There is a first time for everything, and for me, this time…it was the first time I’ve ever made a sympathy card.  The mother of a dear friend passed away a little bit over a week ago on April 15th.  I sat down the very next evening to make this card, but didn’t want to post it until I had given it to her, which I did tonight.

I hope my friend doesn’t mind my posting the card…my heart was so touched when talking to her during this sorrowful time, that I just wanted to share.  There is barely an hour that has gone by since last week that I didn’t think of her and her family.  Their hearts were aching yet they embraced the pending departure of their loved one with great faith, optimism and love.  My friend is such an inspiration to me.

Stamps:  Sentiment – PSX, Background – Hampton Arts; Bird Stamp – Inkadinkado
Paper:  Canvas Paper; Bazzill
Inks, Antique Linen, SU Purely Pomegranate
Accessories:  Prima Flowers, Offray Ribbon, Lasting Impression Brads


  • Kay McBrideApril 24, 2008 - 10:33 am

    oh becky that is so sweet, makes mine look pityful. i know our friend will cherish it forever. you described them perfectly. the card is very pretty.

  • JanineApril 24, 2008 - 2:11 pm

    This is a beautiful card. Your friend will appreciate it I am sure.
    I think your work is incredible.ReplyCancel

  • LoniApril 24, 2008 - 4:51 pm

    This is one of the loveliest condolence cards I have ever seen. The “free spirit” sentiment with the bird image is what does it for me. Beautiful work!ReplyCancel

  • nancy bApril 25, 2008 - 6:36 am

    WOW! What an inspiration you are! This card is beautiful and the sentiment as well. Thank you for being my friend and sister in Christ.
    Thank you again.ReplyCancel

  • Linda KlebackApril 25, 2008 - 2:02 pm

    I agree that this is one of the loveliest sympathy cards I’ve ever seen. The card itself is beautiful and the sentiment just right.ReplyCancel

  • steph bailiffApril 26, 2008 - 8:38 am

    Becky, this is a beautiful card! I love the sentiment and how much you felt for your friend. You’re so sweet.ReplyCancel


Using a large sentiment, I wanted to do something other than plunk it in the middle of a card, so I’m calling this a bookmark.  Granted, it’s a large bookmark…..all the better not to lose one’s place, right?  I had this dreamy piece of vellum in my stash and decided to sew it down to make the bookmark pocket.  The white thread I was using was so stark that I dulled it up a little bit by smudging it with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  Keeping the rest simple, I embellished with a trio of ribbons and hung a simple heart as the only other embellishment.  Here’s what the entire sentiment says:

Stamps:  Renaissance Art Stamps
Inks:  SU Chocolate Chip, Distress Ink – Vintage Photo
Paper:  Bazzill; Daisy D’s Vellum
Accessories: Antique Gold Heart, Ribbon

  • nancy bApril 22, 2008 - 6:47 am

    Oh my goodness…this is beautiful. Is that background a stamp or patterned paper? Love the monochromatic color and love the sentiment. Once again you have woooooed me. thanksReplyCancel

  • Deb ZaApril 22, 2008 - 8:02 am

    WOW! I just discovered your blog this morning, and I am completely blown away by the beautifuly ARTISTRY of your cards! You’re positively INSPIRING! Thank you for sharing them!ReplyCancel

  • Kay McBrideApril 22, 2008 - 9:45 am

    agree with nancy b. ( wonder who that is) I love that sentiment. where oh where do u find these neat stamps. i dont think they make sentiment stamps anymore!! not like that anyway. pretty card. yesterdays was pretty too, i just forgot to leave a comment.

  • heather the mooseloverApril 22, 2008 - 1:51 pm


  • claireApril 22, 2008 - 2:05 pm

    What a beautiful card.
    You do beautiful work
    By the way I just love the quotes that you have on the top Left corner. I always like to read it when I stop by.
    Thank you


  • BrendaApril 22, 2008 - 2:53 pm

    Wow!! I love this card it is so beautiful, and what a wonderful idea. thank you for sharing. Great colors to.ReplyCancel

  • TamApril 23, 2008 - 1:35 am

    I just found your blog and am blown away. You do amazing work. Simple but o so elegant. And to the point. Not a lot of frufoo. Thank you for sharing and keep up the good work.ReplyCancel

  • JanineApril 23, 2008 - 5:38 am

    I happened upon your blog via Debbie Olsen’s site… Your work is awesome and I have added you to my daily morning look sees.ReplyCancel

  • Marie DonnellyApril 23, 2008 - 12:49 pm

    Ihave always loved this verse! In fact I just went thru an old box from high school (circa the mid-70’s) and a copy of it I had hand written was in there. I love that there is a stamp for it! This is my first visit to your blog, and I love it! Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • debApril 28, 2008 - 3:54 pm


    Are these sentiments stamped ??? Oh my gosh , I know when I have purchased a sentiment stamp they are so expensive. Card is beautiful .. (but of course – you’re a freaken feeken genious). You’re the Leonardo di vinci of card making !!!! Is it possible to print on card stock with computer printers ???? Here I sit in a boring office having a boring time … and I want to play with color , paper, glimmer etc etc etc. Ah well, back to work. ;-)ReplyCancel

  • ReneeMay 19, 2008 - 7:50 am

    Beautiful card! I love your work and have bookmarked the site. For those who asked (sorry to just jump in here and answer) but I found the stamp, Becca credited it to Renaissiance Arts stamps and I did a search. I LOVE the sentiment on that stamp.

  • Patsy BJanuary 19, 2009 - 3:37 am

    Your designs just take my breath away. I just discovered your blog today and thank the Lord that I did! When God passed out creative talent, you were definitely the first in line :)

    “I thank God for every remembrance of you…”ReplyCancel

  • AnneJune 20, 2010 - 3:22 pm

    Another stunner!

    But then, that’s what we’ve come to expect from you every time :o)

    Anne (UK)ReplyCancel

My post is a quick one, as we have spent most of the day celebrating my husbands birthday.   We are so blessed for having all of our children close to us and able to spend time as a family. For a couple of minutes,  I was able to steal away to finish up this card.  This card may look like several recent posts – I have a small stash of Stampers Anonymous stamps that I have dreamed of using and am finally inking up.  They are so artsy and I’ve fallen in love with creating aged and slightly distressed looking pieces with Tim Holtz Distress Inks – I love them!!   Quite a few inks went into this card so I’ll be sure to list them in my supplies.

The pictures on this one were difficult because it is such a dark card, I hope you can see all the details. 

Stamps:  Stampers Anonymous; Baroque Motifs; PTI – sentiment
Paper:  HOTP Paper; Bazzill
Inks:  Distress Inks – Black Soot, Vintage Photo, Antique Linen, Tattered Rose, Weathered Wood, Peeled Paint; SU Close to Cocoa, Versamark
Accessories:  Ribbon, Brads, Oval Punch, Round Punch, Round Punch, Prima Flowers


Have a great week!

  • BeckieApril 21, 2008 - 6:09 am

    I just found your site… your work! You have a great sense of style. I’ve spent waaaay too much time this morning browsing through your art. Glad I found you! I’ll be back! I’m adding you to my favs!ReplyCancel

  • NancyApril 21, 2008 - 4:36 pm

    Becca once again your work is stunning!!! Even though I have been gone I have not missed a single work of art you created. Thanks for always blessing us with your gift.ReplyCancel

  • heather the mooseloverApril 21, 2008 - 7:38 pm

    Great- I love the darker mysterious feel that goes so well with the mask.ReplyCancel

  • Regina NMay 25, 2009 - 10:19 am

    Becca there is must be something wrong with my putter.I look at your sites every day sometimes more than once a day and I didn`t see all these new cards. I`m also new fan club member so I don`t miss any of your wonderful work. Thanks again for making my day bright.
    Regina NReplyCancel