Forgive me as I get a little emotional in this post.
A very close friend of mine lost her dad yesterday. I have to tell you that, although I didn't really know her father, his death brought back so many recent emotions of my mom's death in 2008. It was her passing that led me to pursue my passion of stamping at a new level.
I like to think of it as her last gift to me, and probably one of the most important and precious gifts (lessons/challenges/adventures) that I'll receive in my lifetime. The gift of wanting to live every day to the fullest. To be my best self. To rejuvenate and improve my physical, mental and emotional well-being. To rediscovering what makes me happy and enjoying those pieces of happiness.
I know the heavy loss of losing a parent, how it changes you forever. If you've experienced it, you know what I'm talking about. I hope my friend can find strength in her grief and that it leads to incredible, positive, life-changing experiences for her, as well.
Have you told your parents how much you love them today? Don't wait.
I stamped this quick and easy sympathy card with the Thoughts & Prayers set. Using markers in Pumpkin Pie, Cajun Craze, Bravo Burgundy and Early Espresso, I colored on the stamp, huffed on it to moisten it, and stamped on a die-cut Top Note in Whisper White card stock. I trimmed the edges of that piece and layered it onto a Cajun Craze Top Note die-cut. The 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon was tied through two holes punched with the Crop-A-Dile.
The background decorative paper is from the Autumn Spice Specialty DSP (I loved that the leaves matched the tree image). This paper is heavier weight than traditional Designer Series Papers, and lightly textured like watercolor paper—superior quality!
You can barely see it, but I added a Scallop Edge border in Burgundy to the bottom, and adhered more ribbon along the top edge of the DSP.
A simple and quick card, filled with thoughtfullness and love...exactly what you need sometimes.