Sunday, March 7, 2010

I'm Thinking of You...

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I received some very sad news today that one of my Pals lost her mother after a brave battle with breast cancer. I never had the pleasure of meeting this obviously much-beloved woman, but I am sure she was lovely, as she raised such a lovely daughter. To let my Pal know that I'm thinking of her and her family at this difficult time, I wanted to send her a card. She's a talented card-crafter, and so I think she of all people will understand my heartfelt condolences.
Sympathy cards are so hard to make. We think of card-crafting as a fun activity and it's a challenge to switch gears and try to create something out of sadness. The way I look at it is there are few chances we have to pour love and care into something tangible. Since I can't give my Pal a hug in person, I can send her one in a card. To help me along, I thought I would turn to a few of my favorite challenge blogs for some inspiration. Both the Friday Challenge and Julee Tilman are hosting tag challenges, and, though I've never been a real tag maker, I thought it would give me a little extra push to make something special for my friend.
I never realized that tags can make lovely cards with just a few simple steps. Today I thought I'd show how a tag can become a card. For this tag, I stamped my musical background image and then applied Distress Ink in three different shades. Next, I used the negative of some pretty punched butterflies and punched out square frames for each. I stamped and punched out my sentiment and applied more ink to both it and the butterflies. Finally, in honor of my Pal's mom, I tied on a pink ribbon.
To turn the tag into a card, I stamped my musical background again onto a larger piece of cardstock, distressing with ink to match my tag. Using dimensional squares, I attached the tag for a finished card. I hope my friend will know that I'll be thinking of her and sending her love.
BEAN NOTES: Just Rite Custom Design Cardmaking Kit and Cornish Heritage Farms Aged Sheet Music Scrapblock; Tim Holtz Tea Dye, Tattered Rose, and Vintage Photo Distress Ink; Stampin' Up Pink Pirouette and Very Vanilla Cardstock; Martha Stewart Classic Butterfly Punch; Paper Shapers 1-3/4" Circle, 1-1/8" and 1-3/8" Square Punches; Pink Organza Ribbon (generic); Foam Dimensional Squares (generic) HAPPY BEANS: Tag (generic)


Chriss Blagrave said...

What a lovely card/tag. I am sure that your dear friend will appreciate every bit of creativity and love that you put into this.

Terri Trotter Earley said...

Wonderful music paper. Great job with the Verve spring fling challenge.

It's a good life!
Terri E.

Unknown said...

beautiful Ms. Regina :)

Unknown said...

This is so beautiful

Janelle Stollfus said...

Just beautiful! I love the idea of a tag on a card. I need to try this out now that I've seen it.

Cards by Gina said...

Regina, This is such a beautiful, special, and thought-filled card. I know it will be loved and cherished.

Ann Schach said...

Beautiful, Regina! I know she will cherish this!

Puddle Jumpers Studio said...

It is stunning! I know she will cry happy tears knowing you cared enough to send the very best- a little piece of you.