Sending Condolences

Sympathy cards are quite difficult to make.  They just are.  We all know the meaning of them and we want to send our heartfelt thoughts expressing our sympathy, it is not easy.  I have found that having a few on hand works best for me.  It’s a bit easier in the fact that it is not for anyone at this very moment which would be truly sad to make (but, of course, I would), and it is not for a friend’s loved one that has recently passed.    While it is so very sad and difficult, written words can say so much to the recipient and in a special card that you have given much thought in your mind to make, is one way to express our heartfelt feelings to someone.   Sympathy cards also give something tangible that the recipient can go back, read, hold and treasure your words of heartfelt thoughts for days and even years after their loss.   Today’s card uses the beautiful Butterfly thinlits on page 172 of the Annual Catalog and the ever so sweet and delicate Fluttering embossing folder. Here it is up close.




Debbie’s Details:

  • I used the beautiful Soft Sky as my card base and layered on Early Expresso, then a layer of soft sky using the Fluttering embossing folder.
  • Then I used Mr. Big Shot die cutting machine to die cut the Butterfly thinlit butterflies in both Soft Sky and Early Expresso card stock. I placed the blue sky butterfly atop the early expresso butterfly with those awesome little dimensionals, I cut a thin strip off. Then I brought up the sides of the soft sky butterfly to give some dimension.  I wanted this beautiful and delicate Butterfly to be the focal point.  Butterflies, to me, are peaceful, gentle, fragile, and delicate.  Perfect for my sympathy card today.
  • I used my very much used Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set for my sentiment. There is a sentiment teeny tiny for just about every occasion!  It is the right size for what I wished to create.  I punched the sentiment out with the Word Window punch. This the BEST punch to use for the smaller sentiment sizes like the Teeny Tiny Wishes set.
  • The final touch was to be the beautiful pearls in the center of this pretty butterfly. I thought they added a sweet and delicate touch to complete my card. This card is so pretty in person.  Pictures sometimes don’t do justice. You know?


My card today is very simple.  Even better, it doesn’t take long at all to complete.  There are so many uses for these gorgeous Butterfly thinlits for your paper and card projects.  Spring, Birthdays, Thinking of you’s, garden party cards, for a child’s teacher, just so many possibilities! Take look at them below in the supply list and if you don’t have them, reconsider. 🙂

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YOU are so Amazing!

Welcome, welcome, happy day to you! 🙂 DKD wm.IMG_78672YOU are so amazing, but you knew that, didn’t you?  Of course you are UH-MAZING! My card begins with something that goes like this~~~ You might know of someone that you feel truly is just that ~ AMAZING. It could be your child, family member, a friend, your spouse/significant other, boss, co worker, spiritual leader, a donor, the list could go on, of course.   We each have our own feelings about the term “amazing.”  My card is to inspire you to think of how you can make it and send it or give it to someone you think is pretty darn amazing. It’s really a quick card to put together. Check it out! The stamp set is called All Boxed Up!   You could create a little, sweet boxed up gift and make a tag using this sentiment to give to someone special that you feel is “so amazing” to you or did something you felt was amazing.  OR just simply make a card. A simple card.  Like the one I created here and hand out to your friends when you see them or someone you bump your buggy into at the grocery store, Target, the Yoga studio, the soccer games, the gym, the Starbucks barista, your hair stylist, …wouldn’t that just make someone’s day??!! Better yet, make a little note card and tuck inside a child’s lunch box. How sweet is that?

DKD wm.IMG_78651   I chose this adorable, bright scallop pattern paper from our 6″ X 6″ paper stack, Cherry on Top.  A great stack that comes in a pack of 48. Both sides have a different pattern from each other, but still coordinates and looks sweet!   Yes, different patterns on both sides!  Great value, I tell ya!   The 6 X 6 paper stacks fit perfectly in the Big Shot. our AMAZING embossing and cutting machine!  (yes, mr. Big Shot, who do you think you are…I’m singing the tune, remember it?) and there’s no need for trimming up your card stock to make it fit with those nifty 6 X 6’s.  I decided to choose Tip top taupe as my base color and watermelon wonder for my cute frame lits!  Oh my goodness, the frame lits are so great for all different sizes of sentiments, p.173 in the annual catty, there’s 7 of these little sweeties, you will find yourself grabbing for these as they are so versatile for sentiments and tags, too! Make great tags! I layered these three as my focal point with dimensionals (they raise the paper for dimension), but YOU knew that, though.  Then punched out the stars with the Stars confetti punch and that made for a very SIMPLE card!  I used my Tombow green bottle glue to and put on the end of my piercing tool ( a dab), grabbed the little guys and placed them where I thought they would look AMAZING.  Such a simple card that packs a “WOW” meaning.    Don’t you think?  Easy, easy, oh so easy!  I did use adhesive Snail to adhere the adorable designer series paper from this AMAZING 6 X 6 stack!

I always love giving my cards with those great envie liners!  They just make it a bit extra spiffy! I bet you can think of someone special whom you think is SO AMAZING, couldn’t you? Well,then what are you waiting for?  Here’s the perfect card with the perfect sentiment to show your exact thoughts.  This is why I just love card making, you can give your love of stamping and along with your heart to show others how much you think of them in creating the perfect little card, your way.  Get creative and make someone’s day.

This is super simple, super quick and you will feel proud you made it in under 15 minutes max!   Go take a look on page 63, Annual catty!  It’s a great one especially if you love to bake your goodies and share with neighbors and friends!   I’d be happy to answer any questions, any time! Your comments are always welcome, too!!

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Take care and have a great day!!!

Hugs from  my stampin’ heart to yours (whether you’re a stamper or not!) ~



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Here’s a card I made using the STAR FRAMELITS and the STAR embossing folder!

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BIRTHDAY greetings!

Today’s birthday card is SO simple and SO easy.  You’ll be able to get this cheerful, lovely birthday card made in 10 minutes flat.  I promise.  It features the vibrant and CHEERFUL Cherry on Top Stack.  It is our 6″ X 6″ stack that just screams bright, colorful and CHEEER-EE!! DKD wm.IMG_80581 I just love this Happy Birthday font, it’s all swirly gig like and I like swirly things as a previous post I did last week!  This font is from our Age Awareness stamp set and it’s a rather humorous set, too.  I think it is so fun and would make any of your friends smile if you made a card using it! Aren’t the balloons so vibrant and festive?  Well….I thought you’d probably agree, see we’re already friends, to be able to agree that the balloons on this card stack is so vibrant and festive, is just amazing!  We know pretty paper.

Here’s a few Debbie’s Details:  Ready?  Let’s go!

*Cucumber Crush is the lucky base for my card today! It’s also the green color that is in the paper.  Cucumber Crush. It’s one of our NEW 2015-2017 IN COLORS!  Yes, “in” as in fashionable in the paper craft world.  You want these colors in your paper palette because you want to be “in,” so take a peek, p.137 Annual Catty.  You can click on Catalogs at the top of my blog and flip through the catty at your leisure!! I cropped out the beautiful color of watermelon with those darlin’ little Lots of Labels framelits, I use these ALL. THE. TIME.  They come in 7 layering stacks.  My greeting is stamped in Bermuda Bay ink on Whisper White.  Shhhh…..whisper when you say “Whisper White” it has very sensitive ears.

*I placed two Candy Dots on the ends.  No, you cannot eat them. I guess you could.  But, I wouldn’t I don’t think.  The stacked two framelits are popped up with those great little dimensionals.  These little tykes are great for everything that you want “noticed!” I used a ton because they’re reasonably inexpensive and they really can make a card “stand out.”  Isn’t that what you want when you lovingly create your card creations?  Of course you do.  You made something very special for those in your life that are VERY SPECIAL.  Or maybe they’re acquaintances or even someone you have never met, but you want your card to be special, right? Dimensionals go along way, especially when it’s a simple card like this one, because your greeting has DIMENSION, isn’t that just neat? I hope you enjoyed this simple, cheerful, vibrant and a good wish birthday card today.  I sure enjoyed making it, I made so many cards with that Cherry On Top card stack because I love that stack!  Be sure to check it out and then fall in love. DKD wm.IMG_80623 Thank you ever so much for stopping by today! I love sharing what I do with you. Stamping and all things paper, truly is deep down in my heart, I love it so.

Have a great Tuesday and let me know if you have any questions or want to leave a comment, please do! 🙂

From my stampin’ heart to yours (even if you’re not a stamper), maybe you’ll give this wonderful, relaxing, creative craft a try if you haven’t come over to the FUN side of paper crafting!  This is fun stuff.  No kiddin.” I’d love to help you get started.

Take care now!


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