Saturday, October 26, 2013

Happy Saturday

What a lovely day. It's sunny with blue skies, and in about an hour, I plan on getting out and cut all my flower beds back. Might even dig up a few ugly plants/flowers if it stays nice. I've got big plans for those beds next spring, and am anxious for them to be all prepped. But that's all happening a bit later in the morning.

Right now, I wanted to share a card I made for the Muse challenge. My dear friend, Darnell from djkardkreations is the Guest Muse this week, and boy, if you haven't read her post or seen her card for this challenge, I strongly encourage you to get over there. In fact, here's the link to the specific post, and another to Muse. She's right, you know...we 'super women' have way too much stress in our lives. I decided a while back to eliminate as much stress as possible (restructuring those flower beds will help with some of my gardening stress...) for so many reasons. It's a much nicer way to live. Here's the calm, sweet, and encouraging card that the sweet Darnell made:


For my card, I tried to stay with the light, airy look of her flower, and with the pink and green color scheme. And, I CASEd her sentiment, as you'll soon see.


The sage green base is from Color Mates, which is widely available at Archivers. A scrap of white Bazzill for the focal point. All SU inks, and as well as the little tiny pink butterfly stamp, which represents hope. The flower and greens stamps are from Technique Tuesday (a NBUS, Darnell!), which I have had stashed for several months but hadn't used these particular images. I wish you could see the smidgen of Wink of Stella I've applied randomly to the flower heads; not covering them entirely, but enough to make you move the card to make sure your eyes aren't deceiving you. I drew the line with my old marker, which I've had for years, and the sentiment is from CAS-ual Fridays. Isn't that a great font?! I like the way this turned out. I think that it pays tribute to my dear friend Darnell and her tremendous talent and kindness, and also lets those who are battling, or have battled the big "C" that they can (absolutely, positively) count on me. Today's Happy Dance is dedicated to all those who have won their battle, are in the midst of their battle, and all the families who rally round them. So go out and do a happy dance for them. Thanks!


ETA:

Just got word that my sil, Marilyn's cancer has returned with renewed vigor... Not the kind of news we wanted about her. This card will go out to her in Monday's mail, along with thoughts and prayers. 

47 comments:

mypapercraftworld said...

Oh, Bev ... the most glorious card, full of beauty, hope and gentle calm ... a perfect CASE of Darnell's lovely card and a wonderful post, full of hope and happiness. You are inspired and inspiring, my sweet friend! Anita :)

Loll Thompson said...

Beautiful card. Anyone receiving this would feel loved. Wonderful CASE of Darnell's inspiration card. Loll

Ardyth Percy-Robb said...

Beautiful take on this week's Muse, Bev - love the frame and how it draws your eye from the sentiment to the gorgeous, soft flowers! Thanks for playing along!

Kailash said...

Absolutely beautiful stamping, your card is just stunning!!

Lynn said...

Bev, I will keep your sister-in-law in my thoughts and prayers. Your card is absolutely stunning and I'm sure will be so appreciated.

Darnell J Knauss said...

Oh, crap, Bevie, I'm so sorry to hear the news about Marilyn. She is fighting so valiantly and I know all your love and cards mean the world to her. I will add her to my prayer list again.

I have to say your CASE of my card literally took my breath away! I have not seen that (NBUS-well done!) TT image before and I'm sure hoping they still have it available because I'm in love with it totally.

You handdrawn - go you! - border snug around the sediment is simply perfection!

Thank you so much for playing in the MUSE challenge! And thank you from the bottom of my butt for your sweet compliments! Back at you, my friend! Mwah!! Darnell

Kristie Goulet said...

So sorry to hear about Marilyn! I will be praying for her. I know she will love your card. It is just beautiful!

Chriss Blagrave said...

Stunning...absolutely stunning. Love this stamped image and the wonderful frame you created. Such a perfect touch.
I am sorry to hear of your SIL 's health. I am sure that your card will bring a smile deep to her heart.

Kim Heggins said...

GORGEOUS card Bev...so classy and elegant and sweet too, sure to bring a smile to the face of anyone needing to have their spirits lifted. I am deeply sorry to hear about Marilyn, she will be in prayers as well.

MackieMade Paper Creations said...

Absolutely beautiful !

Karen M said...

I love your beautiful card and those flowers look so pretty - hugs xx

Deepti said...

Well I just got attracted to ur card at the muse linky list and head over right here to say that you card is absolutely beautiful, I just can't stop staring n admiring it :D

Jacquie Southas said...

Gorgeous card - love the sweet, almost not there butterfly!

Greta said...

Your card is a work of art! I know it will be loved by your SIL as she faces these tough times.

lostinpaper said...

Your card is absolutely stunning and I know that your sil will adore and appreciate the thoughts that come with it.

Leigh Penner said...

Lovely card, Bev!
I'm so sorry to hear about your SIL! Hugs!

Laura B. said...

Love how you interpreted Darnell's card. Very pretty. Love the frame you drew around it. So sorry to hear about your sister in law. Sending hugs!

Geri said...

GASP! This is stunning! Your border is fabulous - it creates a perfect visual ground for the image and the sentiment! Now about the image - absolutely beautifully stamped with the variations in color! And yes, that font is GREAT!!!

A fine, fine tribute to Darnell's inspiration card!

I'm calling winner, winner on this one dear friend!

Cheryl said...

Beautiful card Bev! Love your take on Darnell's card. So sorry to hear about your sister-in-law.

Hannelie said...

Oh no... So sad to read that last sentence Bev.
Thoughts and prayers coming her way.
You made a BEAUTIFUL card.
Just perfect!

OH Babs said...

Bev a lovely card. Prayers to your sister in law and your family. Sadly I hope the news for my family member will be okay. The love of card making brings us together and illness even closer.

Gillian R said...

Just so beautiful!

Tenia Nelson said...

So so pretty!!

Susanne Vargas said...

What a beautiful card, Bev! So sorry to hear about your sister-in-law, will keep her in my prayers!

Lori said...

Just beautiful! Love the pretty floral image against the white background. So sorry about your sister-in-law. I will keep her--and your family--in my thoughts.

Brandi said...

This is gorgeous!

Kim S said...

This is so lovely! I love all of the beautiful greens and pinks and that teeny tiny butterfly. You have captured Darnell's card beautifully!

Sherry Butcher said...

Love the card, the colors, the flowers and the words. Sorry you have such a need for it.

cm said...

Gorgeous card, Bev - beautiful images, an awesome take on Darnell's inspiration, and most important, a piece of art crafted with love. So very sorry to hear about Marilyn; know that I'll continue to send prayers her way, on angels' wings! Your weather sounds fabulous - as was ours on Saturday. Sunday - nope! Big turn-around. Snow on the ground, ice on the streets (and yes, my car doors were frozen shout but I manhandled them open!!), and a crisp in the air. Long john season begins!! Hugs to you!
c

Tracey McNeely said...

Stunning card Bev! I love your CAS interpretation. Hope you are keeping well!

Bobby said...

I love the light, airiness of your stamping, Bev, and the black line just sets it off. I'm sorry to hear about your SIL and I'm sure she knows "you're there for her".

Deni(se) said...

Calming and delicate ... definitely a card carrying warm thoughts for the recipient. Beautifully done.

Neets B said...

This is simply beautiful, such a delicate design but also very striking, it jumped straight out of the gallery. So sorry to hear the sad news about your SIL, sending virtual hugs xx

My Paper Epiphany said...

Stunning card! I'm sorry to hear about your SIL and hope it brings her comfort.

Paula S. said...

Beautiful take on the Muse challenge. The simple black line framing it is marvelous.

Tanis Scott said...

This bouquet is gorgeous, and I love the simple layout.

Joyce said...

Your card is just gorgeous. I love the frame you made, and that wonderful sentiment. I am so very sorry to hear about your SIL. I'm sure that this card will be a comfort.

Joyce said...

Congratulations, and so happy to see this featured.

Darnell J Knauss said...

I'm doing a Happy Dance to see your card showcased for my MUSE GD challenge! It is so well-deserved, Bevie!!

OH Babs said...

Congrats on your lovely card. My family news is good and thanks for your concern.

maria f. said...

Oh goodness. I was just wondering about your SIL. That sucks.
Your card, on the other hand, is so pleasant and positive with the beautiful pink. I love the line around the edges too. A great touch.

Bobby said...

You're on a roll, Bev. Two winners in a row. You go girl!!!

Claire said...

Saw this on the Muse blog Bev - this is absolutely stunning! Congrats on being a featured member. I've had that stamp set sat in my cart at Simon Says Stamp for the past couple of days and after seeing this I'm definitely going to buy it! Best wishes to your SIL

cm said...

Applause, cheers and jumping up and down - congrats on being a MUSE winner! Excited for you!!
c

mypapercraftworld said...

Soooo happy (and therefore happy dancing) to see your beautiful card in the top spot, Bev ... yippee ... congratulations!

Marybeth said...

Bev this is gorgeous! Stunning is more like it! Congratulations on you win! ( I learned this as I came to you blog). I am jumping up and down for you too!

I am so sorry to hear about your SIL .

Kylie said...

Oh my goodness, Bev, what awful news to read. Big hugs to everyone but especially Marilyn.