Thursday, May 19, 2016

Stampin Friends Blog Hop: May Showers/Sympathy

Welcome to the Stampin' Friends Blog Hop! This month's theme is Sympathy and Get Well. If you're already following along with the hop you have arrived here from my friend Carolina Evan's blog! If you've somehow missed her blog you've got to check her out-she's absolutely amazing! If you'd like to go back to Carolina simply click on her name or on the "Previous" button below.

This month we have three awesome guest hoppers:
Maria Willis: That's me! 

I am always so grateful to be invited to be a guest on this fabulous hop so this time around was no exception.  Then, Dun-Dun-DUN! I realized that I was going to have to make a 3D project with a sympathy theme. I'm thinking, What in the WORLD, do you make as a sympathy project/gift (besides flowers)? Thank goodness it didn't take me too long to figure something out and I am so excited to share it with you! Here it is... can you guess what it is?

Yep, a pretty box that closes up tight with a magnetic closure, but what's inside?

It's a designer mini tissue box with a thoughtful sentiment inside. I kept thinking that I couldn't think of many appropriate gifts to give when someone is grieving the loss of a loved one. Flowers and food are both thoughtful and helpful gifts but I wanted to showcase something different. I kept thinking that the most important thing to me would be to let someone know how much I cared and that I was there for them in their time of need. I think sometimes the really meaningful moments in life can come from small but thoughtful me, that's what this tissue box is. It's a way to let someone know how much you care. Sometimes there really are "just no words" but we can always find a way to show kindness (like sharing tissue or wiping someone's tears).

Here's a close up of the front of the tissue box. I used the Rose Garden thinlits with Flirty Flamingo cardstock and vellum to dress it up a bit.  I used white Corrugated Paper, Mint Macaron Lace, Venetian Crochet Trim, Baker's Twine and Enamel Dots to add layers of texture and subtle color. I also did a little watercoloring behind the rose and plenty of pen flicking to get ink spatters all over my project. 

For my cards I used a set called Remarkable You. The flowers from this set are all gorgeous! I chose to use the calalillies because they are such an elegant and beautiful flower and just seem appropriate for a sympathy card. 

I watercolored my flowers with Daffodil Delight and added a background of Soft Sky. A dash of Wink of Stella and some pearls added some subtle elegance. The sentiment I used is from Wetlands.

Here's the inside of my card. The lovely sentiment is from Rose Wonder.

I had another idea to make this card a little bit differently and decided to give it a go. I used the same colors (except for that I was a bit more heavy handed with the Daffodil Delight and darn it if I don't like it better lighter) but I stamped my sentiment and cut it out with a framelit and attached it at the base of the flowers.

I also had a bit of an "incident" when I was using the Wink of Stella on this card... I thought it was running out so I gave it a bit of a squeeze off to the side to try to get it going again. Well, it was not running out! So I ended up with more than just a "Wink" on this card if you know what I mean.

I hoped you liked my project and my cards today! If you have a minute to leave me a comment please let me know what you thought. I'm also curious to know which version of my card you like better. I think I like the first one better.

Did you know the Stampin' Friends Blog Hop is having a Mystery Giveaway and you can earn multiple chances to win?! Don't forget to comment and # before May 22nd at midnight for a chance to win this awesome giveaway!

Thanks for stopping by my blog today. It's always a treat to have you visit! I hope you will continue on with this hop to see what amazing creations the rest of the artists have made to share with you. Don't forget to click my next button to continue on to the fabulous Bibi Cameron! If you get lost along the hop feel free to use the Blog Roll below to navigate as you please. Have an amazing day everybody and enjoy the hop!
Until next time,

Maria Willis: YOU ARE HERE!
Bibi Cameron: NEXT UP!
Leanne Johnson
Melissa Thomas
Steph Jandrow
Christine Pennington
Siara Acdal
Deana Benson
Lynn Streifert

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  1. Beautiful. I love your card. It's so cheery.

  2. Love your tissue box. Very creative. The card is beautiful too.

  3. Love your card and cleaver tissue box!

  4. Love your card and cleaver tissue box!

  5. Love the projects. Great ideas.

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  7. Love the card set. The box cover is clever and a great idea for other needs, too. Bravo!

  8. I love the surprise sentiment when you open it! #SFMayHop

  9. Love your projects and the water coloring!!!
    Thanks for sharing:)

  10. I adore your tissue box, what a genius idea! TFS!!

  11. The tissue box is just the greatest! What a nice little gesture and I love how you folded the leave down on the box. I think most anyone would love this gift and card. Loved the flowers on the cards pretty!

  12. #‎SFMayHop‬
    Love the tissue box! Goes well with the delicate card! Colors are Fabulous together!

  13. Love your projects! I really love the tissue box! Awesome job. #SFMayHop

  14. You nailed this one with the cute box of tissues! Thanks for sharing! #SFMayHop

  15. Love your card and the tissue box. May need this stamp set! #sfmayhop

  16. Wonderful creations!

  17. #‎SFMayHop‬ Such lovely cards! TFS!

  18. Love your tissue box and your card. Perfect 3D project for a sympathy idea.

  19. Very nice card and tissue box. Love the colors! ‪#‎SFMayHop

  20. Very pretty card, love the tissue box too! Thanks! #SFMayHop

  21. Cute tissue box. And love the card - that is one of my favourite stamp sets. #SFMayHop

  22. tissue box and card are both fantastic!

  23. LOVE the tissue box!!! #SFMAYHOP. I LOVE ALL of the information on the blogs. Thank you for a chance to win!


  25. Maria! wow! another stunner! I love your shimmery card and your oh so cute tissue box!! LOVE!!!

  26. I'm going to have to remember this tissue box idea--so sweet! #SFMayHop

  27. #SFMayHop what a cool idea for such a sad occasion that is thinking outside the box!


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