Monday, August 6, 2012

H2H Challenge: Sympathy Cards!!

Hello, friends;
The challenge for today is to make a sympathy card...I have to confess this was a big deal for me. I'm not used to make sympathy cards; just thinking how to make a card with such a purpose without looking so festive or crazy is a REAL challenge for me.
Anyway, I tried my best and this is my card:
*Base: 5-1/2" x 11" piece of black CS, score @ 5-1/2" on the 11" side
*5-1/4" x 5-1/4" piece of Grey Flannel [retired]
*5" x 5" piece of Avonlea BT [new catalog]
*(1) 1-3/4" x 5" piece of black CS
*(1) 1-1/2" x 5" piece of the same Avonlea BT
*Love Blooms stamp set [flower]
*For Every Occasion stamp set [message]
*Black ink
*1/8" Black Ribbon [non CTMH]
*CTMH Bitty Sparkles

To give the flower a more interested look by distressing it with Bamboo ink, but this is optional.  
I stamped the message with VersaMark and black ink and embossed it with clear embossing powder.

This is a close up of the flower...I love the final result on this card!!
The stamp sets I chose worked so well with the Avonlea Collection.
I want to invite you to participate this week in our challenge over at H2H...after all, sympathy cards are not so hard to make! :0)

*H2H Challenges are open to everyone! To participate, follow the challenge of the week and post your results to your personal blog or other online gallery.
*Go back to the H2H Challenge blog and direct link to the post in your blog  related to the challenge for that week...we want to see your creations!!
*In order to participate in a challenge, you must use CTMH products but your project does not have to be 100% CTMH. If you use something from another company, please consider including details in the project's description.
* You MUST mention H2H challenges in your blog post and a link back to us would be appreciated. Feel free to spread the word about our challenge blog by including our badge on your blog.
*Most importantly, have FUN creating - with Close to myHeart!!...the BEST!!
Until next time,


  1. I agree that sympathy cards are a challenge, but you nailed it. This one is very elegant and very pretty!

  2. Simple and elegant - a wonderful sympathy card.

  3. Beautiful card Madeline, I love the flower and the ribbon treatment. Great job!