Peace in the Days Ahead

It's with such a saddened heart that I post today's card. You always hope you won't have to make sympathy cards, especially for those dearest to your heart. This one's going to my dear friend, Shannan, who lost her husband earlier this week. My heart aches for her and her children and all the loved ones left behind. Shannan's support, encouragement and friendship has been sunshine to my soul over the past few years, and Verve would not be what it is today without her constant cheerleading and belief in me from the get-go. I hope we can all return that same encouragement, belief and support to her in the days ahead. Please keep her and her boys in your thoughts and prayers.

For my card, I started with the Worn Music background from Unity Stamp Company because it's the stamp in my studio that most says "Shannan" to me. I stamped it in Vintage Photo on Kraft cardstock and added a little vintage photo sponging around the edges. Next I stamped the sentiment from Forever in Our Hearts in Vintage Photo on a buttercream Labels 9 die cut and sponged with Antique Linen.

Next I stamped the flower from Everlasting Life directly on the stamped background and colored the greenery with Copic markers. I stamped the flower again on buttercream cardstock, colored with Copics and then paper pieced onto my card. I gave it a little Smooch Pearlized Top Coat for shimmer, then finished off with some pearls and vintage lace trim.

What's In It?
Stamps: Forever in Our Hearts, Everlasting Life (Verve Stamps), Worn Music (Unity Stamp Co)
Paper: Kraft, Chocolate Chip (SU!), Buttercream (Prism)
Ink: Vintage Photo, Antique Linen (Ranger Distress), Copic Markers
Accessories: Vintage trim (Webster's Pages), pearls (Recollections), Pearlized Top Coat (Smooch), Labels 9 Nestabilities (Spellbinders)

21 comments

  1. Oh, Julee. This is so beautiful. I have tears streaming down my face for Shannan and her boys. I'm sure your thoughtfulness will mean a lot.

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  2. This is absolutely beautiful Julee. Shannan will LOVE it!

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  3. What a tough card to make but so beautiful.

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  4. MelodyGal (LorieM)February 9, 2010 at 3:30 PM

    This card is so beautiful, Julee. It will bring comfort to your friend, Shannan. How sad for her loss but how wonderful that she has supportive friends like you.

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  5. You always have jut the right words for these so difficult to make cards. Blessings to you and peace and comfort to Shannon and her boys.
    Pat C

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  6. Wow, this is stunning Julee and I am sure it will be appreciated by your friend. Sympathy cards are the hardest cards to make.

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  7. this is so lovely, Julee...my heart just breaks for Shannon and her boys...it was hard to keep the tears in check as I sent her a message....even though I don't know her personally, just from her blog and Verve. Your sentiments in this set are so lovely and I've used them so many times...even when my mom died in December.

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  8. My heart was so heavy when I read about Shannan's loss, especially with my kids being just a few years older than hers.... Will be sending her a card for sure!

    Yours is fabulous. Love the colours and I know she will truly appreciate it.

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  9. Your card is beautiful. Love the colors and especially the sentiment.

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  10. I am sorry for your friend. I will say a prayer for comfort and peace in the days that lie ahead for her and her family.
    Your card is beautiful and I can see the love that went into it. {blessings}

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  11. Your card is so lovely and I, too, was so saddened to hear this tragic news. I immediately went to your Verve set for the sentiment for my card for Shannan. The sentiments say it so well.

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  12. Your card is perfect, Julee. My condolences to your dear friend. I cannot fathom her pain and the days ahead.

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  13. gorgeous, sweet and elegant artistic card!

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  14. Beautiful and perfect card. I can't imagine how difficult it was to make. Shannon and her boys are in my thoughts and prayers...I was heartbroken to read your post this morning.

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  15. What a beautiful card! I am sure it will bring your friend great comfort to know she has such a loving friend.

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  16. Wow, this is stunning Julee! Beautiful card! Olena

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  17. This is stunning Jules, the color combo and stamps definately say "Shannan":) MWAH!

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  18. Cards like this are kept forever Julee, Pretty sure she will know exactly how much love your poured into it. Hugz to the entire Verve Team.

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  19. Love that hot air balloon and the upper crest border punch.

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  20. What a beautiful card Julee. Both the design and the thought you put itno it, showing what a true friend you are.

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