Sunday, April 22, 2012

A sympathy card and a blog award from Shien Shien

Hi blogging friends Free Smiley Courtesy of

Thank you for your continued fantastic support and comments on my last post - I really appreciated reading each and every one of them and they have been helping me through this difficult time filled with hospitals, specialists and medical appointments which will continue for much of this year - but things are going according to plan at this stage which is what we had hoped and prayed for - and really, we just get through each day with whatever challenges present themselves and not look too far ahead or you drive yourself crazy worrying.

Secondly, I wanted to say a very special "thank you" to Shien Shien in Indonesia from Shien's Paper Arts who recently gave me a blog award - so sweet of you to pass it on to me :-))  I have been following Shien Shien's blog for a few months and I am blown away by her talent for scrapbooking and cardmaking.  I was so pleased that Shien Shien recently joined the Lawnscaping Design Team as I LOVE Shien Shien's Lawn Fawn cards - they are always so beautifully creative and so stylish.  You can check out Shien Shien's blog here.  Due to my current time-constraints and circumstances, instead of passing it onto particular bloggers, I am passing this award onto YOU - all my wonderful followers and encouragers - MWAH :-)) 

Recently, I received news of the passing of a member of my extended family and although it wasn't unexpected, it is still a shock when it happens - and this is the card that I made to send to the immediate family members:

I kept it really simple as I usually do with Sympathy cards but decided to just add a touch of colour with the punched pink glitter cardstock hearts and the pink ribbon just to make it look a little more feminine but not over-the-top.  I punched the hearts using a Martha Stewart Looped Hearts edge punch and are actually the leftover punchies after using the punch; they were just the right size that I needed.  I know the hearts look dark in the photo but they are really a light pink that matches the ribbon.

Just a tip:  when I tie a ribbon bow on the edge of a card that is going in the post, I usually add a few drops of Supaglue to the bow knot so that it doesn't come untied and have the ribbon fall off either in transit or when the card is pulled out of the envelope.  The Supaglue soaks through the bow knot to the ribbon layers and seals it all together and there is no way that it can come undone. Just try not to Supaglue your fingers to the ribbon or the card!  Once I stuck my fingers to the kitchen bench with Supaglue - but that's a story for another day!Free Smiley Courtesy of

Thanks for stopping by!


Card Recipe:

Stamps:  'With Sympathy' from Stamp-It Australia cling-mounted rubber sentiment set - siset014

Ink:  Versafine Onyx black

Accessories:  Cuttlebug Roses embossing folder, Spellbinder Oval Nestabilities, Cuttlebug, pink ribbon, supaglue, cardstock - white, pink glitter

Punches:  Martha Stewart Looped Hearts edge, Stampin' Up! corner punch


Jackie said...

Good morning Jocelyn, what a beautiful card, simple is so tasteful for the occasion :o)
Jackie xx

debby4000 said...

So beautiful and elegant.

Anonymous said...

Hi Jocelyn,

I am so glad that your family member's treatment is going well. It's a very stressful time for you but you seem to be coping well - I'm glad for that too.

Your card is beautiful. I find sympathy cards so difficult to do, but this is perfect.

Anonymous said...

this is a lovely sympathy card, jocelyn. one day at a time is the best strategy; keeps you from being overwhelmed.
hugs, linda

Elizabeth Allan said...

Lovely card Jocelyn.... sending thoughts and prayers for you and your family.

Anita said...

Sorry for your loss. Your card is beautiful and I'm sure the recipient was very touched. I'm glad that everything is going according to schedule. I'll continue to keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

cparsons said...

Such a beautiful card Jocelyn:) I love the white embossed look for a sympathy card, it's so elegant. I've missed you!

Karen Letchworth said...

Sympathy cards are always great to have on hand when you (unfortunately) need one. It's good to stay well stocked just in case. Thanks for sharimg this. It will really cheer someone!
Blessings to you,
Karen L

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