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Monday, August 6, 2012

With Deepest Sympathy...

Happy August, Everyone!

While for some, this signals the start of school and "back-to-the-grind," for others it is the start of vacation. Whatever you are doing this month, make sure to schedule in some crafty time. We will have several different projects for you to try, and if you participate in all of them, you can proudly display this cute blog badge!


Our first challenge this month is to create a sympathy card. This can be a difficult thing to make, as by definition, it acknowledges someone's loss; it can be hard to find just the right words. However, your heart-felt, hand-made creation is a wonderful way to convey your compassion. 
You can extend your sympathy for other occasions, too. I came across a card recently which commiserated on a job-loss, with the cutest image of a vacuum cleaner, and the words "that sucks!"

So, gear up your creativity and show us your artwork! You have all month to participate. 
Here's some inspiration from the Design Team, starting with our new Guest Designer, Lori.









Here's how to join in this week's challenge:

  1. Use mostly Close To My Heart products, though it doesn't have to be 100%. 
  2. Create your sympathy card. 
  3. Post your project to your blog or other online gallery.
  4. Come back here and directly link to your blog post, not your blog home page. 
  5. Mention Heart 2 Heart somewhere in your blog post indicating that you are playing along with us and link to our site. 
  6. Consider adding the H2H  badge to your blog. We'd love to spread the word and see more crafters participating.

Happy crafting,
Caroline


17 comments:

Madeline Morcelo said...

Ladies, once again, you did a wonderful job with this challenge. Don't you think sympathy cards are, somehow, a little difficult to make? For me is hard, but we nailed this challenge. I'm so proud to be part of this team. WooHoo!!

Pam E. said...

Sympathy Cards are the one no one wants to make but it's best to have on hand. I needed a masculine one even harder if you ask me.

Dania said...

Beautiful cards!

Valerie Redmond said...

Always find it difficult to make these types of cards. Glad to see some inspiration to do so.

papercraftnut said...

Gorgeous sympathy cards ladies. I love seeing how everyone used their CTMH stash for such a difficult subject.

Alyson Mayo said...

Excellent cards by the DT. I tried a new idea - making mine using Halloween paper... turns out the paper is surprisngly versatile!
Thanks for making me think this time around!

Josie (Joanne Barnes) said...

Great examples.

Jane said...

Beautiful sympathy cards, everyone! Thanks for your inspiration.

Kristin Holm said...

I am not sure this falls under sympathy, but it would be a card to help someone remember what is important.

Pamela OConnor said...

Beautiful job! Unfortunately, I have needed way too many of these recently. =/

Dena J said...

Love the DT samples. I provide my school 'Sunshine' group with cards for staff, and I need quite a few sympathy cards each year. They are difficult, and the inspiration is very helpful.

Lela said...

More great inspiration! TFS

Anonymous said...

My first time to have a sympathy card on my blog! Thanks for the challenge!

Ann said...

Please ignore my first entry. That's what happens when you click too fast! ;)

sarahstone said...

Thanks for the challenge!

Patti said...

These are good cards to have on hand, because sometimes it's hard to find inspiration in difficult moments. Sometimes though it can also be healing you just never know so it's better to be prepared. Thanks for the challenge.

Donna said...

Wonderful cards by the Design Team...