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Angie McKenzie | Independent Stampin' Up!® Demonstrator - USA | Making others smile... one creation at a time.

Olive Branch for the Crafty Challenge Blog Hop - October 2022 | Sketch Challenge


Olive Branch Sympathy Card (banner) | Nature's INKspirations by Angie McKenzie
Olive Branch Inspired Thoughts for a sketch challenge.
Crafty Challenge Blog Hop Banner | Nature's INKspirations by Angie McKenzie

Hello friends!  I hope you are doing well on this Mojo Monday.  Today I am hopping with some Crafty Collaborators along the Crafty Challenge Blog Hop as we share inspiration for today's Sketch Challenge.  There are several of us hopping today - you will find the list to follow along towards the bottom of my blog post - so sit back and enjoy your favorite coffee, tea, water or smoothie as we share some handmade projects with you!

Today's Project

A family friend asked me the other day if I ever made sympathy cards... of course, was my response.  Granted this type card is always the most emotional ones to make as my heart aches with each element that is created.  Thus the card is made with lots of prayers for the recipient(s).  This sketch was just the inspiration I needed to create this much needed card.  

Crafty Challenge Blog Hop - Sketch - October 2022 | Nature's INKspirations by Angie McKenzie
Olive Branch Sympathy Card (front) | Nature's INKspirations by Angie McKenzie

Project Details

This card was specifically made for grieving parents who lost their son unexpectedly.  My mother's heart helped me select soothing colors for this card.  The lattice die from the Organic Beauty Dies was used to create a mask for the vertical strips.  The Pool Party ink was applied with a Blending Brush.

Olive Branch Sympathy Card (close-up) | Nature's INKspirations by Angie McKenzie

The Olive Branch image was stamped three times with Soft Sea Foam ink, fussy cut and adhered to the largest Stylish Shapes circle die-cut.  Two additional sections of the image were stamped, fussy cut and adhered to the back of the die-cut for additional depth.  The Inspired Thoughts sentiment was stamped with Sahara Sand ink and die-cut with the Stylish Shapes banner die.

Olive Branch Sympathy Card (holding) | Nature's INKspirations by Angie McKenzie

The inside was simply stamped to compliment the card front leaving plenty of room for our friends to write their condolences.   The envelope front and flap were also stamped to compliment the card.

Olive Branch Sympathy Card (inside) | Nature's INKspirations by Angie McKenzie

More Inspiration

I hope you have been inspired to create a card using this sketch.  Now it's time to continue along the blog hop - you're currently with me, Angie McKenzie, at #13 - to get more inspiration from the others... so look at the list below and continue along.  You definitely don't want to miss any.

Blog Hop Index

Thanks for stopping by my little corner of the world!
Have a blessed day!
Olive Branch Sympathy Card (supplies) | Nature's INKspirations by Angie McKenzie

You Can Make This Card!

Here's What You'll Need to Get Started...


  • Clear Blocks C, D; Stamparatus; Small Grid Paper; Paper Trimmer; Paper Snips; Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine; Multipurpose Liquid Adhesive; Stampin' Dimensionals


  • Olive Branch Cling Stamp Set; Inspired Thoughts Cling Stamp Set


  • Pool Party, Sahara Sand, and Soft Sea Foam Classic Stampin' Pads


  • Pool Party, Soft Sea Foam and Basic White Cardstocks; Basic White Medium Envelopes


  • Organic Beauty Dies; Blending Brushes

You can purchase any of these supplies from my online store if you live in the USA and do not already have a Stampin' Up!® demonstrator.

Time to Use Your Paper Trimmer!

        PAPER CUTS

  • Basic White - 4" x 5-1/4"; 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" (x3) (for stamping, fussy-cutting, die-cutting) 
  • Pool Party - 1" x 5-1/2" (x3)  
  • Soft Sea Foam - 8-1/2" x 5-1/2" scored at 4-1/4" (card base); 3-1/4" x 5-1/2"; scraps for diecutting


  1. Lovely card! The colors are perfect too.

  2. Sympathy cards are a challenge for me - this is a very lovely card!

  3. Such a pretty card Angie, love your muted colour palette x

  4. Love your card. I need to make a few sympathy cards. Thanks for the inspiration!

  5. Love the colours and the offset greeting. Totally gorgeous. Thankyou

  6. I love, love, love this card. So serene and pretty. Perfect for a sympathy card.

  7. Beautiful card. Love the colors.


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