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Friday, April 25, 2014

Spring is Sure to Follow

Can you believe it? I actually made it into my craft room! really hope to get back in later today if I can. :)

the mother of a special bloggy friend of mine recently passed away after a long battle with breast cancer. it's a nasty beast, isn't it? I wanted to send her a card to let her know I was thinking of her, but also send her a bit of encouragement, too. I so remember the days feeling so hopeless after my dad died. it was really hard to find the joy, even though I loved Dave and  my boys so very much. the little bits of pink pay tribute to her mom's hard fight and the hearts represent not only the love the 2 of them shared, but the love she can find in so many of her friends.

it's a lot to pack into a card, isn't it? this is the reason I prefer to make sympathy cards as I need them. I try to put little touches into the card that might not be noticeable to anyone else but me, but are so representative of the people. I also like to pray for the ones I'm making them for and think about them the whole time I'm crafting.

the image is by From the Heart and papers are from the Basic Grey Highline collection. flower is Prima, leaf flourish dies are Cheery Lynn while the heart banner die is from La La Land. little touches were added to the flowers on the main image with my spica clear glitter gel pen and faux stitching to the 2 decorative paper panels. the heart banner was cut from a piece of transparent packaging, and then the edges were painted with acrylic paint. buttons & floral trim finish the card.

i {heart} sketches - sketch #63 (flipped on side) and insp. photo twist (colors and flowers)
From the Heart - monthly progressive ch
As You Like it - fave item to recycle and why: I really like to re-use the transparent packaging. it's great because it can be die cut into so many shapes and then either left clear or painted. I re-use many of the containers as they are for altered projects. my other fave item is buttons. I take them off of any clothing that is too worn to go to a charity store. of course almost every project I make has buttons somewhere on it! :)
Card and Scrap - add metal (staples)
Outlawz Twisted Thurs - anything goes
Shelly's - April showers bring May flowers
Crafting by Design - April showers bring May flowers
Creative Moments - anything goes/spring
Inky Impressions - recycle it (clear packaging & buttons)
WAW - anything goes encouraging
Card Makin' Mamas - recycle (clear packaging & buttons)
Creative Fingers - anything goes/bingo: die cut, pearls, flower
Craftitude - anything goes or Spring/Easter
Sister Act - anything goes
Digi Stamps 4 Joy - Spring or Easter
Fan-tastic Tues - anything square or rectangle goes
Created with Love - in the garden
Squirrel and Fox - use a die cut or punch


Carole Robb Bisson said...

The card is lovely. The little hearts say what you want and I also like to make things "to order" so that it will say what I want it to say. Thank you for joining us this week at Word Art Wednesday.
Abundant Blessings, Carole


Hi Jennifer! Your card is beautiful! I love he distressed edges! Thanks for joining us for BUGABOO BINGO! this week. We wish you Good Luck in the draw and hope to see you join us again soon!
luv'n huggz
Jen Leeflang

Min said...

Just gorgeous! I love the distressing!
Thanks so much for playin’ along with The Bug BINGO Challenge with Bugaboo Stamps!
Don’t forget to check out The Bug Blog for our new Challenge that starts TODAY! It’s a color challenge so we hope you’ll join in!!!
Hugs & Happy Days!
~Min: Bugaboo Asst DT Coordinator
Kaymin Kreations

Verna Angerhofer said...

A beautiful card and a beautiful way to wish your friend sympathy and support!

Renee Butchart said...

This is such a lovely card Jennifer & the thoughts behind it make it all the more special! I cherish the card you sent me when my Mom passed away!
Hugs, Renee

Imke said...

Very beautiful, Jennifer! It´s a great sympathy card whith these lovely colors.

Thanks for joining our SOTM April 2014 Challenge @ From the Heart Stamps !

Penny said...

Really beautiful and easy to see how heartfelt this is. :^)
Hugs, Penny

Sue Bridesmith said...

Gorgeous Design, thank you so much for joining in with the the fun over at Fan-Tastic Tuesday, it means a lot....I hope you will join us again next week for another fab challenge, and Good Luck in the draw....
Suzy B Owner Fan-Tastic Tuesday

Unni A said...

Wonderful card in beautiful colors! Thanks for joining us at Card and Scrap!
DT Unni A

Wildfire said...

Sweet card. Thanks for joining us at Creative Moments! :)

Petya DT

ThePurplePlace said...

This is so touching and it's so special to think of this dear women, and her nasty battle.

You're such a brave lady and I admire you more and more every day!!

Big hugs,

Lady Bug Stampers said...

Wow your card is fantastic. Love the little banner and the vintage feel of it. Thanks for plying along with us at Created with Love Challenges.
Linda K. DT.

Michelle said...

Great job on the sketch! I also agree w/you on making them as needed, so you can make them more personal. And you did a wonderful job :)

Calypso's Crafts said...

This is beautiful Jennifer!! Love all the distressing and ribbon treatment that you added to the bottom of the card. Thanks for joining us at FTH.

Desire Fourie said...

This is a beautiful creation with great details and perfect for our ‘EASTER or SPRING’ challenge. Thanks for sharing your talent with us. Good luck.
{Digistamps4Joy DT Member}
{Doing Life – my personal blog}

Judith Taylor - Wright said...

fabulous make and ty so much for joining us at fan tastic tuesday very good luck Judith DT x

Tindaloo said...

Lovely sentiment and card for your friend, those sympathy cards are the most difficult to create ♥ :) Thanks for playing along this time at Creative Fingers! Hope to see you next time too! ♥ Hilde aka. Tindaloo PS: There's candy on my blog if you wish to join! ;)

Karen Letchworth said...

This is SO pretty, Jennifer. Thanks SO MUCH for stopping by to play along in our challenge this week, and please join us again soon. It's always a blessing when you do!
Word Art Wednesday

KarinsArtScrap said...

what a wonderful card Jennifer.
Thanks for join us at
{Digistamps4Joy DT Member}


Anonymous said...

Beautiful card! Love those papers and embellishments and it's a great take on the sketch!! Thanks for joining the FTHS sketch challenge this week! AND this month's SOTM challenge

Stephanie said...

This is beautiful, thanks for playing along last week with us at FTH. I hope you will play along with us this week!

nnalorac said...

Great use of recycling and a lovely card. Thanks for joining us over at AYLI. Carolxx

Ruthie Lopez said...

Great sympathy card! I´m sure this card will get a smile from your friend. Love the idea of the banner, looks beautiful!
Thanks for joining us at Inky Impressions Challenges
Ruthie ~DT

MagsB said...

What a lovely, uplifting card for such a sad occasion. Your colours are beautiful, and so is the sentiment.

Thanks for joining in at The Squirrel and the Fox.

love Mags B x

Taniaj Scott said...

Super card.
Thanks for joining our challenge at Creative fingers, this week. Hope to see you next week.
Hugs Tania (DT) xx

Maroeska said...

Lovely card, I really like the colors and the sentiment. It's very creative. Thank you for your nice comment on my blog and have a nice day!

deesdesigns said...

Jennifer, this is just beautiful! I love how you made the image the focal point of your card - it is beautifully colored. I love how you used our sketch challenge with the SORM - thank you for sharing your creativity with at FTHS and our SOTM Challenge!

K8 said...

Very lovely, adorable sentiment and color!! Thank you for play with us at Creative Moments this time, hope to see you soon again!! Hugs Kate Co-Leader

Angi MakingMayhem said...

Beautiful card, Jennifer! I LOVE the heart banner. There's something especially lovely about the see through heart banner...we don't always see how we are loved.

Thank you so much for sharing the story behind this card and for sharing it with us at the CMM Challenge.

Inky hugs,
Making Mayhem | Because Life is Messy