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Friday, January 20, 2012

I Feel the Love Sympathy Card

Happy Friday, my sweet friends! I hope your week has been crafty and happy. :o)

Today I have a very special card to share with you. As you well know, my favorite card to create each month is in support of Madison's incredible I Feel the Love project. Each month she selects an individual, group, or family in need of an extra dose of love and sunshine. We have the incredible privilege of making cards for the highlighted purpose... using our passion to bless someone in need. It's such a beautiful endeavor and I am so thankful to Madison for this cause.

This month's collection is to support a grieving family in Chile. Their beautiful little daughter, Olivia, passed away just before Christmas at only 4.5 months old. A twin, she weighed merely 2.2 lbs at birth. The spunky little baby battled through surgeries, including two open-heart surgeries. Her life expectancy was two weeks, but this sweetheart fought for over four months. It is heartbreaking to think what her loved ones left behind are enduring.

I decided to make this card a peaceful scene of nature's beauty, enhanced by beautiful Kaisercraft paper and Cindy Loo cuts. I made it a touch whimsical in hopes it will also make Olivia's young brother and sisters smile, too.

(Interior sentiment)
"May you find peace and comfort"... a Whimsical Designs~ Everyday Sentiments stamp.
This card was hard... how do you pack enough love into a tiny card for grieving people you'll never meet? The two purple butterflies on the front, which are the same patterned paper as the frame, are each carrying messages. Most likely they won't be realized, but hopefully they'll be felt. The one on the left has two tiny hearts down the center of the body, carrying the Lord's healing love. The other one has its beautiful pearl right in the center, bringing the divine light that is needed to arise from their current darkness. I covered a few of the flowers in droplets of Star Dust because I am hoping the shimmering accents will bring a matching twinkle to their eyes, if only for a moment.

I embossed the leaves for additional texture and centered the frame's flower with a sweet little button. Perhaps unseen in the main picture is that I added some Glossy Accents to the leaves and flower petals:
Those are dew drops, representing that this is a brand new day... a day to grow stronger, to receive more grace to heal, and to let Olivia inspire them to live a life of joy. The interior paper is polka-dotted to match the embossing and flower paper on the front, cut out with a Spellbinders Nestie that coordinated pretty well to the card shape. The merged trail of the sentiment-hugging butterflies forms a heart, in dire hope that the Cappelluti family feels an outpouring of love from this teeny tiny card.

And now that I'm teary again, I'll simply end this here so I can leave you all more love on your projects. There is still a little time remaining to contribute to I Feel the Love this month, so I hope you whip up a thinking of you or sympathy card. This beautiful family needs it.

Thank you for fluttering on by today, my dear friends. I am so thankful for you! Have a blessed weekend! :o)

Key Recipe Components:
 * Cricut cartridge: Cindy Loo
 * Cuttlebug embossing folder: Swiss Dots
 * Spellbinders Nestabilities: Labels Four
 * Sentiment stamp: Whimsical Designs~ Everyday Sentiments
 * Paper: Kaisercraft, Papertrey Ink
 * Butterfly punches: Fiskars (small ones), Martha Stewart Small Monarch
 * Lace ribbon: American Crafts
 * Button: My Mind's Eye Tres Jolie
 * Miscellaneous: Glossy Accents; Pearls (Recollections); Stickles



  1. Oh my such a sad story on this little girl's passing...
    Anyway I love the card you made and I'm sure this card would bring some smile to their faces and knowingly their sister is in a better place now. Butterflies are always special on any occasional card, you really did a wonderful job on this card Karen.... so thoughtful of you....

  2. The most beautiful Sympathy card I have ever seen. So beautifully done Karen and I am sure the family will be touched.
    Jayne x

  3. This is lovely and for the right reason:) Sandra H

  4. Now I'm all teary!! I don't even have words for this card, Karen!! A beautiful, touching card from your beautiful heart!! And what a wonderful, caring thing to do!! It's been a few months since I've been able to join in with Madison's Feel the Love have inspired me to find the time!! Stunning card my sweet friend!! I love it :)


  5. Gorgeous my friend, and so heartfelt. I love the colours, and that lacy bow. The whole thing is so simple, and yet so full of love and comfort. Madison's project this month made me cry too - so glad we're able to offer just a teensy bit of comfort, right?



  6. Karen I pray that they will feel the love and tears that went into making this card... I am just speechless with what you have created. You are such a blessing to everyone that comes to know you...I am always touch in some way from your amazing blog... Love and hugs

  7. *hugglers you something silly*

    My sweetest sis, the love that is packed into this card is the most precious gift that this blessed family will ever receive. Knowing that they have the support of a sparkling heart like you helps them heal more every single day and brings so much comfort. Every single detail of this card is a shining representation of just how much love God has for this precious family and their beloved little one. Only a beautiful spirit like you Sunshine could help bring a smile and deliver so much hope and joy. Your most selfless gift will be a forever reminder of the power of love and faith. God bless the entire precious family always...and may the love that our sweetest Karen has packed into this creation be felt forever as it flutters right out of the card and into their hearts where it will remain always.

    Did you know that the precious little one who is safely in God's arms right now adores your gift something crazy too, sis? She has been smiling down on you the entire time that you worked away on it. I know without question that she is SO excited to watch it reach her family. She will never forget your kindness, Sunshine. She loves you so very much.

    You are something extra, extra, extra special Sunshine. Your creation is truly heaven blessed and a sparkling example of just how dazzling your heart really is.

    *squishers you with all my strength*


    ~~~Forvever Sparkling Hugglers...
    Christina :)

  8. Karen, what a blessing you are to this project. I appreciate you so much. This card and this post are beautiful. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. You are an inspiration to many. God bless you!

  9. Such a lovely card from a most lovely person! You're heart has been given again to help heal another. As this heals so you to shall heal! God knows your every deed and He will return to you the sweet gifts you so generously extend to others. Thank you my dear sweet friend for your prayers and words of comfort you left me. I so treasure your visits.

    Hugs, Pam

  10. So BEAUTIFUL Karen!! This is such a beautiful card and I am sure the family will be so touched by your thoughtfulness. I just love the elegance to it. The embossed flower, gorgeous paper and fabulous bow all are such wonderful elements to you card. TFS!
    Sherrie K

  11. This is beautiful Karen! Everything about is perfect..the paper, the cuts your chose, embossing, and that ribbon for the bow! I really like that you chose to put the sentiment on the inside, and how great it looks with the butterflies. This will warm the families heart!!! Hugs:)

  12. Wow Karen! This is such a beautiful card for such a difficult situation. You did a fantastic job, and I love the way that you added the sentiment to the inside of the card. :)

  13. Very nice creation. Truly sparkling!


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