Sunday 14 January 2018


Hi. My lovely neighbour Ruby passed away on Friday. She had been ill for a few months, and in hospital with pneumonia for the last couple of weeks, but it was still a shock. She was such a lovely lady, and she used to look after our cats while we were away. She loved baking, and often popped round with cakes for us. We have known her for 17 years, and the street won't be the same without her.

I wanted to make a Sympathy card for her family, but I find them so difficult. You want them to somehow express how you feel, and they'll always fall short. I ended up trying a couple of designs, but went with the one with the vase of flowers in the end. I suppose that although they are difficult to make, sympathy cards are also a bit of therapy, giving you something to do when you feel so sad and empty.

Anyway, here are the cards I made:

I'm entering this one in the following challenges:

Addicted to Stamps: "Clean and Simple"
Watercooler Wednesday: "All About Occasions"
MAWTT: "Flowers"
That's Crafty: "Feeling Blue"

I'm entering this one in the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp: "Winter Blues"
Alsorts: "No Patterned Papers"
Crafty Creations: "Anything Goes"
Crafts Galore: "Anything Goes"

Stamps from Stampin' Up! 'Summer Silhouettes' set
Sentiment from Woodware 'Jane's Script'

Vase digi from Vectorstock
Adirondack Ink pads: Aqua, Denim, Hazelnut, Juniper, Cloudy Blue
Nuvo Drops: Pale Gold


Liz said...

Two beautiful sympathy cards. Sympathy cards never get any easier to make, but these are perfect. xx

Magic Flying Boots said...

Thank you, Liz. Very kind of you xx

Lorraine A said...

2 beautiful cards, I am sure your neighbours family will love and appreciate them.

Sympathy cards are always difficult to make, but as Liz has already said, these are perfect! xx

so sorry for your loss too, our neighbour takes care of our cats while we are away too and I can appreciate how close you were to her. sending a hug sweetie XXX

thanks for joining us on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge
Lols x x x

Wendy L said...

Both cards are so pretty, perfect for the occasion, thanks for joining us at MAWTT and Allsorts. Xxxx

Sue B said...

So sorry for your loss, your neighbour sounds a lovely lady. Both designs are beautiful and perfect for Sympathy Cards. I especially like the blue vase one. Love the space on the card, it gives a lovely tranquil feel. I’m sure Ruby’s family will really appreciate this.
Thanks for joining us at MAWTT for our Flowers Challenge!
Hugs Sue B xx

Penny Hanuszak said...

So sorry for the loss of your neighbor and friend. Such a difficult thing to lose someone close and you're right the sympathy card is probably one of the most difficult to make, although it can be cathartic for our soul too. Yours is beautiful in it softly mixed blues and sweet flower images. I really like the sentiment . clean and simple in expression. Thanks so much for joining us this week for our All About Occasions challenge at Watercooler Wednesday.

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

So sorry to hear of your loss, it is never an easy task to create sympathy cards especially when they are for someone close. Both cards are designed with empathy and a perfect way to pass your support and comfort to your neighbours. Thank you very much for sharing with us over at That's Crafty. Warmest of Wishes Tracey DT

Helen said...

The loss of such a special person in your life is very difficult for everyone. However I'm sure her family appreciated your thoughts and support and this very beautiful and elegant card. It is so delicate and special and conveys just the right message for such a special lady. Thanks so much for joining us at Watercooler Wednesday Challenge!

Heidi Weaver said...

Hi Jen, I know what you mean about sympathy cards. No matter what one says or how lovely the card, one always feels that they fall short of what one really wishes to communicate. That said, your cards are lovely. I especially love the stunning spray of blue and white blossoms in that delicately coloured blue vase. The tiny gold centres of the blossoms really add to the elegance. I'm sure Ruby's family will love their card and will understand how much she meant to you. I'm so very sorry for your loss. Thanks so much for joining our Watercooler Wednesday Challenge this week.

Zoey | Scrapsaurus said...

These are two stunning card. I agree with what everyone else already said, sympathy cards are never easy to make. But you created two amazing pieces that I am sure would cheer everyone up.
Love it, seriously!
Thank you for playing along with us over Simon Says Stamp monday Challenge!
We all hope to see you again soon!

Poppyfield Card Crafts said...

Beautiful cards for a sad occasion

Thank you for playing along with us at MAWTT


Created by Kath said...

Lovely Sympathy cards! Thanks for joining us at Watercooler Wednesday!

susiestacey said...

Two lovelt cards for such a sad occasion - always difficult to make.
Thank you for sharing at Allsorts 'No Patterned Paper' challenge this week and good luck x Susan x

Tracy said...

Beautiful creations, thanks for joining Allsorts challenge, good luck.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Moira said...

Beautiful and elegant thank you for entering the That's Crafty Challenge

Shylaashree said...

both the cards are adorable.Thanks for playing along with us at Addicted to Stamps & More. Hope to see you again
Shylaa DT@ATSM

Carole J said...

Two beautiful sympathy cards. Thank you for sharing your project with us at the Crafts Galore Encore January Challenge, “Anything Goes”. Good Luck and hope to see you again next month!
Carole x DT