Stampin’ Up! Ombre Inspired Thoughts Beauty of Friendship Sympathy Card

Happy Happy Hawwwmp Day, y’all!  Did you have some fun with the new 2021-2022 Annual Catalog yesterday!  Not gonna lie – I had a parrrtaaay!  My credit card was so grateful when my demo discount kicked in!  Not to say it wasn’t still bruised but…the wounds will recover!!  Let me know if you’d like to get in on that sweet deal-y-o…we’ve made it even SWEETER right now! 😉

While I wait for my new goodies to arrive, I used some old-new-goodies that I picked up in the past couple of weeks during the pre-order period (just another little perk of demonstratorship!).  I pulled out the Inspired Thoughts bundle and the Beauty of Friendship stamp set.  Look what happened when I paired them with new Ombre Specialty Paper.

I was playing along with the TGIF challenge this week!

This card is silly-easy to make so…buckle up!

I started by adhering a piece of the Gorgeous Grape Ombre Specialty Paper to a piece of Basic Black with Liquid Glue for the card front.

From another piece of Basic Black, I cut the big trees die from the Inspiring Canopy die set (bundled with Inspired Thoughts for a 10% savings!).  I used Liquid Glue to adhere the die cut to the card front – then trimmed the excess from the sides with my Paper Trimmer.

I stamped the Inspired Thoughts sentiment in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink on Gorgeous Grape and cut it with a Rectangle Stitched Die.

I popped the sentiment over the trees with Black Stampin’ Dimensionals.

To finish off the card front, I added some silver diamonds from the new Silver & Clear Epoxy Essentials.

On the inside, I stamped a second sentiment – one of my favorites! – from Inspired Thoughts in Gorgeous Grape on a Basic White panel.  Then I stamped the tree trunk, leaves and ground from the Beauty of Friendship stamp set in Smoky Slate.  A final silver Epoxy Essentials diamond by the tree finished it off.

I used Liquid Glue to adhere the panel to a Basic Black mat and into my Gorgeous Grape card base, popped the card front on with Black Stampin’ Dimensionals and the card was done.

My Basic White Medium Envelope got the Beauty of Friendship tree images in Smoky Slate on the front…

…and some Subtles 6″ x 6″ DSP in Highland Heather on the envelope flap.

Et Voila!  Wow!  I LOVE this Inspiring Canopy die!  And the bundled Inspired Thoughts set is chock-a-block full of wonderful sentiments.  Beauty of Friendship just seemed like a great complement to this bundle, too.  And…Ombre Specialty Paper.  Yikes – it is SO pretty!  The pack comes with Gorgeous Grape, Poppy Parade, Mango Melody and Night of Navy.  I can see making this exact card in all four of those colors – maybe just use a different sentiment pairing!

Did you know…BOTH these bundles are part of my Bundle #2 – It’s a Beautiful World bundle?  Yep.  ‘Tis!  Check it out right here.

If you’d like to recreate this card, all the products and card cuts are listed below!






Use this host code when you order $50 or greater and receive a free gift (AND the Monthly Card Tutorial) from me!  If your order is over $150, please do not use this code, but you’ll still get the free gift.  The free gift is your choice of any item valued up to $10.00 in any active Catalog!  That includes some of the Host Exclusive stamp sets!  See my Customer Rewards page for full details.

Note: Make sure that you can see my name on the final checkout page listed as your Demonstrator when you order so that you know that you’re ordering with me and you’ll get my rewards!

You’ll also be getting a link to my ZOOM The Craftroom (an exclusive TWICE-A-WEEK online event for my customers) and the monthly Online Tutorial.   The May Tutorial features the Pansy Patch Bundle!  

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Stamps-N-Lingers 2021-2022 Annual Catalog Special Bundles

Available Now

Special Bundles have sort of become a “thing” we do here, right? I gather up some goodies from the new Suites (and beyond!) in a new catalog that coordinate with each other and get you well on the way to making great cards and projects!  When you order them, you’ll save around 10-15% off ordering everything yourself!  And every Special Bundle includes a FREE GIFT! And remember – the prices I list INCLUDE SHIPPING & TAX!  So – those are the final costs to you! 🙂

Head over to my 2021-2022 Annual Catalog Special Bundles Page and take a gander at what I’ve put together for you.  Then, use the handy form at the end to get your order placed!

This is a LIMITED TIME OFFER – it ends on 18 May 2021!  So….don’t wait too long!

Stampin’ Up! Connect, Craft & Collect $25 Stampin’ Rewards Bonus

4 May – 14 June!!

From 4 May – 14 June,2021, qualifying Stampin’ Up! orders and parties over $250 will receive $25 in BONUS Stampin’ Rewards! Which means…MORE free goodies to kick off our new catalog!!


Stampin’ Rewards can be spent on any merchandise in either of the current catalogs, including the host exclusive items on pages 170-171 in the new Annual Catalog and page 88 in the January-June Mini Catalog!

Click this image to download a printable flyer with the details.

I can even set up a Host Code just for you – you give it to your friends and family – then they can order thru my Online Store, using that Host Code – to help you reach that $250 mark!  🙂  Holler at me if you have any questions or if you’d like me to set up a host code for you! You can drop me a note at

Stampin’ Up! Join+ Promotion 4 – 31 May!


May is a fabulous time to join Stampin’ Up! because you’ll get even MORE FREE products in your customizable Starter Kit! Whoo-hoo!

From May 4–31, you’ll get $125 $155 worth of products for only $99 + free business supplies + free shipping + all the fun being a part of Stampin’ Up!!

Here’s the Deets:

  • PROMOTION DATES: MAY 4–31, 2021
  • New demonstrators who purchase their Starter Kit between May 4 and May 31 will be able to redeem $155 of Starter Kit eligible products for $99.
  • New demonstrators who submit their Independent Demonstrator Agreement (IDA) before May 4 or after May 31 will not be eligible for this offer.
  • A new demonstrator can select any eligible Stampin’ Up! products up to the stated value.
  • The Starter Kit includes business resources like catalogs, brochures, order forms, and postcards at no additional charge.
  • The Starter Kit also includes a FREE past Paper Pumpkin kit.
  • The Starter Kit promotion begins May 4.
  • Deadline to purchase the Starter Kit and receive the extra $30 in free products: May 31, 2021 at 11:50 PM (MT).

In addition to the amazing added value to the Starter Kit, when you join Stampin’ Up! you get to be a part of our amazing community of crafters! Plus, you get to enjoy sharing simple and fun crafting experiences with others, early access to products, and exclusive access to training events! Demonstrators also get at least a 20% discount on all of the products that they purchase and there is no requirement to sell to anyone.

And – if you join with me (and become an official member of my Critters-N-Creatin’ Krew!) here’s some more goodness for you:

  • We have monthly team meetings via video conference where we talk about the latest happenings at Stampin’ Up! and share project ideas. We’re scattered all over the United States, but we get together in person online and have lots of fun chatting!
  • Access to my ZOOM The Craftroom virtual stamping get-togethers each week!
  • Free access to my online class tutorials.
  • A private Facebook page where we can chat, ask questions and share ideas.
  • Team giveaways and prizes! We do fun giveaways and prizes for sharing projects and for reaching sales and recruiting goals.
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Between now and Thursday, 6 May, and you’ll get 15% OFF STOREWIDE PLUS FREE SHIPPING on all Domestic orders over $100.  You don’t even need a coupon – the discounts will be applied during the checkout process.

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Get the Stampin’ Up! Products Used in This Project: 

Card Cuts Used in This Project:

Gorgeous Grape Cardstock: 4 1/4″ x 11″ (card base, scored and folded at 5 1/2″); Stitched Rectangle DIe Cut (sentiment)

Basic Black Cardstock: 4″ x 5 1/4″ (mats for card front and for inner liner)

Basic White Cardstock: 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ (inner liner)

Subtles 6″ x 6″ DSP in Highland Heather: envelope flap

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Finn Fan Fix 

On Tuesday, Cerah got to spend a big part of the day in the pasture.  She grazed and napped in the shed.  And ignored her daughter (or actively hid from her – which makes Cady crazy!).

She also drank a lot.  I went down to double check the trough when she was there getting a drink and was thrilled when….

Yep – she was feeling good enough to play in the hose.

And – she was ill as a hornet when there was STILL no hay in her stall!  😉

I think we’re on the mend.

Knock on wood….


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14 thoughts on “Stampin’ Up! Ombre Inspired Thoughts Beauty of Friendship Sympathy Card

  1. Such a pretty card! The clean design is perfect for a sympathy card. So happy to hear that your girl is back to playing again and that she’s mad that she can’t eat hay. Sounds like she’s definitely on the mend! 🙂

    • stampsnlingers

      I think we are! Tonight she gets a little hay so that’s going to make her much happier! Thanks so much, Amy! 🙂

  2. So happy to hear good news re Cerah. I love the ombre and diamonds. Seeing your card made me realize I ordered the incorrect stamp set yesterday. I meant to order the Inspired Thoughts Bundle. I wondered where the canopy die was when I ordered the Beauty of Friendship!

    • stampsnlingers

      LOL – yes, it’s easy to confuse the two until we get used to them! Well – next order! Thanks very much, Karen – we’re making progress! 🙂

  3. Oh, I truly hope and pray she is on the mend

  4. Susan K

    I think that’s the first time I’ve seen that ombré paper used and it’s perfect for a pretty sympathy card with the silhouetted trees. Love it.
    Fun video of Cerah. Glad she is feeling better; will keep sending good vibes her way.

    • stampsnlingers

      Thanks, Susan – will take all the help we can get! I was tickled to see her play in the hose. A glimpse at the “real” Cerah! 🙂

  5. Gerri K

    Mary, So glad Cerah is on the mend. It makes me feel so helpless when one of my pets is sick and I can’t help. It’s such a worry.
    I love this card!!! I must admit the ombre paper snuck right by me. It makes a perfect evening sky. Beautiful!! I just placed my order this morning and didn’t include that paper. Well, I have the rest of the year to order.

    • stampsnlingers

      I know – I didn’t think much of it in the catalog but…it’s gorgeous! And yes – the perfect night sky! Yep – animal illness is SO hard – you can’t get them to tell you in words – and YOU can’t tell THEM that what you’re doing to them is to help them. It’s hard – but…we’re on the right track, so… 🙂 Thanks very much!

  6. Elisha Smith

    Beautiful card, Mary!! That ombré works perfectly with the tree silhouettes 👍Very relieved to hear that Cerah is on the mend. I can’t imagine how exhausted you must be! Hugs and prayers 🙏

    • stampsnlingers

      It’s a young-person’s sport, that’s for sure! One week to go (fingers crossed!). Thanks so much, my friend! 🙂

  7. Tami Hewlett

    Beautiful card!!! Great idea to use that lovely ombre’ specialty paper in the background.

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