Saturday, 25 July 2020

Social Stamping - #16 Sympathy

Sympathy with Prized Peony

Hello. Welcome to Valley Inspirations with Andrea and the 16th Social Stamping Blog Host. This is the first blog hop of the Monthly Social Stamping Blog Host. Kelly Kent, our amazing Coordinator and Blog Host is continuing to keep us in order and I am so appreciative that Kelly is continuing to coordinate this Blog Hop.

This week our theme is "Sympathy". I recently heard of a colleague who's partner just lost his battle with a terminal condition. This card was created with her in mind.

I have a beautiful rose on my table that came from my rose pruning yesterday. It has Rococo Rose colouring and is lighter on the petals tips. It inspired this card. Also, I love the Peony Garden Suite and some of the sentiments in the stamp set are perfect for Sympathy cards. I hadn't used the Peony dies so I played with them to create a gorgeous flower that is the focal point of my card.

Prized Peony Sympathy card, Andrea Sargent, Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, South Australia

I cut the flower pieces from Rococo Rose card-stock and the stamens from So Saffron card-stockPear Pizzaz card-stock was used for the leaves. Each of the die cut pieces were sponged on the edges using Sponge DaubersWhite Craft ink was added to all the outer edges of the flower die cuts as if the sun was shining on the petals' edges. Rococo Rose ink was sponged on the inner areas to give extra depth to the flower. While there were 4 die cut pieces for the peony, they were very easy to fit together and to add the stamen piece.

The set of dies has three different sized leaves and each leaf is made from two pieces. The leaf die cuts were also sponged with the White Craft Stampin' ink on one edge and Classic Pear Pizzaz ink on the other side. I do love the effect of sponging die cuts as it can add extra depth and life.

Prized Peony Sympathy card, Andrea Sargent, Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, South Australia

The card base was a standard half of an A4 piece of Rococo Rose card-stock. The Whisper White card front was sponged with Petal Pink and Rococo Rose Classic ink. A few water drops were scattered over the sponged area as well as splattering from a Rococo Rose Stampin' Write Marker to add a little texture to the card front.

Prized Peony Sympathy card, Andrea Sargent, Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, South Australia

Following the positioning/sizing of a triangular piece of Designer Series Paper (DSP) from the Peony Garden DSP, the larger Peony stamp was stamped in Smoky Slate Classic ink so that some of it peaked from behind the DSP. Two pieces of scalloped vellum that had been cut using the scalloped die from the Peony dies were adhered under the edges of the DSP. The peony, leaves and ribbon were roughly arranged to ensure the DSP was positioned well. The sentiment from the Prized Peony stamp set should have been stamped onto the sponged card front at this point, but I was so engrossed with sorting out other aspects of the design that I forgot about it till the end. The piece of DSP was adhered in place and any overhang on the side edge of the card front was trimmed off. 

Prized Peony Sympathy card, Andrea Sargent, Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, South Australia

The piece of Gray Granite Shimmer Satin ribbon was "swished" to sit under the peony and Dimensionals were placed on the back of the flower around the ribbon to give the peony extra dimension from the card. The leaves were lightly curled and tucked underneath the flower. As a final touch, a number of Elegant Faceted Gems were scattered around.

Prized Peony Sympathy card, Andrea Sargent, Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, South Australia

The larger peony was stamped in Smoky Slate Classic ink on the Whisper White card-inner and on the envelope.

Prized Peony Sympathy card, Andrea Sargent, Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, South Australia

That's my project for this blog hop. Thank you for taking time to visit the Valley Inspirations blog. Please contact me if you would like any further information about the card; or if you live in Australia and would like the 2020-2021 Annual Catalogue and or the new August-December 2020 Mini Catalogue posted to you; or if I can help in any other way.

I hope you are enjoying this week's Social Stamping Blog Host that has focused on the theme - "Sympathy". If you started at the beginning with our amazing Social Stamping Host, Kelly Kent, then you can either click here to be transferred to Elizabeth Gross at Lilly Loves Paper to see her gorgeous creation or click on the 'Next' graphic below; or if you would prefer to go to the full list of participants click on this link to be taken to Kelly Kent's Host blog post at My Papercraft Journey where you will find individual links that can take you to each person's blog.

Do look after yourself and your loved ones in these challenging times.  My heart is especially  with those of you in Victoria and New South Wales.

Hope to see you again next month (Saturday, 29 August) when the Social Stamping Blog Host theme is "celebrate".

Take care

Andrea 😘

List of Products used to create these projects: 

Stamps, Dies & Punches
    • Prized Peony stamp set - #152504
    • Peony dies - #152701
          • Rococo Rose Classic Stampin' pad - #150080
          • Petal Pink Classic Stampin' pad - #147108
          • Basic Gray Classic Stampin' pad - #149165
          • Smoky Slate Classic Stampin' pad - #147113
          • White Craft Stampin' ink - #147277
          • Stampin' Write Markers 2019-2021 In Colours - #150079
          • Whisper White card-stock - #106549
          • Thick Whisper White card-stock - #140490
          • Rococo Rose card-stock - #150888
          • Peony Garden Designer Series Paper - #152483
          • Vellum card-stock - #106584
          • C6 Whisper White envelopes - #106589
          • Elegant Faceted Gems - #152464
          • Gray Granite Shimmer Ribbon - #152463
          • Multipurpose Liquid Glue - #110755
          • Mini Glue Dots - #103683
          • Tear & Tape Adhesive - #138995
          • Mini Stampin' Dimensionals - #144108
          • Stampin' Dimensionals - #104430
          Tools (incl Embossing Folders)
          • Take Your Pick Tool - #144107
          • Bone Folder - #102300
          • Paper Snips - #103579
          • Paper Trimmer - #152392
          • Stamparatus - #148187
          • Block C - #118486
          • Block D - #118485
          • Block E - #118484
          • Block H - #118490
          • Grid Paper - #130148
          • Stampin' Pierce Mat - #126199
          • Silicone Craft Mat - #127857
          • Sponge Daubers - #133773
          • Stamping Sponge - #141337
          • Simple Shammy - #147042
          • Heat Tool - #129056
          • Stampin Cut & Emboss Machine - #149653
          • Magnetic Cutting Plate - #149656
          • Speciality Plate - #154711


          1. Beautiful Andrea love the depth in the Peony it’s just gorgeous! I don’t like making sympathy cards but this gorgeous card can be changed to any theme x

          2. Really lovely dies and stamps. Love your colour choices and soft background sponging.

          3. So much thought has gone into your card for a purpose. Sorry for your colleague's loss, she will be touched by this gorgeous card.
            I love the sponging on the tips, the angle of your DSP,the peonies in the background, the ribbon...
            It has all come together perfectly.

          4. Lots of detail to admire in this card-I’m sure it be become a cherished memory of the support and love others can share at challenging times.

          5. Beautiful card. The peony is perfect and I love the combination with the colours you chose and all of the elements.


          Thank you for commenting.

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