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 🙂

Inspired Designs

I love the new Annual Inspirations from Close to My Heart – not only is in chocked full of stamps, papers and assorted pieces of bling it is loaded with inspiration!



Take this box for instance – it’s straight from page 15 using the November stamp of the month.  I’m not so much into the fussy cutting of all the flowers, but I think it would make the perfect place card at a Thanksgiving table or if you’re less formal a small gift for each of your guests.












This next card was actually inspired by the Kraft 3 Ring Album on page 56.  I loved the layers of color from light to dark.



I used another stamp from the Happy Autumn stamp set for the inside of the card.  I think the group of flowers actually look like dandelion blooms and I think I may try stamping them in white for a different look!  I will probably end up making a Thankful album as I’ve challenged my family to come up with one thing every day for the month of November.

My last card was inspired from one I saw on the Close to My Heart webpage.  It was done with a different paperpack, but I’m trying to use up the remainder of my Pathfinding paper.  I used the new Cricut Artfully Sent cartridge sleeve and lined it with a piece of B & T.


I loved my day in the craft room!

Until later,


A Card Lovers Dream


So, I finally found time to play with the newest Cricut cartridge from Close to My Heart, Artfully Sent is definitely a card lovers dream.  Don’t let the name fool you though, it’s so much more than cards!

I’ve played with several of the keys – my favorite by far is the key dedicated to Halloween that has a card which resembles a haunted house.  Today however I decided to share a card I made with several of the cuts from Key #1.



I love the simplicity of this card but it has just enough eye candy to brighten a mailbox with a cheery hello!

If you’d like to make this card and the other fabulous fall cards that I’ve featured on my blog recently make sure you register for my card class on October 2.

Happy Stamping,


Fabulous Fall Cards Continued

Living in the Pacific Northwest I have had the opportunity to experience all four seasons.  Fall is definitely one of my favorites.  The crisp mornings lead into still warm afternoons and there is an abundance of color and bustling activities.  This year, September brought a school bus picking up the recent addition to our household.  It’s bittersweet to see her head off in the mornings because I love spending time hearing her chatter and play, but it also means I have a brief time to return to my craft room and regroup for the day ahead.

Today I reached for a stamp set that I’ve had in my possession for about two years that remained uninked (I hate it when that happens), ink that would coordinate with the Pathfinding papers and reached for my thinking cap.  If you are a blog follower you know that I LOVE cards with an unusual opening and this card is no exception. 



Closed the card looks like a standard 4.25 X 5.5 card, but it actually folds back onto an easel and can be displayed as a free standing card.  The acorn and the Harvest Time sentiment have both been two tone stamped to give them some dimension.

I look forward to teaching this card at my Fabulous Fall card class on October 3rd.  Have you signed up?  I have morning and afternoon time slots available. 


Fabulous Fall Card Class



I was inspired to try a new watercolor technique when I was browsing blogs for my fall card class and came across this card by Aaron Brown (click on her name to see her card).  It is just one of the cards that you’ll be making in my Fabulous Fall Card Class on October 2nd.

I’ll be offering this class at two different times – 11am and 6pm and hope that you’ll join me.  The class fee is $15 or free with a $30 order.  You can place your order online ahead of time by joining the October Offerings Gathering on my website or bring it the day of the party.  You will need to bring adhesive (Tombow, 3D foam tape) and your Versamat. If you bring a new person to my class you will both receive a free gift with your order.

See you soon!