Friday, July 3, 2009

For Jenelle

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A dear friend is having serious surgery next week, so I wanted to make a special card for her. She suffers from several debilitating illnesses and really struggles with even getting out of bed in the morning. I want her to have this by her bedside while she's in the hospital.


I turned to Raspberry Suite Color Challenge #11 for my inspiration. I didn't have any light gray cardstock, so I used a darker one and some light gray patterned paper instead. I wanted to experiment with some tissue paper flowers, only to discover that hubby had used up all the pink for my birthday presents (and I can't complain; the man actually bothered to wrap my gifts). So, instead I used Raspberry Fizz cardstock. The flower was easy to make: I just cut out layers with my Nesties, embossed them with my Cuttlebug, then bent the edges a bit. The leaves were cut freehand, then crumpled for some dimension.

I really hope my friend will love this card. What do you think?

Stamps: Always in My Thoughts (SU)
Paper: Basic Gray, Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Garden Green, PTI Raspberry Fizz, October Afternoon dp
Ink: Basic Black
Accessories: Nestabilities blossoms, scalloped edge punch, designer label punch, corner rounder punch, Cuttlebug Houndstooth, button, ribbon (SU), pearls (Kaisercraft)

80 comments:

Dana Gustafson said...

This is a lovely card for your friend Ann! The gorgeous layered flower is sure to bring a smile to her face.

StampinCathy said...

This cute card will bright her day.

Maureen P said...

OMG!! I love this!! The black border is such a nice detail...top 10 for sure :)

~amy~ said...

Ann, this will definitely make your friend's day...it is absolutely fabulous...

Anita said...

This is beautiful! Your friend is lucky to receive this card.

tmcc4 said...

So sweet!! I love love the flower! the color is fabulous..great job!! TFS!
Mandy

Lyn S said...

Your card will certainly make your friend smile, Ann! The flower is just gorgeous!

Kelley Eubanks said...

It is beautiful... I am sure she will love it!!

Cindy said...

Your card is SO PRETTY, Ann! I love it, espcially the flower! You are really good with flowers. I really love your style..clean, shabby chic and elegant! I hope your friend will recover soon. I'm sure she'll love this card! Who doesn't??

Laura :) said...

What a beautiful card! The flower is so pretty!!! I'm sure it will brighten your friend's day.

Jane said...

GORGEOUS!

Pat said...

Oh Ann this is so beautiful!
Your friend will be so happy to get this card.
I hope she makes a good recovery.
All my healing prayers to her.
Hugs xx
Pat

Angie Tieman said...

Oh my! This is beautiful! I just posted mine and like yours much better! hee! hee! I couldn't get more gray worked in, but I LOVE your gray polka dots and big pink flower!

Ann Kranitz said...

Very pretty I just know this will brighten your friends day.

Crafty Creations said...

I'm sure your friend will love having this card by her side during her recovery. I will send good thoughts and prayers to her. What a sweet friend you are!
Maria

Susan Raihala said...

Your friend will LOVE this card and find comfort and hope in her recovery.

Quirky said...

This card is beautiful. Love the layered flower! :)

Did you use punches or did you hand cut them out? :)

Kathleen said...

I LIKE it~I'm sure you friend will feel so special when she gets it---great job on the challenge!

SmilynStef said...

Love that beautiful bloom.

Beth said...

It's beautiful, how can she not love it..very nice work and prayers for your friend.

Maggi said...

What a beautiful card, she will love it!

Cheryl Walker said...

Very very pretty, and she will love it!! I do hope everything goes well for her!!

Have a wonderful 4th!!

Hugs,
Cheryl

Becky Carafa said...

This is beautiful! She will surely appreciate it!

Paige said...

I like the bright pop of the flower on the neutral card base.

Michelle Forrest aka transprntbutterfly said...

Super cute card!

AUsome mom said...

I think it's fabulous and she will LOVE it! Your flower turned out beautifully and I love the combination of colors! Love that scalloped edge too :)

Randee E said...

Ann this gorgeous!! Love the polka dots and the texture on the flower - I'm sure this will brighten your friends day :0)

Cindy Haffner said...

Gorgeous!!!

cheryl (clee) said...

You've inspired me to try your paper flower technique - it really looks cool...and I love the color with gray.

Gina said...

I think your friend will love your card. I've been in the hospital enough to know that beautiful things like this really help brighten your mood.

Craft said...

Yes, I'm sure she'll love it! I'm impressed with how you can combine elements in ways I would never think of and have them work so well!

Danni said...

Love the flower! Wonderful card!
I'll be thinking of your friend!

Jeannie said...

There's no doubt in my mind that it will bring much happiness to your friend!

Peace and Luv,
Jeannie

Summerthyme Studio said...

Ann, this is beautiful! Love the colour combination and the flower is so pretty!!!!

Vicki

travelingmama said...

oh, this is lovely!! I'm sure your friend will cherish it!

Leah said...

So pretty Ann, I'm sure she will love it. Love how the flower came out, just perfect:)

Elena said...

I am really sorry to hear about your friend... Hope she will feel better soon..
Love your card, Ann! The flower is gorgeous!

Belinda said...

So pretty! Love the wonderful flower!

Stephanie said...

Ann - this is gorgeous and your friend will love it. I like the look of the crinkled cardstock for the flower just as much as the tissue paper!

Laura O'Donnell said...

sorry your friend is sick, this will cheer her right up!

Anonymous said...

The bright flower is very cheerful.. your friend will love the card. Hope she feels better soon.

Swedie

supercraftygirl said...

The flower is awesome! TFS!

Jodi Collins aka Kharmagirl said...

LOVE this Ann! What a fab flower, and as always, I love your layout!!!

Spyder said...

I'm sure your friend will love it!
I think the flower is really lovely! Such a rich colour.

((Lyn))

Michelle said...

ann..this card is beautiful
im a fan of making flowers ..and yours is gorgeous.. TFS!

Janelle said...

I think your friend will adore this card -- it will certainly brighten her day and hopefully speed along her recovery. You executed the challenge brilliantly. Love your card!

{Ross} said...

fantastica card! davvero molto bella! complimenti e grazie per essere passata nel mio blog!

Nancy L. said...

very cute, love your flower

Janine said...

Lovely card for your friend...
Have a great weekend.

Linby said...

I know it would make my day better if I saw this card each day.
Linbyx

Elise said...

How could a friend NOT love that card: it's gorgeous! Your friend will swoon! What fabulous use of these colors and I love how your quest for appropriate colors brought you to THIS result! Your work always amazes me! Great job and thank you for your kinds words on my blog!

KathyJ (Wattle) said...

This is beautiful Ann!!! Love how the pink pops against the grey and the flower is gorgeous!!! I pray your friend gets through her surgery well.

Susan (peebsmama) said...

What a lovely card. Wonderful to have bedside for an ailing friend. the flower is wonderful. I would have never guessed they were nesties.

Deanna said...

Love it! I just bought that OA paper! Yummy!

It's Jenn! said...

She will LOVE it! I bet it will make her smile each time she looks over. I love how the pink really stands out against the grays, blacks and whites.

Denise (peanutbee) said...

Awesome, girl, LOVE IT!

Heather P. said...

Wow, this is gorgeous!!

KatieTurtle said...

I think it's great! I am sure your friend will love it. I put a flower on my card too - but I promise I didn't look at your card ahead of time...great minds think alike (even if one is a Cardinal fan).

Deb Neerman said...

Gorgeous, Ann! Your friend will love it! And that flower you created is so cool!

dustjacket attic said...

Hi there, thanks for dropping by and commenting.

You are very talented, checked out some of your cards.

That's so nice to make that card for your friend, when all she can do is lie down, that will be so nice for her to look at.xx

Winter said...

Beautiful card! I love the flower and the polka dots! It's great that your friend, has you as a friend! I pray everything goes good with her surgery!

Lisa H. said...

this is super sweet! love those polka dots and pretty flower!

Jessica said...

Great take on the challenge. Love that jumbo flower :)

Marie B. said...

I have this set of Nesties, and haven't tried it out yet, but this is the perfect inspiration to do so! I know your friend will love your card, Ann, because you made it just for her. I wish her well.

Heidi Van Laar said...

Ann, this is just stunning! That flower is so gorgeous! I am sure it will mean so much to your friend!

(-: Heidi

Aimes said...

Oooh what a toughie Raspberry Suite Color Challenge! I'm hoping to play this weekend...You've done a fab job on the colours! That card would certainly cheer me up anyways!
Aimes
x

cricketeew said...

Why would she not love it? It is Faboules!!!!!

Deb Rymer said...

I love what you did with these colors! And this card will be sure to cheer up your friend after her surgery!

Helen F. said...

Ann, your beautiful card will definitely cheer up your friend ~ praying her surgery goes well. {{{HUGS}}}

rush8888 said...

your friend is lucky to have a friend like you. i hope she does well.

Karen said...

I'll bet your friend will love your card and that you took the time to show her you care! I like the light grey patterned paper and your handmade flower came out really well! :>

dannisdoodles said...

eeeek, this is incredible, looove this & she will too!!!

Tracy said...

Love, love, love it!!!

Stamp and Smile said...

Lots of "well wishes" to your friend!! Fantastic card and your flower ROCKS.. :)

Sue Pardue said...

What a beautiful card. I love the flower. I'm sure your friend will love it!

Colleen Wold said...

Beautiful card! Love that flower! Your friend will really appreciate this lovely card!

MBelles said...

This is a beautiful card! Congrats on making the Spotlight!!!

Tina said...

Awesome, Ann! You rock!

Anthonette said...

Ann, congrats on being in Dawn's Spotlight!

Elise said...

Back, again, to say, YIPEE! You're SPOTLIGHT worthy! Congrats, doll! You deserve it: your work is always breathtaking!