trust God as the sentiment.  It’s such a nice, flat card, even with the butterfly, making it easy to send.

Hugs, Fran

Rose Wonder

Rose Wonder 01

This is Rose Wonder from the Occasions Mini (page 18) and it comes as a bundle with a beautiful die set.  The sentiments in this set are lovely!  I used just the stamps on this card, embossed in black for the rose on Shimmery White card stock.  This technique is done by filling each section with water from my aqua painter and dropping Rose Red and Blushing Bride into each section.

Rose Wonder 01 detail

As the inks dry, it leaves a pretty coloring.  The rose is large and I left the card fairly plain.  Hugs, Fran

Looking at the Retiring List – Apothecary Art

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Some of my favorites are retiring soon and one is Apothecary Art.  With it’s matching framelits, this set is a “go-to” for Sympathy, Thank You and Birthday cards.  Thought I’d share some cards I’ve done over the years with this set – sort of a Throwback Thursday!

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Apothecary Art 04

Apothecary Art 05

Apothecary Art 06

Apothecary Art 07

I’ll miss it when it’s gone – but I’ve enjoyed it while it was current!  Hugs, Fran

You can see the retiring lists here. 


More Kinda Eclectic

Kinda Eclectic 04

I was playing around with Sympathy card designs and went back to one design that we did at Convention last year and just re-vamped it.  By changing just a few elements and adding the stamp Trust God, I came up with a card I like.  The small splatters you see on the card were created by splattering another card and getting the ink everywhere!  Ha!  Well, I’ll just say “I meant to do that!”  Hugs, Fran

Beautiful Sympathy

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This is a Pop It Ups Rectangular Accordion card using some Elizabeth Craft Design Flower Quartet peel off stickers, Silk microfine glitter and Copics to color it.  The Designer Series paper is from the SU Spring Mini – Painted Blooms – and it’s all tied off with some Hello Honey ribbon.  The paper is so gorgeous it’s hard to decide which piece to use!

Rectangular Accordion 05

I used the sentiment in Love & Sympathy for the inside.  It’s stamped in Wild Wasabi.  Els has a great video on YouTube on how to use the stickers with glitter and Copics.  They really make a card sparkle!  Hugs, Fran

Beautiful Paper Double High

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There is a piece of Designer Series paper called Painted Blooms (page 18) in the Occasions Mini that is so pretty it’s hard to cut into it!  I decided to make Karen Burniston’s Double High Katie Label Pop It Ups card with it so I could show off as much as possible the design.

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The sentiment is Petite Pairs and I used the Butterflies Thinlit and the Pop It Ups Paris Edges on the front and inside.  Here’s the link to make the Double High card – it’s one of my favorite techniques!  Hugs, Fran


Corner Garden

Corner Garden 01

I bought this stamp – Corner Garden (134045/134048) just to color with the new Blendabilities!  I used the most of the colors currently available as of today –

  • Cherry Cobbler   (Item #130995 – $11.95)
  • Coastal Cabana  (Item #131000 – $11.95)
  • Daffodil Delight   (Item #130998 – $11.95)
  • Old Olive   (Item #130999 – $11.95)
  • Pumpkin Pie  (Item #130997 – $11.95)
  • Rich Razzleberry  (Item #131003 – $11.95)
  • Skin Tone Assortment (Item #129370 – $22.95)
  • Memento Ink Pad (Item 132708 – $5.95 )
  • Memento Ink Refill (Item 133456 – $4.95 )
  • Color Lifter  (Item 129369 – $4.95 )

I just stamped the Corner Garden stamp on a 4 x 5 1/4 piece of Whisper White using Memento Tuxedo Black ink and started coloring. Fun, fun, fun!  Here’s a close up –

Corner Garden 01 detail



Stamp Sets – Corner Garden, Love & Sympathy, Papillon Potpourri

Card stock – Old Olive, Whisper White

Ink – Memento Tux Black, Daffodil Delight

Blendabilities – Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Rich Razzleberry, Cherry Cobbler

Etc – small butterfly punch

This is a great stamp for practicing your coloring!  Also today – buy 3 get 1 free on all DSP!  What a great chance to get your hands on the new Designer Series papers ! Hugs, Fran


Wildflower Meadow

This card is cased from one I got at convention during general swapping. The original was created by Diane Harman.  I changed the colors and sentiment – but used the layout. 

Stamp Sets – Wildflower Meadow, Petite Pairs
Card stock – Whisper White, Pistachio Pudding, Baked Brown Sugar
Ink – Pistachio Pudding, Baked Brown Sugar
Etc – Wildflower Meadow embossing folder, Oval punch, scalloped oval punch, pearls

I really like this color combo – very soothing.  Hugs, Fran

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