Botanical Builder Framelits for a Sympathy Card

Love & Sympathy, Because I Care, Sympathy, SUWho would have known that the Botanical Builder Framelits die set would help set the stage for a sympathy card!  I ran across a card made by Ann Schach that was stunning!  Although her occasion was different than what I needed, I adapted some of the elements to suit my card.  The paper and the color combination is from the Going Wild designer series pack (which will be retiring soon).  And it was not a coincidence that this card is also being submitted to a “downline” challenge for the month of April (thank you very much, Debbie Mageed for sending out the challenge elements for us to play with!). Because the overall card measurement is 4-3/4″ by 6-3/4″, I used the Envelope Punch Board to make a custom 5″ x 7″ envelope.

Card Details:
  • Stamp Sets:  Love & Sympathy (retired), Because I care (retired)
  • Paper:  Tip Top Taupe, Basic Black & Shimmery White cardstock, Going Wild designer series paper (soon to be retired), In Color Envelope paper
  • Inks:  Tip Top Taupe, pigment black
  • Tools:  Botanical Builder Framelits, Lots of Labels framelits, Trio Corner punch, Bitty Butterfly punch, Clear emboss powder (inside sentiment), Envelope Punch Board
  • Embellishments:  3/8″ Stitched Satin white ribbon (retiring), 5/8″ Satin black ribbon (retired), Metal Rimmed pearls, Pearl Jewels,


There is a mixture of retired, retiring and current products used in the making of this card.  This is the time of year that Stampin’ Up! releases its retiring list to make room for the new product items in their 2016 – 2017 annual catalog.  I look at the retiring scenario as a hobbyist demonstrator rather than a business demonstrator.  What does that mean?  I take advantage of any savings for items that I wish to maintain in my craft stash (such as ribbons, papers, etc.).  If there is a stamp set retiring that I still have on my “must have” wish list (that does not happen very often since I have had most of the year to order those items, LOL), then it is ordered also.  But, for the first time since stamping beginning 2005, I have decided to look through my very extensive stash of stamp sets and cull them down to those I cannot bear to let go.  It will be another lengthy project, after several that I have recently gone through, but eventually I will have decided what to sell.  What does this mean for you?  Stay tuned because there will be stamp set deals hopefully soon for my very old sets and after June 1st for the current retiring sets.  In the meanwhile, if you are looking for something specific, send me an email and I will look to see if that set will be included in my “for sale” list. Just a heads up!

This card is intended for a friend whose grandfather recently passed.  I hope it brings some comfort to her.  Please let me know if you have any questions.

Have fun stamping,


6 thoughts on “Botanical Builder Framelits for a Sympathy Card

  1. Cindie McDuffee

    This card is sedate yet beautiful and I hope it will bring your friend a little bit of joy in her sad time. Absolutely beautiful, Katy.

  2. Debbie

    So pretty! I love how you brightened up that paper and it’s the perfect backdrop for that beautiful cluster of flowers. It’s lovely as a sympathy card, which I would never that thought of. Isn’t the ribbon wonderful for bows? I love it! Great card, Katy! So happy you blogged it, so now I can pin it!

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