Friday, March 19, 2010

Stamping 411 Saturday Sketch Challenge

Hello stamping friends - since it's Friday night it's time for me to post this week's Saturday Sketch Challenge from the Stamping 411 blog. The sketch this week I think has a lot of fun possibilities, and I have another idea for it that I will post later next week. But today I used it to make a very special card for my Aunt Theresa and Uncle Eddie.
Here is the sketch:

And here is my card: (details are at the bottom of this post)

I don't make sympathy cards very often, and I'm glad for that, but this card is for me to give to my aunt and uncle on Saturday at the memorial service for my cousin Tina. She passed away a couple of weeks ago and I have to say it's hit me harder than I thought it would. We were extremely close growing up, but in our late teens, we went our separate ways, living entirely different lives. She had a difficult life to say the least, but I believe she is happy and whole now and in heaven with our Grandma who loved us both so dearly. So if you would send a few prayers our way on Saturday, that would be great - I have a feeling that the service will be a difficult one and my heart is breaking for my aunt and uncle. I know they feel the loss tremendously.

Tina's favorite color was blue, in fact our bridesmaids dresses were a lovely shade of sapphire blue satin, so I used the blue ribbon and cardstock to honor her. The little butterfly is placed on the cross right in the middle because I choose to believe that she is resting in Jesus' arms right now.

I know this post has been more than a little personal, but my artwork comes from my heart and that is what is on my heart and mind today.
Hug the ones you love today and keep them close if only in your heart.

Stamping Supplies and measurements:
Cardstock: Not Quite Navy 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" - folded to make an A2 card 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"
Very Vanilla 4" x 5 1/4" texturized in the Big Shot with the Texturz plates and sponged lightly with Barely Banana ink
Not Quite Navy 2 1/4" x 3 1/4"
Very Vanilla 2" x 3" sponged on the edges with Barely Banana ink
Barely Banana scrap cut with the Butterfly Embosslit

Ink: Chocolate Chip, Old Olive
Stamp Sets: Refuge and Strength, Vintage Vogue, Thoughts and Prayers
Accessories: Ribbon from Elementary Originals Pack; Stampin' Dimensionals, Big Shot


  1. Robin, this is a beautiful card that your aunt and uncle will love. I'm sure they are dealing with so much right now, but they have you to help them with their loss. Your card will help them find some comfort.

    My thoughts will be with you and your family!!

  2. Robin,
    An absolutely beautiful card for your aunt and uncle. I am sure that they will treasue all the special parts about the card for Tina. My thoughts and prayers will be with you and your family.


  3. This is nothing short of amazing (just like you). Hopefully God will carry you through a difficult day tomorrow, on to a stunning win by your beautiful daughter this weekend. You are so talented. The cross with the olive on top.. wow! No other words.. Just awesome!

  4. This is just a Beautiful Card Robin. I'm sure this will mean a lot to your family.

  5. This is a beautiful card! I am so sorry for you and your family's loss! I love the butterfly on the cross! I think your aunt and uncle will love and treasure this card always! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family!

  6. I think that is the prettiest card I've seen done with that set. I'm so sorry to hear of your loss.

  7. I am so sorry! I'm praying for peace for you and your family. The card you made for them is beautiful!

  8. Lovely card, Robin....the cross with the vine is wonderful and the butterfly is the perfect touch. So sorry for the loss of your cousin.....this card has such meaning and hopefully this will help your aunt and uncle. Certainly, it will help them remember the special bond you girls had once upon a time.

  9. WOW!!! This is simply beautiful Robin!! I love the vine growing up the cross!! I have to give that one a try!! AND I am sooooo sorry to hear about your tough times right now!! Just know that I am thinking and praying for all of you and wish I could be there with you!!! Here is a great big cyber {{{HUG}}}!!! Love ya!!

  10. this is gorgeous,I love the vine on the cross!

  11. Love this card....Would be a great Easter card too. Sorry to hear of your loss.


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