Sunday, January 5, 2014

With Sympathy

It's always a bitter-sweet occasion when we have to make a sympathy card.  Saying goodbye to someone we love is difficult for us because we know that we will miss their presence in our lives, and miss all the things we would normally do together.  Yet, because of what our Heavenly Father did for us when He sent His precious son, Jesus Christ, to die on a cross and pay the price for our sins, He allowed a way for us to get to Heaven when we die.  So really, it's a new beginning and even a celebration when someone leaves this world when they know Jesus as their Lord and Savior.  It makes saying goodbye so much easier.  I was asked to make a sympathy card, and I immediately knew that I would use one of the sweet sympathy sets from Daydream Designs to create my card.
Karen Letchworth for Daydream Designs
This photo makes it a little difficult to read the sentiment.  You can click on the image to enlarge it, or read this:  "May our compassionate God comfort your heart, give you strength to carry on and fill each day with peace. We are praying for you during this time of grief. With Sympathy".  Here is a link to the God's Comfort Sentiments Set.  It has several lovely and comforting sentiments to help you make sympathy cards that will bless those who are grieving.
I used some older Crate Paper products (patterned papers and border strip) from their Mia Collection.  I machine stitched everything, added some pearl trim, a resin flower, seam binding bow, a heart border cut from wool felt out of a Papertrey Ink die-cut.  I scalloped the edge of one of the patterned papers with a Fiskars punch.  That's about it.
 
I'm going to share my card here:
 
Simon Says Stamp Blog - Wednesday Challenge - New Beginnings/Something New - I used a new resin flower, and this card also represents "a new beginning" for the person who died.  They get a whole "new beginning" in their Heavenly home.
 
Creative Card Crew - Creative Card Crew - Challenge #52 - Anything Goes
 
Red Carpet Studios Challenge Blog - Challenge #60 - "New Year's Eve" and New Beginnings - This card represents a new beginning in Heaven for the departed, and I also used new product on my design.

Twist of Faith Card Challenges - Challenge #70 - New Beginnings/Anything Goes - My card represents a "new beginning" in Heaven for the one who has passed - this is truly the greatest blessing in life!

Totally Gorguss Challenge Blog - Challenge #217/Ribbon  - Anything Goes - I love "Anything Goes" challenges, and also love the sweet ribbons being offered as the prize for this challenge.  I put ribbon on almost everything I create.
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Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I pray that your 2014 is off to a great start.  I would warmly invite you all to stop by Word Art Wednesday to play along in our challenge each week. We have great prizes to be won, and we would really LOVE having you all join us.
 
God bless you!
Karen

9 comments:

  1. Yes It hard to leave someone that you love and give last goodbye.
    But I belive that we will meet again at "home" with our Lord.
    Your simpathy card is beautiful
    hugs and blessings Tamara

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  2. Just gorgeous Karen!! Beautiful design!

    Hope you had a wonderful Holiday and a very Happy New Year!

    Thank you very much for joining us this week at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog!

    hugs...
    Melissa

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  3. Karen, you never cease to amaze me!! I love the colors and that bow with the rose & pearls is so pretty. Thanks for submitting another card for Twist of Faith....Hugs to you my friend. :)

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  4. Oh, Karen...this is just beautiful. You have elegantly designed the perfect sympathy card. So much attention to detail and beauty. But your post is even more beautiful. Doesn't the truth of the gospel heal our hearts in so many ways? An exception post and creation, Karen!

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  5. Beautiful card Karen, and those words are fabulous.
    Blessings
    Maxine

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  6. What a lovely card, Karen and the sentiment is so comforting. I'm sure it will touch the hearts of the ones who receive it. Blessings and hugs!!!

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  7. This beautiful card will be a wonderful comfort for a friend. You use stitching in such a unique way! I like your rows of hearts and pearls that go together. The ribbons add that extra, lovely touch. The verse has so much depth and caring. Thanks for sharing it with us at Twist of Faith.

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  8. Such a beautiful card for such a sad occasion. Thank you for sharing and joining in with Totally Gorjuss this week, and good luck in the challenge. Hugs Janine xx

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  9. Your sympathy card is just beautiful. Those colors are perfect for it.

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