December 27, 2014

With Sympathy

Hello friends,

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)
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


Karen Letchworth said...

What a darling card, Steph! I can totally relate to needing to be near your craft supplies (from your bio). I try to do something crafty every day if possible. Your art is so cute, and I'd love for my entire Design Team to be able to see and enjoy it!

Come and play along in our weekly Anything Goes challenges at Word Art Wednesday. We offer great prizes every week, and you can share all your wonderful projects. I hope you will join us here:


SemSee said...

Beautiful CAS card. So sorry to hear about your friend's mother passing. Thanks so much for joining us at ShowCASe Your Style challenge. xx

Simply Sara Stampin' said...

What a lovely CAS card, Steph! The simplicity of it is eye-catching. So sorry to hear about the loss of your friend's mother. :( She'll definitely appreciate your thoughtfulness. Thanks for playing with us at the Friday Mashup.

Jen W. said...

So sorry to hear about your friend's mother, Steph. Like you, I can't imagine life without my mother. Your card is perfect in it's heartfelt simplicity. Thanks for playing along with CASology this week!

jenn shurkus said...

such a beautiful card. so sorry for your friends loss :( thank you for playing along with us at simon says stamp!