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Whole Lots of Lovely #TGIFC 120 Sketch Challenge

Sympathy TGIFC120

Hi Everyone!  I’ve been swamped at work the past few weeks so there hasn’t been much time to stamp lately.  Sadly, we’ve had several patients experience the loss of a family member within the last month and I am out of sympathy cards.  My husband let me know that my next stamping project needed to be restocking our sympathy cards at the office.  I needed something quick & easy, but still beautiful.  The Whole Lot of Lovely Designer Series Paper was a perfect fit with the sympathy greeting from the Rose Wonder stamp set.  I paired those two with this week’s sketch from TGIF Challenges to create this clean & simple card.


I plan to recreate this card with multiple patterns of the Whole Lot of Lovely Designer Series Paper.  Here are the measurements that I used:

Polka Dots:  1″ x 4-3/4″

Floral:  2″ x 4″

Whisper White:  4-1/4″ x 11, scored at 5-1/2″ (card base)

Whisper White:  4″ x 5-1/4″ (front layer)

Sympathy TGIFC120

I stamped the greeting, label outline, and a couple of leaf images, then die cut with the Rose Garden Thinlits dies and the Big Shot.  An additional flower was die cut from Tangerine Tango to place behind the sentiment.  All in all, this card took just a few minutes to create.

Sympathy TGIFC120 close-up

If you love sketch challenges, color challenges, technique challenges, and more, be sure to check out the TGIF Challenges blog.  We post a new challenge each Friday and our designers are amazing with their inspiring projects.  You are welcome to upload your creations to our blog using the INLinkz at the end of each challenge.  We announce a winner every Friday, too!

Thanks so much for stopping by!


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One of my FAVORITE new products is the Manhattan Textured Impressions die.  I could not wait to demonstrate it at the last Big Shot Bonanza class!  This die creates an elegant, embossed card front image and you won't believe how quickly you can create a beautiful card with it.

We made the card above at the class and it literally takes about 3 minutes to make from start to finish.  You simply place the cardstock in the folder, run it through the Big Shot, fold the cardstock in half, adhere to Basic Black cardstock, stamp "Together Forever" and tie on Whisper White organza ribbon.

When I'm preparing projects for a class, I often make up several samples before I decide on the final projects.  The cards below were my "rejects" from the class.


A subdued sympathy card


Another wedding card with dazzling diamonds and a pearl accent


A bright and cheerful birthday greeting

I don't normally like my rejects, but I thought these were good enough to share.  If you would like to purchase the Manhattan textured impressions die, you can SHOP NOW on my Stampin' Up! website or contact me at


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