Sunday, April 29, 2018


Beginning this week, I will use one Sunday per month to focus on Sympathy cards. While we don't like to need them, as my 'old soul' granddaughter will tell you, it's part of the circle of life.

Sadly, this past week I needed four of them. They were all in regards to the same person but because the kids no longer live at home, I wanted to send one to each of them as well as his wife.

Ron Booth was a character. We didn't always get along but when it came to my caring for his children, he knew I was the best. One time when the youngest decided to run away from home (she was 6), he called me. Last words she uttered as she stormed out the door - "I'm going to my Kelly. She loves me."

You see, these kids were family. We loved all three equally but held a special bond with one. The youngest had been in our daycare from the time she was seven weeks old until she started Kindergarten. I homeschooled her through Pre-School and was her room mother in Kindergarten and First Grade. Peaches has always been my other daughter.  To find out more about her, this family and see the other two cards I made using retired sets, please visit KellysCreativeDreams.

This week I focused on a 'keeper' set and a 'retiring' set. If you like either of these cards, there are just a few short weeks left to grab the retiring set - Thoughts and Prayers

Thoughts & Prayers Clear-Mount Stamp Set
127805     Price$19.00
Here's the card I made:

I was inspired by THIS card on Pinterest by kathykag on splitcoaststampers She made her version as part of our Virtual Stamp Night event in 2011.

The closest I could come to a 'subdued' DSP was the Coffee Break

Coffee Break Designer Series Paper
144155   Price$11.00
I didn't have any current ribbon to match but thought the burlap ribbon worked well so used that and eliminated the second mat below the image.  I also added two pearls in the top right - one for Ron and one for Josie then five tiny pearls in the tree... one for each of them and their three children... Jessica, Vincent, Kassandra

Card Base - Soft Suede
Mats - Early Espresso
DSP side panel
      Early Espresso - 1-3/4" x 5-1/4"
      DSP - 1-1/2" x 5"
Sentiment Panel
      Early Espresson - 3-1/2" x 2-3/4"
      Very Vanilla - 3-1/4" x 2-1/2"
      Sentiment stamped in Early Espresso
Ribbon - 4" 
       cut each end at an angle in opposite direction - point down on one end - up on the other

Card Number Two is for Vincent

I think the only thing more difficult than making a sympathy card, is making one for a guy. I was inspired by THIS card from Amanda Bates at thecraftspa  
Her card is square where I've made Vincent's a top fold. I think the position adds a bit more depth. I used the same technique as Amanda but I chose Night of Navy rather than the Basic Black that she used.

Card base - Whisper White
First Mat - Night of Navy - 3-1/4" x 4-3/4"
Sentiment Mat - Whisper White - 3" x 4-1/2"
       Thinking of You is from Thoughts & Prayers

For the inside sentiment I used one from Heartfelt Sympathy. I stamped it in Night of Navy then used heat embossing with clear embossing powder.

Remembering the life of 
someone so special,
and sending thoughts of
sympathy and peace.

Bob is gone for the day so I'm going to focus on getting posts set for the week.
All this week we'll be focusing on different ways to use the new SHARE WHAT YOU LOVE Suite that is available for you to order beginning May 2nd. I can't wait for you to see AND the first special I've offered in a very long time. I look forward to you joining me on this journey as I share what I love with you.

Creative Blessings!

1 comment:

  1. Love your take on my Waterfront card Kelly...and so glad you didn’t repeat my ink pad ‘booboo’... and love your other card too... Thank you so much for letting me know...means a lot..