Hello, friends, I am here today to show another card that was hard for me to make. The morning after our beloved family members funeral, I found out my Mom fell while carrying in some wood, for her wood burning stove. The fall broke her elbow, she had to stay in the hospital a few nights, and have surgery to repair it. I am so sick with worry and concern. She is a widow and I wish I could be there to help, but unfortunately I can't. This has not been a good month or start to the new 2011 year, I am praying it will only get better from now on!
Because she is feeling rather unwell, as I can imagine, I tried to make her a nice card that would make her smile. Since it's still winter in Minnesota, I thought that I would make a flower be prominently placed on the card. I have had an idea rolling around in my head for the last few weeks after seeing My Favorite Things Teasers, where Barbra Anders, I believe, had a Gate Fold card. I was instantly intrigued, I had fiddled with them before, but had not come up with anything I liked, so I gave up and decided not to make another for a while. I had forgotten all about them until Barbara's card, so I wanted to revisit it, and Mom's card was the perfect time to try. Mom doesn't mind when I practice on her, and I don't mind sending her my practice ones, asking for any constructive ideas or thoughts.
I chose the same Flourishes "Waterlilies" stamp as I used for my previous Sympathy card. I love this stamp image, it's easy to color in and it's a peaceful and pretty flower to look at. I colored the image in with my Tombows, keeping the whole overall look soft and pretty. The flower is the same shade of pink as the paper, blended. I used Spellbinders Lacy Circle to decorate the outer circle, and Classic Circles under the Waterlily, which is popped up on thick popdots.
Under the Classic Circles I used Spellbinders Fancy Tags to create a lacy circle under the Waterlily image, and create a focal point under it. The pink cardstock is the backside of a MME double sided paper. Because this is for my Mom, I won't be adding a sentiment to the inside of my card, but if I was going to, I'd put it in the upper left corner. I am not a fan of signing my cards on the inside. I'd rather just add a sentiment and include a separate note from me, so that the card is untouched and can be viewed as a gift or they can use it to send to someone else.
These last few weeks have left me praying that God will grant strength to our families and that only blessings will follow now. The stress and worry have kept me from making cards like I would like to be doing. I felt better after making Mom's card, so I hope this means I can get back into "easier" cards soon! :)