Feb 25 2010

Stamp Simply #128 – With Sympathy

With Sympathy – Today’s challenge is to make a sympathy card.  I seem to always be out of them, even though I make them often.  And when we need sympathy cards, it is usually without much notice.  So let’s add to our stash of sympathy cards today.  I know everyone is always looking for ideas for these cards that are not always the easiest to make — so let’s help each other out and let our ideas flow!

Remember to use Mr. Linky below!

Anyone is welcome and invited to play!  SCS Keyword is ssnotime128 for those who upload at SCS.  There is no time limit. You can play this challenge  anytime at all.  The point is to keep it simple, quick and have fun!!! Please link back here using Mr. Linky below.

Check out the samples today on the blogs of these fabulous designers:

Deb Neerman:  Paper, Ink, Scissors & Stamps - February Guest Designer

Barb Anders: Paper Pursuits;

Jennifer Buck: The Buck Stamps Here;

Jenny Gropp: One Krafty Kat;

Tammy Hershberger: Stamp Happy;

Janine Orchard: 2bKrafty; (taking the night off — have fun, Janine!)

AJ Otto: The Willow Garden;

Deb Saaranen: Dream In Color; and

Barb Schram: Explore. Dream. Discover.

Announcement:  And do you notice one name missing from our link list?  Yes, it’s Julie Koerber, Out to Impress.  Julie was the very first to join me in making samples for this challenge.  She wrote probably about 2 years ago to offer her services as a sample maker.  Gosh, someone actually wanted to help with my challenges — I was amazed!!!  Needless to say, I jumped at the chance and I can’t tell you how I hate to see Julie leave.  But Julie has her hands full in many other endeavors and we all know about time constraints, so we just wish Julie our best and hope she comes to play along with us sometime, just for fun!  THANK YOU, JULIE!  You will be missed!!!

Please bear with us all as we each upload and link on Thursday night.  Everyone should be up and set by Friday morning.

You may see all SCS Gallery Submissions here.

And here’s my sympathy card for today:


This is, without question, the most unusual sympathy card I have ever made.  But today it just seemed right.  I made this card for a mother and her young children, mourning the loss of their husband/father.  When I saw this sheet of paper with the air balloons floating up into the sky, I thought it just perhaps may fit the bill, so I tried.  I find these balloons to be somewhat peaceful drifting up, so I hope the recipients do as well.


I used a simple but comforting sentiment from JustRite’s Thinking of You.  This is my *go to* set when I need a sympathy card.  It is made to fit the Large Oval Stamper, but today I merely stamped my sentiment and used my paper cutter to cut a rectangular shape, punching my corners with the SU Ticket Corner Punch.  I thought this Fancy Tag by Spellbinders fit well with the paper so I layered it under the sentiment.

Please keep Shannan and her children in your prayers as they try to continue on. 


Stamps:  Thinking of You by JustRite, used on the Large Oval Stamper

Paper:  SU Vanilla, Bordering Blue, More Mustard, Chocolate Chip; Prism Blush Red Dark; Webster’s Page Postcards from Paris DP

Ink:  Memento Rich Cocoa; Copics to Color

Accessories:  3/4″ Velvet Ribbon by May Arts, Fancy Tags dies by Spellbinders, Kaiser Pearls, SU Ticket Corner Punch


Thank you so much for stopping in again today.  I truly appreciate you taking the time to check in.  JustRite posts a fun challenge each Friday on their blog, so you may want to check that out as well at the JustRite Blog!  Have a wonderful weekend and I’ll be back on Saturday night with the Blog Candy winner. 

22 responses so far

22 Responses to “Stamp Simply #128 – With Sympathy”

  1. Deb Neerman says:

    WoWzA, Sharon, I think this paper is fabulous! LOVE it … such a unique and beautiful sympathy card!

  2. Jerri Kay says:

    It’s a beautiful card Sharon, I’m sure it will bring comfort to the recipient.

  3. Beautiful card! The paper is wonderful & especially nice for children in mourning. Peaceful and hopeful. TFS!

  4. pam barker says:

    What a beautiful card. Love the ballons

    Thanks for sharing
    God Bless

  5. Colleen says:

    This is a beautiful sympathy card. I does seem especially appropriate for a family. I’m so sorry they lost their father/husband.

  6. Charlene says:

    Sharon, this is a lovely, peaceful card. I’ve been in a hot air balloon and there is a quiet peace (except when it’s firing, of course) when simply floating above the earth. There’s a feeling that even speech is unnecessary.

  7. Kathie says:

    I agree that the balloons are most fitting for this unique and beautiful sympathy card! You have designed every part of this to look so peaceful. Thanks again for being so inspiring and creative and sharing it with us!!

  8. This is so beautiful and I’m sure will bring great comfort to this mourning family! Thanks for the fun challenge idea … I’ll be back later with a creation!

  9. Patricia Austin says:

    I hope you don’t mind but I am so inspired by this sympathy card and I agree the balloons look so peaceful floating towards heaven. What a wonderful picture for this wife and children. Outstanding

  10. Charlette Finley says:

    Love this card Sharon. The hot air balloons are wonderful! Always wanted to take a ride in one. Thanks for sharing. Have a great day.

  11. renee says:

    You’re right. It is unusual, but it actually works. Great job..

  12. Deb Saaranen says:

    Just gorgeous Sharon! I was contemplating this sheet in the pack…what a design with it!

  13. What a great, unique design Sharon! I think it’s just perfect for the recipient!

  14. Velta says:

    Sharon your card is beautiful…and I think the ballons are perfect, especially for the boys…Thank you for giving us her blog addy…Shannan has had sooo many comments and I am sure your blog buds helped when they came here! You are a generous person!!

  15. I think this card is perfect for this recipient, Sharon. Especially for the children. Gorgeous design.

  16. Bev J. says:

    Sharon, that is a great sympathy card -would fit both genders and as you said good for the children as well.

  17. This was a wonderful challenge. I am always, always, always running out of sympathy cards. Thank you.

  18. Maxine D says:

    My cardis on the SNR group for Layers of Color as I posted the card there. Hope you don’t mind!!

  19. cards4u says:

    I am so sorry to hear about Shannan’s loss. Thank you for sharing this with us. I will be praying for their family. I think your card will be much appreciated. It’s so kind of you to be thinking about everyone – love the symbolism of the balloons rising upward!

  20. Gorgeous card…those balloons are so brightly coloured, it would pick up anyone’s spirit.

    aka Celticrafter

  21. shannon says:

    you’re right! never have one when i need it…HATE to have to make them…just because of the nature of it. But i’m sure there will be lots of inspiration here to stock the stash.

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