Tuesday, June 4, 2013

For Marilyn

A couple of weeks ago, my sister-in-law learned that she has cancer. (DH's brother's wife) While both she and Bob are brilliant people, they don't speak 'medicalese', and can't give much information about the diagnosis. They split their time between Germany (near Bonn), and Raleigh, NC, so we don't get together with them very often. They were in the states when Marilyn started not feeling well, and they are thankful for the medical treatment she will get in the Raleigh area. Lots of good doctors and hospitals there. Not that she wouldn't get wonderful care in Germany; I'm sure she would. As I've done in the past for other family members and friends, I will be sending her a card every week until she doesn't need them anymore. I wish I knew more about her condition, and her prognosis, but I will just pray that everything works out for the best and according to God's will.

I decided to base this card for her on the current challenge over at Muse. The lovely and talented Laurie Willison created this beautiful card, and it's up to us to 'make it our own'. I'll admit I was struggling a bit with it, but in the end, I managed to make something that I think Marilyn will enjoy. First is Laurie's card:


I changed things up a bit. I used a white base, and then a subtle designer paper under the white focal point. 


It looks so much prettier in real life...I kept all of Laurie's colors, including the smidge of orange (my flower center dots are orange), and used three blings, though not in the same place as Laurie's. 

Bazzill white card base, SU ink and stamps, Copic orange for the centers, Making Memories crocheted lace, three blings, and some pop dots. I don't remember what the blue dp is...bought it 5 years ago for a scrapbook page for one of the grandsons...still sitting in the drawer...my bad. 

Now don't forget to get out there and vote for your favorite card in the Gallery Idol. And go and have happy dances everyone.

15 comments:

cm said...

Bev, you have a heart of gold! Your thoughtful, compassionate commitment to send your sister-in-law a card weekly, to support and encourage her along this unexpected path, has moved me to tears. Your spirit inspires and moves, indeed - and I'll join you in praying for her.
Your card is gorgeous! You've added 'Bev-touches' that make it ever so special! This card is going to a good home, where it will be treasured and loved. Beautiful!
c

Susan Raihala said...

Bev, your sister-in-law will be in my prayers. How she will appreciate your cards in the weeks and months ahead! Your first one is simply gorgeous, and I love how you moved the bling to emphasize the word "you".

Blessings to you and to the whole family as they rally to support Marilyn.

Bobby said...

What a wonderful expression of caring to send your SIL a card every week. You're starting out with a beautiful one.

Geri said...

Beautiful! This card is sure to lift Marilyn's spirits. The colors are soothing, the design is clean and simple with a gentle message of caring. Your cards are definitely going to bring some sunshine into her life in the weeks ahead. Your sincere caring ways know no boundaries!

Kim Heggins said...

Bev, you are a gem! Your card is so beautiful and I am sure Marilyn will love this card and all the others that you send her and I pray you don't have to send too many for Marilyn's sake. What a sweet way for you to bring a smile to her face and joy in her heart. I will keep Marilyn in my prayers.

Kylie said...

Cancer is just awful! Sending best wishes to Marilyn during this time. You are so sweet to send her cards to cheer her up and I am sure they will. This card is so very pretty, Bev!

Deborah Frings said...

I think your sister-in-law will really appreciate this card and the love and support that goes with it. I think it's super - love the pretty flowers and lace trim!

Ardyth Percy-Robb said...

This is a beautiful take on this week's Muse, Bev, and more importantly, will carry your love and prayers to your sister in law. Thanks for playing along this week!

Hannelie said...

Love your delicate flowers with that lovely lace!

mypapercraftworld said...

A beautiful, warm, uplifting card, Bev, from a wonderfully caring and thoughtful soul ... so very special. Still keeping Marilyn in my prayers. Anita :)

Darnell J Knauss said...

I'm very sorry to hear about your SIL's diagnosis, Bev. I do the same thing, sending a card a week to family and friends on this journey, which makes me feel like I'm "doing" something, you know? You pray, too, and just wish you could do more. She will treasure and be lifted up by your sensational cards as she travels on the very long road to recovery ~ full recovery.

Your card for her, CASEing Laurie's MUSE card is just, well, perfect!! Big Hugs, Darnell

Kim S said...

What a wonderful thing you are doing. She will treasure every single one and they will bring her a moment of happiness and relief during her struggles.

JJ Bolton said...

Such a sweet card! I am sure that your SIL will appreciate this (and all) your cards! What a kind and wonderful thing to do for her! I will keep her in my thoughts and prayers. Hugs!

maria f. said...

Hi. Catching up here a bit. I love the gentle and loving feel to this card. So sorry to hear this bad news. You are a super duper sweetie to send a weekly card. I hope all goes well for her and that all went well for you with your party on the weekend!

Jackie said...

I'm sorry to hear of your sister-in-laws illness. Hope she is well soon. I'm sure your cards will brighten her day. This one is so beautifully feminine and sweet.