Thursday, March 12, 2015

Simple Sympathy

“Into each life, a little rain must fall”– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

A Sympathy Card is an unfortunate necessity, and a beautiful way to send your sentiments.  This past week, a distant cousin passed suddenly.  It was my desire to create something that was simple and also beautiful to send to his family to let them know I cared.  

Trying to decide a color scheme is always difficult for me.  I have tons of ideas listed on my Pinterest page.  Sometimes other blogs help me come up with ideas.  In this case, a challenge on Paper Players helped me decide. 

I used a Textured Embossing Folder as a letterpress by inking it up before embossing the Crumb Cake cardstock.  I was pleasantly surprised at the look of velvet texture the ink left.  


Paper Players Challenge #PP235

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Product News:  Blendabilities Product Discontinued

There have been quality issues with Blendabilities product line, which has resulted in frustration many demonstrator and our clients.  Due to the nature of the defect, Stampin’ Up! has concluded that difficulties, dissatisfaction, and product returns will only become more widespread. The manufacturer is unable to correct the problem in a manner that Stampin’ Up! is certain would meet our high quality standards and provide us with a stable, long-term solution.  Therefore, after a great deal of deliberation and in order to prevent further disappointment, the Blendabilities product line has been discontinued.

Q & A
Q: Will the Tuxedo Black Memento Pad (item #132708) and the Tuxedo Black Memento Pad Refill (item #133456) still be available for purchase?
A: Yes. These items will also be featured in this year’s 2015–2016 annual catalog.

Q: What are the quality problems with this product?
A: When the tip is welded to the barrel, the welding process can leave microscopic (invisible) holes in the marker tip. This leads to accelerated evaporation of the alcohol in the ink.

Q: Are all Blendabilities markers defective?
A: No. Most Blendabilities markers work as intended. We ask that you use your best judgment to determine whether your product is in good condition or if you need a refund.

Q: Why did it take so long for Stampin’ Up! to discover this problem?
A: Over the months we’ve noticed quality issues with this product, but they were within normal tolerance. We’ve also received some great feedback and know that many of you have thoroughly enjoyed working with Blendabilities. However, when corrections and complaints became more and more frequent, we increased the sophistication of our quality testing. This led to discoveries that meant we had a serious problem with the product line. Although these are still great markers, our manufacturer is now reporting a 30 to 40 percent fail rate before they are shipped to Stampin’ Up!— which is unacceptable.

If you have questions, please contact me.  


  1. That's really lovely. So sorry for your loss.

  2. This is just perfect for a sympathy card. I think the colors work so well together. Thanks for joining us this week at The Paper Players!

  3. Your blog is looking great - how did you change the font like that??? I don't think I have that option.

    1. Do you mean my Blog Font? I type it up in word first. Use the font I like then copy & paste it into my the post page.