Thursday, May 28, 2015

All My Heart

This is the most difficult post I've ever written, and I'm not even sure if I want to or can share this. My mom passed away unexpectedly two days after Mother's Day, on May 12. I'm so broken and lost and still having moments of disbelief. Each day moving forward without my mom is a struggle and the beginning of a new journey that I wish I didn't have to be on. Even making cards is a struggle. I am now in need of many thank you cards, for the prayers, meals, phone calls, visits, flowers, plants and cards we've received. I finally was able to focus my attention to making these, much needed thank you cards.

I turned to the inspiration of different challenge boards (as I always have) to help me gain focus. This card was made using the Sweet Sunday Sketch

I also used the colors from Color Throwdown

Products Used:
Stitched Speech Bubble Edges ~ MFT
Petite Pots ~ PTI
Polka Dot Background ~ MFT
Beautiful Words ~ Simon Says Stamp

This card is done using the technique from Melissa Phillips using chalks over the stamped images to soften the stamped images. It's CASED from Melissa's Make-it-Monday video. I simply changed up the layout of the card using MFT's Blueprints and some printed paper. The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp, Beautiful Words. This set has become heavily used in the making of my thank you's.

I'll enter these cards into the following challenges:
Simon Says Monday Challenge
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge
Word Art Wednesday

Thanks for stopping by. Blessings~ Birgit


Elaine said...

While reading your post I could actually feel your loss. Our parents are extremely important persons in the formation of our own lives; but our mothers make the deepest impact. My heart feels your pain. Stay have been blessed by her obviously! Now she has handed you the baton of love.

Doni High said...

So sorry for your loss.

Tammy Hershberger said...

Aw, sweetie... my heart aches for you! I know that loss too, as I very unexpectedly lost my Dad just before Christmas 18 months ago. I'm so sorry for your loss! (I'm at work as I write this... struggling not to break down crying at my desk!) I'm glad you are finding the desire and ability to stamp... it was hard for me to get back into it again. Your cards are lovely, and I'm glad the Color Throwdown colors were there to inspire you! Know that I'm sending you my deepest sympathy and hugs!

Cindy Beach said...

I just popped into your blog from the Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge and had to let you know how sorry I am for the tragic loss.of your mom. Grieving is hard work as I was learned after I lost my Dad suddenly. Sharing with others is a great beginning. Above all be kind and patient to yourself in the process.
I too am happy that you were able to stamp today. Your work is beautiful!

Vickie Z said...

Fun use of the sketch and colors with your first card!! Love the flowers in the seond one! So glad you joined us at CTD!

Heather said...

Fabulous card Brigit, I love the colours scheme used on the sketch - your papers are so pretty and a beautiful sentiment and gorgeous flowers & pot!!
I'm so sorry about the loss of you Mum - my heart goes out to you.

Heather xx
Thanks so much for joining us with Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.

Magic Flying Boots said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. I can't imagine how you are feeling, and my heart really goes out to you. I hope you are ok xx

Natalie said...

Your card is beautiful.
I'm so sorry for the loss of your mom. I pray that you will allow the Lord to comfort and sustain you through this difficult time and that your sweet memories of her will help you through the grief.

Kathy Mc said...

Beautiful cards, Birgit, but mostly want to express my deepest sympathy for the loss of your Mom. Both of my parents had cancer so neither death was a total surprise but still very difficult to accept. It's been several years now and not day goes by that I don't still miss them. Hang on to your fondest memories and may God lift you up when you are down. Praying for you and sending a cyber hug!

Emma Williams said...

So, so sorry to hear about your Mum and my heart goes out to you for your loss!

Gorgeous cards and I particularly love the second one, that is so beautiful and such a lovely technique! Thank you so much for sharing and for playing along with us over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge blog... :)

Birgit said...

Oh boy-I just read this and feel so bad for you. I hope creating these beautiful cards give you some solace.

Karen Letchworth said...

I absolutely ADORE the softness of this, Birgit. It is stunning, and super creative. Thank you so much for sharing your amazing talents wit us again this week. I love seeing and enjoying your art. I also love (if I haven't mentioned it) your blog name. I am SO excited for the return of our Lord, and I hope it is soon. Our country is moving farther and farther away from the LORD, and we need Him SO much. I pray that those who are going to be saved, WILL BE SAVED SOON, and that He will come and take us home soon. Thank you so much for sharing. Your art, as well as your love for the Lord, are such a blessing to me.
Word Art Wednesday

Karen Letchworth said...

P.S. I'm wondering if you would be interested in being our Guest Designer at Word Art Wednesday in December. You can email me to let me know your thoughts, and I can give you more information. Have a blessed week!

Joan Ervin said...

I am so sorry for your loss...I know it's not easy to go on. I hope and pray you find peace and comfort in the days to come!!!
Your cards are have combined the challenges beautifully!!! Thanks for joining us for the Color Throwdown Challenge!!!

Charity Morris-Chamberlain said...

I am so sorry for you loss! It's never easy to loose a loved one and so my heart goes out to you. I will ask the Lord to comfort you during this time. Thank you so much for joining us this week and entering the Word Art Wednesday Challenge.
Charity - DT Member - Word Art Wednesday

Judy1223 said...

I saw your reference to this post at your CASology entry and I just wanted to take a moment to offer my condolences. I just said a little prayers for you and for all of your intentions. May God fill your heart with his healing peace and strength.