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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Sweet and Sunshiny Sympathy Card

Hello, my crafty friends! I hope you're having a beautiful week. :o)

One thing I did not anticipate near Christmas was needing a sympathy card. A sweet little girl that I will forever love passed away after a fierce battle against brain cancer. She inspired me every single day and will always be an inspiration to all who became a part of her journey.

This isn't a typical sympathy card, but Trinitie certainly wasn't a typical child! In creating this for her grieving mother, I wanted to represent what Trin showed us daily: sweetness and sunshine.
Sometimes when a card is particularly painful to make, simplicity is your friend. Knowing the design wouldn't be overly detailed, I turned to one of my favorite techniques. Using Spellbinders for shaped cards innately adds elegance and beauty, so I chose Gold Labels 4 for my base. I used the coordinating Labels 4 Nestabilities to cut and emboss a frame for the top, sponging the embossed area with Tim Holtz Scattered Straw distress ink for a warm, sunshiny, heavenly glow.

The lovely cupcake is my first CottageCutz die. This is the Sweet Filigree Cupcake, which I cut out a few times in varying papers and adorned with pearls (as non-pareils, of course). The Anastasia Border is from Cheery Lynn Designs, which serves as a pocket within my frame. Upon taking out the cupcake...

... words of encouragement, via K Andrews Design Scripture Sayings stamp set:
The beautiful patterned papers are from Graphic 45's Secret Garden collection. The Cheery Lynn butterfly and My Craft Spot buttercup ribbon are centered with Wild Orchid Crafts scalloped and heart pearls. The butterfly was cut with sparkling Core Couture paper, as Trinitie will forever be a sparkling angel in our lives.

The interior, with Spellbinders Labels 4 layers and a Whimsical Designs sentiment:
Trinitie's courage, sweetness, and sunshiny disposition never faltered as she suffered as a child never should. She is dearly missed, but there is peace in knowing she is no longer in pain. I hope this card brings a smile to her mom's heart.

Supplies from 7 Kids College Fund Store:

Thank you for fluttering on by! I wish you a blessed and sparkling day. :o)

Challenges entered:
 *613 Avenue Create~ Anything Goes (Optional:Color, Sight, Sounds of Winter)
 *Craft Your Passion~ Fancy Borders/Edges
 *Creative Creations~ Anything Goes
 *DL.Art Thankful Thursday~ January Linky Party (Anything Goes)
 *Make It Monday~ Anything Goes
 *One Stitch at a Time~ Anything Goes
 *Papertake Weekly~ Anything Goes
 *The Paper Girls~ Wishful Thinking (Sending up wishes and prayers for peace to abound)
 *Through the Craft Room Door~ Anything Goes


  1. Aww this is so touching, what a pretty little girl she was... I'm sure your card will bring some peace and tranquility to her family especially for the mother... The colors and design is smoothing and her little girl is in great hands now with all the angels surrounding her. Thanks for sharing Karen...
    BTW - I'm not sure if I did wish you & your family a Happy New Year!

  2. Oh Karen, I am so sorry to hear about the sad loss of such a sweet little girl. This must have been such a difficult card for you to make yet rewarding in a way to know that you can use your talent to show love and give comfort to Trinitie's family. The elegant design and colours are filled with love and beauty.
    Sending hugs and hoping that your week is filled with as much happiness that you always give to others.
    Sue xx

  3. Karen, I am so sorry for your lose, she looks such a sweet little girl, to have made this card must have taken you great courage....
    Suzy B DT

  4. what a lovely card I am shore it will bring her mum some comfort and you have done a wonderful job under sad times thanks for sharing with us at suzy bee's bloomin challenge this week Rachel DT

  5. Hi Karen, It's not easy at any time to be making a Sympathy card but for a child so young too l feel for her family and l'm sure your card will make them feel blessed to know you, Karen its truly beautiful the colours are right and the layout also the lovely Butterfly and l guess she liked cup cakes too everything about the card is lovely and thank you for sharing this take care xx

  6. My sweetest friend, this is simply stunning!! What a beautiful tribute to Trinitie's memory of sweetness and sunshine!! The layers are gorgeous!! I love how you stamped the sentiment on the cupcake - so creative!! The butterfly and bow are beautiful!! Each detail is perfect, as always!! I know it will bring comfort to her mother. So will knowing that she is out of pain and in a better place, celebrating with our Lord each day. As always my amazing friend, you have wowed me with your creativity, kindness, spirit and inner beauty :)

    I hope you are staying warm!! I'm sure it is much colder up there than here and I can barely stand it!! Hugest hugs my dear, sweet friend!! Happy Wednesday :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  7. I am so sad to hear of a loss of such a sweet little girl. My heart just breaks for you and her family. Knowing that she is free from pain and in a better place will bring comfort.
    Your card is stunning and so elegant Karen. Your heart has poured into this creation for sure. The pattern papers are so pretty, the dies are just perfect to add the elegant look. The cupcake, the butterfly are gorgeous and love the pretty soft colored crinkle ribbon bow.
    This is absolutely stunning and I am sure her Mom will be so touched by your beautiful card. Such a beautiful tribute to Trinitie!

    Sending prayers for her family!
    Hugs my friend,
    Sherrie K

  8. Karen, you set out to show two very special qualities of a very brave little girl .... her sweetness and the sunshine she spread to all around her ......what a wonderful tribute and how beautifully have you achieved your thoughts.
    What also comes through this card is your love for Trinitie which will bring so much comfort to her Mum in time. The butterfly ...whenever I see a beautiful butterfly I like to think of my daughter who flew this earth too soon. You have put so much into this very special card and I'm sure that it will bring comfort and smiles to Trinitie's Mum.
    Thank you for sharing this very beautiful and moving card in our challenge. Ingrid xx ( OSAAT Team )

  9. A beautiful card. I cannot add any more words to those already posted in the above comments. Thanks for joining us at OSAAT. Hazel x

  10. I am sorry for your loss. This beautifully designed card is a tribute to Trinitie's lovely spirit. Thank you for sharing your artistry and tribute with us at 613 Avenue Create.

  11. Oh Karen, I am so sorry for your friends loss - it is a sad day when you have to a sympathy card, let alone for a child that has gone to Heaven. Your card is beautiful and caring and heartfelt as in all your creations. Hugs coming your way, Karon.

  12. ((Hugs) Karen - It saddens me when I hear of a child going through what she did, but you are right, there is comfort in knowing she is no longer in pain. This is such a beautiful card to celebrate the life of beautiful child. I'm sure it will be most appreciated to her mother. Thank you so much for sharing this in our Anything Goes Challenge at TTCRD - Cara

  13. Abeautiful sympathy card for a beautiful little girl so tragic -my sympathy to her family-thanks for joining us at OSAAT
    Carol DT x

  14. Thanks for sharing your lovely card for Suzy Bee's Bloomin' challenge 10: anything goes - hope to see you again soon, Hazel, DT x

  15. Huge hugs to you Karen and definitely to Trinitie's grieving mother. How special of you to create such a tribute to this courageous little girl's personality and outlook. I pray that you and Trinitie's mother are able to find peace as you hold your treasured memories in your hearts.
    Your card is very beautiful and such a wonderful variation on a sympathy card. This was truly an inspired idea. Thanks for playing along with us this week at OSAAT, hope to see you back again soon.
    Hugs, Tracey (DT)

  16. Hi my angelic friend,
    I read the post on Madison's blog and was a little overwhelmed with this. I do know that she is with our father and being taken care of and loved as well. I know that she is no longer in pain and that she is at a peaceful place. I continue to pray for her mom and all those that knew and felt her love.
    Your card is really beautiful and the sweet and lovely sentiment does warm and comfort the heart. I am sunned on how beautiful the butterfly is....
    I wanted to stop by and Wish you and your family a Happy & Healthy New Year. That we both continue to inspire through our IFTL projects are just with our words. Thank you for always leaving me bloggie love with words that just stay in my heart and through out the day.
    Sending you a HUGE amount of my sincere love ,hugs and smiles,
    love you to pieces....

  17. This is really beautiful! How sweet of you to make this for Trinities mom. I'm sure she will treasure it.


  18. What a beautiful tribute for such a sweet little girl. Thank you for joining us at Paper Girls Challenge Blog.

  19. You have created such a beautiful card as a tribute to a remarkable little girl who obviously touched so many in her short time on earth. I'm sure her mom was warmed and soothed by the thought you put in to reflect Trinitie's spirit. Thanks for joining our Fancy Borders/Edges challenge at Craft your Passion this week. I hope we see you again soon.

  20. A truly beautiful creation, thank you for joining us for the MIM challenge, good luck. Kerry DT xx

  21. Hi Karen oh I'm so sorry to hear this devastating news it's so sad, my thoughts are with you and her family but this card is just beautiful. I'm sure her mum will love this and the thought you have out into making it, it's beautiful.

    Thinking of you


    Vic xx

  22. So sorry to hear about this little girl! But she's at a better place now. Thank you for joining the challenge at Papertake Weekly with this beautiful card.

  23. Oh Karen my sweet sweet strong friend.. my heart is reaching out to you with pure love for your loss, I will certainly pray for Trinitie's family including you for I know that are such a passionate person even for others whom you don't know well so I could only imagine how heavy this must be on you. I dropped by to shout out that I am here and see what you have been up to but quickly was shocked by your post . Stay strong my friend which is truly what your card shows, pure strength mixed with pure love, Trinities mom will love it forever and I am sure Trinitie is smiling as bright as your card is as she sits in Jesus arms.
    Lots of love and tons of hugs

  24. love the bright colors of this card and the goal to bring peace and release of pain. Thanks for linking up with the Paper Girls.


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