Hi Friends! It’s me, Tina, Frenchie’s Passport Pal, with another guest post.  We usually get to make happy, cheerful cards, but sometimes life throws sadness our way.  Unfortunately, I needed to make a couple of sympathy cards for two special women in my life – one just lost her husband and my other friend just lost her mother.  It’s so incredibly heartbreaking when those we love pass away and I’m so glad I can at least show my love for these two ladies with a hand stamped card.   Sometimes even the simplest gesture can mean the most, don’t you think?

Due to a very busy schedule right now (I’m in the middle of moving to another province) I could only squeeze in a few minutes to stamp these cards.  All in all it only took me about 10 minutes to make both of these cards.  But I think it just goes to show that you don’t have to spend hours making a card.  And just receiving a hand stamped card can be like a hug in the mail for someone who really needs it.  

To make the card I literally swiped my ink pads across Whisper White card stock (#100730).  The inks I used were Soft Sky (#131181), Smoky Slate (#131179), Old Olive (#126953), Wild Wasabi (#126959) and Crumb Cake (#126975).  Once I had my ‘landscape’ I stamped the tree and sentiment from Thoughts and Prayers (#128751 wood/#127808 clear) in Black Stazon Ink (#101406).  
To make the sun I used my 1 1/4″ Circle Punch (#119861) with a piece of scrap Whisper White card stock to create a stencil and using a sponge (#101610) I applied So Saffron (#126957), Daffodil Delight (#126944) and a touch of Pumpkin Pie (#126945).  I just drew the birds on with a Basic Black Marker (#100082).

The base of the card is Soft Sky card stock (#131203) and Wild Wasabi Card Stock (#108641).  To finish I took my Wild Wasabi marker (Soft Subtles Markers #131263) and added some colour to the leaves and applied Crystal Effects (#101055) on top.  I then set the card aside for the Crystal Effects to dry.

I’m glad I was able to find a bit of time to make these cards for my friends and let them know I’m thinking about them.  I’m also grateful to have a hobby and products that I love that allows me to do this, no matter how hectic life can be at times.  Sending a card in the mail can sometimes be a lost art – but nothing beats getting a card from someone who cares!
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See you again in a couple of weeks ~ HAPPY STAMPING!