I was blessed to be born into two families that were filled with love, but my mother's family was like being enveloped in so much love that life became sweet. You knew you had an army of loved ones standing behind you in thick and thin. There were eight girls and two boys in the Olson clan. One son died when he was fourteen. The last three girls were born close together, my mother being the oldest. They were lucky to live close to one another, less than 30 miles separated them, and they did everything together. As they aged they were each other's loving support, lifting and sustaining one another through their aches and pains. It was such an inspiration of what love and family is suppose to be to watch them. The middle girl, Aunt Sharyn, had poor health for many years and we thought she would be the first to return home to our Savior's loving arms, but My mother went first, eight days shy of her 91st birthday. Aunt Sharyn passed away last year, and on Sunday my wonderful Aunt Betty left this world. I am sure there is a wonderful reunion going on. My sweet Uncle Delos is the only one remaining from that generation. The loss of Aunt Betty has been a difficult blow. Even though you know of life eternal, even though you know you will be reunited again, even though you know they are watching over us, you still miss them terribly. This card is for Uncle Delos and his children. Aunt Betty's favorite colors were pink, purple, and blue. So that is the color scheme I used for her sympathy card.
I selected this pretty digital stamp from Connie Fong called Peony Delight. I printed it with a laser printer, which is Copic Marker safe. The line on ink jet printers will bleed. I selected some pretty pinks and purples to color the flowers and fussy cut around the image when the coloring was complete.
A scalloped rectangle was cut from Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock. Before ink blending the background low tack tape was added to keep the scallop edges white. A light blue ink was used to ink blend over the stencil. I love the way it turned out. This is a new stencil and it fast becoming a favorite.
Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape was added to the back of the flower arrangement. The word "sympathy" was cut from gold mirror cardstock. Both were laid on the scalloped rectangle to determine where to stamp the secondary sentiment. The die cut sentiment was adhered in place using liquid glue and the flower arrangement was adhered by removing the backing paper on the foam tape.
Darice Stick Back Foam was added to the back of the scalloped rectangle, which was then adhered to a top folding cardbase with liquid glue. The final embellishment was to add Copper Penny Nuvo Drops to the centers of the flowers and the card was done.
· Connie Fong Peony Delight Digi Stamp
· Honey Bee Stamps With Sympathy
· Copic Markers: R85, R83, R81, RV000; V06, V04, V01; YR27, YR24, YR20; G99, G94, YG03
· Nuvo Crystal Drops Copper Penny
· Simple Stories Retro Diamond Stencil
· Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape
· Distress Oxide Tumbled Glass
· VersaFine Clair Nocturne Ink
· Gina Marie Designs Scalloped Rectangle
· Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
· Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock