Thursday, 21 November 2019

In My Thoughts

Hi and welcome to another sketch from the Freshly Made Sketches team.  Our hostess this week is Jen Brum and here is her wonderful sketch.

I belong to an online grief group for parents who have lost an adult child and one lovely mother has set up a mini-group of people who are interested in sending cards to other grieving parents, so that we get something in the post that's thoughtful and caring.  I think this is a wonderful idea.  The cards will be either bought ones or hand-made as it's not a card-making group.  We are all hurting the worst, most unimaginable kind of hurt and this is a way of acknowledging that hurt and reaching out across the miles.  It also gives me a purpose as I am not celebrating Christmas this year and won't be sending cards.  

Here is the first card I made.  I'm not sure yet who it is going to as I haven't received my list of recipients but I hope whoever it is feels the care and compassion that went into this.

The background was one I prepared a few weeks ago for another card, that I didn't end up using.  So I  spritzed it with Perfect Pearls spray and adhered it to a white card base and then stamped this beautiful sentiment.   I die-cut a white panel with an opening and adhered that over the top with foam tape.

The flowers were stamped with different pink and green inks and die-cut.  I arranged them in a curve onto the card front.  The flowers were colored with a clear sparkle pen.  I didn't add any embellishments because this is probably heading over to the US and I don't want it to arrive damaged.

Thanks for visiting.  Please head over to the challenge blog and see what the rest of the design team have made - they're all gorgeous, as usual.

Products used:

Stamps:  Painted Flowers (Altenew), Sketched Flowers (SSS)
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black, Spun Sugar, Bundled Sage, Tumbled Glass, Broken China Distress Oxide Ink, Baby Pink, Fuschia, Pink Diamond, Pinkalicious, Frayed Leaf, Forest Glades (Altenew)
Cardstock:  White
Dies:  Vintage Flowers (Altenew), Stitched Rectangle Stax, Inside/Out Stitched Rectangles (MFT)
Accessories:  Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen, Perfect Pearls Spray


Judy Rozema said...

Oh Karren, I am glad there are groups of support out there. And what a lovely card you have made for your recipient. They will treasure it.

Jacquie Southas said...

I love this so much, Karren! The soft inked background is just perfect for the elegant sentiment. Hugs - you're always in my thoughts.

Cindy Beach said...

Karren, this sounds like a very good group. I know your beautiful card will be appreciated. Thanks so much for sharing! Is there any way that I can donate a few cards for this group? Please PM me.

JoAnn said...

Gorgeous card. Love how you did the opening for the lovely background to show through and the way you arranged those pretty flowers. The recipient will really love it. Very thoughtful.

Jen Brum said...

Oh Karren! This card is just gorgeous! Those flowers are beautiful! This card will bless a grieving parent. I am happy that this group has given you some purpose during this time. Your cards will definitely be such a comfort. You are amazing!!!

Linda Callahan said...

This card is exquisite! I am glad you are still crafting.....your art will be so appreciated.

Amy O said...

This card is beautiful and I'm sure the recipient will feel the love you put into it.

Barb Ghig said...

I'm so glad to know that you have a support group! Your sparkly background is so pretty and I love that you chose 'Painted Flowers' for the blooms on this card...they're just perfect, and I am certain that the recipient of this card is going to treasure it for a long time to come!
Keeping you in my prayers and sending lots of big hugs ~ Barb xx

Kim S said...

How incredible that you are doing this. Your card is going to bring someone a moment of peace just with its sheer beauty.

Nora Noll said...

This is totally STUNNING!! I love the use of the painted flowers and the way you shaded in behind them. GORGEOUS design!!

Jen Timko said...

I'm happy that you can use your talent to gift someone else and find solace with people who know the road you are on. This is extraordinary and will surely be cherished for many reasons.