Sorry For Your Loss – Sympathy Card

Sorry For Your Loss Card
It’s hard to believe that it’s time for another edition of WOYWW. What’s on your work desk this Wednesday?

Today I created a sympathy card. Its design was influenced by the anniversary of 9/11.

This card is intentionally simple and understated.

The monochromatic battle fatigue greens convey the somberness of the occasion – keep the focus on the sentiment – and pay tribute to the men and women who have given their lives to defend our freedoms.

The paper tearing technique reminds us of the lives that are torn apart when we lose someone we love. And the stitching symbolizes our need to mend our lives and carry on, even in the midst of loss.


I’ve also been spending more time in the kitchen as of late – even though we’ve been in the midst of a heat wave! If you are experiencing hot temperatures where you live and would love a cool and delicious treat, why not whip up a batch of Healthy Homemade Popsicles? There are three delicious recipes to choose from!


Magellan is a happy cat these days – and so is Tsunani! To find out what’s making my boys so chill, stop by, check out the photos and get the scoop at this week’s Wordless Wednesday Party!

Now, here are some suggestions to keep your creative juices flowing all week!

  • Visit a few Art Challenges and see which ones tickle your muse!
  • Visit our crafty friends at WOYWW to see what’s on everyone’s desk this week!
  • Stop by Inspire Me Monday to link up your latest creative project!
  • Join us for Friendship Friday and share your weekend creations!

Have a wonderful week and I look forward to connecting with you!

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62 Responses to “Sorry For Your Loss – Sympathy Card”

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  1. I was watching a documentary the other evening about 9/11, I remember it like it was yesterday. Such an unbelievable thing. Your card is perfect. #17

  2. Chris Porter says:

    That’s a beautiful card – often difficult to hit the right note with these, but you’ve cracked it. Love the pussy cat! Happy WOYWW, Chris # 34

  3. Stylish card you have there this morning.
    Take care. God bless.
    Margaret #4

  4. Hazel says:

    A beautiful card that is difficult to make, but you’ve certainly nailed it. Thanks for sharing your workspace today. Hope you have a great day and a lovely crafting week to come. Hazel, WOYWW #45 x

  5. G’day there Joy. Just dropping by for WOYWW. I haven’t played for a few months but remembered today. Your 9/11 inspired card is simple and lovely. Its still seems like yesterday that it happened…its something I’ll remember for ever. The ice blocks look yummo
    Annette In Oz #46

  6. CherylQuilts says:

    Wow, Joy, this is a powerful reminder of 9/11 and of the great loss that day!! I so appreciate the elements that represent the loss…the deep and life-changing loss…that happened that day! May we never forget! Thank you for joining us and sharing this touching card for the ODBD Shining the Light challenge! May we never lose our ability to share the light of Christ with a hurting world! Hugs!

  7. Gabriele says:

    I am loving this card so much! It looks so elegant!
    I might have a new challenge for you: the monthly Colour Challenge on You can win a pile of stamps every week!
    Gabriele 33

  8. Julie B says:

    This is a great CAS design even if it is made for the saddest of occasions. Your symbolism and colour combination is a graet idea.
    Thanks for sharing with us at Cards4Guyz this week. 🙂

  9. Jac says:

    A beautiful c&s card that conveys so much, thanks for joining us at Crafty Catz this week, Jac x

  10. Mariken says:

    Your card is really beautiful!
    Thank you for joining our challenge at CAS on Sunday!

  11. Karen L says:

    Thanks for sharing your wonderful card with us. You’re so right about the torn paper, and I’m sure this card will be a comfort. If you stop by my blog today, you will learn about the sorrow our family is facing right now. It’s SO difficult. You can find my personal blog here:

    On a happier note, I am going to try making your yummy watermelon popsicles. That should put a smile on my family members’ faces. Thanks for sharing your art in our challenge this week, and may God bless you!
    Word Art Wednesday

    • Create With Joy
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      Dear Karen,

      Thank you for your kind words – especially in light of what your family is facing right now. My prayers are with you all, and I hope that these popsicles brings a touch of sweetness and joy to your lives this weekend!

  12. Nick says:

    You made a very pretty sympathy card! Well done!

    Thank you for joining us at Crafty Catz this week. Good luck and hope to see you back soon!

  13. Julia says:

    Well, I’m a vey shallow card maker. I like your card very much, but would never have thought of the reasons behind the torn paper and stitching. Wow. I get the classic understatement, so I’m redeemable!

  14. Migdalia says:

    Absolutely Beautiful!!
    Thank you so much for joining us at Craftin Desert Divas Linky Party.
    Have a wonderful day,
    *Crafting With Creative M*

  15. Wendy L says:

    A great card, fab CAS design, thanks for joining us at Ladybug Crafts. xxxx

  16. Your sympathy card is just perfect! I love the thinking behind it!
    Thanks for sharing with us at The Crafting Cafe in our Shades Of One Challenge this month!
    Good Luck
    Dawn xx

  17. Jacqui says:

    A real CAS creation. Jacqui DT Sister Act

  18. Janna says:

    A lovely sentiment & yes I don’t think any of us will forget 9.11. 🙁
    Thank you for joining in with the crafting cafe challenge, shades of one x

  19. Andrea W says:

    Your understated card is perfect for the remembrance of 9/11. So glad you shared your creation at Cardz 4 Guyz.

  20. Sandye Curry says:

    Your card really sends the message you wish! Thanks for playing in Bugaboo’s challenge.

  21. Sympathy cards are the hardest to create I find, this one is beautiful. I love the symbolism in it. A very nice way to pay tribute to those who lost their lives and their loved ones. 🙂
    Thank you for sharing on Vandicrafts’ Artistry Challenge
    Melissa – Vandicrafts

    • Create With Joy
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      Thanks Melissa for stopping by and sharing your thoughts – it was a pleasure to discover your blog this week and I look forward to joining you in future challenges!

  22. Eliza says:

    Been and had a look at the wordless Wednesday and it was fun watching the big cats having a play. Very nice sympathy card.

    Happy WOYWW
    Eliza, Yoda & Flat Susan 54

    • Create With Joy
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      Thank you so much Eliza – also appreciate your jaunt to Wordless Wednesday!
      Aren’t the big cat videos fun?
      Have a wonderful week and I’m glad you liked the card!

  23. anne bente says:

    wawww sååå super flot ♥

    10000 tak for at du deltager på Card and scraps udfordring.

    kmuzzzz ♥

  24. Kelly says:

    I love how you have brought so many of the important things about 9/11 into your card. When I saw the torn gray tone I thought of the billowing clouds of smoke on that horrid day. A beautiful tribute. Creative Blessings! Kelly #67

  25. Dori says:

    A very lovely card. Simple and elegant.

  26. Bianca says:

    Thats such a pretty card! Thank you for joining us at Fairytale Challenge! xx Bianca

  27. Hazel says:

    I’m back to thank you for sharing your lovely crafting for the Cheerful Stamp Pad challenge 94, Hazel, DT – hope to see you again soon x

  28. Jen says:

    I love the serenity of our card. Thanks so much for taking up our September “Anything Goes” Challenge at Bugaboo Stamps!
    Good luck in the draw – and if you’re not one of the winners, please do come back and join us again tomorrow, when we start a new challenge!
    Luv’n huggz
    Jen Leeflang

  29. Lisca Meijer says:

    That’s a beautiful card. Yes the symbolism of the torn paper is touching. Well done.

  30. Cazro says:

    An extreme CAS card, your explanation so wonderfully describes each detail and the reason.
    I appreciate and say a genuine thanks for sharing this with us at Cardz 4 Guyz. Caz

  31. Anne Chilvers says:

    As the saying goes “Less is more”, and you have thought this card out beautifully, with the colours, paper tearing and stitching all having a meaning, especially with the recent anniversary of 9/11. Thanks for joining in with the Sisters of Craft Challenge, Best wishes, Anne DT x

  32. That is a very elegant card! love the torn paper for the border. It really adds great texture.

    Thanks for joining us in our Monochromatic challenge at Digi Choosday Crafting Vicky (DT) I have a giveaway you need to check it out at 600 followers giveaway

  33. Marilyn S says:

    Such a great card. A little says it all, doesn’t it?
    Thanks for joining us at 2 Cute Ink and I hope you’ll be back again.

  34. Elizabeth says:

    I’m reading a book about the experience of one woman in England who lost her husband in the 9/11 disaster … it’s emotive reading and I’m sure the author would appreciate the significance of your card. I think my Bonnie would appreciate that brush too. Hope your weekend is going well. Elizabeth x #78

  35. Helen says:

    Beautiful card!
    Thanks for playing at the Oldie but a Goodie Challenge!
    Helen x

  36. Jan Brown says:

    Classically clean and simple – thanx for sharing with us at Cardz 4 Guyz.
    Hugz, Jan (DT) xx

  37. Anjie says:

    Lovely card. Thanks for joining us in our Monochromatic challenge at Digi Choosday
    Anjie (DT)

  38. Cara says:

    Very nice sympathy card. Thanks for sharing this with us at Through The Craft Room Door. Please come play along with us again! (Hugs) Cara

  39. Marlene says:

    A beautiful card. thank you for sharing with us at The Crafting Cafe Challenge this week. Marlene DT

  40. Annie says:

    Thank you for entering the Crafts Galore Encore Challenge #9 “Make a Card” sponsored by Betty’s Place. Good luck and looking forward to seeing you again!
    Annemaritta – CGE DT

  41. Lindsay says:

    Beautiful, love the texture of the torn paper and the colours are fabulous. Thank you for joining in with Imagination Crafts Challenge Blog.
    Lindsay xx

  42. Tracy says:

    A very fitting tribute, conveys your feelings very well. Thank you for joining in with The Sisters of Craft Challenge. Crafty Blessings. Tracy SOC DT

  43. Neil says:

    Gorgeously somber card, and so unusual to have the symbolic explanation to go with it.

    Thanks for joining us at The Crafting Cafe, and good luck!


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