Last night I received a card drive request for a sweet lady named Kay. Kay turned 60 years old earlier this week and had been looking forward to retirement with her husband. Sadly, Kay was diagnosed with a very rare and very aggressive cancer a couple of months ago. Treatment has been unsuccessful and the cancer has now invaded almost every part of her body. It appears Kay's battle will be coming to an end soon, as the doctors believe she has a month or less to live. We've been asked to send cards to make her birthday week very special and to show her some love, comfort and encouragement in her final days.
This was a very, very hard card for me to make. What comfort can I offer someone who is nearing the end of life, especially someone I've never met? I turned to the greatest source of comfort I could offer: the promises of Scripture. I hope this verse will bring comfort to her in her final days.
Here's my card:
I wanted to keep this card Clean and Simple (CAS) and make the verse the focal point. I worked from the inside out this time, starting with the verse. I stamped it in black ink on white card stock, then die cut it with a scalloped rectangle die. I had a scrap of shimmery black card stock in my stash, so I die cut a larger scalloped rectangle and attached the verse to it. I used another scrap of shimmery black to die cut my flourishes. I found a lovely scrap of magenta-colored patterned paper in my stash, so I wrapped a piece of ribbon around it and layered it on the card front. I adhered my sentiment panel over the ribbon, then gently slid my flourishes into place and attached them to the card. Finally, I added a few tiny rhinestones to the flourishes for just a little bit of sparkle (this photo doesn't do the sparkly rhinestones justice).
This verse brings me comfort and hope every time I read it, and I pray that its message will help Kay, as well. If you are so inclined, please say a prayer or send comforting thoughts out to this sweet lady and her family.
Thanks for stopping by today, and extra-special thanks to those who take the time to leave a comment!
Stamp: Scripture Series 3 (Our Daily Bread Designs)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko)
Paper: Jubilee Magenta Accent (K&Company); black shimmery card stock (from a scrap bag at cutcardstock.com); black card stock (unknown)
Tools and Accessories: Nestabilities Classic Scalloped Rectangles - Small and Large (Spellbinders); Scribbles Swirls Sizzlets (Sizzix); ribbon (Offray); tiny rhinestones (unknown)