Crafty Chefs Group and Sympathy

Hello friends!  I know I’ve said this before, but it seems that I don’t ever have a sympathy card on hand when one is needed, so this time as I was making one because I needed it, I’ve also created an additional to have in my stash.

I have also just joined with some fellow crafty friends who started a sort of “challenge group” and I think we dubbed ourselves the “Crafty Chefs” simply because our challenges consist of “recipes” to follow of “MUST DO” and another list of “CAN DO” items to follow when making our projects and we each take turns being the “top head chef” in charge of making the recipes or lists.  It’s just something non-pressure and just for fun which I think is fabulous as it helps me to use up my expansive crafty stash and join my fellow friends in paper crafting which we all have in common and love to do!😀


Here’s the sympathy card that I’ve come up with for our July’s Crafty Chefs Group Challenge!  The July challenge is as follows:


  1.  monochromatic
  2. sentiment as focal point
  3. paint chips
  4. decorative papers

CAN DO: (items that are optional to add)

  1.  die cut
  2. favorite color
  3. summer fruits

When I saw the paint chips on the list, it immediately made me think of this technique with the wavy die cut along the edge of the design over a card and I think I had done it before, but it had been a long time ago.  So with the decortive papers in mind, I went through my stash to find different ones in similar monochromatic color and the most I had was the yellow color.  I love yellow, but if you know me, then you know purple is my favorite color…so I didn’t do that one or the summer fruits from the list..but the MUST DO are all included!


I die cut the word for the focal point of my design with some of the pattern papers that I’ve used and cut several to stack on each other. I also die cut a butterfly to add as an accent along with the stitched wave border die to cut my edge with.  I also took the small word stamped with yellow ink over white and die cut it with a banner die to place over the design and then the panel was mounted over a yellow A2 sized top folding card base and finished with clear sequins that were filled with glitter glue.


I‘m really happy how it turned out and sort of challenged myelf to make it a sympathy card.  It had it’s twists and turns to complete each thing on my list, but worth the thought process to figure out!  I’m glad I had this challenge!  Hope you enjoyed it as well! 



Here’s the sympathy card that I had made and actually hand delivered in person so I know they’ve already received it.

My thought on this one was the card was for females and I based my design on the flowers that I also gave to the recipient which had pinks in the mix along with the base of the lantern being white with the candle.


I went through my stash of floral stamps and have always loved this one from Stampin’ Up! which was stamped in black ink over white.  I used some watercolor to just color in one of the flowers within the image.  I used a piece of vellum to silver heat emboss the sentiment which was wrapped around the panel.  I also took some silver shimmer paint that was watered down and splattered over top.


I die cut the panel, layered it over a piece of silver foil cardstock and then another piece of pink cardstock that was mounted onto an A2 sized white top folding card base.  Lastly, I’ve added some silver sequins to finish it off.

Thanks so much for stopping in today my friends!  I hope you’ve gotten some inspiration from my projects and I’ll be seeing you again soon!!


  1.  Dragonfly Dreams – No Pattern Paper (second card only)
  2. 613 Avenue Create – #235 Anything Goes optional: Sentiment as Focal (first card only)
  3. Daisy Chain – #43 No Design Paper (second card only)
  4. The Corrosive– #7 Anything Goes
  5. Crafting Happiness – #56 Anything Goes optional: things that fly (first card only)
  6. Pammies Inky Pinkies – PIP2027 Anything Goes
  7. Creative Craft Cottage – #131 Add a Flower(s) (second card only)
  8. Creative Moments – #194 Anything Goes
  9. Little Red Wagon – #557 embossing (second card only heat embossing)


31 thoughts on “Crafty Chefs Group and Sympathy

  1. Both cards are wonderful, Vicki. Love the flowers on the envelope.
    xxx Margreet


  2. Fabulous sympathy cards Vicki. Your monochromatic card is so soothing and does not look like paint samples with the curved die cut, and the floral card is beautiful with just the touch of pink!


  3. Your crafty chefs idea is great, Vicki, and the sympathy cards are warm and lovely. hugs, de


  4. WOW, Vicki! What incredible sympathy cards. I adore how you turned the dp into the paint chips and your soft yellows are really marvelous. The second card has such beautiful flowers and I love the color combo. The vellum sentiment is a great idea for a sympathy card. I don’t know why that seems to work so well but it does. 😀 I can tell your Crafty Chefs groups is going to be lots of fun. 😀


  5. Great cheffing Vicki, love your cooking.
    Love your second card too, soft and warm looking.


  6. Two gorgeous cards Vicki!! I absolutely love the design on your first card with the curvy border! And what a beautiful image on your second card, gorgeous silver embossed sentiment!
    Hugs, Tammy


  7. Beautiful soft Sympathy cards Vicki, I love the yellow, such a beautiful colour and design and the florals with water colouring is lovely and with the matching envelope…gorgeous cards.

    Luv CHRISSYxx


  8. A beautiful set of cards, gorgeously designed and colours. Watercolours always look beautiful and matching envelope is a perfect touch. Have a lovely weekend. ♥ x


  9. Beautifully designed sympathy card. Thank you for sharing with us at The PIP Challenge


  10. I too normally make 2 or 3 sympathy cards at the same time. It’s easier to make them when they’re not actually needed. I love the first one with the swirly paper strips and especially the soft stamping of the butterflies in the lower portion that reflect the tiny white butterfly. The sentiment placement is just beautiful too! The pink & grey combo on the 2nd card is just lovely with those big flowers and vellum panel! Both cards are just beautiful! Wishing you a good weekend ahead! Hugs!


  11. I love the first one for its curvy lines and monochromatic colors. A stand out design.
    The second one is classy, pretty and feminine with the gorgeous flowers and pink.


  12. Two lovely sympathy cards and extra loving the wave and the design of the first one and loving the tones of it x.


  13. Both really beautiful sympathy cards love the design and monochrome look-beautiful flowers and decorated envelope with the second card
    Carol x


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  15. Beautiful cards! Sympathy cards are always tough to create, but so appreciated. Yours are just gorgeous! And your group sounds like fun! Thanks for sharing!


  16. Oh what a fun group – seems like very little pressure. Love your sympathy cards, I try to keep a couple on hand for those times when you need it and you need it now. I do the same with baby cards. Love to see your creations, what an inspiration.


  17. Truly beautiful card. The palette here is soothing, uplifting and gentle and the design is as timeless as timeless can be.

    I’m deeply sorry about the loss that called the creation of this gorgeous greeting.

    Autumn Zenith 🧡 Witchcrafted Life


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