Friday, January 10, 2014

Introducing Words Of Comfort

Good morning and welcome to the first day of Papertrey Ink's January countdown! I have a set to share with you over the next several days that holds a special significance for me (pardon, but it's going to get real for a quick moment). This set, Words Of Comfort, came about a little over a year ago, after my brother passed away. So many wonderful people sent me cards, or emailed, or gave me a moment of their time and it meant the world. I also had plenty of folks tell me that they didn't know what to say in difficult situations like the loss of a loved one, diagnosis, or general hardship. I've been there, too, and I thought it might be helpful to have stamps available designed to make those tough-to-create cards a little easier.

This $15 set includes 17 phrases that can be mixed and matched or used individually for difficult occasions. Some are sympathy, but many of the others simply offer support for someone in need. The fonts I chose are versatile enough to compliment many of the sets you already have in your collection.

So now you know a little background. How about we get on to some projects, shall we?

My first card today is a sympathy card that uses two of the phrases in the set; one on the front and the other as the message inside the card.


I began by impressing my Rustic White card base with the Mighty Oak Cover Plate. This handy little trick makes the leaf placement super easy. Next, I stamped exterior sentiment using Dark Chocolate ink. I die cut my tree trunk from cork and adhered it to my card front in the impressed area. Then, I die cut my leaves from Rustic White cardstock and stamped them with a combination of Ocean Tides, Spring Moss, Simply Chartreuse, and Ripe Avocado inks.


I like using cool colors for cards like this because I feel they give a peaceful impression. I also tried to keep my colors in a similar color family to keep the card from getting too busy. I adhered most of the leaves with flat adhesive, but a handful were mounted with foam tape to give the tree a bit of dimension. As a finishing touch, I added a sentiment to the inside of the card, also in Dark Chocolate ink.


Let's leave today on a hopeful note, ok? Today's final card does just that.

I've been seeing cancer ribbons as the center of butterflies now for awhile and I wanted to try my hand at creating one on a supportive card. You can find a great list of awareness ribbons HERE if you'd like to do something similar for someone in your life.


I began by stamping the butterfly from Beautiful Butterflies onto a Mat Stack 5 shape using Autumn Rose ink (though I was careful not to ink the antennae). Next, I stamped the dotted detail from Butterfly Kisses overtop my Autumn Rose butterfly using Scarlet Jewel ink.


Then, I stamped the "Sending you hope" sentiment below the butterfly in gray ink. I used a fine point glue pen to add glitter to each of the dots, so my butterfly would be super fancy (it's hard to see in the photos, but the whole thing shimmers). I then added a Sweet Blush twill ribbon in the center of the butterfly and embellished it with a few white self-adhesive pearls.


I finished the whole thing off by mounting my focal point panel to a white card base that I textured with the woodgrain impression plate.

Thank you so much for joining me today and I hope to see you back again tomorrow as I share more of Words Of Comfort. Make sure to check in with Nichole, Betsy, Danielle, Dawn, ErinHeather, Laura, Melissa, and Tiffany as they share more projects featuring this month's release. Take care and I'll see you soon!

Recipes:
Sympathy Tree Card
Stamps: Words Of Comfort (available January 15th), Mighty Oak - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Rustic White - Papertrey Ink
Ink: Dark Chocolate, Ocean Tides, Spring Moss, Simply Chartreuse, Ripe Avocado - Papertrey Ink
Other: Mighty Oak Cover Plate, Cork Sheet - Papertrey Ink; Foam Tape - Scotch; glue pen

Ribbon Butterfly Card
Stamps: Words Of Comfort (available January 15th), Beautiful Butterflies, Butterfly Kisses - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: white
Ink: Autumn Rose, Scarlet Jewel - Papertrey Ink; Gray Pigment - Studio G
Other: Mat Stack 5 Die, Sweet Blush Twill Ribbon, Woodgrain Impression Plate - Papertrey Ink; Fine Crystal Glitter - Martha Stewart Crafts; Foam Tape - Scotch; Self-adhesive pearls - Recollections (large) and Mark Richards (small); glue pen

30 comments:

Jennifer K said...

Yes, I must have this set in my arsenal. There is a void of "comforting thought" stamps and this one is just lovely.

Scrappin4kim(Jennifer) said...

Beautiful cards Lizzie. Love how peaceful that might oak can be!

Pat Heney said...

Hi fellow Buckeye! Love your cards- especially the first one- it is just beautiful and calming! I have
Words of Comfort at the top of my list. The older I get, the more sympathy cards I need. :(
Thanks for inspiring all of us!

loulou said...

Beautiful cards. Sorry to hear about losing your brother. It is nice to get some comforting words in these times in your life. Thank you for designing this lovely stamp set.

Susan said...

Beautiful cards Lizzie! Love the colors of the Mighty Oak card, and the dots from BK you put on your butterfly! This set is one of those sets you hope you won't need, but are so glad you have when you do need it. I will be getting it for sure!

Cindy H. said...

Oh, Lizzie, these cards are both just gorgeous and so tastefully done! Love and need the sentiments to have on hand for those times when there are no words.

uncbballfan said...

Lizzie, I am so sorry for the loss of your brother. But I hope you can take comfort in the fact that you've been able to design a sentiment set for those people who don't know what to say or write.

Both of your cards touched my heart because I've experienced a deep personal loss, and also because I am a breast cancer survivor.

Thank you, sweet lady, for designing this set.

jeannine said...

Beautiful cards with beautiful sentiments!

nancy jane said...

It is unfortunate that Words of Comfort, which will help so many give and receive a comforting thought, came from a place of pain and sadness. I hope the designing of this set helped you with your healing the loss of your brother. From what has been shared, it is a thoughtful set. And the cards you created for today are lovely.

Sharon said...

Beautiful cards! Very warm and comforting.

Kathy H said...

Thank you for creating this set. I am so sorry for your loss.

Tere Azua said...

I love the warm feeling of your cards.

Kathy Mc said...

Lizzie, I so remember when you mentioned before of the loss of your brother. He was wayyyy too young, and I'm so sorry. It's never easy. However, you should be SO proud of this new set as we all seem to be experiencing situations that make it difficult to know what to write. I'm eager for the full reveal. Love your comforting cards!

Tracy said...

Your cards are beautiful - i'm especially fond of the tree card. The colors are just wonderful and quite perfect :-) I am so very sorry to read about the loss of your brother. I understand, I'm sorry to say, having lost two siblings - it is difficult. However you turned something sad into something very positive. People do have problems expressing their sympathy - afraid they're going to upset you. It's something we don't feel comfortable with but its so important to learn isnt it? I'm looking forward to seeing the rest of the set. Bravo dear :-)

Lisa Petrella said...

Lizzie, thanks for sharing your inspiration for this set and thank you for designing it. It's always challenging to find the "right" words in difficult situations and this set will be so helpful! I LOVE your Mighty Oak tree card---just beautiful!!!

Kris said...

Looking forward to seeing the full set. This will be a much used addition to my stamps.

Nancy said...

Sounds like a wonderful stamp set, and your cards are perfect! I need all the help I can get when it comes to sympathy cards.

Sue said...

Special caring words and design to show how much you care. Thank you for your designs - beautiful!

Cheryl S. said...

The sympathy tree set is going to be a definite purchase for me. I love your card design and chose of colors as they are so comforting.

Grace said...

Love this set of sentiments. Must need in my collection. I love the mighty oak card.
Your cards are beautiful.

María Alba Negrón said...

Hi Lizzie,

I just fell in love with your sympathy card. The Oak and the sentiment blew mw away! Thanks for the inspiration and the chance to win!

Cariños,

María Alba

Kim H. said...

I am in love with your sympathy card. The colors, the design, the dimesion. all of it. Great job!

nautica97 said...

Beautiful cards,I need a stamp set set like this!

DIANA L. said...

Always a difficult card to make-- You did an excellent job. Thanks for the inspirattion- I need to make some of these to have on hand. Have a great day and a Happy New Year
DIANA L.
dianamlarson.blogspot.com

Randi Jones said...

WOW......what a special way to remember Joe! Seems like I need more sympathy cards lately. May have to buy each and every one....

Carol Ann Ater said...

The Words of Comfort is such a beautiful heart felt card. Sadly, I find I need to recreate this type of sympathy card all too often lately. Thank you. It is so lovely.

Marie M. said...

Neat tree card!

Lindsey said...

Super excited about this set. Beautiful sentiments and I love the fonts you paired.

Cathy said...

Two beautiful cards. Words of Comfort is a much needed set.

Kristen V said...

It's hard finding the right stamp for sympathy. Love your tree!