Monday, January 11, 2016

Cheerful Sympathy Cards

Hello, everyone!  My Mom requested some sympathy cards for her stash and she asked that they be cheerful - not so depressing like some of the ones I made for her last year!  She still has some black-and-white ones from last year and the year before, so now I know what she doesn't want!  When I think cheerful, I think yellow, so I found inspiration in Mrs. A's Butterfly Challenge, where the theme is Butterflies plus X for Xanthine (the yellow colouring matter found in certain plants).

I made two cards.  I think the second one is a bit too cheerful for a sympathy card, but the first one seems okay.  I would like to hear what you think!  I guess I'll find out when I give them to Mom.  I need to make a bunch more for her, so I'll be sharing them over the next little while.

Card #1


This month's challenge at Scrapbook Blessings Club is Favourite Card Rewind so they want to see a remake of one of your favoure cards.  I chose this one shown below.  Actually I still like the original better than the remake, maybe because I'm not a fan of yellow, but I love purple!

I masked the white cardstock and sponged Fossilized Amber and Seedless Preserves Distress Inks. The panel was embossed with Darice Butterflies. I used the Distress Inks mixed with water to add some splatter. The stamped sentiment is from Clearly Besotted Many Messages clear stamps.  I die-cut the butterfly twice, in yellow and black, so I could create a shadow effect, and added some black gems. The die-cut is Wild Rose Studio - Butterfly Lace.

original card
Card #2

Here's the one I think is too cheerful for a sympathy card!  


I used strips of washi tape for the background and added butterfly stickers from Dollarama.  I stamped the sentiment from Clearly Besotted Many Messages along the washi.  I finished it off with a few yellow gems.

I would like to enter the following challenges:  As You Like It AG 2/3; Beccy's Place January AG UE; Brown Sugar AG 2/2; Crafting by Designs January AG 2/3; DL.ART January AG UE 1/day; HIMCR Super Scraps Saturday (scraps used for die-cut butterfly and layer on first card 2/3; Inspiration Destination AG UE; Not Just Cards AG UE; Paperbabe AG UE; Pixie's Snippet Playground Snippets usedfor die-cut butterfly and layer on first card 2/3Sweet Stamps AG UE; Word Art Wednesday AG w Uplifting Sentiment 1/5; Your Scrapbook Place January AG 2/3

Scrapbook Blessings Club

Thank you for looking at my cards!  Wishing you a joyful day!

45 comments:

  1. Those butterfly cards are fantastic....Thanks for sharing them with Brown Sugar Challenge~

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  2. They are both gorgeous!! I love the designs of each one!! The second one would definitely work for a sympathy card!! The butterflies are fabulous!! Have a great day :)

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

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  3. Beautiful cards Kitty - and colour is fine for sympathy cards I think - lovely designs too!

    Hugs

    Di xx

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  4. I think the large yellow butterfly works perfectly for sympathy card. I like the splogged background effect too. Thankyou for fluttering by. hugs Mrs A.

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  5. I totally agree with you Kitty! The Big butterfly in yellow with your beautiful washi tape is more cheerful, but love all your gorgeous creations, perfect for sympathy cards!

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  6. Hey Kitty! Both of your cards are beautiful! :)
    Suchi xx

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  7. I honestly don't know which one I like more....the yellow or the purple. They are both just fabulous. Thanks so much for taking the time to share your talents with us. I'm so grateful to have you play along. Have a wonderful week!
    Karen
    Word Art Wednesday

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  8. Beautiful cards Kitty. Loved those butterflies.

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  9. Butterflies are perfect for sympathy cards and I love the die cut you used. Lovely cards!

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  10. Lovely cards and I'm sure your mum will think they are suitable for sympathy cards. If you feel that the second one is a little too cheerful for 'With Sympathy', you could always change the sentiment on future cards to 'Thinking of You'.
    Kath x

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  11. I love the idea of your sympathy cards because I think we make too much cards in black and white! All your cards are beautiful and I love your background made for card #1.

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  12. The cards are so lovely! I'm sure your mother will love them! I agree with you I love the purple one, but the yellow is also very nice, I also love the one with the washi tapes.
    xoxo Olga

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  13. These are so beautiful Kitty and the yellow is my favourite. I bet your mum will be so happy with these. Glad your computer is now sorted and you are back in action :) Michelle x

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  14. so happy to see some creations from you, these are lovely and cheerfull sympathy cards I know your mum will love and will bring comfort to the receiver, lots of hugs and love to you and cuddles to your furbabys, Marion

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  15. Great card. Thanks for joining us at Brown Sugar this week for our "Anything Goes" challenge.

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  16. When I first arrived I wondered why I didn't see a kitty! The cards you have made for your Mum are lovely and I'm sure she'll be very pleased with them. I think butterflies are a most suitable subject for Sympathy cards. It's good to see you back posting again Kitty. Barbxx

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  17. great designs! love the splatters.

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  18. I love the first two cards,great with the butterfly in the middle and the beautiful background.I agree with you that the last one is a bit too cheerful, but beautiful too.

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  19. Kitty I think they are all beautiful. If I had received one of these when dad passed away it would have cheered me up immensely.. Beautiful colour combo and sweet added goodies. xx
    {aNNie}

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  20. Oh and tonight I have so far done over 70 comments in response to emails and only had to verify on non google blogs...impressed.xx

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  21. Perfect sympathy cards, the splattered background is lovely. Would want to receive either cards as both are suitable. Thanks for joining in over at Butterfly Challenge x Amanda

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  22. Gorgeous cards, Kitty. I love that butterfly and the colours. Thank you for joining us at As You Like It. Luv, Wilma

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  23. They are all great, love that yellow color and definitely is cheerful, must remember for the next time, you're mother is right about that!!
    The second one is also great and do not think that is too much...
    ♥Hugs Valentina♥

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  24. I think all three are lovely. So pleased to see you around again.
    Hugs
    Cathy
    xxxxx

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  25. I understand your mom's desire for a cheerful sympathy. They don't have too all be somber with muted colors. That said you might be right on that second card. It's totally awesome, bright and cheery, but maybe not a good sympathy card. It'd be interesting to see what your mom says.

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  26. Wonderful cards Kitty , i love the colors.
    Hugs
    Kuni

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  27. Fabulous cards Kitty, they will make lovely sympathy cards.
    Pauline
    x

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  28. For me it's the other way round, I find the second one most ideal for a sad occasion. But you know, I think it's all up to the person giving and receiving, but also how the person was that passed away. There's not really a good or bad answer to what is right, but some designs are more 'typical' and 'safe' as sympathy cards than others... Their beauty is indisputable however.

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  29. Beautiful cards, I love the backgrounds you made and the large butterflies. Thank you for joining our blog challenge at SweetStamps.com.

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  30. In Italy people doesn't send simpathy cards for sad events, only telegrams or white short letters... However, I think that the butterflies are perfect fotr these occasions!!!
    Love all your three cards! The two with the splatter are fabulous, so different but very vibrant!! The butterflies are very beautiful, expecially the first one!! And the last one has a clever design, with the black and white washi tape!! You always rock with washi, my friend!! And also with the splattered inks! :D

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  31. Fabulous cards, I like the idea of butterflies for a sympathy card, they symbolize new life/resurection. Like those splatters and the black/yellow color combo on the third. I think your mom will be pleased.

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  32. Fabulous cards, I like the idea of butterflies for a sympathy card, they symbolize new life/resurection. Like those splatters and the black/yellow color combo on the third. I think your mom will be pleased.

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  33. I think both your cards are beautiful Kitty, and I like the idea of making them a little more cheerful. The butterflies are fabulous and I think they are perfect for sympathy cards... they are fragile and beautiful, just like life. Well done.
    Cheers,
    Beccy

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  34. Wow gorgeous backgrounds and beautiful butterflies.

    Hugs Diane

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  35. Simply beautiful, especially the butterfly. Thanks for sharing your talent with us at Brown Sugar Challenge. We look forward to seeing you again.
    Hugs
    Berni,DT
    brownsugarchallenge.

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  36. Gorgeous creations !! Love these

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  37. Your sympathy cards are both so beautiful. I love those butterflies.

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  38. I think both of your cards make perfect sympathy cards! The butterflies are beautiful!

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  39. Wonderful cards Kitty and perfect for sympathy cards xx

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  40. Beautiful Sympathy card
    This is so sweet, with the butterflies.
    Thank you for joining my DL.ART Thankful Thursday Anything Goes JANUARY Linky Challenge. Have a blessed day
    DIANA L.

    DL.ART DESIGN TEAM MEMBER
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  41. This is gorgeous! Love your splattered embossed background. It looks amazing. Thanks for joining us at www.sweetstamps.com

    Kim - SSDT

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  42. Nice simple sympathy cards. Very pretty. Thank you for joining us at Not Just Cards this month. Hope to seen you back here again soon. Judy DT

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  43. To me, too, yellow is definitely a cheerful colour, Kitty!!! Both your cards are beautiful and I think for the right person the second one would perfectly do as a sympathy card!!!! Love all your butterflies and the washi tape!!!

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  44. This great! Thank you for embracing the new challenges over at SBC.

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