Friday, May 2, 2014

Early Morning Hunt

Have you ever made a card or a project knowing full well that the recipient would never receive it? That sometimes just the process of making it is therapeutic and in the long run you find that it ends up being more for you than the intended recipient?  That's what this card is for me.

As joyous as the occasion of welcoming my new little nephew was Wednesday of last week, I lost my Uncle to cancer on Saturday.  It doesn't seem to matter how much you try to prepare yourself for the inevitable; it still churns up the painful heartbreak you feel when you lose someone close to you.

As a child he taught me how to tie my shoelaces, tickled me until I thought my bladder would burst, and made the thought of eating Ketchup to this day unthinkable.  As a teenager he let me drive the farm truck through the fields at my Grandparents farm and "rescued" me from under a three-wheeler I somehow managed to tip onto myself.  As an adult he always offered his opinion (whether I asked for it or not LOL), taught my husband the finer points of hunting and fishing, and loved my boys - quad rides were a given, and going for country road cruises along with my Dad that always ended in coffee and treats was at least a once a month occurrence.

We made a point of spending any extra time we had with him when he got sick and I'm so thankful for it. Life goes at break neck speed but we managed to make a ton more memories in a short period of time that hopefully my boys will cherish in later years; I know I certainly will.

So, back to the card.  My Uncle loved hunting and fishing so I know this card would have been perfect for him.  In fact I'm pretty sure I used that Moose image on his last Birthday card!  Since he'll never actually see this one I'm thinking of making a shadow box to put it into along with a few other memento's.  I used a technique I've featured before called Creating Fog or Mist...perfect to depict an early morning hunting expedition.


Stamp sets: Walk in the Wild, Lovely as a Tree
Cardstock: Whisper White, Baked Brown Sugar, Soft Suede
Ink: Early Espresso, Basic Gray, Craft Whisper White
Accessories: Markers, Sponges, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Multi-Purpose Glue

I hope you can understand now why my blog posts have been rather few and far between.  It's been a trying last few months and weeks for my family and my heart just hasn't been into creating.  I'm hoping now that I'll be able to find my footing again; especially with the NEW CATALOGUE being released in just a few short weeks!

Until next time...
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Sandi said...

Such a beautiful card Melissa!!! I'm very positive after reading your post and your description of his character that he IS looking down on this card and saying, "Good job, Melissa!!" You remind me so much of when my mom passed, I did exactly the same thing -- making her a card that I still have hanging on my cabinet door. So sorry for your loss. I will have to go back and see if I can find how you did this technique as I remember seeing another one of your cards using this technique.

mjbest said...

Love your card.
I'm so very sorry for your loss. I lost my younger brother, very unexpectedly, to a heart attack last June. He was only 54, fitter than most men half his age, and made every effort to live a healthy life. He loved sports and was good at everything he participated in, especially any sport involving water. It's still all surreal. I imagine it is for you too.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful card.
So sorry to for your loss.

Donna said...

Sending thoughts and prayers as you deal with the loss of your Uncle. Sounds like he was a fabulous Uncle to have! He would have loved this card I'm sure and I think keeping it in a shadow box with momento's is a great idea!

The card is so beautiful. I love the technique you used. Awesome Job!


Christine Alward said...

Stunning effects on this card, TFS,I am off trying it myself.

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