Thursday, September 22, 2011

Condolences...

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My uncle recently passed away after a short and startling battle with cancer. I hadn't seen him for several years -- the last time was in fact at my aunt's funeral. I was sorry I didn't get the chance to see him before he died and tell him that he would be missed. I'll always have very fond memories of playing at my cousins' home as a child. I wanted to send my cousins a card to tell them I was thinking of them and, though sympathy cards are so hard to make, I thought it might let them know that their dad was special to our family. I hope it brings them some comfort.
I was inspired by this week's Paper Players challenge to use an animal or plant on a clean and simple card. I always think of plants and flowers for sympathy cards, and simple always seems to work better for me. To make this card, I used the lovely Discover Your Wings from Taylored Expressions and stamped directly onto some pretty patterned paper. I paired it with the simple sentiment from Embrace Beauty and tore the paper, inking the edges and adding a peek of complimentary patterned paper, finishing off with a soft ribbon.

BEAN NOTES
Stamps: Discover Your Wings and sentiment from Embrace Beauty (Taylored Expressions)
Ink: Chocolate Chip (Stampin' Up!)
Cardstock: Choice Buttercream (TE); Chocolate Chip (SU!)
Patterned Paper: Bayberry and Queen Bee (Pink Paislee)
Fibers: Dark Brown Taffeta Ribbon (generic)

12 comments:

Ann Schach said...

Beautiful, Regina! I know your cousins will appreciate this card. Thanks for playing with The Paper Players!

Mary Fish said...

absolutely stunning. mary

Lisa Lara said...

So beautiful Regina. I love the top edge of your front panel.

LeAnne said...

A lovely card...who says a sympathy card has to be boring. THis is beautiful, thoughtful and will bring comfort to your cousins. And thanks for playing with the Paper Players this week!

Nance Leedy said...

Beautiful card! That is one gorgeous stamp and I love the bit of patterned paper peeking out of the corner. Just lovely and sure to bring some comfort to your cousins. Thank you for joining us at The Paper Players!

Tara Bilbao said...

Regina this is such a beautiful, striking card. I am sorry for the loss in your family and am sure your cousins will treasure not only your card but your sentiments. Thank you for playing with The Paper Players this week!

veronica said...

this is lovely! great layout!

Julie Marshall said...

Gorgeous card! So sorry to hear about your uncle, but this card will definitely be a bright spot in your family's day. Love the design and that little peek of paper at the top. Thanks so much for joining us this week at the Paper Players!

Ruza's Craft Corner said...

Sorry to hear about your uncle. ;(
Your card is absolutely Gorgeous!!

Anne Marie said...

Regina, I'm so very sorry for the loss of your uncle. Your card is gorgeous! Such a pretty image and I just love how you stamped it on the DSP. Thanks so much for joining us at the Paper Players this week! :)

Carol's Ink Spot said...

Your card is beautiful. I'm sure your cousins will appreciate knowing the fond memories you have from the past. So sorry for the lost of your uncle.

Diane - oliverdi@att.net said...

Regina gorgeous and congratulations on your win! You go girl!
Hugs