Some of my time in the studio today was spent making sympathy cards. Ouch, I know. You never want to have to use these, but reality being what it is, you do need them.
In this case, I used two challenges to help me make these cards. I used the color challenge over at Create with Connie and Mary. Then I used the sketch challenge at Stamping 411. (Ladies over at Stamping 411... I miss you! I haven't been able to do a challenge in several weeks. This is a shout out to your awesomeness. You inspire me constantly... thank you!)
I started with a Crumb Cake base. I stamped the floral swirl from Elements of Style set. On one card, I used Crumb Cake ink and on the other one I used Crumb Cake that I stamped off once. I stamped the flowers from the Close as a Memory stamp set on to Very Vanilla. I used my markers to color the flowers in Tangerine Tango and the stems in Old Olive (is that cheating?) I layered that on a piece of Early Espresso. Then I stamped the sentiment on Very Vanilla and used that punch (I forget the name and am too lazy to go look it up), and I layered that on a Tangerine Tango and popped that up. I used a strip of espresso behind the flower and used the edge punch again there. I added the half pearls on the edge punch and more of those on the flower centers. It gives it a touch of class that I just LOVE. Inside the card, I stamped the message from the Close as a Memory set, which says, "Your loved one will always be as close as a memory, and the God of all comfort as close as a prayer."
The real sad truth is my only living grandfather died this past week. He'd been really sick for a while and has spent the last several weeks in a hospice home, so it isn't like it was a surprise, but it is never easy. I made these beautiful cards to give my personal condolences to my grandmother, who'd been married to him for over 59 years and their only living child, my aunt. I know they'll like them and most importantly, I hope the cards convey my sympathy and understanding of their loss.
Thanks for looking...