Saturday, 26 January 2019

With Sympathy

I'd just like to start this post with a heartfelt 'thank you' to all of you who have left me a comment on the news of mum and Brad's passing. I have taken much strength  from your beautiful words.
Mum's funeral was yesterday and it was a bright and festive affair. We had a church funeral but we asked everyone to wear bright colours to celebrate mums love of bright colours, fashion and beautiful materials. No one disappointed, it was amazing so see so many beautifully dressed people, so many amazing floral patterns, she would have been so proud of everyone.  

There was much celebration of mum's past with many tales covering over 80 years. Family and friends and even old neighbours arriving to see mum off.
Though I am grieving over the loss of my mum I also feel a great weight has lifted not having to watch her disappear  step by step into that awful disease. Now I know she is at peace and I am sure with her sister, Pat, looking down on us all and ready to listen should we want to talk to her.

I needed to make a few condolence cards this month, but this one was for us as I spent a lot of time getting those flowers just right for mum.

The flowers are a background stamp from The Ton 'Magnolia Fields' Ohh my goodness I enjoyed do this and cant believe it took me so long to stamp and paint it. I white embossed on multimedia paper.

I used Zigs for watercolouring, building the layers with different pinks, each time using a very small amount and a very wet brush.  I really love how it turned out and I know mum would have loved it.

I cut the panel down very slightly and added to a grey card base and the 'with sympathy' die cut. 
A beautiful card for my beautiful mum.

Again thank you to all my wonderful friends out there for your sweet and encouraging words. 


thank you so much for coming to visit and I hope you come again soon.


Cathy said...

Hi Aileen, so sorry for your loss, it's so difficult having to say goodbye to someone we love. This card is a beautiful memento, beautifully coloured, sending hugs, Cathy x

Linby said...

I saw this card come up and it was so beautiful I just had to come and comment. So sorry to learn it is for such a sad occasion.
L x

lostinpaper said...

Such a beautiful card and a beautiful post, I love the idea of a bright coloured funeral and I am sure that your Mum would have too! hugs to you my friend x

Viv said...

Oh my goodness Aileen what a beautiful card and there's no doubt your Mum would have loved it.
Mine would have done to - she adored the magnolia we had in our garden and always said she couldn't help smile when she saw the flowers. Every time I see a magnolia I think of her.
Big hugs. xx

Kim Heggins said...

WOW!!! This is stunning, what a gorgeous card, just love your amazing coloring!

Darnell said...

I'm glad everyone came in bright and flowery clothes to celebrate your beautiful Mum, Aileen! You have every right to be proud of this amazing work of art you created in her honor. It's exquisite. Now go frame it and put it where you can see it often! Hugs, Darnell

Julie said...

This is a beautiful card Aileen, and a lovely tribute to your Mum - so sorry for your loss.xx

Debbie said...

Although I didn't know you mum I know she would love your card and is very proud of you.

I Card Everyone said...

I hope you keep this extraordinarily gorgeous card close by in your craft room, Aileen... she is undoubtedly very proud of her girl... xx

BożenA said...

I am so sorry, once again, I am grieving with you. You could transform this sad ceremony into celebrating the memory of your wonderful mummy. I'm sure she sees you in advance and this great card too. These are the most beautiful magnolias I've seen, Aileen.
BożenA xoxo

Mac Mable said...

What a stunning card for your Mum....She would have loved it. You clearly made it with love x Glad you 'celebrated' your Mum's life and you hold onto the wonderful memories.....Sending love and hugs x

Bobby said...

Your coloring on these flowers in amazing, Aileen. My heart is still with you as you continue to grieve.

Ruth said...

I feel like through conversations I got to know your Mum just a little and I know how much the disease took her away. She sounds like a truly wonderful woman and I bet she could have taught me so much about sewing. I am glad the service was a colourful affair! Your colouring as always is beautiful. Stay strong! xx

Nancy said...

Aileen, I'm glad to read that everyone came in bright and flowery clothes to celebrate your Mum. You have been in my thoughts! This card is absolutely stunning! It was worth all the time you spent on it! Cyber Hugs to you!

Monica C. said...

Aileen, I am so sorry to read that you lost your mom! May her memory always bring you much comfort. The card you made is just beautiful. I love those bright happy looking flowers. Great job!
Thank you for joining the Crafting With An Attitude challenge.
Monica C. DT CWAA

Anke said...

WOW Aileen your card is so beautiful ...

Sarn said...

Your mother's funeral sounds like it was just how she would have wanted it to be. Your card is simply beautiful.

I have just left you a comment on the previous post, but wanted to send you some more hugs here too.

Your Mum will always be in your mind's eye with lots of good memories to treasure.

Big hugs,
Sarn xxx

Dandi93 said...

Absolutely gorgeous card Aileen, SO sorry to hear of your Mum's passing as well as your friend Brad. Sending big hugs your way

BożenA said...

Aileen, my friend.
This beautiful card was chosen as TOP 3 in our CWAA challenge. Yes, your mummy is certainly delighted with the card that commemorates her and says goodbye, looking down on us.

Jennifer D said...

A Stunning Card for your Beautiful Mum. I am So Sorry to hear this but it sounds like she was very special to have inspired such Beauty. xxxooo