Sunday, January 6, 2013

A Sparkly Card for a Sad Day

I made this one for the Sassy Cheryl's Challenge this week.  It is not my best creation, but it helped me through one of the most difficult nights of my life so I will post my "Therapy Card".  I couldn't figure out the lighting and her shirt and bow look more blue but IRL they are purple.

I have been sick with this upper respiratory thingee for 6 weeks.  I finally went to the doctor on Thursday and guess what?  It has turned into pneumonia.  So Linda has been laying around reading her Nook, sleeping, breathing, sleeping, blogging, Facebooking, Sleeping and trying to breathe, oxygen and all.  LOL.  Good news, I am on the road to recovery as I write.

 I finally felt like sitting at my craft table and had pulled out this little image to work with when my phone rang.  Now when a phone rings in my house at 11:00 P.M. I tend to panic.  It is NEVER good news.  It was news that my most beloved BIL had had a massive heart attack and died.  I know that all of you have that one special person in their family that is the leader.  The kindest, most supportive and loved above all the rest, Larry was ours.  If you have followed my blog, you may remember me talking about and making cards for my crazy Wisconsin relatives and Larry was one of them.    Larry and my SIL,  Janet were madly in love with each other and have been married for 52 years.  She was holding him in her arms when he took his last breath.

After my poor husband finally drifted off to sleep I began coloring.  I colored and colored just selecting  random pieces I already had printed.  I am not sure I will even use any of them, but they were good therapy.  I did manage to put this card together,  I must have been trying to cheer myself up, because I certainly put a lot of sparkle in it.  We are off to Wisconsin this week.  You all keep safe and happy crafting.  I'll see you when I get back.  Hugs, Linda



  1. Oh dear Linda. My heart goes out to you on hearing about the sad loss of your beloved BIL. It sounds like he was such a special person. Also I am sorry that you have been unwell too, I hope you continue to make a good recovery.

    Your card is wonderful, I love the sweet image and the colours are so beautiful.
    Take care
    Hugs Sue

  2. Oh Linda, I'm so sorry for your loss my friend. I am glad you are on the road to recovery and breathing better. I'm sending prayers your way and hope to see you soon. Your card is beautiful. Hugs my crafty friend <3-Kim

  3. Linda, my heart goes out to you in this sad time. so sorry for the loss of this special man!
    Isn't is amazing how this wonderful craft that we all love, live and breath, was the place you went to for comfort and to help you get over the initial news.
    I am so happy to hear that your on the mend,so sorry that it went into pneumonia, thats a tough one!
    sending a special hug your way. have a safe trip.
    your card is just sweet as can be. I love the colors and all the sparkle!
    We are always so happy when you play in the Sassy Challenges with us!
    gentle hugs

  4. oh Linda, I am so sorry to hear about your BIL and will keep you and your husband in my thoughts and prayers. I am, however, happy to hear that you are starting to feel better and do pray that this will continue.

    Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers as you travel to Wisconsin. Sending tons of ~~HUGS~~ Janet

  5. Linda I am so so sorry...and you are always a support to me, so I hope with all my heart you are getting this huge hug I am sending across the waters to you...look after yourself and hold onto my hug when you get it

    Sarah xx

  6. Oh LInda, I am so sorry for your loss. I hope it helps to know that others care! Safe travels my friend and blessing and peace to the family!

  7. Linda, such sad news, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Please know I am thinking of you and your husband at this most difficult time and keeping your entire family in my prayers. Your BIL sounds like he was a great guy and loved by many. As you gather to mourn his loss, celebrate the love he brought into all your lives. Do take care of yourself.......thinking of you.

    Card is adorable.

    {{Big Hug}}

  8. Oh Linda, I'm so sorry to hear about your BIL. I'm thinking of you and your family in this difficult time.

    Your card is beautiful! I love the sparkle.

    I hope you are feeling better soon. Take care of yourself.

  9. Oh, I think it's adorable Sassy Linda! I'm so sorry that you have been sick, but I'm glad that you are on the mend. I'm SO SORRY to hear about your BIL! And you're right. . .when the phone rings that late at night, it makes your heart stop, b/c it is usually never good. I will be praying for all of you!

    I'm so glad that you were able to play in the challenge this week considering everything that has happened! LOVE AND HUGS!

  10. Thanks for all the prayers and hugs. Believe it or not, I can feel the hugs. No one can ever get enough prayers.

  11. Hi Linda...oh no...I am so, so sorry to heard about your BIL. What a tragedy...and such a loss for your family. My heart aches for his wife too. So sad. goodness, sweetie. Please take care of rest rest!! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Gentle hugs. Pat Frank

  12. My heart goes out to you Linda...hope the love of your family gives you all great comfort. I am having a tough time right now Mom went into hospital on Christmas Eve & will not be coming home. She has end stage renal failure. They gave her a week to live them but she proved them wrong...she is still with us. It won't be long now though. The love of friends & family is a true blessing at times like this...& bloggie friends are the greatest! Hugs to you & your family.

  13. Dear Linda, I am so deeply sorry to read all of your news. I pray your health returns soon. Please take care of yourself during this sad and stressful time.
    Your card is so much fun-you have to smile when you see all of this sparkle and shine. I'm sure this creation was therapeutic. sending prayers your way.
    I am so glad you joined us this week for the Sassy Cheryl's Anything Goes challenge!

  14. Dear Sweet Linda, your card is beautiful of course, Soo very sorry to hear that you have lost a very special BIL and will be traveling when you are unwell yourself, please take care of yourself to not get sicker than you are now and know all of your blog friends send you hugs and love in this terrible time for you and your family and coloring is the BEST therapy. You never outgrow your need to color!!!

  15. Oh sweetie I am so very sorry to hear of your loss. I must say your love for your BIL has really come through in this card, because before I even read your post, my first thought was "I love this card"! Feel better hun, and have a very safe trip. Know that you and all your family are in my prayers.

    Warm hugs,

  16. I am so very sorry to learn of your sad loss, Linda. And at a time when you are also so poorly. Sending hugs to you at this difficult time and hoping that you will find some sparkle in your life going forward. Hugs, Lesley

  17. Linda, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your BIL. Sending hugs and prayers to your family.

    Your card is beautiful, and I'm so glad that working on it provided some grief therapy.


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