Penned & Painted Sympathy

Penned & Painted Sympathy

I’ve been on Grandma duty the past two days – and it’s been such a fun time! Whoever coined the phrase “Terrible Twos” never met Miss Amelia. She is such an amazingly smart and funny girl. Today, she fixed a picnic for us – and fed most of it to her owl puppet. Then she performed an original piece on the piano for her daddy, the dog, and me before she went home. I know it was a coincidence, but the piece she played sounded very like the piece I was practicing before she made me get up so she could take over. I know what you’re thinking – “Grandmas!” (with an eye roll). And you’re right, of course.

Ever since Mike & I have been together (and maybe even before we were officially “together”), I’ve been his “right hand.” We always worked together – even when the boys were little. But now that we have this little grand several days a week, and I have a stamping business to run, I haven’t been as much help to him. So, last November he hired an office administrator – and she has been worth her weight in gold. (Ok, she weighs about 90 pounds; but even if she weighed a lot more, she’d be worth every ounce!)

Her grandmother passed away over the weekend, so I wanted to make a sympathy card for her. As you may know, I don’t CASE (copy and share everything) a lot of cards. It just takes less time for me to come up with an idea on my own than to find one to CASE and then change enough to make it “mine.” However, when I saw this one Christy CASEd (and made an extra for me!!!), I had to copy and share.

Here’s Christy’s CASE. I’m not sure who the original creator was; I just saw a photo, and then I got Christy’s card. Sadly, I didn’t pay attention to the watermark, if there was one.

Stampin' Up!, Thoughts & Prayers

This uses the Thoughts and Prayers stamp set with one of the sentiments from the Watercolor Wishes Card kit. The butterflies are from the Bold Buterfly Framelits and Butterflies Thinlits. And, of course, after all the stamping, the layer is run through the Big Shot with the Brick Wall Embossing Folder.

I don’t have Thoughts and Prayers, so I used Penned and Painted. Obviously that makes my card a little bolder.

Penned & Painted, Stampin' Up!

I used Sweet Sugarplum, Perfect Plum, and Elegant Eggplant for the flowers, and Pear Pizzazz and Old Olive for the leaves. The sentiment is from the Rose Wonder stamp set, and I used a dragonfly instead of a butterfly. I had originally planned to use the new Sale-a-bration Mint Macaron Glimmer Paper from the Glimmer Paper Stack for the dragonfly, but it was a bit too bold – especially for a sympathy card. So I cut it from Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper and sponged a little Old Olive over it. Much more soothing!

For a few final touches, I sponged Sahara Sand ink over the brick wall, then added So Saffron Enamel Shapes to the centers of the flowers. My biggest challenge now is to get Mike to actually deliver the card. One of our clients had a death in the family two years ago, and the card I made especially for her is still on his desk. While Lisa can take over most of the “card sending,” she can’t send a sympathy card to herself. So maybe I’ll just get it ready while he’s sleeping.

Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy! Have a wonderful day.
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About buffycooper

Among other things, I am a musician who enjoys papercrafting (specifically with rubber stamps), a Stampin' Up!® demonstrator, Christian, wife and mom to two great boys.
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