Sunday, 24 January 2016

INKspired Blog Hop #23 - Flowering Fields

Hi blog hoppers! Welcome to the INKspired Blog Hop #33.  It's wonderful to have you stop by.

If you have arrived here after admiring Teneale's stellar card ... thanks for hopping all the way around to me.

The sketch for this hop is a great layout and one that is easy to work with;  one I think I'll come back to again and again.

Sadly, this card is for my beautiful Mother-in-law, Anne, who has this week tragically suffered the sudden loss of her dear husband of 50 years, Bob.

Bob was a truly extraordinary man; a loving husband and father, a man of principle and good humour. Bob was a truth-seeker, a rational thinker and an impeccable scientist.  He dedicated the last decade of his life to studying climate change and to communicating to the public and Australian and international governments and agencies alike, the facts surrounding human-caused global warming. He was among the most influential and persuasive of the scientists around the world attempting to inject reason into the climate change debate.

Bob was an outstanding science communicator in possession of the rare skill of being able to clearly articulate complex science topics in terms that were able to be understood by untrained scientists.  As a science teacher myself, he was an invaluable mentor to me. Bob, you are keenly missed by your family, friends and colleagues. RIP.

In these situations, there is little one can say to provide comfort, but I hope that, in some small way, this card brings a little brightness to Anne's day.

When making sympathy cards, I find myself rifling through stamp sets in futile search of the perfect sentiment, alas, none ever seem adequate ... hence the absence of a sentiment on my card.   There are no words to express my sadness ... simply love poured into a card in the hope of brightening a loved one's day.  As we all well know, that's exactly what makes hand-made cards so very special.

To make this card, I used the Flowering Fields stamp set, which is available for free in Stampin' Up!s Sale-a-bration promotion. I really adore this stamp set. So soft, a little dreamy and perfect for water-colouring or use with our blender pens, as I have done in this card. I stamped the images using Crumb Cake ink then coloured the images with Pear Pizzazz, Calaypso Coral, and added a smidge of So Saffron too.  I love the way the botanical motif on the DSP from the Pretty Petals Designer Series Paper Stack mimics the centre stamp, and pleasingly, this made easy work of selecting a colour scheme for my card.

 Now, lets go see the marvellous card Marlene has created for us ...

Thanks for stopping by.

I hope you have a wonderful day.

Lissa x


  1. Lissa, i am so sorry for you and your families loss and feel very sad for you all.

    I am sure Anne will love the card that your made for her. Thank you for sharing a little of Bobs life with us. RIP Bob.

  2. Lissa he was an amazing man and will be missed by all. What a lovely card for your mother in law, made with love and emotion - you had me shedding a tear...

  3. Oh Liss, I am so sorry & I hope you can feel my big squishy hugs for you all. Anne will love this card, it's gorgeous, bright and I can't think of anything nicer to receive than a handmade card from a loved one. Love you lots xoxo

  4. Lissa, I am so sorry to hear about your father in law. He sounds like he was a remarkable man. A beautiful card and I think creating it could have been therapeutic for you to create also. Thank you for playing along this week, even when you have so much happening.

  5. A lovely card Lissa. I'm so sorry for your loss. Xx

  6. A really beautiful piece Lissa. It captures Bob's spirit perfectly.
    Clare xx

  7. So lovely you can find solace in card making, a real tribute to a remarkable man and his lovely wife who misses him dearly as does his family. Thank you for sharing. You inspire me xo


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