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March 2012

Hanging Pennants

Hello!

Now that Spring has arrived and the weather is tempting us outdoors, we begin to think about all the fun things we can do outside the house.  At my house, the focus has been cleaning up the yard from the Spring deluge of leaves and pollen tassels from the oak trees and trimming back the plants and bushes from frost damage.  Of course, this means that with all the pollen falling and blowing around, the allergy effects are out of control--argh!  I'd love to have the house open to enjoy the beautiful weather, but it just makes things worse with the nose, throat, and lungs.  Bummer!  Thankfully, the worst will be over in few more weeks.  I hope.

The last few weekends, my husband and I have been enjoying the weather by giving our Walt Disney World Annual Passes a bit of a workout at Epcot.  The Flower & Garden Festival is going on now and I'm loving all the wonderful colors of the flowers, the beautiful gardens, and the awesome displays surrounding the character topiaries.  That's the best part of Spring:  all the color!  

This brings me to today's project using the Sweet Shop Specialty Designer Series Paper.  I just love how the colors are used in all these papers and making them into pennants seemed to be the best way to showcase all the fun designs.   

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These 6" x 6" scrapbook pages begin with a base page of Lucky Limeade Textured cardstock.  The stamping and punching diagram below shows how the dashed line image from the Pennant Parade stamp set was used to create stitch lines on 4 of the 6 designs of the Sweet Shop Specialty Designer Series Paper and the three ink colors used to stamp the scallop edge pennant image.  Two other paper designs were also stamped with dashed line image using Calypso Coral ink:  the all over cakes and pies design and the all over candy pieces design.  The Petite Pennants Builder punch was used to punch out all the stamped images.  In addition, the pennants punched from the multi-colored hearts design, the all over cakes and pies design, and the all over candy pieces design were trimmed close to the dashed line using Paper Snips. The Petite Pennants Builder punch was also used to punch a variety of cardstocks:  Calypso Coral and Lucky Limeade smooth cardstocks; and Wisteria Wonder and Pool Party Textured cardstocks.

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The pennants were assembled and a 1/8" hole was punched at the top corner of each pennant using the Crop-A-Dile.  Then the pennants were strung together using a triple strand of Baker's Twine comprised of Lucky Limeade, Calypso Coral, and Wisteria Wonder Baker's Twine.  [I used a Dental Floss Threader to make it easier to thread the Baker's Twine through the holes.]  Each end of the triple strand was pulled through a "flag pole" and knotted.  The "flag pole" is a piece of Soft Suede Textured cardstock with a 1/8" hole punched at the top of the pole.  The "flag poles" were adhered to the base pages at an angle with SNAIL and the bottom of the pole was trimmed flush with the bottom of the base page.  The pennants were adhered to the base page with Stampin' Dimensionals. 

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You'll note that there are 5 pennants built for each scrapbook page, but only three are flying.  This is because the remaining two pennants for each page are used for page embellishments.  These pennants are also threaded with a triple strand of Baker's Twine; however, the Baker's Twine is knotted at each side of the pennant.  These pennants are also adhered to the pages with Stampin' Dimensionals.

Shorter "flag poles" were used to hang the pennants on the 3" x 6" greeting cards.

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The single pennants were used to embellish the Whisper White cardstock liner placed at the inside sentiment area of each card.

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A piece of the multi-colored hearts design paper was adhered to the flap of the Small Open-End Envelope.

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The SASS Stamp Club enjoyed making these scrapbook pages (and coordinating cards for the non-scrapbooking members).  We agreed that these pages would be great for documenting events at County Fairs, Birthday Parties, Baby activities, picnics, and visits to the Zoo.  I'm sure you could think of many others.  There are a number of small word images included in the Pennant Parade stamp set and I encouraged the SASS Stamp Club members to stamp these words on the cardstock scraps and punch them out with 3/4" and 1" circle punches so that they could be adhered to the hanging pennants or page embellishment pennants when they add their photos to the pages.

Oh, by the way, the Sweet Shop Specialty Designer Series Paper is only available until the end of April from the Occasions Mini Catalog.  Be sure to place your order for this fun paper soon!  Also, this is the last week of Sale-A-Bration.  If you ordered the Sweet Shop Specialty Designer Series Paper ($12.95), the Petite Pennants Builder punch ($16.95), the clear mount version of the Pennant Parade stamp set ($16.95), and the three packages of the Baker's Twine used for the scrapbook pages and cards ($2.95 each), you'd be able to select one of the great Sale-A-Bration items for FREE!  If you add the packages of cardstock and inks used to create these pages, you'd be able to select a second Sale-A-Bration item for FREE! [Whisper White ($8.50); 2011-2013 In Color 8 1/2" x 11" smooth ($6.95); 2011-2013 In Color 12" x 12" Textured ($11.95); Neutrals Textured ($11.95); Calypso Coral, Lucky Limeade, and Wisteria Wonder Stampin' Pads ($5.95 each)]  Plus, you'd have lots of materials left over to make more scrapbook pages and greeting cards!

Robertssiggy

Stamps:  Pennant Parade; Inks:  Calypso Coral, Lucky Limeade, Wisteria Wonder; Cardstock:  Calypso Coral, Lucky Limeade, Lucky Limeade Textured, Pool Party Textured, Soft Suede Textured, Whisper White, Wisteria Wonder Textured; Designer Series Paper:  Sweet Shop Specialty; Embellishments:  Calypso Coral Baker's Twine, Lucky Limeade Baker's Twine, Wisteria Wonder Baker's Twine; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools:  Paper Cutter/Scorer, Paper Snips, Bone Folder, Crop-A-Dile (1/8" hole punch), Petite Pennants Builder punch; Other:  Page Protectors, Small Open-End Envelope; Non-Stampin' Up!:  Dental Floss Threader


Butterflies & Doilies

Hello!

Yesterday I mentioned that I had a couple of cards to share with you before we get to the end of Sale-A-Bration.  Yesterday's card focused on items that were designed specifically for Sale-A-Bration.  Today's card features a stamp set that you can find in the 2011-2012 Idea Book & Catalog that is available for FREE (with a qualifying merchandise order) only during Sale-A-Bration:  Kindness Matters.  This is one of the first stamp sets that I purchased when the new catalog was released because the images were just so lovely.  Unfortunately, I let it get buried under other stuff and forgot all about it until I saw it again in the Sale-A-Bration brochure.  Bad Mickey!

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I love the Pink/Brown color combination; it's just so fun!  This card begins with a card base of Chocolate Chip cardstock.  Randomly stamped with Versamark ink across the card front is a pretty doily image from the Delicate Doilies stamp set.  I chose this image because it is contained in the lacy print of the Pretty in Pink paper I chose from the Flirtatious Specialty Designer Series Paper to create the focal point.  The paper was matted with Melon Mambo and Pretty in Pink cardstocks and adhered to the card front with SNAIL. 

The medallion at the center of the focal point begins with a piece of Pretty in Pink cardstock stamped with the butterflies image from the Kindness Matters stamp set using Versamark ink.  The "Thanks" and flourish image were stamped over the center of the butterflies using Melon Mambo ink.  The cardstock was inserted into the Large Oval punch, the words centered inside the punch window, and punched.  The large oval was placed, centered, on a piece of Chocolate Chip cardstock punched with the Decorative Label punch.  A piece of Melon Mambo 1/2" Dotted Scallop ribbon was folded over at the top to create a loop--Sticky Strip was used to adhere the ribbon.  The bottom end of the ribbon was cut with Paper Snips to create a fish tail.  The looped ribbon was adhered to the back of the Decorative Label punch with a piece of Sticky Strip.  The medallion was adhered to the focal point with Stampin' Dimensionals.

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The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  The butterflies image was stamped near the upper center of the liner using Pretty in Pink ink.  The thank you sentiment was stamped over the butterflies using Melon Mambo ink.

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The butterflies image was stamped again on the Medium Whisper White Envelope flap using Pretty in Pink ink.  The "Thanks" and flourishes image was stamped over the butterflies using Melon Mambo ink.

This card was designed as the Thank You card for all the great folks who placed orders with me in March.  There's still time for you to receive one of these pretty cards when you take advantage of all the great perks you can earn by placing a merchandise order during Sale-A-Bration.  But you'll need to hurry...Sale-A-Bration ends on March 31st.

Robertssiggy

Stamps:  Delicate Doilies, Kindness Matters; Inks:  Melon Mambo, Pretty in Pink, Versamark; Cardstock:  Chocolate Chip, Melon Mambo, Pretty in Pink, Whisper White; Designer Series Paper:  Flirtatious Specialty; Embellishments:  Melon Mambo 1/2" Dotted Scallop ribbon; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals, Sticky Strip; Tools:  Paper Cutter/Scorer, Paper Snips, Bone Folder, Decorative Label punch, Large Oval punch; Other:  Medium Whisper White Envelope


A Vintage (Type) Birthday Card

Hi there!

With Sale-A-Bration coming to a close on March 31st, I have a couple more cards I want to share with you that highlight some of the great products you can select for FREE (with a qualifying purchase of $50 in Stampin' Up! merchandise).  The first is a birthday card.

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This card begins with a card base of Lucky Limeade cardstock; the edges of the card front sponged with Soft Suede ink.  Pieces of Everyday Enchantment Designer Series Paper were adhered to a panel of Calypso Coral (the edges of the Designer Series Paper and Calypso Coral were sponged with Soft Suede ink).  The sponge with Soft Suede ink was swiped across a piece of Pool Party 3/8" Ruffled ribbon.  The ribbon was placed on the front of the Calypso Coral/Designer Series Paper panel to cover the line where the two pieces of Designer Series Paper meet and the ends of the ribbon folded to the back of the Calypso Coral panel and adhered in place with SNAIL. The Calypso Coral panel was adhered, centered, on the Lucky Limeade card front using SNAIL.

The Soft Suede sponge was swiped across the front and back of a second piece of Pool Party 3/8" Ruffled ribbon.  The ribbon was formed into a bow and placed between the open legs of a brad from the Everyday Enchantment Ribbon & Brad pack.  The brad legs were crossed and folded over on the back of the ribbon.  Mini Glue dots were placed on the back of the bow and the bow was placed at the center of the ribbon on the card front.  Paper Snips were used to trim the tails of the bow.

The large medallion image from the Fresh Vintage stamp set was inked with Pool Party ink, stamped on a scrap piece of paper, and then stamped a second time on a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock.  [A process called "stamping off".]  The "Happy Birthday" sentiment from the Elementary Elegance stamp set was stamped over the Pool Party image stamped on the Very Vanilla cardstock using Calypso Coral ink.  The cardstock was inserted into the paper slot of the Curly Label punch centering the "Happy Birthday" in the punch window and punched.  The sides of the punched cardstock were sponged with Soft Suede ink.  A piece of Pool Party cardstock was placed on the Curly Label punch window and run through the Big Shot using the Movers & Shapers Curly Label Bigz XL die.  The edges of the inside piece of the die cut Curly Label shape were sponged with Soft Suede ink.  The Very Vanilla Curly Label punched "Happy Birthday" was adhered, centered, on the Pool Party die cut Curly Label.  Stampin' Dimensionals were placed on the back of the die cut and the sentiment was placed at the center of the top piece of Designer Series Paper. 

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The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock; the edges sponged with Soft Suede ink.  The large medallion image from the Fresh Vintage stamp set was inked with Pool Party ink, stamped on a piece of scrap paper, and stamped a second time at the upper center of the liner.  A lovely birthday sentiment from the On Your Birthday stamp set was stamped at the center of the Pool Party image using Calypso Coral ink.

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The large medallion image from the Fresh Vintage stamp set was inked with Pool Party ink, stamped on a scrap piece of paper, and stamped a second time at the lower left front corner of the Medium Very Vanilla Envelope.  The "Happy Birthday" sentiment from the Elementary Elegance stamp set was stamped over the medallion image using Calypso Coral ink.  The stamped area was made a bit more vintage by lightly tapping the sponge with Soft Suede ink over the stamped images.

This card is a mix of Sale-A-Bration items:  the Fresh Vintage stamp set, the Elementary Elegance stamp set, the Everyday Elegance Ribbon & Brad Pack, and the Everyday Elegance Designer Series Paper.  These items were designed specifically for Sale-A-Bration and will no longer be available after March 31st.  So if you are interested in any one of these items, or any of the other Sale-A-Bration specific items--like the Outlined Occasions stamp set, the Sprinkled Expressions stamp set, the Home Sweet Home Decor Elements, the One Big Sale-A-Bration CD, or the Piece of Cake Ensemble CD--please be sure to place your order before the end of the month before these items are gone forever.

Robertssiggy

Stamps:  Elementary Elegance, Fresh Vintage, On Your Birthday; Inks:  Calypso Coral, Pool Party, Soft Suede; Cardstock:  Calypso Coral, Lucky Limeade, Pool Party, Very Vanilla; Designer Series Paper:  Everyday Enchantment; Embellishments:  Pool Party 3/8" Ruffled ribbon, Everyday Enchantment Ribbon & Brad Pack; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Mini Glue Dots; Tools:  Paper Cutter/Scorer, Bone Folder, Sponge, Paper Snips, Curly Label punch, Big Shot w/XL Cutting Plates, Movers & Shapers Curly Label Bigz XL die; Other:  Medium Very Vanilla Envelope


An Enchanted Thank You

Hi there!

The yellow haze of oak pollen is pretty thick in these parts; so as a result, congestion and coughing and sneezing, and a raw nose are my life right now.  It's all part of the rites of Spring.  Yippee!

On the brighter side, one of the best parts of late Winter and early Spring, in Stampin' Up! terms, is Sale-A-Bration.  This year's selection of FREE merchandise (with a qualifying merchandise order of $50) is the best yet; especially the items that were designed just for Sale-A-Bration.  I'm particularly in love with the Everyday Enchantment Designer Series Paper.  I've been showing you the projects I've made with the Sale-A-Bration products; however, I forgot to show you one of the prettiest I made--the invitation for my Sale-A-Bration workshops.  I also used this card design for my January order Thank You cards.

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I first saw this card demonstrated by Catherine Harwood at her demonstrator downline meeting.  I just love how the Lace Ribbon Border punch is used on this card.  We begin with a piece of Lucky Limeade cardstock cut to 4 1/4" x 11" and scored at 5 1/2" on the 11" length.  Place the cardstock into the punch with the score line approximately 1/8" to the left of the start line of the punch image.  (Look for the silver line on the flat plate located left of center.  I've added a line with a Sharpie so that you can see it better.)

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Punch the cardstock and then slide it to the left and match up the punched area with the image on the punch flat plate.  Punch a second time.  Remove the cardstock from the punch and flip it over to punch the opposite side.  Repeat the process used to punch the first side.  Using Lucky Limeade ink and a sponge, sponge the edges of the punched areas, the top edge of the card front, the bottom edge of the card front, and the edges of the center (un-punched) panel.

The center panel begins with a piece of Pool Party cardstock; the edges of the cardstock sponged with Pool Party ink and adhered, centered, to the center panel.  A piece of Lucky Limeade/Pool Party patterned Everyday Enchantment Designer Series Paper was cut slightly smaller than the Pool Party panel, the edges sponged with Lucky Limeade ink, and adhered, centered on the Pool Party cardstock.  A piece of Very Vanilla 3/8" Taffeta ribbon (Retired) was wrapped around the bottom of the center panel and knotted on the card front.

The focal point begins with a piece of Pool Party cardstock embossed with the oval Designer Frames Textured Impressions embossing folder.  Then the piece was die cut with the 2 3/16" x 2 5/8" Labels Collection Framelits.  The edges of the die cut/embossed piece were sponged with Pool Party ink.  The inked sponge was also rubbed across the raised embossing to bring it into higher relief.  A piece of Very Vanilla cardstock was stamped with the "THANKS so much" sentiment from the Sincere Salutations stamp set and punched with the Large Oval punch (1 3/8" x 2").  [The "You're Invited" sentiment, also from the Sincere Salutations stamp set was used for the workshop invitations.]  The small bird from the Elementary Elegance stamp set was stamped under the sentiment using Pool Party ink.  The edges of the punched oval were sponged with Pool Party ink and adhered to the center of the embossed frame.  The frame was adhered to the card front using Stampin' Dimensionals.

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The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with Very Vanilla cardstock at the center (so that it's not visible from the card front).  The edges of the cardstock were sponged with Lucky LImeade ink.  A sentiment from the Petite Pairs stamp set was used for the Thank You cards; stamping the sentiment with Lucky Limeade ink and adding the small bird in between the two parts of the sentiment using Pool Party ink.  For the workshop invitations, the small bird was stamped three times on the cardstock (near the top, at the middle, and near the bottom edge).  The workshop invitation information was printed on Vellum, cut to the size of the cardstock, and adhered to the cardstock, matching all the edges.

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The "THANKS so much" sentiment was stamped at the lower left front corner of the Medium Very Vanilla Envelope and the small bird image was added to the left of the sentiment using Pool Party ink.  [The same process was used for the "You're Invited" sentiment for the workshop invitations.]

For one of the workshops, I made a set of these notecards using six of the sentiments in the Sincere Salutations stamp set and the corresponding sentiments from the Petite Pairs stamp set as the Hostess Gift.  For these cards, I replaced the Very Vanilla 3/8" Taffeta ribbon (Retired) with Pool Party 3/8" Ruffled ribbon. 

With Mother's Day coming soon, a set of these cards would be a great gift.  Of course, they're also a great gift for co-workers and friends for any occasion.  OR what about making a stack just for yourself?

Robertssiggy

Stamps:  Elementary Elegance, Petite Pairs, Sincere Salutations; Inks:  Lucky Limeade, Pool Party; Cardstock:  Lucky Limeade, Pool Party, Very Vanilla; Designer Series Paper:  Everyday Enchantment; Embellishments:  Very Vanilla 3/8" Taffeta ribbon (Retired) or Pool Party 3/8" Ruffled ribbon; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools:  Paper Cutter/Scorer, Paper Snips, Bone Folder, Sponge, Large Oval punch, Lace Ribbon Border punch, Big Shot w/Standard Cutting Plates, Multi-Purpose Platform, Designer Frames Textured Impressions embossing folders, Labels Collection Framelits; Other:  Medium Very Vanilla Envelope


With Sympathy

Hello there.  Happy Wednesday!

Today's project features a card that I made for a good friend who lost her brother (and only remaining blood relative) unexpectedly.  How do you express your condolences when you know that the person receiving the card is hurting so very badly?  All I could think was that I needed to find a way to bring some sense of comfort to my friend at a very difficult time.

So I sat and thought about my friend's brother and the memories I had of him teasing his sister and me about our long hours of tennis practice, our study habits, and just general nonsense directed toward two teenage girls; usually delivered on his way out the door to the fire station.  He reminded me quite a bit of his father, another incorrigible tease, with his sense of humor.  My friend also shares that wonderful sense of humor.  Coming from a huge, prolific family, it is hard for me to understand the loss that my friend must be feeling knowing that all her relatives are now gone.  Fortunately, she has a large base of in-laws and life long friends that I know she'll be able to depend upon to help her through these next few months as she works to disposition her brother's affairs and come to terms with her grief.

So taking all this into account, this card just seemed to form itself.

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I knew I wanted my card to look soft and comforting, so I pulled out the Bordering on Romance stamp set and some watercolor paper.  I stamped the flower bouquet on two pieces of watercolor paper using Staz-On Jet Black ink and added color to the flowers and leaves (and the medium complete flower of the second stamped image) using an AquaPainter and the color squeezed onto the inside of the stamp pad lid.  The colors used for the flowers are Blushing Bride and Regal Rose.  The colors for the leaves are Pear Pizzazz and Lucky Limeade.  Once the watercolor paper dried, I used the Labels Collection Framelits (2 3/16" x 2 5/8") to die cut the image.  For the second stamped image, I used Paper Snips to cut out the medium complete flower and placed it over its corresponding flower image on the first stamped image with Stampin' Dimensionals.  Pear Pizzazz 3/8" Pleated Satin ribbon was attached to the back of the die cut image with Sticky Strip and Basic Pearls were added to the center of each flower:  5 mm for the large and medium flowers, 3 mm for the small flower, and 2 mm for each of the tiny flowers. 

The card base is Basic Gray cardstock.  One edge of a piece of Basic Gray patterned paper from the Twitterpated Designer Series Paper was die cut using the scallop border die cut from the Adorning Accents Edgelits.  The die cut edge of the paper was sponged with Basic Gray ink and adhered along the bottom edge of the card front.  One edge of a panel of Blushing Bride cardstock was die cut using the curved edge die cut from the Adorning Accents Edgelits.  The curved border image, from the Bordering on Romance stamp set, was inked with Blushing Bride ink and stamped approximately 1/2"  inside the die cut curved border and then the curved edge was embossed with the corresponding folder from the Adorning Accents Textured Impressions embossing folders in between the die cut edge and the stamped border image.  The remainder of the panel was randomly stamped with the small flower image using Blushing Bride ink.  The edges of the cardstock were sponged with Blushing Bride ink and the sponge was rubbed across the embossed edge to bring the raised area into higher relief.  To complete the card front panel, a second piece of Basic Gray patterned Designer Series Paper was die cut with the Labels Collection Framelits (2 13/16" x 3 5/16"), the die cut edges sponged with Basic Gray ink, and the piece adhered to the center of the Blushing Bride panel.  The Blushing Bride panel was adhered to the card front aligning the top, left and right sides of the panel with the top (fold), left and right sides of the card front.  The focal point was placed at the center of the die cut Designer Series Paper using Stampin' Dimensionals stacked two high at the back center of the die cut.

The sentiment, from the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set, was stamped on Whisper White cardstock using Regal Rose ink and punched out with the Word Window punch.  The edges of the punched cardstock were sponged with Blushing Bride ink.  The sentiment was placed at the center of a piece of Basic Gray cardstock punched with the Modern Label punch and the punched edges sponged with Basic Gray ink.  The sentiment was adhered below the focal point using Stampin' Dimensionals.

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The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Whisper White cardstock; the edges sponged with Basic Gray ink.  The branch of tiny flowers and buds was stamped at the upper left corner using Basic Gray ink.  The image was watercolored using Blushing Bride/Regal Rose for the flowers and buds and Pear Pizzazz/Lucky Limeade for the leaves; picking up the ink pressed to the inside of the stamp pad lid with the Blender Pen.  A piece of Basic Gray patterned paper from the Twitterpated Designer Series Paper was die cut using the curved border die from the Adorning Accents Edgelits and the edges sponged with Basic Gray ink.  The die cut piece was adhered to the liner aligning the top, left, and right edges of the paper with the top, left, and right edges of the liner.  A truly wonderful expression of sympathy, from the Petite Pairs stamp set, was stamped near the upper center of the liner using Pear Pizzazz and Regal Rose inks.

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The branch of tiny flowers and buds was stamped at the lower left front corner of the Medium Whisper White Envelope using Basic Gray ink.  The image was watercolored using the same process used for the liner at the inside sentiment area of the card.  The sentiment was stamped just below the image using Regal Rose ink.

Making Sympathy cards is always a difficult process for me.  I tend to make them when required which seems to help me come to terms, somewhat, with the grieving process for that person (or their loved one).  I have to admit that, while sometimes painful, it's a good way to help me push the good memories forward and focus on the endearing traits that made that person (and/or their loved one) so very special.

Robertssiggy

Stamps:  Bordering on Romance, Petite Pairs, Teeny Tiny Wishes; Inks:  Basic Gray, Blushing Bride, Lucky Limeade, Pear Pizzazz, Regal Rose; Cardstock:  Basic Gray, Blushing Bride, Watercolor Paper, Whisper White; Designer Series Paper:  Twitterpated; Embellishments:  Basic Pearls, Pear Pizzazz 3/8" Pleated Satin ribbon; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Sticky Strip, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools:  Paper Cutter/Scorer, Paper Snips, Bone Folder, Sponge, AquaPainter, Blender Pen, Word Window punch, Modern Label punch, Big Shot w/Standard Cutting Plates, Multi-Purpose Platform, Adorning Accents Edgelits, Labels Collection Framelits, Adorning Accents Textured Impressions embossing folders; Other:  Medium Whisper White Envelope