Thursday, 17 February 2011

With Sympathy

Good morning Ladies, we awoke this morning to a carpet of white, yes heavy snowfall and still snowing. Sadly this card, a Sympathy card, is not the kind I like to make and only ever have made one before, and it was a decoupage one.

My sisters next door neighbour and friend died this week at the age of 41 (OMG that is my age, so frightening), she died of lung cancer and never smoked in her life. My heart goes out to her family, she has two children and a devoted husband. Life seems so unfair.

My sister asked me to make her a Sympathy card and I didn't have any suitable stamps, so I used this church window which had Hollyhocks in by Judikins, I masked the flowers and embossed in gold the window. Then cut out the centre and stamped some Lillies from Great Impressions to go in the window instead. My sister was pleased with it, I'm not too sure, don't know if it could have done with something else on it or if then it would be too fussy for the occassion.

This is for the following challenges:-
1. Allsorts - week 91 - Inspired by nature (Lillies are my piece of nature)
2. Creative Inspiration Wednesday - challenge 99 - Plain & Simple
3. 2 Sisters Challenge - challenge 27 - Embossing (my window is embossed wth gold powder)

So because of the snow, I think today my crafty space is gonna get some much needed organising, especially my stamps. I'm putting them onto some laminated sheets and then into lever arch folders. I am also making my own catalogue of stamps to save me searching through my wood mounted stamps and my others, as my wood mounted are stored in trolley's with drawers. I have been trying to blog this week but I have my sisters old monitor as mine has broken, and it is blurry, so my eyes are getting a bit out of focus. So if I haven't visited you in the last wek I will try my best to pop by. It's just hard to sit looking at the screen for long lengths of time.

Stamps - Judikins 23561, Great Impressions K47, Dovecraft sentiment,
Papers - Papermania Exquisite,
Colouring Medium - Distress Inks
Tools - Embossing Powder, heat gun, border punch,
Embellishments - ribbon, stickles,

Thank you for popping by my blog.
Have a good weekend
Happy crafting
Tracy x


Lisa Jane said...

we have snow here too .. but thankfully its slowing down now.
What a sad story re your sisters neighbour.. too young and i feel for the poor children. I am sure your card will bring a little comfort. The image is beautiful
Lisa ;)

scrappyjacky said...

A very sad reason to make a card....but it has turned out just right,I think.
No snow here....just heavy rain.

craftykitten said...

Hi Tracy,
This is just perfect hun, as you say not the kind you want to make too often but I think you have achieved just the right look - and No, it certainly didn't need anything else it is perfect just the way it is.
Dawn xx

Christine said...

Hi Tracy lovey card just right..I tend to use lillies for this subject too..

smiles Christine xx

ps have emailed you..

Fleur said...

A perfect card for such a sad occassion Tracy.
Thanks for joining my nature challenge at ALLSORTS this week, Good Luck
Hugz Fleur xXx

Dotty Jo said...

A beautiful card which will surely bring some comfort at such a sad time. Jo x

Janiel/ janny said...

Tracy, what a beautiful card!! Yes you are right it is HARD not to embellish them much.
happy weekend sweetie..Janiel

Cheryl said...

oh this is really beautiful hun and it will bring great comfort,too hugs cheryl xxx

Francesca said...

Hi Tracy
I hate making this kind of card .
you have done a wonderfull job it is stunning


Mervi said...

Beautiful card!
I've been packing my things and I have to do something with my stamps too, new ideas welcome.
See you soon;-))m

Pops x said...

Hi sweetie, this is just simply stunning,hugs pops x x x x

Katy said...

Hi Tracy, I certainly don't think you need to add anything - it's perfect just as it is. Thanks for joining in with the CAS challenge at Creative Inspirations Wednesday Challenge. Hugs. Katy. xxx

Nannieflash said...

Hi Tracy youve created a lovely sympathy card not to over the top, simple but straight to the point.
Good luck with the stamp organization, Ive got boxes, drawers and folders full of them. With love and hugs Shirleyxxxxxx

NGCARDS said...

This is a lovely card hun! Thanks for joining in this week with our Plain & Simple theme over at Creative Inspirations Wednesday’s Challenge Blog! xxx

Christa said...

Hi Tracy , thanks for leaving comment on my blog. It has been a while since I was here....sorry. This card is so beautiful made. But what a sad story. Life sometimes is so unfair....Love from Holland , Christa.

lil-paper-pixie said...

Hey hun, lovely sympathy card, I find these hard to make but this ticks all the boxes!! 41 years old is no age, terrible!! I am not far off that myself!!

Show us your cataloguing system when you are done, I must do mine, I lose track, especially with sentiments...i need to be more organised!!!



Kay Carley said...

So sorry that you had to make this card. 41 is my age too!! It is truly such a pretty card and I am sure that it was appreciated. xx

Tracy said...

Such a beautiful card.
I seem to make them at the last minute. Which is hard and also stressful.

My daughter's friend's mom passed last week at the young age of 33. So sad.

Jules said...

Hi Tracy

Your card is beautiful .. .. but I agree with you they are very hard to make.

I think it is because the reason we are making them is a sad one whereas normally all the other cards we make are for happy reasons.

You have done really well here .. .. just a shame you needed to make it.

Love Jules xx

Sue said...

Hi Tracy,

How sad about your sister's neighbour - 41 is no age. Sometimes life isn't fair!

Beautiful card! Perfect image, beautifully coloured. The image with the window and sticking to the gold and white hits the mark, it's just right, not too fussy but heartwarming!

Hugs Sue xx

Lil Daffodil said...

Hi Tracy,
I don't know what Blogger is playing at but this card has jsut appeared in my sidebar.
It is a beautiful sympathy card with a very serene air about it. Gorgeous colours and image. Wonderful work.
Fiona x

Emma (metalicbutterfly) said...

A fantastic card vey fitting to the occasion....

Thanks for playing at Allsorts

Emma xxx