Archive for Sympathy

Sympathy Cards- I Always Dread!

At any given time I have probably 50 cards on hand to send at any given minute, except for ONE- sympathy cards.

Now, I’m embarrassed to tell you I even have that many cards on hand because the reality should be that I send them and not hoard them.  I guess I like to sit and look at them and it’s a struggle for me to get them in an envelope and out the door.  It’s something I am trying hard to work on-really.

Sympathy cards make me sad.  It means someone is hurting and I hate when someone is hurting.  I guess my solution is to not make them and then no one will be sad, right?

Lord, I wish that was the reality but we know that death is going to happen so my reality is quite distorted.  Then I have to break down and create a Sympathy card.  Here is how this goes…

  • Start creating.
  • Completely critical of the card
  • Multiple designs in trash
  • Finally think I have it PERFECT
  • In the trash again
  • Design complete!

I wish I was kidding but it’s the truth.  Why so critical over a sympathy card? I guess that’s the million $$ question.

I think my thought process is this- The person that is getting the card is already hurting.  This card needs to be perfection and over the top.  The greeting inside must be spot on.

Now let’s talk reality….

I’m pretty sure that the person receiving the card only cares about ONE thing.  Grateful.  Grateful that someone thought about them, prayed for them, and continues to pray for them.  Right?

So all this craziness and design trashing that I -or- WE do is complete silly non sense.  Our grieving friend or family need love.  Heartfelt love.  Like POUR the love and prayer on them.

When I really think about this in more depth as I write this… maybe it’s a heart issue on my part.  A selfish heart. Not one that is intentional… but one that reminds myself it isn’t about ME.


The beauty behind the card doesn’t matter.  It’s not about my design.  It’s about the person on the other end needing the love.

So, while I might think this card is pretty… it honestly doesn’t matter.  The beautiful message it will send is I care, I love, I am praying. That my friends is ALL that is important.

Heartfelt Sympathy, Stampin' Up!

When I started designing this card I instantly went with the black solemn theme.  It caught the trash can a few times but I kept getting it out and tinkering with it.

Heartfelt Sympathy, Stampin' Up!

My solution for this card was that little soft blue flower.  It was the pop of color that was soothing to me and made me think of the person receiving it.  That they stand out to me at this time.  They are what’s important.

Heartfelt Sympathy, Stampin' Up!


I guess the message today was pretty heartfelt and like many of the things I write about… it’s a struggle.  The good is that we are aware of our shortcomings and we know how to work on them.

Speaking of heartfelt… I want to say a heartfelt thank you to all of you praying for my brother.  He is still in the hospital trying to birth a very large kidney stone.  The pain has been pretty unbearable.  Pray for my SIL Tracy as she has been by his side through it all.  He is doing better and they “think” the big stone is breaking apart.  This would be a beautiful thing for poor Shane.

As for Brandon… my heart is full with the stories you share with me.  You make me laugh, cry and pause… That’s important.  To pause and reflect this season we are in. It’s not easy I’m finding to be 14.  I vaguely remember being 14.  I’m afraid to ask my mother how I was.  I am sure this is paybacks on her part. <smile>  I am pretty sure I was an angel.  <sigh>


Have an amazing day friends.  You are SO loved.



Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen, Colorado Springs, CO



Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen, Colorado Springs, CO



A dear friend of mine recently lost her Father in Law and I wanted her to know she was in my thougts.  I used a few different stamp sets for this card.  I always pull out my Friends 24-7.  It goes with everything!  Thoughts and Prayers is one of my favorite Get Well/Sympathy sets.  The images are beautiful.  The last set I used was Happy Together.  It's that cute bird!  Oh the BIRDS!  They get me every time.  Overall the card is simple, but I just wanted my friend to know I love her and thinking of her during this rough time. 


I've had lots of emails about the tiles.  If you have tile questions, go to this post and I think it will answer a lot of your questions.  I am so sorry I cannot answer all the emails right away… but I have a BIG stamp a stack tomorrow and of course I am NOT ready.  <big smile>!

Serious Stampin’ Going On!

Like I told you yesterday, there has been lots of stamping going on here in my stamp room.  I had two card classes back to back where my stampers really took home lots of cards.  I wanted to share some of the cards we did tonight.  This class is "Just Cards" and each month I change the theme.  If your like me, I can stamp these wonderful cards but I am always out of the traditional all occassion cards.  This month the theme is one I never like to stamp, but I do need.  We stamped Get Well and Sympathy cards.  I call this class an express class because we really do fast stamping.  These cards are nice and quick and easy to put together.  Here is taste of the express….


Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen, Colorado Springs, CO





This card uses the Wellness Wishes (115356) stamp set.  You can barely see it, but I used the Textured Jumbo Wheel (116685) on the  bottom of the Brilliant Blue cardstock.  Don’t forget to stamp the envelope.  How cute is that Bandaid.  I just love it. 


Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen, Colorado Springs, CO



This card uses the Wellness Wishes stamp set too.  Again, simple assembly to make many of these cards.  I made a faux ribbon banner by using the Crushed Curry DSP on the side of the card.  Super easy, and a cool technique. 


Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen, Colorado Springs, CO




With these colors, who wouldn’t feel better?  This is the last stamp in the Wellness Wishes.  Really a great stamp set.  I love the new In Color DSP.  Designer Paper always adds such spunk to any card. 



Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen, Colorado Springs, CO




This beautiful stamp set, Thoughts and Prayers (113252) is really a must have in any stamp room.  The stamp set is beautiful.  I could go crazy with embellishments on ths card but I thought I did a good job of keeping it on the simple side.  I used Bordering Blue, Soft Suede and Not Quite Navy cardstock.  Oh yummy!



Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen, Colorado Springs, CO




You know my feelings on the Medallion stamp set.  It’s just a must have.  YOU NEED IT!  I love how these colors worked together.  The front cover of the new Idea Book and Catalog gave me the color inspiration for this card.  I really don’t think you can make an ugly card with the Medallion stamp.  Just stamping on the envelope made me jump for joy. 


This last card I am sharing is a card made at my last workshop.  It was a Fall Themed Workshop!

Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen, Colorado Springs, CO



This card uses the Falling Leaves stamp set and Bright Blessings Jumbo Wheel.  Such a GREAT jumbo wheel.  Can you see all the fabulous words?  I also used a label from the Hodgepodge Hardware and cut the bottom piece off and had the sentiment hang from the Linen Thread. 


I have many more to share tomorrow.  I hope this inspires you to stamp some all occassion cards. 

Beautiful cards!

Well, I am back home from Florida.  We came back home on Saturday night late.  I was so sad to say goodbye to my mom.  I know this week will be tough on my mom and her sisters as they go through my grandmothers home.  If you could keep them in your thoughts I would greatly appreciate it. 

When I got home my sweet husband brought me my mail.  I was so surprised with beautiful cards from friends and downline.  WOW!  I was so touched.  I wanted to share a few with you.  Heartfelt














 The Heartfelt card was made by my dear friend Jeri.  Isn’t it gorgeous? 














This beautiful card was made by one of my downline Susan.  I just loved her beautiful colors she used and one of my favorite stamp sets Baroque Motifs.  Thank you both Susan and Jeri for your kind thoughts and beautiful cards.  I really appreciate you!

Now it’s time to start packing for my flight tomorrow to SLC for convention.  I am beyond excited to see all my girlfriends.  Besides the cruises, I think this is one of my favorite times in Stampin’ Up!  I just love these big events.  I just love Stampin’ Up!

Have a great week and I will have a few more posts this week with convention updates and fun projects I received today!