Freshly Made Sketches #426

Sympathy cards are never easy to make...but the Sunflower Sympathy stamp set is gorgeous and can be used for many other occasions as well!  Back by popular demand, this set has been added to the Online Only section of my website.  In case you missed it when it first came out, here is the complete set-

The sunflower comes with three layers, I only used two of the layers in  my card today.  I stamped the outer and inner layers with Espresso Pigment ink onto Saffron cardstock and heat embossed in clear.  I stamped my leaves the same onto New England Ivy cardstock.  I then fussy cut the images out.  I layered my sentiment strip onto a white panel and then die cut the stitched frame. My sunflower was applied with 3-D foam tape for added dimension.  I cut the outer edge flush with my panel after applying.

While I do not enjoy making sympathy cards, I do like to have them on hand to send out.  Having a variety of sympathy stamps makes creating the cards so much easier.  If you have not seen the new Close To My Heart releases, we have a new Heartfelt Sympathy sentiment set.  This set includes numerous sentiments for the inside of your cards.  I kept the inside of my card simple, with a stamped sentiment and stitched frame.

Here is a look at the complete set of With Heartfelt Sympathy-

My card was created based on the sketch challenge at Freshly Made Sketches.  The challenge ends today, so you need to hurry if you plan on entering the challenge!

All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:
D1872 Sunflower Sympathy
D1919 With Heartfelt Sympathy
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
X5959 New England Ivy Cardstock
X5961 Saffron Cardstock
Cocoa Cardstock-Retired
Z8003 Espresso Exclusive Inks Pigment Pad
Z2088 Clear Embossing Powder
Z3631 Stitched Bracket Thin Cuts Dies
Z4260 Stitched Rectangle Frame Thin Cuts Dies
Stitched Frame-Simon Says Stamps

I have also entered my card in the following challenges:
Perfectly CAS-Die Cuts
Simon Says Stamp-Use Some Green
The Flower Challenge-Anything Goes

Thanks so much for stopping by!


  1. Lovely warm colours and that fabulous flower make this one gorgeous card! thanks for joining us at FMS this week!

  2. Such a beautiful card, thanks for sharing with us over at 'The Flower Challenge' ;) Viv DT xx

  3. A great sympathy card. I've never thought about adding colour to a sympathy card. You've shown me how perfect it could be. Thanks for joining us at Perfectly CAS.

    sue n.


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