Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Not Just Any Sympathy/Thank You Card

For those of you who don't already know, didn't hear from me personally or get word through another source, on January 28, 2010, my mom entered heaven! She was a sweet, beautiful, spunky, fiercely independent 87 year old who lived life until she died, peacefully, in her sleep. You can read more at my other blog post if you care to. We will miss her like crazy, but our loss is heaven's gain! So now you better understand why these are not just any sympathy/thank you cards ... they are more than special to me, carrying a message from my heart along with a keepsake picture that was taken of her and I just this past Christmas Day! Mom's favorite color was pink, and she loved pink carnations -- which was my card inspiration.
My creative juices are still running through the shabby-chic/vintage phase, so I started with Rustic Cream cardstock, and shot it with my newest favorite glimmer mist, Vanilla Breeze (ooooh so glimmery, yummy!). The harlequin diamond background stamp, topped with PTI's Background Basics-Hearts -- just makes mush outa me. I LOVE IT! A very simple design, really!
A computer generated thank you message -- when words fail and hand-writing isn't so sure of oneself -- edged with vintage chamomile tea dye ink (PTI). My mom and I spent Christmas Day making THIS very card pouch design -- for some birthdays coming up --- namely, hers! But she didn't know that that's what I was doing at the time we were both making one! LOL A few days later, she grinned with bright blue sparkling eyes when we gathered at Red Lobster and she saw my card that "we" had made together! Two giggling girlfriends we were!
I truly believe that Karen Lockhart's stamp "...live each day on purpose ..." must have been made for my momma! No one did it better, for 87 years!
Until we meet again in the heavenlies ...