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Sunday 30 December 2012


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As 2012 comes to an end it seems an appropriate time to blog this card which was made to support Hazel, a much loved team mate at OSAAT who lost her husband. We all clubbed together to make cards which our Leader Choccy made into a condolence book for her. It was a marvellous thing to do and when she needed us we demonstrated that she is part of our family and that we care.

I used a digi image from Stitchy Stamps called Sympathy which has a very graphic cross on the background which immediately inspired me to create a layered card. I cut the base of the cross out in cardstock, the second layer in gold card and the 3rd layer in damask paper.

The dove is in 2 layers, the 1st is to show the back wing and then the final layer is the ‘front’ of the bird. I used the paper and card on the backing panel to match the cross. The image below shows the decoupage layering at a different angle

Probably one of my most sedate and sophisticated cards for a very classy lady. I do hope that 2013 will bring you peace and happiness Hazel J

It is quite befitting that I blog this today as yesterday we met the Bishop who will be presiding over the ceremony for Uncle Roy’s Funeral. We were making arrangements with him and discussing the order of service. I have never been involved to this extent with a funeral and it is a very sobering thing to have to do. I am going to be putting together the booklet for the service and will do the catering, the funeral will be on Friday 11th January so I’ve got a little while to get it all sorted out.

The good thing that has come out of his death is that it really makes you take our own life in hand. Makes you re-assess how you want to live your life. It makes me want to life my life to the full and enjoy every moment. The financial mess he has left us to sort out has also given me the impetus to sort out a will and put my final wishes somewhere accessible. I have come to realise that not doing so is incredibly selfish and until now I had never really given a thought to my own mortality, I mean no-one really wants to thinks about the day we will leave this mortal coil do they?

All I will say is that as we use more and more technology, more of our lives become tied up in computers. As Uncle Roy was disabled almost all his dealings were by computer and he didn’t give anyone his password………….. My tech genius husband was able to run program that cracked his password in only a very scary 89 seconds!!! It was an obscure word too so let that be 2 lessons to you. Please make sure your loved one has access to your password for when the time comes and also make sure it is secure so it is harder to hack.

Materials Used in this card are as follows:-

Card Size – A5
Image – Sympathy by Stitchy Stamps
Sentiment – Computer Generated
Paper – Capsule Collection by Papermania
Tools – Scissors, 3d foam,
Techniques – Decoupage

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges (in Alphabetical Order):-


Debbie said...

Very pretty card!!
Thanks for joining us at Tuesday Morning Sketches!!

Melissa Craig said...

What a beautiful card. All the dimension is perfect! Thanks for joining us at Tuesday Morning Sketches.

alex said...

Very beautiful card, great design, thank you for joining us at Creative moments

Alex (DT)

Jessi Fogan said...

That is good advice about the passwords - one of those things people don't think of to have shared beforehand :/ I'm sorry for the loss of your uncle. I'm glad that you can already see some things you've learned from it!
Your sympathy card is beautiful - and has so much detail without being overwhelming. Really, a perfect combination. Thanks so much for sharing & playing with us at Tuesday Morning Sketches :)

Anne-Marie said...

I am so sorry for your loss, this time is a sad one for you but it's hard to say that he is looking down on you and smiling.

Great card, I love the image and the background colours really set it off.

Thank you very much for joining us at Stamp 'n' Doodle.

Anne-Marie x x

Heather said...

A beautiful Sympathy card Mandy, so elegant and classy. I'm sorry about your loss!!

Heather xx
Thanks so much for joining Simon Says Stamp challenge

Chrissy said...

This is so elegant and just perfect Mandy..
Thanks for joining in with us at ATC’S and cards with Attitude..


Gill McCall said...

Such a elegant simple card. Thanks for playing along at Creative Moments this week. Gill (DT)

DIANA L. said...

Beautiful project, wishing you many blessings while you plan this sobering event and I am truly sorry for your loss.
Thank you for joining us at Creative inspiration paints.
CI design team member

Gini said...

Brilliant Sympathy card, they are so very difficult to get right.
Sorry you have had to deal with so much death lately but good things have come out of it as well :-)

Thank you for joining us at Opus Gluei !