While I've been away from home, it seems all kinds of unforeseen things have happened. It is strange how just a month of time can change a whole lifetime. While I've been gone, my oldest son's girl friend's father was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and within three weeks has already passed away. Our family knows from several family experiences that this is a fast-moving, almost impossible to cure, or put into remission, cancer. In most cases, such as this gentleman, it is a silent killer, usually quite advanced before you even know you are sick. We were fortunate to have met and shared some time with my son's girl friend's father, and we grieve with her in her loss.
I wanted to send a card to her from my husband and myself to let her know that we are both keeping her and her father in our thoughts and prayers. We hope and pray that her painful grief can be short-lived to allow her peace and thus the ability to remember her father in peace, cherishing her lifetime of loving and happy memories. For her card, I cased a Liz Thayer original from a card class that I took with her just a few short weeks before I traveled south for my visit. I changed the original card up a bit with a partial switch of front colors and added another color layer by using a new cardbase. I substituted a new layered sentiment so that my card became a sympathy card, rather than a "hello" card. I like the original card, but I really love the way the changes allows my card to present as a lovely sympathy card.
My finishing touch is always to create my own card interior to compliment the exterior design and make up or choose an appropriate verse suited to the occasion. I have used the verse that I chose before, but wanted to use it again because I really love the way that it shares exactly what I hope for any person who has lost someone near and dear to them.
Recipe: Stampin' Up Products: Cardstocks--Very Vanilla, Smokey Slate, Pool Party. Ink--Crumb Cake, Pool Party. Dies: Botanical Builder Framelits. Embossing Folder: Boho Chic. Punch: Curvy Corners (retired/ inside); Sentiment underlay: Blossom punch modified (retired). Lace--Very Vanilla 1/2" Lace Trim. 3/8" Metallic Pool Party Ribbon (2016 Occasions retired). Basic Pearls (inside pearls Copic colored). Sentiment/ Verse: computer made. Size: 4-1/2" x 5-3/4".