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Butterfly Basics: Sympathy Card

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Sympathy cards are never easy to make. I find myself trying to reflect two  people; the person I’m sending it to and the lost loved one(s) A handmade sympathy card is a very personal way to express your love and support to a loved one at a difficult time. You want to choose your card stock, colors and message with care. You need to make sure that your message  says the right thing, as a sympathy card is sent to someone at a painful time in their life. There’s often little time to create a sympathy card.   However, the power of loving words and a prompt handmade card can mean so much.  Today’s card is simple but delivers a caring message. More importantly it was made with love.

Butterfly Basics Sympathy


I love these Stampin’ Up! cutout lattice cards, which sadly are now retired. I try to save them for that very special card. The lattice-work on this card allows the Smokey Slate Cardstock (or any other color) to show through while adding another dimension and layer.


The center was stamped using the Butterfly Basics Stamp Set and the sentiment is from a favorite of mine called Perfect Pairs. The small butterfly is from the Papillon Potpourri set. They were all stamped in Smokey Slate Ink.


For the flowers I simply pulled out my watercolor pencils and colored them in. I blended the colors dry, not adding water to them, because the Smokey Slate Ink isn’t permanent and would have bled. There is however, a gray permanent ink in the new Holiday Catalog. I not saying anything more.

Butterfly Basics Sympathy Detail


It’s a very short post, but it’s going to be a busy and emotional weekend up in Boston.


Thanks for stopping by and be sure to hug those you love.


Embrace the day and make something that makes you happy.



Sale-A-Bration: Lotus Blossom Sympathy

This is a sympathy card I made for the family of a friend from years past.  Eileen was a neighbor of ours. who moved. Last month Eileen passed away after a long battle with cancer. This new Lotus Blossom Stamp Set allowed me to play around with the Lotus’ color. The combination I used reminded me of Eileen.

Lotus Blossom Sympathy Card

Here’s What I Did:


The card base was a 10″ x 7″ piece of Blackberry Bliss scored at 5″ (for a 5″ x 7″ card)


A 4-1/2″ x 6-1/2″ piece of Wisteria Wonder was cut for the first layer


For the card panel a 2-3/4″ x 5-3/4″ piece of Wild Wasabi and a 2-1/2″ x 5-1/8″ of Whisper White was cut

Lotus Blossom Sympathy Detail


On the Whisper White Card Stock I stamped the stem from the Lotus Blossom set in Wild Wasabi and the, “Thinking of You” sentiment, from the Good Greetings stamp set in Blackberry Bliss Ink.


On a scrap piece of Whisper White I played around with different color combinations. I finally decided to use Blackberry Bliss and Wisteria Wonder. To see how to stamp the Lotus Blossom in any color combination, check back tomorrow for the tutorial and FREE download of different color combination possibilities chart.


I cut the Lotus flower out. I stamped this on a separate piece of Whisper White, because I wanted to adhere it with Dimensionals, so it stood on it’s own.


Before I layered and adhered everything I wrapped a piece of 1/4″ Whisper White Cotton Ribbon around the Wisteria Wonder.



Thanks for stopping by. If you’d like a color combination charts for the Lotus Blossom, check back tomorrow. See you then.



Diane Caro, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator





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Wisteria Wonder: Sympathy Card

Sympathy Cards are the hardest cards for me to design and make. They have to be perfect, you know what I mean? Usually, sympathy cards are sent to someone you love and chances are the person you’re sending them for, you also knew or loved. This sympathy card was made for my sister-in-law Diane, who lost her sister Barbara.


Stampin' Up! Wisteria Wonder Sympathy Card

I used the terrific Twitterpated Designer Series Paper along with Wisteria Wonder and Whisper White Card Stock. The layered flower is made from Stampin’ Up! Paper Daisies, which I distressed and added color to, by using a Sponge Dauber and Wisteria Wonder Ink. I stamped a sentiment from one of my all time favorite retired stamp sets called, “Define Your Life.”   I finished this sympathy card off with Wisteria Ruffled Ribbon Bow.


Thanks for stopping by and remember to keep us in your prayers as we rebuild our lives after our house fire. Your stories have give me strength everyday.


Stampin’ Hugs,

Diane Caro, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator


Peace Within: Sympathy Card for Pet…

Here’s a card I made to send to a new friend I’ve never met, who lost her dear cat, Ben. I chose the Peace Within stamp set for obvious reasons; the cat sleeping peacefully on the casual Adirondack chair.

Peace Within Card

I cut:

Pacific Point Card Stock:        8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ scored @ 4-1/4″

Very Vanilla Card Stock:        3-3/4″ x 5″

3-1/2 x 3-1/2″

Peach Parfait Card Stock:       3-1/2″ x 4-3/4″


On the 3-1/2″ square piece of Very Vanilla I stamped the cat and Adironack chair image in Black Stazon Ink. I used a combination Markers and Watercolor Pencils to color in the image.


I layered everything as shown and wrapped a piece of Pacific Point Stripped Ribbon around the Very Vanilla and Peach Parfait layers.


On a strip of Very Vanilla I stamped, “Peace within makes beauty without,” in Pacific Point Ink.


RIP Ben..

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Don’t forget, there’s still time to get an order in before Christmas.



Thanks for stopping by and I’ll see you next time.

Diane Caro, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator


Lovely As A Tree Sympathy Card…

Hello Lakeside Stamper Readers!


I wanted to share with you another sympathy card I made. For this one I chose the Lovely As A Tree stamp set. I just felt this tree from the set was a timeless and meaningful image to use.

Lovely As A Tree Sympathy Card 2

I chose Chocolate Chip Card Stock as the card base. I felt it was a good warm tone to hold down the Very Vanilla Card Stock layer. Along the left side of the card I used a strip of Crumb Cake Card Stock and Designer Lovely As A Tree Sympathy Card Detail Series Paper. I didn’t want the strip to pop too much and at the same time I didn’t want it to be too matched with the Chocolate Chip base. On top of the strip, I wrapped the new Stampin’ Up! Chocolate Chip Polka Dot Ribbon and tied a simple bow.


I stamped the tree image in Early Espresso Ink and colored it in using the Stampin’ Pastels and a Sponge Dauber. I layered the tree image on another piece of Chocolate Chip.


In the lower right hand corner I stamped “With Sympathy” from the Close As A Memory stamp set in Soft Suede Ink.


Thanks for looking.


Stampin’ Hugs,

Siggy 2


Elements of Style Sympathy Card…

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A handmade sympathy card is a very personal way to express your love and support to a loved one at a difficult time. You want to choose your card stock, colors and message with care. You need to make sure that your message  says the right thing, as a sympathy card is sent to someone at a painful time in their life.

I hesitated in posting these cards, because these were made for a dear friend and her boys. Laurie lost her husband last Wednesday and I can’t tell you how very difficult these were to make. I’m posting Laurie’s today and another in a few days. I never know how much of my personal life to share with you. I know you primarily visit for project ideas and I’m 100% about sharing, and the way I see it is, I want you to know why my projects look the way that they do. My projects reflect whatever I’m going through during that particular time in my life. Last week was a trial, therefore, sadly, sympathy cards. I share them with you, because everyone at some point in their lives needs to send a sympathy card to a loved one going through what Laurie is facing. Have I said too much?

Wisteria Wonder Sympathy Card for Laurie

For Laurie’s card I cut a 10″ x 7″ piece of Wisteria Wonder Card Stock and scored it at 5″ to create a 5″ x 7″ card. (I have to tell you, while I do love this color, it’s very hard to photograph)


For the first Whisper White layer I cut a 4-1/2″ x 6-1/2″ and stamped the swirl motif from the Elements of Style Stamp Set in Wisteria Wonder Ink.


I cut a  4″ x 6″ piece of Wisteria Wonder for the third layer.


And for the top layer I cut a 3-3/4″ x 5-3/4″ of Whisper White and stamped the large flower image from the Elements of Style Stamp Set in Wisteria Wonder. I stamped the image more towards the top, because I knew I wanted my message to be in the bottom left hand corner.


I stamped the sympathy message also in Wisteria Wonder Ink on a 2-1/4″ x 1″ piece of Whisper White Card Stock. I wanted to keep this card monochromatic. This was achieved by using the same color.  I adhered the sympathy message on to a 2-1/2″ x 1-1/4″ piece of Wisteria Wonder.


If you would like to order any of the new Stampin’ Up! 2011-2013 In-Colors you can do so by placing an online order.


Thanks for stopping by.



Siggy 2


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