Thursday, 11 July 2019

17th Birthday

Hi all.  I've been absent from my blog for several weeks and some of you are aware of the reason why.  For those that aren't, we lost our beautiful 21-year old son, Matthew on 16 June, unexpectedly.  To say it was the worst night of my life is an under-statement and we are still reeling and hurting as we try and come to terms with our loss.

Matthew left behind his younger brother, William, and it was because of William that I ventured into my craft room to make a card using the latest Freshly Made Sketches challenge.  William's 17th birthday was on Monday and, even though we tried to make it a good day for him, it was a very sad day because we were all conscious someone was missing.

I wasn't up to doing anything too complicated for William's birthday card, so I just pulled out the alcohol inks and let them do their thing on some Yupo paper.


Once the panel was dry, I cut it into pieces to match the sketch and added foam tape behind all the pieces.  I adhered the pieces onto a black top-folding card base.  The sentiment was die-cut three times and adhered together and then added to the card front using the negative die-cut for placement.


And that's it.

Thanks so much for dropping by.  I hope you will check out the gorgeous cards made by the rest of the design team and play along with Linda's sketch.  And can I just say, this design team is the best.  They sent the most beautiful basket of flowering plants, as you can see below.



Products used:

Cardstock:  Black Licorice (MFT), Yupo
Ink:  Denim, Aquamarine, Pool, Limeade, Lettue, Dandelion, Silver Mixative Alcohol Inks
Dies:  Happy Birthday to You (MFT)

Karren

13 comments:

Jeanne H said...

Oh Karren...I didn't know. Please accept my sincere condolences to you and your family. Take good care of each other. I am sure your son appreciated his b-day card.

Jacquie Southas said...

Hugs to you and your family, Karren. I can only imagine how difficult it was for William to even feel like acknowledging his birthday this year. I love the way there is a light spot in this gorgeous, moody inked panel.

I Card Everyone said...

Thank you, William, and happy birthday! and welcome back, my sweet friend! I've been hoping it wouldn't take you long to come back to us. I love the flowers the team sent - how wonderful to be thought of when those thoughts are needed the very most.
love and hugs...
M

Tania said...

I am so sorry for your loss. I can't imagine anything more painful. You are all in my prayers.

Linda Callahan said...

I think of you often......a bit of crafting is good for the soul but I am sure it was a difficult birthday for William.....and the rest of you. Sending hugs.....xox

Dawn T said...

Sending hugs Karren to you and the family. A beautiful card for your son.

marilyn said...

I am so very sorry for the loss of your son. I lost my husband 3 years ago but not unexpectedly. What kept me going was the love of my crafting hobby and keeping busy. You & your family have a long and difficult journey ahead and only you know how to travel this path. Be kind to yourself and do let others help you when they offer. Wishing you peace.

Jen Camara Mitchell said...

You are never far from my thoughts...Sending love and hugs. <3

Barb Ghig said...

My apologies for my late visit, Karren...I should have checked in sooner. I love how your alcohol inks 'did their thing' and how there is a beautiful bright spot among all those gorgeous colors! The perfect masculine birthday card...I'm sure William really appreciated that you took the time to create something for him.
As you know, I think of you often, my friend...may God bless you and your family! Hugs, Barb xx

Lee Ann Barrett said...

My heart breaks for you, Karren. I am so glad you ventured into your craft room. I suspect it was therapeutic for you, which you so need. Your card turned out wonderfully and I am sure it meant a lot to William. I continue to pray for you as you go down this incredibly difficult path. Hugs~

Judy Rozema said...

I was so glad to see this beautiful card. I know William loved it and that it meant so much to him. Your loss is unimaginable, and I continue to hold you in prayer. I'm glad the basket was as lovely as it looks!

Jen Timko said...

This is the perfect card. A (very) belated birthday wish from afar to William.

Narelle Farrugia said...

So very sorry for your loss again Karren. I am thinking of you constantly and what you must be going through. I know William would've loved this special card xxx