Wednesday, January 13

Sending condolences

I had time to play with some Sugar Creek Hollow images tonight. Unfortunately, it was for a sad reason. The former pastor of my church lost his mother yesterday. Pastor and his wife are very dear people to us, and his heart is the most tender of any pastor I've ever had. His mom was a believer so he has the comfort of knowing that she's been promoted to glory (amen!) where there are no more tears or pain, but I know he will miss her very much.

We already sent an email expressing our condolences, but I prefer to send a card with a little handwritten note; it means so much more. Please pray for Pastor Bob and Judy Harris. I know they will appreciate it.

Although the image was originally intended to express love or Valentine wishes, I thought it was appropriate for sympathy, as well, since Pastor's mother was part of the generation that lived through the Great Depression. This image also reminds me of the old grave markers that I see in my family's cemetery in East Texas. Many loved ones bear a flourished heart similar to this one on their resting places.

The white panel is actually a satin-looking paper. I was afraid the ink from my inkjet printer might run, so I embossed it with some clear ep as soon as it came out of the printer. Note to self: when using this paper, you MUST use an Embossing  Buddy or the ep will stick everywhere!

For the inside, I did some fiddling with the "Forever" sentiment, which originally is centered over the scroll. I wanted to complete the phrase from the front and center all four words over the scroll, so I created two new files from the original - each one was cropped to leave only the word or the scroll (gotta love digis!). Then I could scoot the "Forever" over a bit and add a text box to the right with the rest of the phrase.

I got a little ahead of myself and wrote in the note before I photographed the card...whoops!  =D

supplies ~ cardstock: SU! Chocolate Chip & DCWV, dsp: DCWV Old World Stack, pearls: Recollections, image: Sugar Creek Hollow

I used a Sweet Stop sketch and have entered this in the Our Daily Bread Designs challenge to use brown and die cuts.

Thanks for coming by today. The weekend is only two days away!

7 paper smiles:

Dani said...

Wonderful card! Beautiful and thoughtful!!

Dawn said...

I'm sorry you needed this type of card... they will surely appreciate your love.... beautiful

Sandee said...

Oh Cheri this is so so beautiful!!! I know your pastor will be so appreciative!

Julie- justwritedesigns said...

This is lovely! I'm sure it will be a great comfort to your pastor.

Grace said...

I'm so sorry you had need of this but your Pastor will certainly be comforted by it.... it is beautiful! The browns are perfect colors and the verse is so comforting for those of us who KNOW where we are going! Thanks for entering it in the ODBD challenge!!!

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

This is such a beautiful card and I am so sure your pastor will greatly appreciate the love you put into it. Thanks for linking up your challenge to Mr. Linky and joining us for our first challenge at ODBD for 2010!

Brandy J. said...

Two are a superstar! Check the Moxie Fab World blog tomorrow for the winners!

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