Grunge Sympathy

Grunge Sympathy

I love making thank you and birthday cards. Anniversary and wedding cards are fun – and new baby cards warm my heart. Sympathy cards? Not so much. I mean, I love creating them, but I hate that I have to.

The husband of one of my dear friends passed away over the weekend. She’s doing amazingly well, because she’s one of the strongest women I know. He had been ill for awhile, so she was the one who was his caregiver, shoveled snow, chopped and stacked wood, and took care of all the other household duties. I know she’s happy that he’s out of pain and at peace now.

When my younger brother passed away, I had to be strong throughout the days leading up to the funeral. I didn’t cry or break down, because I had to “handle things.” The day after the funeral, I couldn’t get out of bed. In fact, I stayed in bed crying over my loss for two days. And on his birthday a few years later, it hit me again “like a ton of bricks,” as the saying goes. The realization that I’d never see him on this side of life again was more than I could handle, and I sobbed for hours. Even today, over 10 years later, I miss him so much that sometimes, life just stops for awhile.

I mention all that because I know how strong my friend is. And I know that one day, the loss might hit her hard, like it did me. And I want her to know that she will always be in my heart, my thoughts, and my prayers (whether or not she wants to be!).

I didn’t want to use particularly sad colors, because I didn’t think she’d like that. I wanted to use Pool Party for this card, but if I remember correctly, she’s not a huge fan of that color. So I opted for Calypso Coral and Blushing Bride. (I’m not sure she’s a fan of those either, but I like them.)

Gorgeous Grunge, Rose Wonder, Stampin' Up!

I CASEd this card from a facebook group, and, of course, I can’t find it now. UGH! When I first became a demo, there was one forum with samples – splitcoaststampers – and Stampin’ Up! posted 3-5 samples a day on their site. Today there are so many facebook groups and other forums and social media sites that it’s hard to remember where you found something.

The original was in Pool Party, and the frame was square. Instead of a dragonfly, it had the flower and a heart from the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits. And instead of pearls, the original used rhinestones. I changed some other things as well, although I kept the basic sketch of the original.

Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. Hope you 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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4 Responses to Grunge Sympathy

  1. Jackie says:

    What a beautiful card Buffy. This could be a “go-to” card for sympathy.


  2. buffycooper says:

    Thanks, Jackie. You’re right. It’s easy to pull together. Gathering all the stamps and supplies takes the longest amount of time!


  3. Sandy says:

    Very pretty. I like the different colors rather than the usual sympathy colors. I also like the touches of grunge. Then, of course, shabby chic and grunge is your forte (there is that word again ha ha). Hugs.


  4. buffycooper says:

    Thanks, Sandy! And your last line made me laugh out loud – really!


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