Friday, May 25, 2012

Papertrey Ink May Blog Hop





Wow!  Isn't this picture gorgeous?

If you are visiting through PTI's May Blog Hop, welcome.  Many of you know that my sweet mom recently passed away.  In our discussions before she passed, she encouraged me to keep up my creative outlets, especially this blog.  Her memorial service is tomorrow, the 26th, and I was planning to wait until after that to start posting again, but . . . when I saw this picture for PTI's blog hop this month, I loved it so much I am back a little early.  :-)  Here's my take:

I utilized the black/while/chartreuse colors, the bold checks, and the flower element for my card.  I used an Edgers die to cut the checked and black papers because it reminded me of the fluted edges of many of the plates in the inspiration photo.  I overlapped the papers onto the back of the card just because.  :-)  And added a little heart to the inside to warm it up a bit.

I am going to give this card to a friend who did something really thoughtful for me last week.  My emotions are all over the place, as you would expect, and I was having a really hard day.  She showed up at my work with lunch--a veggie wrap, pretzels, and a Frappacino!  Nothing cheers me up faster than a coffee drink!  :-D  Then she hung around and talked (she lost her mother last year) and just made the day so much brighter.  I hope I can do the same for someone else someday.

Well, I'll let you get on with the Hop now!  Have fun!

Supplies
Stamps:  PTI--Heart-2-Heart #3
Paper:  PTI--S.S. White, True Black; stash
Ink:  Versafine--Onyx Black; PTI--Simply Chartreuse
Misc.:  Embossing Powder--Filigree Clear; Die--PTI Edgers #1; Flower--Frog Feathers (Etsy); Cord & Seam Binding--stash; Corner Rounder 

35 comments:

Maureen said...

this is just stunning! The soft blossom really takes center stage on that fabulous paper :)

Cecilie said...

Love it! Love the dimensions that really work well.

Rebecca Deeprose said...

What a beautiful card! I'm glad you decided to share it! I am so sorry for your loss. It sounds like you had a very kind and smart Mom.

Karen C. said...

Love the soft and ruffly flower, Jill. The way you've wrapped your card with the black and white checkerboard is really dramatic too! Nice job!

Leigh said...

i'm almost in tears as I read that you lost your mom and how you sweet friend showed up and helped make your day a little brighter! I'm so sorry for your loss!
Your card is beautiful--- I'm sure your friend will love it!

carol (krillsister) said...

Jill,
So sorry to hear about the loss of your mom. I am sure you are devastated. Your card is very pretty. Love the banner behind the flower. The shabby chic flower is perfect!

Marybeth said...

Jill, I still have you in my prayers and I am so happy you have sweet people around you now. Your card and flower are just gorgeous! Your friend will of course love this card. Hugs!

Rhonda said...

Jill, I'm so sorry about your Mom.This is a gorgeous card. The flower is simply stunning.

Lisa said...

Sending you e-hugs and keeping you in my prayers Jill. I am so sorry for your loss. It touched my heart to see that your mom wanted you to keep making your beautiful cards. This is certainly a wonderful tribute to her today. Your tattered bloom is just gorgeous. And blessings to your dear thoughtful friend.

Renee said...

Oh, Jill I'm so sorry for your loss!
Sending hugs and prayers to you!
And she would have been so proud of this incredibly beautiful card...
it's just gorgeous!!
That flower is just stunning set against the background!

Marge said...

So sorry for your loss, Jill, but I know your Mom is smiling down and so happy you were inspired to post today! Your card is FABULOUS -- LOVE IT! Green is my FAV color, so this speaks to me! I just got a new sewing machine and it totally makes me think of my Mom who passed away almost 10 years ago. I'll keep you in thought & prayer and glad you have such a sweet friend to help you through your grief!

victoria h said...

Gorgeous card- like your use of the edger die. All the best for tomorrow.

Karin Åkesdotter said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your mom.
What a wonderful take on the picture your card is - it really stood out among the thumbnails! LOVE it!

Jen said...

oh, so pretty!! i love it! i'm sorry about your mom....good luck!!

Quip1320 said...

So sorry for your loss. This card is wonderful, soft but graphic, elegant but fun. Really gorgeous!

Jacquie Southas said...

{{hugs}} from a stranger - I'm glad your mom encouraged you to keep creating - your card is lovely

Anne said...

I am sorry for your loss. So glad you participated in this months hop cause your card is the bees knees as they say here. I love the front, back and inside. It is all perfect.

Sara Mac said...

{{{HUGS}}} to you Jill. I cannot imagine how you are feeling from day to day. How sweet of your friend to do something special for you. I'm sure she'll love this gorgeous card.

Tracey McNeely said...

I am so sorry for your loss. Your card is beautiful and your handmade flower is stunning. -hugs

Nancy Penir said...

Simply beautiful.
So sorry for your loss. No one replaces a mom...

Jill Norwood said...

Jill, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your Mother! I lost my husband 3 months ago and I know how difficult it is! God Bless you! I am so glad that you have such good friends surrounding you at this difficult time! I am glad you posted your beautiful card and that creating is helping you through. Take care!
Jill / Seattle, Wa
PS I love the title of your blog!!!

christy compton hall said...

Gorgeous card - love the wrap-over. I'm sure it's up & down. What a thoughtful gesture from your friend! Let me know if you need anything.

Larissa Heskett said...

I LOVE your BEAUTIFUL card!! Such a GREAT take on the Challenge!! THANKS for sharing and have a FABULOUS MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND!! =)

Darnell J Knauss said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your mother. It's wonderful that you've listened to your creative voice, found comfort in making a card for your special friend, and were able to share with your supportive stamping friends. All the best, Darnell

Paulette Still said...

Wow. Love that checkerboard pattern and fabulous flower.

Pendra said...

I am so sorry about the loss of your dear Mom, I too just lost my Mother to breast cancer and she was the driving force, the passion behind every craft I ever got into...it's hard to find it after losing her, but your Mom would be so proud of you for making good on your promise and with this lovely card especially! Keep it up...it really is good for the soul to keep your mind creative, your body active and your hands busy!
Crafty Hugs,
Pendra

Terri said...

I am sorry to hear about your moms passing. Great card. Love the checkerboard pattern and the flower. I am glad you have a friend like that I bet she will love it.

Joyce said...

Jill, I'm so sorry about your mom. That must be so difficult. I hope that crafting will bring you some comfort, and I am glad that you are surrounded by close friends. This card is stunning, I know your friend will love it. That big flower on top is just stunning--great for a card that will be hand delivered.

Anne B said...

Stunning card, Jill. Love your take on the challenge photo. That flower is just gorgeous. Hugs from down under. Can imagine what a difficult time it is for you :)

Lorraine said...

Hi Jill! Your card is beautiful! Love the flower against the checked background. Great take on the inspiration photo! I am so sorry about your mom. Prayers being sent for you & your family.

Taheerah (*LittleMissT*) said...

This such a great card Jill! Great take and I love that green flower!!

Thanks so much for leaving some love on my blog!!

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