I need a sympathy card. I won't tell you how many versions of this card I went through before I settled for this. I think sympathy cards are the most difficult to make. So, yes I settled for this one. I've got to get this card in the mail today. I'm not thrilled with the results, but I think it is appropriate and just barely blog worthy!! Any suggestions on how this card can be improved will be most gratefully accepted -- will use your tips in future papercrafting. By the way, as I describe below, I used the Cuttlebug to emboss the light strip of paper under the mounted phrase. Can you see how the Cuttlebug appears to have changed the color of the paper? There is something about the flattening process the 'bug uses that results in a slightly brighter finish to the paper. Another development to ponder... How I made this card: Using Stampin Up's Perfect Plum Classic Ink, I stamped images from SU's Toile Blossoms on Pale Plum and Perfect Plum cardstock. (Can I digress to say how much I love Toile Blossoms??). I also stamped a sympathy phrase from a retired SU set (name not available to me!) on Pale Plum and mounted it on Perfect Plum and set it aside. I cut out flowers and using a Sakura tiny glue pen (purchased from Starlitstudio -- link on right), placed a few dots of glue on the flowers. I dipped the flowers in Dazzling Diamonds (a fine glitter -- Art Institute or other fine glitter would work just as well) and let the flowers dry. This little glue pen is awesome!!! The dark strip under the word image is Perfect Plum cardstock stamped with the Toile Blossoms. I wanted a piece of Pale Plum organdy ribbon, but I didn't have one, so I took some SU wide White organdy ribbon and put it on top of a piece of Pale Plum cardstock, which I had embossed using the Textile A2 Embossing Folder and the Cuttlebug. Sometimes placing the white organdy ribbon on darker cardstock will create a "faux" color ribbon of the darker cardstock. I put the card together and added a piece of SU Eggplant grosgrain ribbon to balance the card. Finally, I mounted the whole card on Perfect Plum cardstock. Tomorrow's post will contain the details on how one lucky bloggett can win a $50 gift certificate for SU products! Now, there's a tease!!! (Hint: think black and white).