Oceanfront Heartfelt Sympathy

Sympathy cards are difficult for me to make. That is why I always try to have one or two already made in case the sad occasion arises where I need one.  However, this time a dear sweet friend passed away last weekend, and I wanted to make a card that held meaning for her life, and from which her family would draw comfort. Marge, this oceanfront heartfelt sympathy card is for you.  It’s Sunday, and time to play with The Paper Players!

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This week, the talented LeAnne is hosting our theme challenge. She selected a great summer theme for us:  At the Beach! My card was inspired by the upper left picture. I can’t wait to see what YOU create!

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(I have no tips today. Just a reflection on Marge’s passing.  All of the details on how to make this card can be found in the free tutorial.) Marge was one of the first parents I met when I started teaching 47 years ago. What a gem she was!  She knew just the right things to say to make a new teacher feel right at home.  A talented crafter, a fabulous cook, a beloved wife, mother and grandmother, Marge was a beacon in the community where she lived for 85 years. I was both blessed and humbled to call her my friend. One of the things Marge loved was the beach.  Her entire family does. Her daughter, whom I taught, makes a trek with friends from Iowa to Myrtle Beach every year. Her granddaughter, whom I also taught, was married beachside.  In fact, they are celebrating Marge’s life this holiday weekend at a local lakeside beachfront.  I knew that today’s card would have special meaning for the entire family. While Marge’s passing saddens all who knew and loved her, she passed with grace and dignity in the home she had lived in for nearly sixty years, surrounded by her husband, daughters, and grandchildren.  I know their memories of her will bring them comfort, as mine do me.

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  1. Joanne James - The Crafty Owl

    This oceanfront scene is so serene in these soft colours Ann and actually makes a really lovely sympathy card (I would never have thought to use this set for this purpose). It seems like such a fitting tribute to your dear friend and I’m sure will be appreciated by her family. Sending hugs!

  2. Ann, what a wonderful tribute to your friend. I am so sorry for your loss. Your heartfelt and beautifully designed card will be much appreciated. The soft colors are perfect for a sympathy card.

  3. So very sorry for the loss of your dear friend, Ann. What a beautiful tribute you shared. Your card is beautiful! Big hugs!

  4. First of all Ann, that trim works great for a beachy card! It adds just the right touch to the other elements on your card. It is a beautiful tranquil scene.

  5. Ann, your card is a beautiful tribute to your friend’s family. I’m so sorry for your loss. Sympathy cards are always the hardest, but yours was created with so much love!

  6. Beautiful card. Your friend’s family will certainly find comfort in it. I’m so sorry for your loss.

  7. So sorry for your loss Ann. Sending HUGS! Your card is beautiful and I’m sure the family will love it!

  8. Sorry for your loss.
    A very fitting, beautiful card for your dear friend.

  9. I enjoyed reading about your friend, and I love the tie in to SC. What a perfect card for a beach loving friend. Love the colors especially.

  10. Sharon Broussard

    What a beautiful card and a sweet tribute to your friend. I’m so very sorry for your loss.

  11. Jeena Huntzinger

    What a loving tribute to your friend Marge. Your card will definitely make a difference to her family, as it is a perfect example of your high regard for her. How comforting, too, to have so many memories of her.

  12. It’s a beautiful card, and the family will appreciate your care to make a special card for them and for your kind, loving words about her. I’m sorry for you loss. Thanks for sharing with us.

  13. LeAnne Pugliese

    This card is so calm and peaceful…I am sure your friend’s family will appreciate it, especially since she loved the beach. I just love the colors you used as well as those cute little seagulls and shells!

  14. Ann, so sorry for the loss of your friend. This card is a beautiful tribute to her.

  15. Ann, I’m sorry you lost such a dear friend but thank you for sharing this beautiful tribute. The way you framed the card was awesome. LeAnne will be pleased with how you used her inspiration and the family will no doubt be touched by your thoughtfulness. Have a blessed day.

  16. Bonnielee McGuire

    What a beautiful tribute!

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