Two Sympathy Cards

Today I want to share two sympathy cards that I made for a friend — one from me personally, and one from former colleagues at work.  I think both turned out beautifully.



The praying hands card features Tattered Lace dies.  I just love how elegant and detailed they are, yet they are so simple to use.  I built this card around the patterned paper.  I just love the soft pattern that is there, and I thought it paired well with the plain ivory and the matte gold cardstock.  The praying hands are Tattered Lace’s “Praying Hands” die; the grass behind is Tattered Lace’s “Barley Grass”; and the sentiment is from the 2014 Tattered Lace Sentiments Set.  As you may know, Tattered Lace dies are wafer thin dies, so they work well in almost any die cutting machine.  Because of the stunning detail that is included, you do have to follow a couple of extra steps sometimes but it is easy stuff.  For example, I always start by running my dies through the die cutter going forward and backward (so it gets two cuts).  This is usually enough so that the die cut is flawless, and the pieces that should fall out (what are these called anyway?  I call them “chads”) fall out easily.

The card is an A2 card, so I cut the ivory layer 4.25″ x 5.5″; the gold metallic 4″ x 5.25″, and the patterned paper 3.75″ x 5″.  I attached the 3 layers together using ScorTape.  I attached the “with sympathy” die cuts with a liquid glue.  Before attaching the pieces of barley grass to the patterned paper, I sponged a little Tim Holtz Distress ink (Antique Linen) on them to pop them a little.  I tacked the barley grass in just a few places.  I always like some movement in that layer of the card (ultimately I used 2 large pieces and 3 small pieces).  I used a low dimensional adhesive to add the praying hands to the front.  I finished by adding a tied ribbon across the bottom.  Here’s another look —


The flower card was also very easy to use  This time my inspiration started with a stamp set by Lil Inkers Designs called “Inky Flowers”.  I love the casual look of these flowers, and the stamps are just so easy to use.  The paper that I used for the top layer and the flowers is from a Momenta paper pad (8×8) that is all watercolor designs.  This beautiful watercolor paper made it so simple to make the card (otherwise I would have needed to create my own color wash)

I began by cutting a coordinating purple layer 4.25″ x 5.5″.  I cut a white layer 4″ x 5.25″, and the watercolor paper 3.75″ x 5″.  I attached the 3 layers together using ScorTape.  I stamped the main flower set on an extra piece of the watercolor cardstock, and also stamped a few of the smaller flowers to fill in.  I fussy cut all of the flowers to make them more useable.  I also die cut the “with sympathy” sentiment (also Lil Inker Designs) from white cardstock, and attached it the bottom of the card.  My next step was to lay out the flower pieces to determine how to best arrange them.  Once I was satisfied with the arrangement, I placed them on the card base using a low dimensional adhesive.  I found the beautiful bird in the jewelry section of Hobby Lobby (Fairy Tale collection), and simply removed the jump ring in the wing to make it lay flat on the card.   I used liquid glue to hold it in place.  My last step was to add the ribbon and embellishment..  There are some cute tulle and pearl picks in the wedding section at Hobby Lobby.  I pulled the pick apart and used just one flower for my card.  I really like the way it turned out.


Sentiments for the inside of sympathy cards are always a bit difficult, but there is one unity set that I want to recommend to you.  It is called Beautiful Life, Blessed Memories and is the February 2015 sentiment stamp set.  Here’s a link.  There are a lot of different choices.  You’ll definitely want to check out this versatile stamp set.

Hope you enjoyed my cards today.  Hope you have a great week!







Anniversary Card featuring Tim Holtz Dies

t holtz anniversary

This is an anniversary card that I made for my Sister and Brother-in-Law for their anniversary celebration.  I also posted the card with tips and instructions on the Cut at Home blog on July 7th.  Here’s a link to that post  Detailed information on how I created the card is included there.

The dies that I used are the Handwritten Love die set and the Tiny Tattered Florals die set, both by Tim Holtz (Sizzix).  I think that what made this card extra special was the handmade, textured Japanese paper that I used for the card front (green) and the card base (ivory).  The words were also cut from the ivory handmade paper.  Handmade papers add such subtle beauty to a card — I love how they enhance it.  If you haven’t worked with the Tiny Tattered Florals yet, you will absolutely love them.  There are a number of flower styles and sizes to choose from — you just can’t go wrong.  A small quilling tool is included with the die set to make it easier for you to create the absolute perfect flowers for any project.

It is always hard to pick a card to enter into a challenge, particularly the World Wide Design Team Monthly Open Challenge.  This one is one of my faves, and I hope that you like it.



Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

It’s almost the end of the Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop, and my entry is just under the wire (well, about 8 hours to go).  My card is a fun one featuring some of the stamps from the Crafty Secrets Coffee & Tea stamp set (clear sets now retired, but digis should still be available).


I used some of my favorite paper for the card, Authentique’s Loyal collection.  Memento Olive Grove and Paris Dusk inks were a pretty good match to the blues and greens in the paper.  The solid colors I used are from the Tim Holtz Distress papers collection.  To perk up my card a little, I used my watercolor markers to add a little blush and lipstick to the percolator.  I attached the percolator and sentiment using dimensional adhesive (thin dimensional for the percolator; standard for the sentiment).  My embellishments are a little 1/4″ ivory ribbon and a couple of green rhinestones.  Oh how I miss percolated coffee!  It is just the best!

Graphic 45 Time to Flourish Standing Calendar

My Cut @ Home post on Tuesday was a cute little standing calendar featuring Graphic 45’s Time to Flourish paper.  I love how it turned out —


Please check out my post on Cut @ Home for more pictures and details on how to complete this.  It is a super easy project, and way too much fun!  Here’s a link to that post —



Featured Post – Paper Crafter’s Library Blog

I am so excited to be featured on another blog today, the Paper Crafter’s Library Blog.  My project is a Winter Birthday Card, and is made using some of my favorite dies.  Here is a picture —

winter bday

Please go to the Paper Crafter’s Library Blog post to view the project.  Also, if you leave a comment on that post (the PCL Blog), you will be entered to win a nice prize pack courtesy of Cut @ Home.

Here is a link to the PCL Blog post —



Top Cards of 2014 OWH Blog Hop

owh top 2014

As a part of the Operation Write Home Top Cards of 2014 blog hop, here are my top 14 favorite cards for 2014.  Not all were OWH cards, but most are OWH-friendly.  I’ve noted below if I think a card is not OWH appropriate, and why —


inset letters

april shower

sizz aster



pirate ship card  Because of the die size, this is an A-7 card, so it is a little too big for OWH.


golf martini

pumpkin head




st nick  St. Nick’s beard is flocked.  It would be better to do the card without flocking for OWH.


Thanks for joining me today.  I hope that you have a very happy 2015 — but for now, Hop on . . .  (here’s the link back


Happy New Year!

Here’s my latest post for Cut @ Home — a Happy New Year card.


I just love the accordion dies by Elizabeth Craft Designs, and the versatility that they offer.  This card features the Katie Label Accordion die set and the Katie Stars Frame Edges die set.  It was so very easy to assemble this card with four panels (of course you can use as many as you want).  You can find the full details —

I hope you have a very happy 2015!