An Open Heart for Mother’s Day


Oh, how I love this soon-to-be-retired stamp set called An Open Heart!  It’s just perfect for so many occasions!  I’m posting this today as a Mother’s Day card idea; as a mom, I can’t imagine any more touching sentiment to receive from your child!  But also think anniversary or sympathy cards.

        • Stamping on designer paper is one of my favorite looks.  I’ve used the Farmers Market Designer Series Paper here.  This packet surprises me all the time.  At first look, all you see is fruit and vegetables, but the flip side are some of the nicest neutral papers!  This paper pack is also due to be retired.
        • I doubt that there’s a bird that is colored this way in “real life” but of course as stampers, we have to match our cardstock theme, right?!  I’m also honoring our retiring In Colors – Hello Honey, Lost Lagoon and Mossy Meadow (used as the thin border behind the designer paper).  Watercolor paper is definitely the choice to feature this pretty bird and watercoloring with the Aqua Painter and stamp pads.  Circle Framelits create the backdrop; another retiring product!
        • Also retiring are the Antique Brads – I’ve loved working with these pretty accents!
        • As I created this card, a robin is building her nest right outside my window, busy carrying all sorts of plant material and tucking it in place.  It reminded me of the Linen Thread tied around my card – the perfect texture for a natural look.
        • I swear I won’t every be able to get rid of my Envelope Liner Framelits, even though they’re retiring.  They give such a perfectly coordinated card and really hits it home on the creativity.  Be sure to pick up yours if you don’t already own them – they are truly a “must have” for all of your cards!




      1. An Open Heart stamp set
      2. Farmers Market Designer Series Paper
      3. Antique Brads
      4. Envelope Liner Framelits
      5. Circle Collection Framelits
      6. Mossy Meadow cardstock
      7. Lost Lagoon cardstock
      8. Lost Lagoon stamp pad
      9. Hello Honey stamp pad

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Lotus Blossom Sympathy

Lotus Blossom Sympathy

The Lotus Blossom stamp set from the Stampin’ Up! 2015 Sale-A-Bration Brochure has been one of the most popular stamp sets ever!  People are falling in love with three-step stamping and it’s so easy to create such a stunning result.  And it can be yours completely free during the month of March with an order of at least $50 in Stampin’ Up! product.

Unfortunately I needed yet another sympathy card this week when a good customer’s brother passed away unexpectedly.  I usually have these cards on hand, but I wanted something super special for her, and she loves the Lotus stamp set.

  • I’m finding that rather than stamping the lotus blossom from dark to light, I’m stamping from light to dark.  It seems easier to me to line up the petals.  For my 3 colors for this card, I began with off stamping Rich Razzleberry (ink up your stamp, stamp on a scrap piece of paper then onto your cardstock).  Step 2 was using Rich Razzleberry full strength, and Step 3 I used Blackberry Bliss ink.
  • I used Pear Pizzazz cardstock as my card base and as the base for my main image.  The Mossy Meadow Ribbon coordinated nicely, and I used Mossy Meadow Ink to stamp the sentiment from A Dozen Thoughts stamp set.
  • Moonlight Designer Series Paper Stack contains this pretty Blackberry Bliss print.
  • Be sure to use Dimensionals to add depth to your card.  I popped up the main image and also the sentiment with this handy adhesive.
  • Gorgeous Grunge stamp set created the splatters in the background.  This is definitely the most used stamp set on my shelf!


Lotus Blossom Sympathy closeup

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A Mother’s Love

Mother's Love Sympathy

A very dear friend lost her mom last week.  I know all too well how painful it is to say goodbye to one of the most important people in your life, and so I wanted to make a very special card for her.  While the Stampin’ Up! 2015 Occasions Catalog stamp set called Mother’s Love is meant to use to celebrate Mother’s Day in May, I thought it was perfect for a sympathy card.

  • My card began with wanting that beautiful font and saying to really stand out.  I stamped it in Rich Razzleberry ink and then cut it out with an Oval Framelit and Big Shot.
  • Next was fitting in the stamped flower – I stamped it with Memento Black Ink and colored it in with Rich Razzleberry and Wild Wasabi Blendabilities.
  • The Wild Wasabi Cotton Twine from the Painted Blooms collection worked really well for my card.
  • The Stacked With Love Designer Paper isn’t just for Valentine’s Day.  I had several sheets left over and just used the black and white side to add a touch of print to the card and to line my envelope using the Envelope Liner Framelit and Big Shot.

Mother's Love Sympathy inside

  • Adding a little something to the inside really gives your card a finished look.  It also creates an easier space to write a message when using dark cardstock.

Mother's Love Sympathy closeup

Sometimes simple is better, especially with a sympathy card.  I hope my friend knows how much my thoughts are with her during this really difficult time.

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Something to Say and I Like You

Something to Say

I have a quick & Easy card for you today – something you can create in just a few minutes, but I think it packs a punch!  Unfortunately, there are many times these encouraging words could be a comfort to those around you – sympathy, illness, any of life’s challenges.

  • I’ve combined three stamp sets – Something to Say for the beautiful sentiment, I Like You (a hostess-exclusive stamp set) and Party Pennants, a stamp fro the July 2013 Paper Pumpkin kit for the Old Olive background behind the sentiment.
  • I know you’re waiting patiently (or not!) for the release of the Stampin’ Up! Blendabilities Markers!  Let me tell you, they’re worth the wait!  There’s never been an easier way to color in images!  I used Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive, Coastal Cabana and Daffodil Delight to color in my pretty flower image.  I created another card using the same stamp and color scheme HERE.  Word on the street is that they should be available later in June or possibly into July, so sit tight – they’re coming!

Something to Say closeup

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Beautiful Baroque


Thought I'd try out a little bit different layout with this card using the Beautifully Baroque single stamp and coordinating Eastern Elegance Designer Series Paper.  It's different for me because I don't often think in triangles for my cards.  I simply cut a rectangular piece of paper then cut it in half from corner to corner.  Be careful when doing this because I found that you might not get the side of the paper you wanted – you have to think ahead before you cut as to which way you cut the triangles out. 

Sometimes a design really needs a square card format.  And now with the new Envelope Punch Board, you can make any size envelope to coordinate with your "odd-sized" card.  No longer do you have to worry about how you're going to send your square card – you can create a coordinating envelope that's just the right size!  In this case, my card measures 5"x5", so I just looked at the sizing on the board for how to cut and score my cardstock for the envelope size required.  Here's a photo of how easy it is to create the perfect sized envelope:
Envelope Punch Board

  • Color scheme is taken loosely from the beautiful Eastern Elegance designer paper; I changed it just a touch – Crushed Curry, Bermuda Bay, Smoky Slate and Whisper White.  The paper has Coastal Cabana instead of Bermuda Bay, but I wanted my card to be a little brighter.
  • I borrowed the sentiment from Blooming with Kindness stamp set.  This is a great one to fit into a circular area.
  • I added a flower punched from Boho Blossoms Punch and a Large Rhinestone for some bling.
  • Pretty simple, but I think it still works as an interesting card.  It would be pretty in lots of different color schemes.  Try the layout and let me know what you think by posting a comment!

THINGS YOU'LL NEED:cbaroquecloseup
Item No. 130895 Beautifully Baroque $14.95
Item No. 130131 Eastern Elegance Designer Series Paper $10.95
Item No. 131961 Blooming with Kindness wood $22.95 OR
Item No. 126422 Blooming with Kindness clear $16.95
Item No. 119858 Boho Blossoms Punch $16.95
Item No. 129324 Lg. Rhinestone Basic Jewels (40) $4.95
Item No. 119868 1" Circle Punch $12.95
Item No. 119861 1-1/4" Circle Punch $15.95
Item No. 133774 Envelope Punch Board $19.95

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Sending Good Thoughts

Good Thoughts

Too Kind is the perfect stamp set to show off the coordination of using Calypso Coral and Crisp Cantaloupe together.  In this beautiful 2-step stamping stamp set, there are separate stamps for both shades in the flowers, and a separate stamp for the Pear Pizzazz stems.  And there are two wonderful sentiments as well.

  • I've used Baked Brown Sugar as the card base.  Next layer is Calypso Coral cardstock run through the Big Shot using the Honeycomb Embossing Folder.  A 1"x5-1/2" piece of Whisper White cardstock is also run through the Big Shot using one of the Finishing Touches Edgelits.
  • Next I added a piece of Calypso Coral 3/4" Chevron Ribbon – you're going to want this ribbon in every color!  It's so versatile and trendy.
  • Begin any 2-step stamping with the lightest color.  In this case, I stamped the Pear Pizzazz stems first so that I could properly place the flowers on top.  Then I stamped the larger images in Crisp Cantaloupe followed by the smaller images in Calypso Coral.  Don't worry too much about how perfectly you line them up.  Just stamp the center over the stem and it'll look great!  This is the easiest watercoloring you'll ever do!
  • Sentiment is stamped over the flower stem with Baked Brown Sugar ink.
  • I felt like the corner needed a little somethin' so did some paper piercing.  It's so simple when you have the Essentials Paper-Piercing Grid to help line up all the holes!

Item No. 130447 Too Kind wood $19.95 OR
Item No. 130450 Too Kind clear $14.95
Item No. 129378 Honeycomb Embossing Folder $7.95
Item No. 127010 Finishing Touches Edgelits (2) $9.95
Item No. 130018 Calypso Coral 3/4" Chevron Ribbon $8.95
Item No. 126189 Paper-Piercing Tool $3.95
Item No. 126199 Stampin' Pierce Mat $4.95
Item No. 126187 Essentials Paper-Piercing Pack $7.95

Too Kind

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Wisteria Thank You

Wisteria Thank You

With Stampin' Up!'s designer series paper sale going on in July, I thought I'd show you a card using one of the prettiest papers on sale – Afternoon Picnic Designer Series Paper.  I love the colors in this rich, vintage paper – Basic Gray, Coastal Cabana, Crushed Curry, Pear Pizzazz, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla and Wisteria Wonder!  Wow – lots of colors to work with!

  • Love & Sympathy stamp set is the perfect little set to show someone you're thinking about them.  I chose to use just the flower motif and add instead a sentiment from Lots of Thanks to change it up a bit and show you something new.
  • The designer paper is bordered with a strip of Summer Starfruit cardstock punched with the Scallop Trim Border Punch.  I also added some Pear Pizzazz 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon – yummy!
  • The Honeycomb Embossing Folder is a must have this season – it looks great with everything!

THINGS YOU'LL NEED:Wisteria Thank You closeup
Item No. 131390 Afternoon Picnic Designer Series Paper $10.95
Item No. 128652 Love & Sympathy wood $15.95 OR
Item No. 122797 Love & Sympathy clear $11.95
Item No. 129687 Lots of Thanks wood $22.95 OR
Item No. 129690 Lots of Thanks clear $16.95
Item No. 131208 Pear Pizzazz 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon $6.95
Item No. 118402 Scallop Trim Border Punch $15.95
Item No. 129381 Ovals Collection Framelits $26.95
Item No. 129378 Honeycomb Embossing Folder $7.95

Afternoon Picnic DSP Lots of Thanks

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So Sorry

So Sorry 1

There have been some sad times for some people in my life right now, so I made this card for a couple of friends.  It features the new Pistachio Pudding card stock and ink, which I'm having a devil of a time photographing true to color!  Believe me, it's much prettier "in person"!  Other colors are Wisteria Wonder, now taking its permanent place in our Subtles Collection, and Rich Razzleberry, which is always my "go to" color.

I'm also featuring two stamp sets – So Sorry for the sentiment and Best of Flowers for the image.  If you haven't heard about the "Best of 25 Years Series" stamp sets, click HERE.  Collect the series and earn free stamp sets!

  • It's easy to use an embossing folder on every single card I make, especially when there's such a great variety to choose from!  Here I've used the Fancy Fans embossing folder on the Pistachio Pudding card stock.
  • Rich Razzleberry 1/4" Stitched Ribbon and the Delicate Details Lace Tape combine to give good accents to this card.
  • Adorning Accents Edgelit cuts the scalloped card stock.


So Sorry 2

Use a variety of coordinating sentiment stamps to add additonal words to your "So Sorry" greeting, or simply leave them off.

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Item No. 127751 Fancy Fan Embossing Folder $A7.95
Item No. 132585 So Sorry wood $21.95 OR
Item No. 126527 So Sorry clear $16.95
Item No. 133342 Best of Flowers (clear only) $14.95
Item No. 126876 Rich Razzleberry 1/4" Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon $4.95
Item No. 125595 Adorning Accents Edgelits $9.95
Item No. 130966 Delicate Details Lace Tape $9.95

So Sorry

So Sorry stamp set

Best of Flowers

Best of Flowers stamp set

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Sympathy Cards for Church Ministry

I've been working with a couple of groups of wonderful women involved in church card ministries.  It's been so much fun creating cards together that they'll send to members of the church facing difficulties in their lives.  This first card uses Nature Walk stamp set stamped in Night of Navy, with Daffodil Delight accents colored in with a Stampin' Write Marker.  Sentiment is from Blessings from Heaven stamp set.

This card is pretty much CASEd from the Idea Book & Catalog, with the exception of changing the word image to something a bit simpler and using Petite Pairs stamp set for the sentiment.  Image is from Thoughts & Prayers stamp set; I added punched flowers using Itty Bitty Punch Pack and Pearls to the centers.

Item No.113252 Thoughts & Prayers $25.95
Item No. 123050 Blessings from Heaven wood $18.95 OR
Item No. 123052 Blessings from Heaven clear $14.95
Item No. 122495 Petite Pairs wood $28.95 OR
Item No. 122497 Petite Pairs clear $20.95
Item No. 121925 Nature Walk wood $25.95 OR
Item No. 121997 Nature Walk clear $18.95

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Love & Sympathy

I've been working with a wonderful group of women who are sending hand-stamped cards to members of their congregation during times of need.  When the new Idea Book & Catalog came out in July, this was a "must have" stamp set to use for our next card making session.  Love & Sympathy is a small set – just three stamps – and is a real value.  I actually made this card for my husband's uncle who just lost his wife, so I was thinking of a bit more masculine color scheme.  While one of our new In Colors, Island Indigo, would at first seem quite bright, coupled with Basic Black and Certainly Celery, it suits a more somber occasion.  The Basic Black and Very Vanilla 1-1/4" Striped Grosgrain Ribbon is the perfect embellishment to add interest but not a lot of bling.

Item No. 122795 Love & Sympathy wood $15.95 OR
Item No. 122797 Love & Sympathy clear $11.95
Item No. 115615 Basic Black 1-1/4" Striped Grosgrain Ribbon

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Posted on : Aug 24 2011
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