There Are No Words

Today I’m sharing two cards that I made with the There Are No Words Stamp set. This “A” sized stamp set is retiring at the end of August and it’s kind of tucked in the back of the Seasonal Expression and easily missed.

There Are No Words
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I loved the simplicity of this set and well, to put it bluntly, sympathy cards are my least favorite to make.

If you haven’t updated your sympathy stamps in a while – I hope you’ll consider adding these to your shopping cart before they retire.

Thanks for stopping by.

Double Trouble #21

Have you heard the buzz? The Double Trouble Team has paired up with the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge for the next two weeks. Trouble Maker is tip-toeing thru the Tulip Bulbs…demanding that we give her flowers after this long cold winter. Twisted Sister is all a flutter after signing up for a Birds & Bees Class on Valentines Day and would like you to use something with wings or something “B”-related or the word Buzz or Bzzz on your project.

The Atlantic Hearts Team gave us permission to share both of their upcoming sketches a little early so make sure that you are visiting their page and linking to the correct sketch


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For my first card I chose to use a soft color combination of Sugar Plum, Ballerina and Peach for my flowers and Sage leaves all on a Mink Background which I cut using the Thin Cut Decorative Border Die. I added a tiny little bee which I cut from the Cricut Flower Market Cartridge.

My second card is my least favorite to make…a sympathy card! I used a Wreath Builder template and stamped flowers in a circular pattern to form my wreath…I didn’t leave quite enough room to include my sentiment at the bottom, but I actually liked it better layered across the flowers. The Willow layer was embossed with a honeycomb embossing folder for my “BEE” requirement.

Don’t forget that Double Dare has provided you the links to Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenges over on our home page with the complete challenge information.

I hope you’ll take some time and join in the fun!

Puppy Love

This is one of those cards that you really don’t want to make, but in some little way helps your heart heal.

Yesterday we said goodbye to my husband’s best friend for the past 17 years.  It was a really hard day – I wasn’t much of a dog person when we met – I had 4 cats, but soon his Sasha had my heart wrapped up.

I wanted to use the “LOVE” paper from the Whimsy Fundamentals packet and I also picked the yummy-colored Sorbet B&T as well.  I stamped the little puppy from the retired Friendly Pets stamp set and colored her to look like our girl.

Thanks for stopping by and sharing a part of your day with me.




Sympathy cards make me sad…it means someone has an ache in their heart that will never go away.  I remember all the sympathy cards that came when my mom died in 2012 and how knowing that people cared got me through some of my darkest days.

The Big Hug stamp set is not a sympathy set per-say, but it has several sentiments that can be used as such.  Our friends wife died in an accident this week so I wanted this card to have a little masculine touch.  I played around with a pattern from the Wishes Book with the Pathfinding papers.  I added a wooden leaf and some touches of gold for accents.

Thanks for stopping by today…I’ll be back soon with a much cheerier card 🙂

For Always In My Heart



I thought I’d wake up from my bad dream of losing a dear friend to cancer, but since it didn’t seem appropriate to just wallow in my own grief and not acknowledge her death I made an assortment of sympathy cards with some left over paper from the For Always paper packet. 

The stark contrast of black and white with minimal embellishments seemed perfect.  Sympathy cards are my least favorite to make, yet I know how much comfort they brought me when my own mom died in 2012.


The first three cards are standard 4.25 X 5.5 cards from sketches I found on Pinterest and the last card was created using a 5 X 7 pattern from the Wishes pattern book.


I love the versatility of the sketches available in the pattern books available through Close to My Heart.  Using them along with the assorted papers in the paper packets can really make your card making quick!


1,2,3 Craft! Button Trio

Where does the time go? I can’t believe that it’s time for another 1, 2, 3 Craft! posting. This month I chose the Button Trio pattern from the Originals pattern book. I have been playing with old paper packets and ran across the La Belle Vie and decided it was the perfect paper to use for a sympathy card and I loved how the sentiment fit at the top of the page. I chose to use the flower from the “Just for You” My Acrylix stamp set and stamped the stitching in black and did a combination of Desert Sand and Blush on the petals. I hope you’ve enjoyed my posting and will now hop over to Mary’s blog where you will be sweetly surprised at her artwork this month.