Pals Blog Hope: From the Heart

Welcome to the Pals January 2018 Blog Hop. Our theme this month is “From the Heart” featuring heartfelt projects like Valentine’s Day, Thinking of You, Get Well and Sympathy. Whether you’re just starting the hop, or have come from a previous Pal’s blog, you’ll find the line-up toward the end of my post to help you move along.

Many card-makers share the same feeling about the need to make a Sympathy card.  It’s one we hate to make, but necessary in life.  This particular stamp from the Heartfelt Blooms collection is extraordinarily fascinating.  The rubber looks like any other, but the details that it leaves on the card-stock gives it such a realistic look, it’s amazing.  You can see the detail in the photo below.

Thank you so much for hopping with the Stampin’ Pretty Pals today. Please take a minute to mark your calendar for our next hop on February 14, 2018. Now hop along using the Blog Hop Line-up below. Don’t forget to leave us a comment. We really like that.

Blog Hop Line-up:

  1. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  2. Becky Retzer at Just in Thyme Crafts
  3. Debbie Mageed at Secret Stamper
  4. Jennifer Michalski at Stamping Serenity
  5. Karen Hallam at Karen’s Stampin’ Habit!
  6. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  7. Rae Harper-Burnet at Wild West Paper Arts
  8. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
  9. Jeanie Stark at Just Stampin’
  10. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
  11. Rosanne Mulhern at Heartfelt Stamping
  12. Pamela Sadler at Stampin’ Pink Rose
  13. Michelle Gleeson at StampinMojo
  14. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  15. Maggie Mata at Maggie Made Cards
  16. Stesha Bloodhart at Stampin’ Hoot!
  17. Kim Jolley at Stampin’ Artfully
  18. Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
  19. Amy Hoptay at Craft Carnivore
  20. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  21. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  22. Su Mohr at Aromas and Art
  23. Sara Hicks Stuart at Sentiments by Sara
  24. Kat Chancellor at Stamp ART Connection
  25. Lori Pinto at LollyPop Paper and Ink
  26. Lisa Milligan at Stampin’ Made Simple

Kind Regards,

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Pals Paper Arts: I’m So Sorry

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Today’s post ends the last day of my 30-day vacation.  It’s been real, it’s been fun and the entire road trip across America was all REAL FUN!  It ends with the sun shining bright and looking forward to sleeping on my own bed.  Today’s card was made a month ago for the Pals Paper Arts sketch challenge.


Amy Lazzell is the creator of this very cute sketch.  She has an awesome eye for design and gave me the perfect challenge to make something different.  Please join us this week at the Pals Paper Arts sketch challenge.

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A Heart of Gold with Pals Paper Arts

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Today’s card was made for a friend who lost his father last week and each item has a special meaning.  The tree is from Thoughts & Prayers and it represents life.  The hearts were colored in with a Real Red Stampin’ Marker with one heart filled in with Gold Glitz Dazzling Details, which is his dad’s heart because he had a heart of gold.  The embossed stars in the background mean that he is now among the stars watching over his loved one.

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This week’s sketch is brought to you by our very own Ginger Toivonen and her sketch is perfect for beginners as well as advanced card makers.

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Maggie Made Tips:

  • Customize Your DSP. I absolutely love that we can color in the hearts from the Everyday Chic Designer Series Paper or leave it as is.  As I made the card for my friend I was reminded of the saying, “a heart of gold” and that’s when I decided to color in the hearts with real read and fill one in with gold. 

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Hitting a Brick Wall with CYCI #70

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Did you know that the Adventure Bound Designer Series Paper Stack is one of my all time favorite? Nope you wouldn’t because I love it so much I don’t want to use it up. I have issues, I know (LOL). I love that it’s so realistic looking.

Today’s card is a challenge card from Can You Case It and the challenge is anything you want with May Flowers.  I’m in Northern California and we didn’t get much rain in April, so our flowers were a little far and few between. Well, except for these little bitty one’s I plucked from my craft room.

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Why did I make a sympathy card with these two images? Have you faced a situation that you felt like you hit your head on a brick wall? We’ve all been there. But knowing that there is mystery and beauty behind the wall is what helped me deal with whatever I was going though.

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  • Water vase. I made it with the Bow Builder punch. I used a piece of Vellum to punch out the vase. For the water in the vase I used Tempting Turquoise from the Stampin’ Write Markers Brights Collection and colored in the vellum. To adhere the stems I dabbed a tiny bit of Crystal Effects. I also dabbed it on the outside of the vase, but it’s harder to get the wet effect on photo.
  • Window frame. To make the frame I nested two Squares Collection framelits together and it cut out a perfect frame!

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Stampin’ Up! Sympathy & Prayers

Sympathy & Prayers

When I designed this card I had a great idea to make it a clean and simple stamped card. However, during the stamping process, I got a smudge of ink in the middle of the image. Oh no, what do I do!? For a second I rolled my eyes to try to see my brain and ask it, “what were you thinking!?” LOL… so, to practice what I preach about no such thing as mistakes in stamping, I got the Curly Label Punch to help me out. Heck when I fixed it I said to myself, “Brown-chicken, Brown-cow!” Boom! Fixed!


  • Partial stamped image. How did I do that? I used the Marvelous Markers to just color in the portion of the leaves & branches I wanted from the flower twig in the Sympathy & Prayers stamp set. I huffed on it to re-wet the ink and pressed it down where I wanted the image.

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Sheltering Tree & Retiring Product Announced


The Sheltering Tree Stamp Set is so perfect for the cards we all hate to make, but necessary. This one was for a customer who needed a sympathy card on the masculine side. The sentiment is from my number one go-to set Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set. I can’t stress it enought that this set has a stamp for EVERY occasion.  I seriously think it’ll never retire.


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  • Trees are perfect. Every stamp set that has a tree in it is so perfect for every occasion. To me, leaves signify a new beginning and an end. That is why I feel they are perfect for every type of card you make.


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There Are No Words


If waking up to an earthquake wasn’t bad enough, waking up a second time to the news of a passing of a loved one (through marriage) is even worse.  I had the card sketch ready with a different sentiment, but decided on “I’m Sorry” when I heard the sad news.Loss

Although banners are so super easy to make with snips, I decided to use the Bitty Banners Framelits because it made layering easy. The Night of Navy card stock gives the sentiment a little more focus.

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Tulips: Great Way to Say “I Am So Sorry”

Spring Tulips

Nooooooooo!  The weather app says it’s gonna rain the rest of the week!  It’s a bitter-sweet weather moment for me because I have loved driving in my truck with the windows down and the sunroof open.  I love the feel of the sunshine on my face because it makes me happy!

But here’s the bitter moment… I hate that the clouds will roll in with rain!!!!  Okay, now the sweetness of it all… I LOVE THE RAIN.  LoL… I have ADHD and I interrupt my own conversations… have you had one with me lately (ask Pam, Sindy, or Shari)… Sometimes I even confuse myself and don’t let me ask you a question just to realize that 5 seconds after I ask it… I’ve already answered… LoL.

I can change the conversation on you in a hot minute.  Like right now… did you notice?

Condolences Spring Tulips

For the last few days, maybe even few weeks, I have been highly addicted to making cards with my Blessed Easter stamp.  It lights up life each time I use.  I had been coloring them in, but now I just want to show you that the stamp is just as beautiful with color outlines of the tulips.  This card will warm the heart of the person you give it to because they will know that what you did was wrong and you are very sorry. LOL

But on a serious note, it can also be used as a condolence card… the cards we hate to make, but make them because it’s important to let those who have lost a loved one know that we love them and are their rock to lean on when they can’t stand on their own.

You can see all the tulip cards I’ve made with the Blessed Easter stamp set here.

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Thinking of You Under the Tree

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Everyday someone becomes an Angel and everyday we carry our Angels in our hearts forever.  Losing someone we love is one of the most heart piercing moments we will all experience at one time or another.

For me, my first experience of loss was when my grandmother passed away.  I was only 11 years old, but I was fortunate enough to have spent so much time with her every summer when school was out.  To this day, 34 years later… I still miss her dearly and think of her daily.  She is my Angel.

This card is one of those that is so difficult to not only give to someone, but as a card-maker they are even more difficult to make.  Nevertheless, we must because at one time or another at whatever age we must go through the difficulty of losing a loved one.

Thinking of you

This particular stamp set has always been difficult for me to make.  For one, that tree!  I never know who to situate it on the card and I thought about layering it with grass, but I didn’t like the look of it and it made the oval shaped look awkward.  So, I decided on snipping it and stamped the backgroup with Versamark Ink.


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I’m So Sorry

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I'm not much of a flower person, so making flowers I do not believe is my forte.  Here comes the "but", Field Flowers is just so cool after it's stamped.  However, I think I need to use two colors that contrast each other instead of having them blend in.  What two colors do you think would compliment each other?

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Sympathy for a Pet

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I made an almost exact duplicate of this card a few weeks ago.  You can see it here.  Many of us tend to give this card to someone who has experienced a loss in their lives, but these cards should also be given to someone who has lost a dear pet.

Pets, after all are also a part of the family.  Whether the pet is a dog, a fish, a cat, or a hamster, we become attached to them and love them just as much (and in some cases more) than humans.

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My deployed life has slowed down some this week and I only made two cards.  Ever since I completed the education piece to my career, I have yet to build up a schedule.  My next priority is getting fit to run a half marathon… but my head has not yet fully committed, so for now I will start with a 10K on Fourth of July.  I’ll be sure to let you know how it goes.

I’m not a runner and to be honest, I don’t look forward to running.  I have runner’s knee and I’m simply getting old… LoL.  But it’s a commitment I kind of made to myself (so I wont feel guilty if I break it)… hahaha.  My goal is to run with a friend once I get home. She’s a dedicated runner and I just once want to run with her before I move next summer.  Her name is Michelle and she follows my blog.  She went from barely reading it to keeping up with me while I’m deployed.  So… here’s to you MICHELLE P.!

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Have you ever made sympathy cards for someone who has lost a pet?