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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Condolences - RRR42

Hello, friends!  So many of us have lost a loved one, and remember the grief we felt, and still feel at times.  It's strange that we cannot remember physical pain that we may have experienced but emotional pain can come upon us like a shower of rain. And sometimes, feels like it's just as strong!  I don't remember the pain that I felt in child-birth, right after shoulder surgery, "moon time" cramps, etc.  I don't like feeling grief, but it's a necessary part of life, in order to remember the love we felt, too!  Do you ever wonder how God  made us to "feel" emotions so strongly in our hearts, literally in our chests, that can ache so very much, when our emotions come from our minds?  He is so deep, mysterious and great that we cannot fathom some of what God does or has done!  That's what makes us completely "human", and because of that limitation, some will never be able to comprehend all that Jesus has done for us!  Why is it so hard to get our minds wrapped around His gift of salvation, love and grace?  Is it because we are so "human", endowed with limitations?  I know I don't deserve it, and there's nothing I can do to earn it.  I believe that we will see the whole picture when God reveals it to us, like opening a curtain on our lives, with the brightness of the sun illuminating everything, and our questions will be answered in the blink of an eye, when we finally reach our home in heaven!  Anyway, that's what I hope for, and without hope, this world we live in wouldn't be livable!  He is preparing a room for us, and I hope mine has a huge picture window on one wall!

"No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what
God has prepared for those who love Him"-
1 Cor 2:9

I used a rose stamp from the Justrite Stampers set In Sympathy, and another fantastic die cut that my friend, Donna, sent me.  The background paper is from DCWV - I've always liked pink and black, but this pink and brown are beautiful together.  I used Copics to color the main image and touch up the butterflies on the background.  The striped paper is from Memory Box.  I'll be glad to give you a complete list of products used if you'll just email me at

The pearls were white and from Zva.  I used my Copics to shade them pink.  The butterfly was cut from a sheet of printed butterflies that I purchased, and they are all done to make a 3-D flutterby.

The inside of the card.

I hope you are staying safe, warm and happy!  I'm still waiting for snow!  Frost has come and tried to claim the lives of my daffodils, but they are still hanging in there, although they are looking at the ground!  Still beautiful!

I pray that God will hold you in His arms, with comfort, compassion and love.  May He do it through another person even.  May you and your family be safe, healthy and prosperous.  I pray that Jesus will guide you through the dark forests of life and bring you out through the other side to sunny days!  Don't give up and turn back!  Keep putting one foot in front of the other, and you'll get through the forest! 

"Do not let your hearts be troubled.  Trust in God, trust also in me.
2 In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have
told you.  I am going there to prepare a place for you.  3 And if I go
and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be
with me that you may also know where I am.  4 You know
the way to the place where I am going."
John 14:1-4

Thanks so much for taking the time to visit!  I appreciate each of you, and I hope you'll take a moment to comment on what you feel or think about anything you'd like!  I'd love to get to know you better, and I won't share with anyone else if you'd like to email me.
May God bless you all!


  1. Clare
    This is so beautiful! What a beautiful post my friend and such true words.Just brings tears to my eyes.
    I wish you would enter this beautiful card at Really Reasonable Ribbon challenge , we are having a pink and brown challenge with ribbon. Your double bow is so wonderful
    Blessings sweetie

    1. Hi, Dawn! Thanks for the tip - I did enter it, and only hope I did it right!

  2. What a touching post, your card is amazing. Beautiful details.

  3. This is a beautiful creation!

    Regarding digitally filling an image: I used Photoshop Elements 6 to erase the cupcake liner. The filled the liner in MS Word2011 using format picture, then clicked on fill. Hope this info helps.

  4. Beautiful card Clare!!! I love all the details on this, and love that double bow:)
    Thank you for joining us at Really Reasonable Ribbon!!

  5. This is beautiful--and a wonderful card to give to someone in need of a pick me up. Such a stunning creation! :)


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I am a child of God, wife, mother of three, and gramma of six. I enjoy stamping, scrapbooking, beading, photography, sewing, camping, fishing, hiking and life! I am a retired dog groomer. Denver, Colorado, is where I was born and raised. I miss the snow and drier weather.

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