Thoughts and Prayers Sympathy Card

When I built this card to share with you today, I meant it as a “hip pocket” card.  You know – one that you have ready – in your hip pocket so to speak – in case a need arises.  Well, a need arose much more quickly than I anticipated.  My good friends back in Atlanta had to put their lab to sleep a couple of weeks back.  She’d been with them her whole life and it was a big loss for them.  I just found out at the beginning of the week – my friend wanted to spare me the upset on top of the stress of the job out here in California.  I sent this card right away – and hope that it brought them some comfort.

Thinking of You Sympathy Outside 1 watermarkedThis card started with some plain vellum card stock, which I background stamped with the Something Lacy stamp (a favorite of mine!).  One piece was done with white ink and the other in Sahara Sand.  I let the pieces dry for several days – it takes a while.  But, once it was “done”, the ink adheres nicely!  I inked up the tree from the Thoughts and Prayers set withNight of Navy and stamped it onto the Sahara Sand piece.  Then did the same with the sentiment.  And let both of THOSE dry for a while.  

I did a little coloring with my Crisp Cantaloupe and Strawberry Slush Stampin’ Write Markers on the white background.  You can color right on the front of the vellum (versus coloring the back of the preprinted vellum in the new SAB Sheer Perfection Designer Stack).  I didn’t add any color to the other, Sahara Sand, piece.  I edged both pieces with Night of Navy ink – just to finish them off a little. 

I cut two mats from Sahara Sand Card Stock, sponged both those edges with more Night of Navy, and then used Glue Dots to adhere the vellum to the mats.  I tried to get the glue dots under inked portions of the paper – and kept them as flat as possible so they wouldn’t show thru.

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I wrapped a length of Sahara Sand lace trim around the larger mat, taping it on the back.  Then I popped the mat onto my Night of Navy card base with Stampin’ Dimensionals.   And gave the top mat the same treatment.  About the time I got the card all ready for final embellishment, I got my new Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack (Thanks, Amy Koenders!) in the mail.  The little flower punch was exactly right – so I put a few of them on the tree with glue dots and then added some small pearls.  Done – and I love it! 🙂

For the inside, I used some more of the Sahara Sand card stock, sponged with Night of Navy.  I stamped the Thoughts and Prayers sentiment and the flowery flourish in Night of Navy as well.  Thinking of You Sympathy inside 1 watermarkedAt that point, I was thinking I’d wait until I got my last SU order in – with another pack of the Pearl Basic Jewels in it – because I wanted to accent the inside flowers with the teensy little pearls.  I’d done a silly thing, people.  I’d let myself run out of the tiniest pearls in the package.  And those were the only ones that would do for this card.  Don’t be like me – order early.  Order 2 or 3 packages at a time!! 🙂  Anyway – my need to send the card came up much faster than my order was going to arrive – so it went out as is.  Which I still like a lot.  And, hey – when I started to put the pearls on I might have changed my mind anyway!

So – I love this stamp set.  The sentiments are nice and the images are pretty and serene.  You can go spiritual or not-so-much.  Definitely consider adding it to your tool box – if you haven’t already!

As of today, 19 Mar 15 – there are only 12 days left to get in on Sale-A-Bration!  We’ve added some products that are now available as freebies:

New 17 Mar 15 SAB Items

These are items found in the Annual Catalog – so it’s a good opportunity to get some of those tools you’ve been meaning to add to your kit bag – for free!  This is, of course, in addition to the other great items still available in Sale-A-Bration!



March 1 – 31 HOSTESS CODE:  33QPV23V Use this hostess code when you order and receive a free gift from me!  But, if your order is over $150, please do not use this code (you’ll miss out on your own Stampin’ Rewards/Hostess $$ if you use it) but you’ll still get the free gift.  The free gift for February is your choice of any item valued up to $4.95 in either the 2014-15 Annual Catalog or the 2015 Occasions Catalog!

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Card Cuts Used in Today’s Project:
Night of Navy Card Stock: 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ (card base, scored and folded at 4 1/4″); Itty Bitty Flower accents
Sahara Sand Card Stock: 4 ” x 5 1/4″ (large mat); 3 1/8″ x 4 1/8″ (smaller mat); 4 1/4″ x 5 3/8″ (inner liner)
Vellum Card Stock: 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ (bottom piece, stamped in white); 3″ x 4″ (sentiment piece, stamped in Sahara Sand)
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You’ve been reading that the Blendies have been on ordering hold, due to quality issues in manufacturing. Due to the nature of the defect, Stampin’ Up! has concluded that difficulties, dissatisfaction, and product returns will only become more widespread. The manufacturer is unable to correct the problem in a manner the company is certain would meet our high quality standards and provide us with a stable, long-term solution. Therefore, after a great deal of deliberation and in order to prevent further disappointment, the Blendabilities product line has been discontinued. If you have Blendabilities that you feel are defective, please let me know and I’ll guide you through what to do next. Hopefully SU will find a new source for alcohol markers – you’ll know just as soon as I do!

Backorder Report – as of 18 Mar 15

Currently, the following items are on BACKORDER; backordered items will be available on or before the date indicated.

133660: Bordering Blooms Photopolymer Stamp Set–March 20
137414: Bow Builder Punch–March 20
131197: Bermuda Bay 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock–March 20
131195: 2013-2015 In Color Collection 12″ x 12″ Cardstock–March 20
131171: Bermuda Bay Classic Stampin’ Pad–March 23
132133: White Stampin’ Chalk Marker–March 30
131162: Brights Collection Classic Stampin’ Ink Refills–March 31
137364: Happy Heart Textured Impressions Embossing Folder–TBD
137366: Berry Basket Bigz L Die–TBD

Currently, the following items are NOT ORDERABLE:

131262: Regals Stampin’ Write Markers
126199: Stampin’ Pierce Mat
137866: Sahara Sand 7/8″ Lace Trim
137360: Butterflies Thinlits Die
139322: Butterfly Bundle (Wood)
139323: Butterfly Bundle (Clear)
138865: Butterfly Bundle (Photopolymer)
137898: Calypso Coral Pompom Trim
127811: 1-1/4″ Scallop Circle Punch

Currently, the following items have LOW INVENTORY and will move to the “Not Orderable” list (above) once our current inventory is depleted:

122332: Crumb Cake 1/2″ Seam Binding Ribbon

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6 thoughts on “Thoughts and Prayers Sympathy Card

  1. Beautiful card Mary! I’m sure that it did bring comfort to your friend. I love the little flower punches over the tree, a simple touch that adds a lot.

    Your story about running out of pearls made me smile…I order them at least 8 packs at a time. You can never have too much of a good thing! 😉

    • LOL. Maybe that’s the magic number! I just love the pearls – but don’t use the giant ones so much. The teensy ones are almost always perfect!

      Thanks 🙂

  2. mom

    Beautiful, Mary. I know they were touched by it, and know that you are with them in their sorrow. It is a graduate d card to have in your hip pocket. Wish it were in mine!

  3. I was pretty pleased with it – and hope they did like it! Thanks, Mom! 🙂

  4. Beautiful card Mary and I’m so sad for your friends loss but I’m sure they will be touched by your thoughtfulness and this beautiful card

  5. Thanks, Sandi! 😊

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