Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Praying for you.........Sympathy Card

Well....here in Charleston, South Carolina where it is normally sunny and warm, it is a brisk 32 degrees and the forecast is predicting SNOW!   Yes.....snow. We have not had snow here since 2010. So, as you can imagine, the town is in panic mode and shutting down all around me.  I did not frown too much about it, because that meant I got to leave my "day job" at 1:00 to get home before freezing roads, cook dinner early and get in the scrap room!

As many of you may know, a dear friend of ours, who was only 19 years old, passed away earlier this month after a decade long battle with brain cancer.  He fought the fight from the beginning and passed away still fighting and believing.  He was an inspiration to not only those who knew him personally, but had a large following not only around the United States, but around the globe due to the way he lived his life fully and head on. 

Erik was a HUGE Clemson Tiger fan (college here in South Carolina for those that are not aware) and at his funeral services and Celebration of Life he had asked before he passed, that anyone attending wear those Tiger fighting colors of Orange and Purple.  So......when creating this card today for his parents I immediately pulled out those colors.  I know....not traditional "sympathy" card colors, but very appropriate in this instance I felt.

Once I pulled out the colors, I had a hard time trying to decide where to go from there - after all was a very tough card to make for me.  So, I set my sights online and came across the Sketch Saturday challenge #294 this week and thought that was the perfect place to start!  If you create cards, please come over and join in the fun!  The sketch to follow this week was as follows:

Based on such, this is the card I came up with:

The tree image is "popped up" with dimensionals and then the sentiment is also "popped up" on top from the tree base. I am very pleased how it turned out and I think Erik would be happy with it too.  The inside sentiment reads: "Praying for friends to comfort you, faith to uphold you, and loving memories to heal your heart".  If you would like more information on this awesome young man, or need some inspiration in your life, please feel free to go to facebook and follow his page "Prayers for Erik Simao".  It will do your heart good!

Ingredients for this card:

Cardstock:  Stampin' Up! Pumpkin Pie, Lovely Lilac (retired), and Whisper White
Stamps:  Stampin' Up! Thoughts and Prayers (retired)
Ink: Stampin' Up! Pumpkin Pie
Other: Stampin' Up! Stampin' Dimensionals

Happy Crafting!



  1. What a touching story, Tina. The colors are perfect and such a dedication to Erik and his life. Thanks for using our sketch in your card. Hope to see you back again at Sketch Saturday.
    Warmly, Cathy xx

  2. Very nice and calm card. Great use of difficult colors.
    Thank you for joining us at Sketch Saturday,
    Marzena, DT