Wednesday, 11 July 2012

One we never want to make!

Hi, and welcome!

July is definitely a huge wash-out, as far as summer goes...pun intended, with gritted teeth!
You know me.......give me a snow blizzard and I'm cosying-up with me mug of hot choc (heavy on the marshmallows), a good book or film, and a handmade quilt....bliss......but all this piggin' rain is way and beyond anything like's supposed to be midsummer, for goodness sake!!

I was talking to my next-door neighbour, Bill, this morning.  His lovely wife, Stella, died very suddenly, on Sunday.  Our family was at church when she was whisked away in an ambulance, and she died in hospital.  
It seems that she had a blood clot near her heart.  She was in her eighties......older than Bill, but usually very healthy and fit.  Bill and Stella came to live with their daughter, who already lived next door to us, a few years ago.
I'll miss my little chats with Stella......we usually saw each other when I popped down to the bottom of the garden to feed Babbit........we are in the middle house of three, and each house has land at the back, beyond the garden......Stella would wander down to see how Bill's apple trees were doing, (always better than ours...haaa!), and we would "hide" down there and have girlie chats.......she liked to tell me how her big brothers would chase off any prospective boyfriends, before she met Bill........tickled me, every time!

This was a hard card to make, so I kept it simple........

A square card blank with a strip of black and white script paper from my scrap box (es)....I laid a piece of eyelet lace across and was going to use some ribbon through it, but it somehow detracted from the simplicity that I wanted to keep......

I've had this rubber stamp for years, and never used it......I inked most of the image with black Archival, but used a red Promarker on the single flower.  Tearing the edges of the card and adding a piece of black, treated the same way, finished the image block.......

I did the same with the sentiment which is a really old PSX I said, frills or embellies......Stella was a straightforward lady who told it as it was.
She'll now be in the arms of her cherished son, who died a few years ago in a car crash.
I'll miss her.

Anne-Marie x

Challenges:  Monochromatic (hope my bit of red is ok?)


  1. Sorry to hear about the loss AnneMarie - the card is a lovely and elegant tribute to Stella

  2. Oh! AnneMarie what a lovely story in memory of a lovely person. Sorry for your loss.

  3. You card is beautiful Anne-Marie,perfect for the occasion...
    Sorry to hear about your

  4. I am so sorry for your loss. They are such difficult cards to make but this is such a peaceful and beautiful card that is spot on. I think you were right to leave the lace as it is. My word, you must have been quick stamping before the ProMarker ink dried!

  5. Hugs for you Anne-Marie! I'm so sorry you've lost a friend, and so suddenly. Your card is beautiful and I know it'll be cherished!

  6. Sorry for the loss of your friend and neighbour!! This is a beautiful card and I'm sure it will be greatly appreciated!

  7. Sorry about Stella, very sad, but nice for her to have gone quickly. Your card is lovely, the Zebras are great, but for a change I also made a flower one.

  8. beautiful card, thanks for join in at DigiStamp4Joy.

    greetings karin DT member

  9. It is a lovely card, fitting for the occasion. Sorry about the loss of your friend. Thank you for joining our challenge at
    Digistamps4Joy. this week and good luck
    Ursula DT member

  10. It is always a sadness for those of us left behind with only love and memories, but a joy for those who have gone to be received by our Lord. You did up a beautiful card to express your sympathy to your friend and neighbor.

  11. So sorry on the loss of your friend and neighbor. Such a sad reason to make a card, but I know her husband and family will appreciate your efforts.
    Love the single colored flowers, such a beautiful effect!

  12. Anne-Marie, congratulations, you were runner up on the Digistamps4Joy Challenge #45! Please pop into our blog and grab your runner-up badge.