The Most Important Cards We can Make

As card-makers, we have a hobby that brings joy to ourselves in the process of creating and in sharing our hobby with others, but we also multiply that joy to the world around us as we give or mail our cards to others. While admittedly not the most joyful occasion, I believe the most important cards we can make are sympathy cards. When someone has lost a loved one, the simple act of receiving a card in the mail can make all the difference in the grieving process. Unfortunately, I can speak all too well to what receiving a sympathy card in the mail can mean to a person. Therefore, I always like to have a supply of Sympathy Cards on hand so that I can pop one out in the mail right away. I found myself without any sympathy cards on hand and needed to replenish my supply.

The stamp set is the Forever Fern and I used the coordinating Forever Flourishing Dies. The Sentiment comes from the Peaceful Moments stamp set.

I like to keep sympathy cards simple and I think this card fills that role. With only White Cardstock, and 1 color of ink and Cardstock, you can make a simple but elegant card. In this case I used Misty Moonlight cardstock and ink. I really love this shade of blue; not too light or dark. But I also wanted to make this card in another color so I made in Pretty Peacock as well. Let’s take a look:

Feeling like I needed another color, I kept thinking I wanted something in the purple family, but somehow nothing was speaking to me. But then I remembered Fresh Fig, not really purple but still in that family. So I pulled out my retired stash of cardstock and made this again:

Here’s a photo of the dozen cards that I made:

So which color do you like best? Please leave me a comment with your favorite, or a suggestion for a different color. You know I love hearing from you.

I hope you don’t need to make any Sympathy Cards any time soon, but if you do, use this simple layout and share some love with someone whose heart is hurting. Trust me, it will be the most important card you’ll ever make!

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Cabana Madness

This week is birthday week at the Gleason house!  3 daughters, 1 son-in-law, 8 days!  Whew! My card making  madness was in overdrive!  Boy, does that make me happy!

Soft, cool blue is Jenn’s color; just like the color of her eyes.  Coastal Cabana just shouted “use me for Jenn’s card, use me!”.  And so Coastal Cabana and Whisper White were chosen as the color palette.  Cabana Madness

Mosaic Madness, the new stamp set with a coordinating punch were all calling out to be used.  I love that this stamp set has several different patterns of the same stamp; they work perfectly together but yet are different enough to provide just enough interest.  When a punch can pop out a perfectly cut shape in a single squeeze, I’m a happy camper!  These five shapes were stamped up and punched out in no time.  1 down, 3 to go.  Come back tomorrow for more birthday wishes.

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Mosaic Madness Stamp Set & Punch Bundle Clear # 130249      Wood # 130246
Mosaic Madness Stamp Set & Punch Bundle
Clear # 130249 Wood # 130246

Coastal Cabana  Classic Ink Pad # 131175
Coastal Cabana
Classic Ink Pad
# 131175

Whisper White  8-1/2" x 11"   Card Stock # 100730
Whisper White
8-1/2″ x 11″
Card Stock # 100730