Hello Fellow Bloggers
I hope this post doesn't upset anyone - you might want to skip straight down to the picture of my card!
Ever since my mother-in-law died, I have been thinking about making a Thank You card for the ward staff in the hospital. I wanted to thank them for allowing the family the time to spend with Eileen during her last two days - we were called to the hospital on the Monday morning once an x-ray had shown that her lung had collapsed and the cancer had spread over a large area. Different members of the family were at her bedside right up until the time that she passed away (except when the staff needed to do something, when we moved out of their way of course). I think we have found it so helpful in coming to terms with our sad loss, knowing that Eileen was surrounded by people she loved, and knowing for sure that she was as comfortable as possible.
So, I made a card. But then I wasn't sure whether I should send it - I didn't want to send a card and then find that, actually, there were other members of the family who didn't think that she was well looked after. And I haven't had the courage to ask Richard's Dad what he thought of Eileen's care. But my wonderful husband has spoken to his Dad tonight, who has said that he is very happy for me to do this. So I now just have to decide how to word the thanks inside, then I will send it off.
Anyway, here's the card:
The image is a Sugar Nellie stamp - Demure I think! I have coloured her with Promarkers, then die-cut the image using my Nestabilities Labels 10 die. I have stamped around the image with a Anita's Morsels stamp - stamped with versamark and then chalked over with a dark creamy colour (sorry, don't know the colour name!). The heart was die-cut using an X-cut die, and I stamped and heat embossed the sentiment onto it - I think the sentiment is CC designs - I've got a full set of thank you sentiments that I won in a challenge last year. The papers are from my new Do Crafts Hanoverian Linen paper pad - I think these are gorgeous, and I like each one. The embossing folder I used is also new, and is the same range, Hanoverian. I found the organza ribbon and the roses in my stash, and made a bow with the Glitter Girls bowmaker. I made the hanging charm with some chain (a necklace I found in a charity shop), a pearl heart and two pearl beads. And finally coloured some adhesive pearls with the same Promarker as I used to colour the card I used for all the matting. And that's about it I think - hope that all makes sense(LOL!).
I am very happy with the finished card - I must send it this week!
I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Stampin B's Design Team - Use a die cut
The Crafty Pad - Something new
Wild Orchid Challenge - Let's get sentimental
Top Tip Tuesday - All sentimental
Papertake Weekly - Ribbons and pearls
Thanks for looking, and I hope you will call again sometime.
Enjoy the rest of your week. We have my Uncle's funeral tomorrow - we have been to see my Aunty Betty this afternoon, and she is bearing up very well - she says she is amazed at herself.
That's it for now.
Love, Andrea xx
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