Another Sympathy card in July and PP155 Challenge

July has been a good month but a tough month too.  I personally love fireworks and this year my husband and I watched them in Marionville, PA near our cabin.  What a great small town experience. The fireworks were wonderful but we were stuck in a bit of a traffic jam to leave,  all 9 cars, hehe.  July also brought my second granddaughter’s 1st birthday, Avery’s little sister Hadley, a wedding and a brief vacation.

Unfortunately, there have been some losses this month too.  The death of a mother-in-law and a son for two members of my work staff.  The news that one of my closest co-workers was diagnosed with cancer, treatable.  And yesterday I learned of the death of a father of a person my work team and I deal with very closely and who lives in Cleveland Ohio, about 2.5 hours from the Columbus area where I live.  My first thought of course was to make a card to send to him.  I don’t know about you, but I have to make cards for the recipients.  I have a stash of already prepared cards for all types of occasions but when I need a card, I always reach for new paper and stamps so I can make them something I think they will especially like, using colors they like, or a style etc.

Here is the sympathy card I made


It was loosely based on Sketch Challenge PP155 from The Paper Players, if you flip it upside down, and backwards.

See the Paper Players Site HERE

  1. I used Coastal Cabana and heat embossed a white Hello Doily in the corner.  I didn’t like the look of the whole doily
  2. Then using the big shot and large scallop I cropped the right side so the Midnight Muse card base could show through.  It looked too blank so I dry embossed it with one of the Delicate Designs embossing folders.
  3. The sentiment comes from hostess set Simply Sketched nested inside the frame from layered labels.  I used my midnight muse marker to ink the frame only and not the Congratulations sentiment inside.  I then cropped it with the layered labels framelits.  I cropped two more times in Midnight muse to make the layered background.
  4. Finishing touches of pearls on and candy dots.  Inside the card I stamped the doily in midnight muse in the corner with a sentiment from thoughts and prayers.

What I used

Stamps: Hello Doily, Layered Labels, Simply Sketched, thoughts and prayers
Paper: midnight muse, coastal cabana, whisper white
Ink: Midnight muse, versamark,
Accessories: white embossing powder, delicate design embossing folder, candy dots, pearls

Hope you like it.


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About Lynn

Thanks for visiting my Site. My name is Lynn Kolcun and I'm a Stampin Up Demonstrator. I love being creative with paper and ink, learning new techniques and sharing my craft with you.


  1. I am so happy to see your blog up-and-running. It’s wonderful that you are participating in these blog challenges, too. This is a great card! I like that you stretched the sketch a bit to make it work for you.

  2. This is a lovely and soothing card. I’m sure it will be well-received.

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