Hi friends! Welcome to another Friday. I'm still coughing and have spent most of the week in bed, but I'm less sick than a week ago, so I think that's progress. And the boys were able to attend school a few days this week, so hopefully we're all on the mend. In the midst of all our sickness, there was one very beautiful day this week.
Just before Christmas Mark's doctor found a few concerning lumps in his neck and the possibility of cancer was quite probable. It gave a bittersweet taste to our holiday season as we had to wait until the middle of January for biopsy, and instead of visions of sugarplums, we had all sorts of what-ifs dancing through our heads. The biopsy results came in this week, and after all that waiting and wondering I'm glad to report the lumps are benign. Hooray! Life is so very fleeting and I know there are so many who do not get the good report we did. And this month of waiting has impressed upon my heart how difficult those inner battles we face that no one sees can be. It is true that a little kindness, however small, is never wasted.
My card started with this kindness sentiment from Kindness Matters in mind and I just had to play along with the Card Concept challenge again. I really love the current challenge graphic and went shabby chic/mixed media again.
I stamped the sentiment on a scrap of designer paper, then smudged some pearlized paste all around it. The flower started out white and I spritzed it with Dylusions spray, then added some gesso, some pearlized paste and some glitter to give it a fun textured look. The skeleton leaves were from my stash and I tucked a bit of linen thread behind it. The background is cream cardstock, embossed with a hearts embossing folder. I colored the hearts with a distress crayon and smudged, then added a bit more of the pearlized paste to tie everything together. A bit of vintage lace at the top of my stamped panel separates the layers and I finished off with some distressed edges.
Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope you have a fabulous start to your weekend.
Stamps: Kindness Matters (Verve Stamps)
Paper: cream, designer paper (7 gypsies)
Ink: espresso (Altenew), dylusions spray, distress crayons (Ranger)
Accessories: flower (Prima), gesso, pearlized paste (Recollections), glitter, vintage lace, skeleton leaves, hearts embossing folder (Sizzix), linen thread, paper distresser
This blog is for personal inspiration only and all projects are my original designs unless otherwise stated. I own Verve Stamps and have received products and materials to work with from several generous companies over the years. While I have received free products from these companies, I maintain the freedom as an independent designer to say what I truly think of their products. I will never recommend something that I don’t personally use and enjoy.