Category Archives: Sympathy Cards

Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog Hop: Back to Basics

Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog Hop: Back to Basics Ribbon Club Assortment

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  It’s time for the December 2017 Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog Hop.  You should be coming here from Karen’s lovely blog.  This month we are showcasing the Back to Basics Ribbon Club Assortment.  These elegant ribbons  come in an array of neutral hues and classic prints making it a must have for your crafty stash.

The photograph really doesn’t do this lovely assortment justice.  But perhaps this soft blue sympathy card will give you a better idea of just how lovely these ribbons are.

Blue Sympathy Card New England by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog Hop Product by Stamperia Photo 1

These pretty grey ribbons are the perfect companion for this sympathy card.

Blue Sympathy Card New England by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog Hop Product by Stamperia Photo 2

The base layer for my bow cluster is a double loop bow tied with Shell Grey Taffeta Ribbon.  I topped this with a second double loop created from Metal Grey Mini Dots Satin. To add just a touch of shimmer, I tied a double loop bow with Silver Metallic String.

Blue Sympathy Card New England by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog Hop Product by Stamperia Photo 3Of course, I used my trusty Bow-it-All Tool to create each layer of the bow.  And to add dimension to the card, I’ve separated the layers with foam adhesive. The gorgeous die cut layer is a Spellbinder’s Die.

Blue Sympathy Card New England by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog Hop Product by Stamperia Photo 4The inside of the card is simply finished with designer papers and a stamped sentiment.

Blue Sympathy Card New England by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog Hop Product by Stamperia Photo 5I added a sweet ribbon border with Shell Grey Mini Dots Satin Ribbon.  It just elevates the whole design.

Be sure to visit each of the blogs on the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog Hop and leave some love behind.  Then hop on over to the RRR Blog and answer Bonnie’s question of the month to be entered into a drawing for your very own Back to Basics Ribbon Club Assortment.

If you haven’t signed up for the Monthly Ribbon Club yet, you can get all the information HERE.  Maybe you can tell Santa this is on the top of your Christmas Wish List!

Now, hop on over and see what paper pretties Cherry has in store for you.

Thanks for hopping!



Memories Shabby Chic Sympathy Card

Memories Shabby Chic Sympathy Card with RRR Center Stitched Burlap Ribbon

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  Sympathy cards fall into the category of cards you hope you never have to make.  Receiving cards and notes after the loss of a loved one is so meaningful and comforting that I try to make them extra special.  This Memories shabby chic sympathy card uses one of my all time favorite sympathy sentiment stamps and lovely Pink Center Stitch Burlap Ribbon.

Memories Shabby Chic Sympathy Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 1

I like to keep everything on a sympathy card soft: the colors, the textures, and even the images.  Using  a natural fiber ribbon like the burlap center stitch helps me achieve these goals.

Memories Shabby Chic Sympathy Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 2The base of this 5″ x 6″  is created from one strip of 12″ x 5″ cardstock.  First I scored the paper on the long side at 4″ and  8.75″.  Then I  folded along the score lines.  This allowed me to create a cutaway card front and an inner pocket.

Memories Shabby Chic Sympathy Card: An Easy Way to Add a Pocket

Memories Shabby Chic Sympathy Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 3

Use a punch to add a decorative edge to the pocket, then line with designer papers.  Glue just the top and bottom edges to form the pocket.

Memories Shabby Chic Sympathy Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 4

Top the tag with a simple square knot bow.  I also added a teabag and honey stick to the pocket.  For me, nothing is more comforting than a hot cup of tea.

Natural fiber ribbon can sometimes be more challenging to tie, but if you use your Zutter-Bow-it-All Tool, you’ll find it’s much easier.

I hope this Memories shabby chic sympathy card brings comfort to the friend who received it.  and I hope I’ve shared some tips and tricks that you’ll be able to use in your own crafty adventures.

Thanks for stopping by!



Shabby Chic Sympathy Card: You’re in My Heart

Shabby Chic Sympathy Card for RRR

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!   I have another sympathy card to share with you today.  This one is for a family friend whose mother just passed away. No matter how old you are: you’re never ready to say goodbye to your mom!  Wanting to do something really special for this lovely individual, I pulled out gorgeous seam binding from Really Reasonable Ribbon,mixed media papers from Canvas Corp Brands,  elegant Petaloo flowers and my Distress Markers.  The end result is this shabby chic sympathy card.

Shabby Chic Sympathy Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon, Product by Really Reasonable Ribbon and Canvas Corp Brands Photo 1Canvas Corp Brands has a great Mixed Media Origins line of papers.  After inking and distressing the background paper, this heart was fussy cut  and watercolored with Distress Markers. Next, my sentiment was stamped and heat embossed with superfine black embossing powder.  Finally, I punched holes up the center of the heart and threaded them with Gold Metallic Baker’s Twine.

You're in My Heart Sympathy Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon, Product by Really Reasonable Ribbon and Canvas Corp Brands Photo 2 Noble Peacock Seam Binding is the perfect ribbon to lend soft, shabby chic elegance to this card design.

You're in My Heart Sympathy Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon, Product by Really Reasonable Ribbon and Canvas Corp Brands Photo 5Inside, a second sentiment was stamped on 7 Gypsies Ordre du Jour papers.  Darling birds frame the journaling card where I’ll add my personal note.

This shabby chic sympathy card is very simple in design .  The detail work went into the stitching, water color and inking.  Soft ribbons and dreamy flowers give it the shabby chic vibe I was going for.  What do you think?  I’d love to hear from you in the comment section.

Thanks for stopping by!




Graphic 45 Botanicabella Sympathy Card

Botanical Sympathy Card with Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts and Graphic 45 Botanicabella

Hello, Friends!  I’m so happy to be sharing another project with you as a guest designer.  While I don’t have a tutorial, I do have some great tips for working with chipboard titles and laser cut doilies.


This 5″ x 7″ sympathy card is made with Graphic 45’s Botanicabella Deluxe Collector’s Edition.  I kept fussing with all the layers, but the card just wasn’t coming together for me. I liked all the elements, but the composition just wasn’t working.   Then I remembered that I had a package of Words & Phrases I in my chippie stash.

Adding this elegant chipboard title was the key to making this composition work.  I painted the chipboard with Black Soot Distress ink, and sprinkled it with Stampendous Aged Black Embossing Enamel while the paint was still wet.  In no time flat the chipboard was transformed into a thing of beauty.


I think it looks like metal, and I love the dimension that embossing with enamel lends to chipboard.  I backed the title with paper from the collection, then trimmed away the excess.    Magic!  I also cut a gorgeous GSL laser cut doily in half and tucked it behind my fussy cut bird.  This helped the image stand out from the background.  These are not currently in the shop, but Gina assures me that more are on the way, so keep your eyes open for them!


The interior of the card has a pocket with a hand made notecard.
I’m making this card for my cousin, and I wanted to tuck in some old family photos of her mom in with the card.  The pocket will keep them safe.
The lower half of the card has more paper layers and a hand stamped sentiment.
It never fails to amaze me how a little bit of chipboard can take a project from so-so to superb!  I hope I’ve shared some new ideas with you here today.  Thanks so much for stopping by!




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Balmy Breeze Sympathy Card Tutorial

Heartfelt Creations December Alumni Hop: Sympathy Card

Hello, Friends! Welcome to the Heartfelt Creations December Alumni Hop. You should be coming here from the very lovely Regina Hamilton’s beautiful blog. I’ve prepared a Balmy Breeze Sympathy Card tutorial to share with you here today.

This has been a hard couple of weeks for the Heartfelt Creations family as we lost one of our very dear members. Penny O’Dell went home to be with the Lord quite suddenly on December 14th. Penny and I were teammates together and she had such a lovely, giving spirit, incredible creativity and eye for beauty. We are all stunned and saddened at her loss, and pray that her family and close friends will be comforted at this difficult time. This blog hop is dedicated to her memory, and in that vein, I created this Balmy Breeze Sympathy Card.

Kathy by Design/Balmy Breeze Sympathy Card 01The color palette of this collection is just right for a sympathy card.  And I love the serenity of this image.  Lighthouses help to guide us out of life’s storms and lead us into safe harbor.  I pray that for Penny’s family.  There is a tutorial below that you can follow to re-create this card.

Kathy by Design/Balmy Breeze Sympathy Card 02I framed the lighthouse image in a chipboard frame, then framed it again with the elegant Lattice Swirl Dies.  My small flowers are made with the Mini Vintage Floret stamps and dies.  I created the banner sentiment by cutting down one of the journal note cards and then stamping with the Sympathy Sentiment Stamps.  The bow cluster is made with  grey plaid ribbon topped with Iridescent Metallic String, a Vintage Floret rosebud and a sand dollar charm that I painted with Picket Fence Distress Paint.

Kathy by Design/Balmy Breeze Sympathy Card 03The interior is finished with layered papers from the collection and another of the beautiful sympathy sentiment stamps.

From here, you should hop on over to visit the one and only Gloria Stengel.  I know she will have something inspiring to share with you.

The hop will remain open until midnight January 1st.  Be sure to visit all the blogs and leave a comment, as one of you will be randomly chosen to win a $25 gift card to Heartfelt Creations from one of the blogs. The winner will be announced on our blogs on Saturday, January 2nd.  You will then have 72 hours to claim your prize, or a new name will be randomly chosen.

Thank you so much for stopping by.



Balmy Breeze Sympathy Card TUTORIAL

Supplies for Balmy Breeze Sympathy Card:
Directions for making a Balmy Breeze Sympathy Card:
  • Create a 6″ x 5.25″ side fold card base. I did this by cutting a 5.25″ x 12″ rectangle from a  12″ x 12″ sheet of brown cardstock. Score at 6″ and crease so that the fold is on the left and the card is wider than it is tall.
  • Cut a 5.5″ x 5″ rectangle from tan paper in the collection.  Mat on a slightly larger piece of teal cardstock and glue onto the card base.
  • Cut a 5 3/8″ x 3 3/8″ rectangle of the ship’s wheel paper.  Mat with a slightly larger piece of both teal and brown cardstock.  Glue to the upper third of the  card base, about 1/4″ from the top edge of the card base.
  • Find the lighthouse paper in the collection.  Trace around the outside of a 3.5″ x 4.5″ rectangular chipboard frame.  My frame was pre-finished with a grey plaid design, but you could use any chipboard frame.  Trim out the image and glue to the back of the frame, trimming away any excess around the edges.  Sand the edges and ink with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  Tap with Picket Fence Distress Paint to soften the color a bit. Glue to the card base so that the bottom edge of the frame is about 3/4″ from the bottom of the card base.
  • Die cut the lattice swirls from the cream pearlized cardstock and glue on either side of the framed image.
  • Stamp the mini vintage florets onto teal designer paper from the collection and heat emboss with white embossing powder.  Shape and stack.  Fill the centers with grey pearls. Brush the petals with Diamond Stickles. Set aside to dry.
  • Tie a double layer bow with the grey gingham.  Top with an Iridescent Metallic String Bow and the painted sand dollar charm.  Use the glue gun to secure to the card base.
  • Cut one of the journal cards into a fishtail banner shape.  Mat with teal and brown cardstock.  Stamp “In Sympathy” onto the tag.  Use hot glue to put in place.
  • Glue prepared flowers onto the card.
  • For the interior: Layer papers from the collection as shown, using the dark script paper on the top.  Stamp the sentiment onto a light teal designer paper and mat with teal cardstock.  Glue into place.



Elegant Sympathy Card

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!

When I learned that my sweet neighbor’s dad passed away last week, I wanted to make her a special sympathy card.  A card seems like such a small gesture, but I know from personal experience just how much it means to receive one.  Just to know that others are thinking of you and care about your loss is very comforting.  So I created this elegant sympathy card to let her know that I am here for her if she needs me.

Kathy by Design/Sympathy Card

Kathy by Design/Sympathy Card for Really Reasonable Ribbon

I stitched together lots and lots of layers of paper, then added a stamped focal sentiment.  The elegant sherry satin ribbon with gold edges was exactly the finishing touch this card needed. I topped it with a delicate looped bow made from metallic gold string and a fancy button from my stash.  This picks up on the gold embossing in the card focal.

RRR Sympathy Card May 17 2015 03The papers are from the Noted Paper Collection.  I stamped the sentiment from Fiskars retired stamp set, and then decorated it using stamps from the Artful Collection.  The wooden butterfly was embossed with gold embossing powder then tapped with Aged Mahogany Distress Paint.

RRR Sympathy Card May 17 2015 04The interior of the card uses the same papers along with sentiments from a stamp set called Heartfelt Greetings.

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Cut, Mat, Create Sympathy Card

HC Cut Mat Create Sample 02Cut, Mat, Create Sympathy Card

Hello, Friends!  I’m back today to share a very quick and easy project with you.  I used the Cut, Mat, Create Collection from Heartfelt Creations to make this elegant sympathy card.  I love that the dies can be used not just for scrapbooking, but also in card making.  It’s such a time saver to be able to just cut the mats with my A dies and the images with my B dies.  Perfect mats every time!  The card fronts in the paper collection have been thoughtfully designed to work hand in glove with the dies.  How handy!

HC Cut Mat Create Sample 03aThe beautiful corner flourishes are part of the die collection.  I used my favorite Posy Patch stamps and die to add a little extra dimension to the card.  You’ll find a complete supply list and detailed tutorial for making this 6″ x 6″ card below.  Here are a few more photos.

HC Cut Mat Create Sample 01a

HC Cut Mat Create Sample 04I had this Cut, Mat, Create Sympathy Card made in  no time flat! Card making has never been easier!  And that makes me happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers!

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Cut, Mat, Create Sympathy Card

Heartfelt Creations Products and Products Carried by HC:
Paper: HCDP1 245 Cut, Mat, Create Collection
Dies: HCD 751 Cut, Mat, Create Die 2-A
HCD 752 Cut, Mat, Create Die 2-B
HCD 701 Posy Patch
Stamps: HCPC3617 Birds and Blooms PreCut Set
HCPC 3377 Sympathy Sentiment PreCut Set
HCPC 3303 Posy Patch PreCut Set
Other: 452255 Grand Calibur, 159223 Paper Blossoms Molding Mat, 459222 Paper Blossoms Tool Kit

Other Products: Ink: Ranger Jet Black Archival Ink, Ranger Pumice Stone Distress Ink, Ranger Old Paper Distress Ink; Paper: Tan Coredinations Shimmer Paper; Dies: Spellbinder Big Scalloped Oval Lg.; Trims: 1/8″ cream satin ribbon, rhinestones, Prima Lace Trim; Biscotti Perfect Pearls Mist

Create a 6″ square top fold card base from tan shimmer paper. Cut the 6″ card front from the paper collection. Use the large rounded square die in HCD 751 to cut out the center panel. Sponge the edges lightly with Old Paper Distress ink. Stamp the sentiment with Jet Black Archival Ink. Spray with Perfect Pearls Biscotti. Trim the edges of the outer frame to 5 3/4″ square and round the corners. Glue onto the card base. Run accent lace across the center. Use foam dots to attach the stamped card center.

Die cut 4 lacy corners from tan shimmer cardstock. Glue into card corners.

Stamp several of the 3 smallest Posy Patch flowers onto tan shimmer cardstock with Pumice Stone DI. Die cut, shape, stack and add to card as shown. Add rhinestones.

Tie a loopy bow with cream satin ribbon. Attach to the top center of card. Add tiny flower to center.

For the interior: Trim a 6″ square card panel to 5 3/4″ square. Round the corners. Glue the Posy Patch flower on the border. Die cut two of the small vines from HCD 751, ink the centers with Pumice Stone DI while still in the die, and glue around the flower. Die cut the largest Scallop Circle. Sponge with Pumice Stone DI while still in the die. Stamp with sentiment and add to card.

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