Friday, 25 January 2013

For a Sad Occasion

My husband and I will be attending the funeral of his Uncle Willie today so I had to make a card for the occasion that I think all card makers find the hardest to make for.
I chose this beautiful rhododendron image from A Passion For Stamps as this will have a special significance to Willie's family.  The churchyard where he is to be buried (where I'll be buried too, hubby and I have already bought our plot) is full of pretty rhododendron bushes.  There is a family tradition, where, when a female member of the family is to be interred, several men line the grave with either rhododendron blossoms or leaves so that it looks less stark.  This is something that Willie himself did on several occasions.
I've coloured the image with Promarkers and Flexmarkers, keeping the blooms pale and delicate.
I went for a white on white scheme along with my coloured image as I think this always looks elegant.  The embossed background was done with a 6x6 folder and punched lace strips were made with my favourite Martha Stewart punch.
The sentiment was made with a stamp from a Stampin' Up set and I finished my card with a ribbon, a bow and some pearls.
I'm entering this card in the following challenges -
Passion for Promarkers - #182 - favourite colour combo, mine's pink and green
Fab 'n' Funky - #155 - favourite colour combo, mine's pink and green
Crafty Sentiments - white on white with coloured image
Digital Tuesday - #194 - favourite colour combo, mine's pink and green
Sweet Stamps - pearls and lace
A Gem of a Challenge - #63 - embossing
Created with Love - #25 - anything goes
Happy Campers - #9 - flowers and something digital
Sweet 'n' Sassy - #89 - all white

29 comments:

  1. Beautiful card Wendy, very tastefully done xx

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  2. Very appropriate - sending sympathies.

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  3. So sorry to hear of your loss. Your card is beautiful in every way.
    Sue xx

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  4. Sorry for your loss. Great looking card. Thanks for joining our Anything Goes Challenge this week at Created With Love Challenges

    ~~Chris

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  5. Sorry for your loss. Great looking card. Thanks for joining our Anything Goes Challenge this week at Created With Love Challenges

    ~~Chris

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  6. Hello Wendy. This is so beautiful and very delicate. I love the embossing and that fabulous image.
    Thanks for sharing at Created with Love.
    Sandra xxx

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  7. an absolutely stunning card Wendy and perfect for the family connection - hope all goes well for you at this sad time xx

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  8. A very sad time for you and your family Wendy, but you've made a beautiful card, which i'm sure will be loved. Hoping all goes well tomorrow, thinking of you, kate x

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  9. Such a graceful card, so hard to do. Sending you hugs. xx Flora

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  10. Such a beautiful card for a sad occasion.

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  11. Sorry to read of your loss,this is gorgeous. Marlene

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  12. beautiful card Wendy, for a sad occassion, lovely story..pam

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  13. Absolutely Gorgeous! So Sorry for your loss. Thanks for joining us at Created With Love Challenges.
    Lisa O

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  14. A gorgeous card, thanks for sharing your favourite colour combo with us at Passion for Promarkers this week

    hugs Vicky xxx

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  15. What a beautiful card, but I'm so sorry to hear that you had to make it. Still, it's gorgeous and will be very much appreciated, I'm sure. Thank you for sharing the lovely tradition with the rhodie blossoms, and thanks for sharing this card with us at A Gem of a Challenge.

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  16. So sorry to hear of your lose.
    Your card is absolutely beautiful.
    Wendy xx

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  17. Sorry to hear about your loss and your right this is the hardest one to make especially if it is for a loved one of your own. But it is a beautiful card love the flower and your coloring is wonderful. Thanks for playing along with us at Created with Love Challenges.
    Linda K.

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  18. Wendy, I'm sorry to hear about Uncle Willie's passing, and hope that sweet memories will be a comfort to everyone. Your card is very elegant and gorgeous. The coloring and shading on the rhododendron image is lovely. I especially like your white on white layers - such great texture. Wendy, thank you for visiting my blog today and leaving a kind comment - so thoughtful of you! hugs, de

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  19. A beautiful, classy card. I love the embossing, and the lacy look. Thanks for playing along with Sweet 'n Sassy Digi Challenge!

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  20. Lovely card, great design and super image, sorry it is for such a sad occasion. Thanks for sharing at Fab'n'Funky this week.

    Pat xx

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  21. Such a sad occasion to make a card for Wendy, but its beautiful.....

    Thanks for sharing it with us at Crafty Sentiments Designs.

    hugs Diane xx

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  22. Sorry for your loss. This card is so beautiful!

    Thank you so much for sharing your creativity with us this week at Crafty Sentiments.
    Best of luck and we'd love to have you visit again!

    Mian
    Crafty Sentiments Design Team Member
    http://mianspysselhorna.blogspot.com

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  23. So sorry for your loss, I agree the sympathy cards are the most difficult to make. Your card is really beautiful and I'm sure will be appreciated. Thanks so much for sharing with our Crafty Sentiments challenge:)

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  24. It feels strange saying I love your card, as it is a Sympathy card, it's very serene.. What a lovely tradition, sending hugs at this sad time...x
    Thank you for finding the time to join us at Happy Campers x

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  25. Wendy, this is so beautiful, and so elegant, love all the detail and everything about your card. Sorry to hear of your loss and thank you for joining us at Crafty Sentiments this week. Good luck xx

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  26. Sorry to hear of your loss. This is a beautiful card - so poignant and full of significance. Ruth x

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  27. So sorry for your loss. The card is so pretty- love the subtleness of it! I seem to be making quite a few Sympathy cards lately.....

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  28. Your card is fabulous! I love the elegance of the delicately colored floral image, the pearls, the satin bow, and the embossing. Thanks so much for sharing your card in this week's Sweet 'n Sassy Digi Challenge. I'm sorry you needed to create this for such a sad reason, and my sympathy goes to your husband's family.

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