Thursday, June 14, 2012

It's been a while...

I haven't been here in a while - unfortunately, I don't have much new to share either, apart from a few cards. My mother passed away 2 1/2 weeks ago after a 10 month battle with cancer, and we needed a LOT of thank-you cards for the people that took part in her memorial service or made charitable donations in her name, and especially for all the different nurses, personal support workers and therapists that enabled her to stay at home until the end. We were SO blessed to be able to provide most of her care, with the support of various organizations. My 3 sisters and I took care of sending out the Thank-you cards - and I'm so glad that I had a tiny card stash! I made both of these cards at workshops - and I usually debate whether or not to put a sentiment on it, or leave it bare until I know what I need the card for. That wasn't an option with the green and yellow card - I didn't have any of the necesary items to create the sentiment section at home. We used a few punches for the flower elements and Smooch for the gold for the letters. The butterfly card just seemed like a thank-you card when I made it - so that's what the sentiment said. We "inked up" the stamp with Versamark and then dabbed the blue and pink inks over top, before stamping it onto the cardstock - then it got a sprinkling of embossing powder, a shot of heat applied, and voila! a bright and sort-of sparkly butterfly. An embossing folder gave some dimension to the center panel, and a border punch added interest as well. I'm hoping to make a dent in my overflowing to-do quilt projects tomorrow night - it's FNSI again!


  1. So sorry to hear about your Mom. I'm hoping and praying for the Lord to give you comfort.

  2. I am deeply sorry about the loss of your mom. I lost my mom to cancer 5 years ago. I know the heartache and loss.

  3. I read on Susan Raihala's blog that you lost your mother recently to cancer, and wanted to offer my sympathy and prayers. My mother died on June 14 of stage four lung cancer. She was diagnosed on March 30, having gone to the ER for something else and having no symptoms. She never smoked even once in her life; not fair, right? But cancer is not about being fair, nor is life. Among many other lessons, my mother taught me to forget about fair and make the best of the hand you are dealt. So we must make the best of our loss, keeping their memories alive by recalling all the good times shared. My prayer for you is the love of family and friends to support you now.