When I need a sympathy cards I usually buy them. It's just too hard for me to be creative when I'm grieving. But when I sat down to write out the cards I realized that I was short one card. And I really, really wanted to send them out as so as possible. It's one of those things that if I put it off one night then I probably won't get back to it for a week because its a hard thing to do. And you really have to be in the right frame of mind to write a sympathy card. So I started making one and of course my mind went totally blank. Grief and creativity just don't mix in my head. So I started looking through my stash to see what I could build upon. I was really lucky I had a note card already made up with script stamping on it. It was from another project that I never finished, but it was a starting place and when I went to pick up the card the stamped feather, and the Tim Holtz thinking of you sentiment fell out of the same box. A little serendipity, or divine intervention saved the day, my creative sparked, and the card was born. So thank you serendipity and Tim Holtz for making this whole process easier.
This week has been particularly difficult for a good friend of mine. Several different issues have been thrown at her in a very short amount of time and I can tell she is getting very overwhelmed. It's time that she had a little friendship pick-me-up. So I got to work right away making this card. I knew I wanted something lovely, but sedate. There was a tragedy involved in all the things that happened to her. And though it was not immediate family it hurts deeply all the same. Because of that this card had to be more on the side of a sympathy card. Meaning more sedate than my normal style.
My friend is such a bright, cheery, energetic person to make a card that was a little bit somber was really hard to do. I never realized
just how much I focus on the person I am making the card for until now. So to help the process along I to focused on choosing muted soothing tones. And then picked the prettiest papers I could find that really express her. So of course I had to choose My Mind's Eye paper. And the Lost and Found Breeze collection just had the perfect colors in it. She appreciated the thought. And I could tell she had a lot of fun picking out the different elements of the card itself. She is a crafter too. It turned out to be a really nice way to get her mind off her troubles for a little while.
Not to worry I'm sure all the issues will wrap themselves up soon and she will be back to her old perky self in no time. Until then I will just have to keep distracting her with pretty handmade things.
My Mind's Eye - Lost and Found 2 Collection - Breeze-- Stickles Glitter Glue - Diamond-- Hero Arts Cling Set, Border Messages Stamps-- Die by Tim Holtz, Styled Labels-- Distress Ink Pad, Vintage Photo-- EK Success Punch, Flowers and Leaves-- Burlap String Natural -- Grafix Medium Weight Chipboard Sheets-- Tonic Studios Tim Holtz Serrated Snips-- Fiskars Portable Paper Trimmer-- Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive-- Neenah Cardstock Kraft-- Corner Chomper
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