I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas. We had an amazing time this year. R and Hulk surprised me by coming up the week before Christmas, and will be staying until after the New Year. R never really confirmed he was coming, since he swore he would NEVER visit Iowa in the winter. lol I would have been a bit disappointed, but I would have understood. The drive from Dallas to where we are is over 14 hours, and the weather in KS is usually quite scary around the end of the year. He spoils me! Although I'm sure he was not happy about the drive, he made my Christmas, and I am thankful that they made it safely. I have been blessed beyond belief this year, and was glad that I was able provide an awesome Christmas for my family. And even though the gifts aren't what we celebrate, it was cool to see their faces.
Unfortunately, one of my dear crafty friends lost her mother on the 23rd of December. Her mother was a very strong woman, and won several bouts of cancer, before succumbing to it. My heart breaks for my friend. I know she was very close to her mother, and I can't even imagine how she must feel. I cannot imagine life without my mother, and am getting teary eyed just thinking about it. We will keep my friend and her family in our prayers, and I will be here for her, in any way that I can be.
Here is the card I made for her.
My friend is a huge fan of the CAS style of cards, so I tried to make something that she would really love. In this time of grief, I am hoping to send her a smile, even if it's only for a brief moment. You can't tell in this photo, but the sentiment is embossed in silver. I love the simple, yet gorgeous effect of embossing these days. I was happy to find the following challenges, to help me pull my card together.
The Friday Mashup #190: Sketch w/Theme (my loose interpretation)
CASology #127: Light (I created a "sun" with my distress inks)
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes
showCASe your style #5: Die Cut (I used my new SSS Stitched Circle dies)
I'm off to have some brunch (R is cooking), with everyone, and spend time with them. I am hoping that once things calm down a bit, I will get some crafty time this evening.
Have a great Saturday!
What's In It?
Paper: SU Whisper White Cardstock
Stamps: Clearly Besotted Sweet Little Sentiments
Ink: VersaMark, Squeezed Lemonade & Mustard Seed Distress Inks
Accessories: Silver Embossing Powder, Simon Says Stamp Stitched Circles, Pretty Pink Posh Amethyst Sequins