Sympathy Cards #Stampin Up Hold on to Hope

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How often have you been in need a sympathy card and you don’t have any? Yes, that even happens to me…

So I dug out my brand new Hold on to Hope bundle, my Sale a Bration freebie, Heartfelt Blooms and the Wood Textures DSP from the annual catalogue (I had also not touched since I bought it last June) and here are my very simple creations… Also, the Bible scripture will be a great addition to my Bible art journalling supplies ūüėČ More about my Bible art journalling journey, click here.

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There are plenty more where that came from but this is a great start to the many ideas that can come out of these two stamp sets! And when you buy the Hold on to Hope bundle, you are only $2.50 away from the Heartfelt Blooms stamp set for FREE!

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Stay tuned for more about the Hold on to Hope bundle and my Bible art journaling in future posts!

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#prayersforirma Thinking of all those impacted and will be impacted #prayersforhouston #highriverstrong

Those who know me, know I’m a huge weather watcher; I’ll chalk that up to growing up in a house where our lives revolved around the weather. My Dad worked for Natural Resources in forrest fire watch and suppression my whole life. ¬†Roomies in uni and after, and now my husband, would find me watching the weather network, like it’s TV show. ¬†Cory actually calls it my “favourite channel” and I’ll be honest, it’s a pretty big staple in this house. ¬†Just this morning, the first thing I did was get up and put it on to see Irma’s progress overnight and more updated images coming out of the aftermath. ¬†I’ve always found something exciting about wild weather and storms. ¬†For sure, I’ve said, in another life I’m a meteorologist. ¬†The upcoming hours and days draw me to my phone and TV to follow the progress of the storm.

So when we hear about storms like hurricane Irma, I feel the excitement, fear and simple awe of such powerful forces of mother nature.  Here is an overhead image of Irma from NASA.

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We could get into a huge discussion about #climatechange but I’m feeling somber today and I pray for these people, not up for a debate or analysis of climate change. ¬†That being said, as we watched the devastation hit Houston, now the Caribbean, in the form of Irma, and Jose right behind and a third in the Gulf, the whole scene is quite overwhelming and I think we all need to sit back and observe the power of our world.

As a Christian, I feel especially prayerful today and I reflect on how these millions of people must be feeling and how I can only do what I can control and that is to pray for them all to find safety, shelter, and strength in their days, weeks and months to come.  Having watched the aftermath of the High River flood in 2013, the physical was hard, but it was the psychological impacts that are still evident many years later.  People will lose everything, there will be divorce, loss, and fear for years to come.  So I also pray for those that will take others in, help in any way they can, love, serve, and be good people to fellow man.  I saw so much of that generosity after the flood, we even had a friend and little guy stay with us when the entire town was evacuated.  Now, I am by no means comparing the flood of a town of 10000 to that of the millions impacted by Irma, but humans are humans and loss is loss, we all have similarities.

Please join me in prayer for all those impacted and will be impacted in the hours and days to come, and for the recovery effort to follow. ¬†Also, support the Red Cross, either Canadian or American as your disaster relief charity of choice. ¬†I know there are various organizations matching donations so it’s always a great option.

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I have been blogging for around a year and have never posted much besides crafting and my #Outlander love, until today. ¬†I really just couldn’t not share my thoughts and prayers today and I sit in my craft room creating with my girls and thinking about how blessed we are to be safe, dry and healthy. ¬†As there was after the High River flood, feelings of guilt sets in because it’s not you. ¬†Please know you are not alone, feelings of empathy and caring are what spur many to serve others and help fellow man. ¬†We can only do what we can for those impacted, donate, pray, serve, love.

#prayersforirma

#prayersforFlorida

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Sympathy Card #StampinUp #BeautifulYouStampSet

#Sympathy #cards are those which I try to have on hand for when needed. ¬†I mean, the last thing you want to do is have to sit down and concentrate on creating if you are in need of a card for a loss in your or someone else’s life.

A few years ago we had the Swallowtail stamp and it has continued to be a go-to for me for sympathy as well as note cards.  It is gorgeous and just has such wow factor.  A couple of months ago, I made some sympathy cards with that stamp set as well as the Falling in Love designer series paper from the Occasions 2017 catalogue.  I realized yesterday I never did post my final creations.  The products used will be listed below and linked to my online store for you to order and have at your door.  Of course, those products not currently available will not be listed.

Card 1: Swallowtail in Sweet Sugarplum (in-color 2016-2018)

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Card 2: Swallowtail in Crumb Cake

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I wanted to share these with you so you can see how easily our current stamp set called Beautiful You can be used to make sympathy cards with an uplifting sentiment.  Both cards are very simple, cardstock base, some layered papers, the butterfly (you can insert any stamp of flowers or other that you would see appropriate), a 1 3/4 punch for the sentiment (I used a retired scallop punch but you can use a circle or any of the layering framelits in oval or circle) and of course, the Beautiful You stamp set.

Here is the Beautiful You stamp set, it is great value for money as it is a double stamp pack, comes in two cases.

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Product list for first card:

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Happy Creating!! #yourstampinscrapbooker