Monday, July 7, 2014

So Hard to Find the Words and a New Summer Class Schedule

I have a sad story to tell you today.  And I'm so thankful that Stampin' Up! has the sentiments that it does, because they help you to say the right words on those tough cards that you have to send, when it is so hard to find words to say.

My husband, Ken, had a cousin who was about the same age.  When he was just a young man, his cousin went into kidney failure from kidney disease and was put on dialysis.  He remained on dialysis for many years and it took a toll on his body.  Eventually, he had a transplant, but in the meantime, he went blind and became disabled and so lived as a young man in a care home for the elderly.  We just learned last week that he had passed away.  It is a real tribute to his courage and endurance that he lived so long and with such a positive attitude.  His sister is now the only one left in her family and we wanted to send her our condolences. The new stamp set, An Open Heart, had just the right sentiment for this sympathy card.

I used the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches Challenge 143 this week as my layout.

  • I definitely got this stamp set, An Open Heart, for the adorable little bird, but I was sure glad I had those beautiful sentiments this week.  I stamped the leaves in Lost Lagoon ink and the bird in Baked Brown Sugar.  I fussy cut the bird out and mounted it with Stampin' Dimensionals.
  • I created the circle panels with the Circles Collection Framelits and the Big Shot. I mounted the Very Vanilla circle offset to one side of the Lost Lagoon circle for a different look and for balance on the card front.  I may do that more often because I really like the way it looks.
  • The text DSP is from the Typeset Specialty Designer Series Paper collection which is all Basic Black and Vanilla. The paper is a much lighter weight than ordinary DSP or cardstock, about the weight of an old book page.  No more ripping up old books!!
  • You can see that I used the same Baked Brown Sugar striped design as an envelope liner here.  It's so easy to do with the Envelope Liner Framelit dies.
  • The sentiment is stamped on Very Vanilla Cardstock with Lost Lagoon ink.
  • If you look closely at the bird's eye, you will see that it is a tiny Pearl Basic Jewel that has been coloured using the second darkest Skin Tone Blendability Marker - another great use for these versatile tools!  Because they are alcohol based they won't rub off!  

Don't forget that you can buy 3 packages of DSP ( any on pages 186-187) and get one pack for free all during the month of July.


Also, I have updated my class schedule for the summer.  i  have scheduled some old favourites, like Technique Nights and a Christmas Stamper's Dozen, and some new ideas, such as some Mom and Me classes for the summer, a new beginners series and a Backyard Stamping Quick and Cute.  Check them all out here.

Thanks for dropping by today.  Please stop by tomorrow as well, for a new technique to try.

Click on the links below to take you to my On-Line Store, where you can read about, look at, and purchase if you wish, the products used to make this card today!

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  1. Beautifully done, and what a beautiful sentiment. Thanks for joining us at Freshly Made Sketches this week!

  2. What a difficult card to make but so beautifully done. I'm sure this will be cherished. Thanks for sharing with us this week at FMS!


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