Monday, January 24, 2011

Waterlily Comfort

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! :)


  1. So sorry to hear about your mom. I understand how hard it is to be away when shee needs you. I am sure she is on the mend and will be home soon.
    AND...she will LOVE your card you made for her. Beautiful work. I am totally going to use those fancy tags the same way you did. ;) Thanks for sharing.

  2. This is a beautiful card Amanda, your mother will love you for every heartfelt moment it took you to make it. As for January being a rough month, remember it has to rain before the sun can come out and make the flowers grow. That's just how God made it work, things will get better, He promises! And now for the original reason I came: “Becca at is Sharing the Comment Wealth and I picked you” It is amazing how God uses each of us in different ways, and God had Becca do a challenge that sent me here to you. This card is beautiful and I am going to continue to browse your blog. Thanks so very much for being such an inspiration with this card and your heartfelt love. God Bless!

  3. Hi, Amanda,
    I LOVE this card and have those SBs, so I may just have to "CASE" this and make one myself!!! I'm sure it brought a huge smile to your Mother and that she'll absolutely treasure it!!!
    I found you through Becca Feeken's latest contest: “Becca at is Sharing the Comment Wealth and I picked you”!!! I'm sooo glad I now have a fabulous new blog to peruse!!! TFS!!! Go check out Becca's recent post if you haven't seen her fun, fun challenge yet -- she's a sweetheart!!!

  4. Beautiful card! I have this set and now I will have to try it! Sending you a wealth comment through Beccaʻs blog!" Becca at is sharing the comment wealth and I picked you!"
    Thanks for sharing.

  5. I am so sorry to hear about your mom.. This mus have brought her so much joy.. LOVE the soft color palette you chose.. I am sending hugs and prayers your way..


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