This week for “Creation Thursday” I am sharing a card that I’ve made to send to a friend that lost her mother earlier this week.  Obviously, it was not what was originally planned for this week’s post.  Since we all, at one time or another, know someone that experiences such a loss, I thought it appropriate to share the card.  It’s simple but will carry a special message to my friend.  
The card can easily be adapted for any occasion.

Materials and Tools:
Whisper White Card Stock (100730)
Summer Starfruit Card Stock (126839)
Summer Starfruit Classic Stampin’ Pad (126991)
Garden Green Classic Stampin’ Pad (126973)
VersaMark (102283)
Black Emboss Powder (109133)
Secret Garden Stamps (129144)
 Secret Garden Framelits (129372)
Bitty Butterfly Punch (129406)
Everything Eleanor Stamps (124164)
Loving Thoughts Stamps (125845)
Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (113439)
Stampin’ Trimmer (126889)
Bone Folder (102300)
Embossing Buddy (103083)
Heat Tool (129053)
Stamping Sponge (101610)
Clear Stamp Blocks (118486, 118484, 118489)
Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)
SNAIL Adhesive (104332)  
Note:  To prepare the flowers, VersaMark was stamped onto a scrap piece of Whisper White CS.  Black Emboss Powder was applied and the heat tool was used to melt and set the emboss powder.  A stamping sponge was then used to color the flowers using Summer Starfruit Classic Stamp Pad.  Though it’s not clearly shown in the photo, the color is darker in the center of the flower and lightens as it moves out toward the edge.  To ensure the ink is evenly applied, use a circular motion when sponging.  The next step is to use the Secret Garden Framelits to cut the flowers. 
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If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me.
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This weekend’s forecast is for rain so I’m already making plans to spend time crafting and I look forward to sharing the items with you on “Mishmash Monday”.   Until then, have a great weekend!