Monday, 13 June 2011

Happy Birthday to you!

Tomorrow is my step-mum's 79th birthday. If you've followed my little blog you'll know that she has been unwell for a while. She's now in a permanent care home and suffering from rapidly accelerating Alzheimer's/dementia, which is so sad. I spoke to her on Sunday, and of course will phone again tomorrow, so this card does have a lot going on to try to brighten her day. It's awful to see how such a smart and clever lady can become so confused and unable to care for herself - one minute she's like a lost soul and the other minute there are such flashes of humour and spirit, a terrible thing and I only hope that she doesn't fully realise it's all going on:

I have no idea how I found time to make this on Sunday, still on my knees here! It's an easel card which will prop up well for her, I could do with a prop as well I think! The image is from a really sweet Fizzy Moon Celebrations stamps set, coloured with Pro Markers (my little bit of therapy time colouring this!). The leaves and die cut flowers were also coloured with Pro Markers. Baby pink pure silk ribbon bow, spacer, crystal brad and other crystals in the flower centres and along the bottom of the card came from my stash, the backing paper is from the ever-faithful Dove craft Back To Basics 6" x 6" pad, sentiment from Craftwork Cards and the lace also came from my stash along with the Bakers Twine (both from The Ribbon Girl, as is the silk ribbon). The little teddy bear charm came from my stash and the 'Sending Hugs' tag was made using a Whimsy sentiment and die.

I'm trying to get back into crafting so am entering this into the following challenges - even though life itself is a bit of a challenge right now. Def. need a holiday and some sunshine to recharge those batteries!!

Totally Gorjuss - Flower Power

Bearly Mine - Anything Goes

Pink Gem Challenge - "BLOOM IN CHARMIN" (flowers and charms)

Have a nice day folks!



Karen said...

Gorgeous card, beautiful colours. Are those flowers the ones we made at the class many moons ago now? Image is so cute and am sure your Step Mum will love it!!

Kat said...

Beautiful card, lovely colours. Love the flowers too. Thanks for joining us at TG this week.

Kat x

Sandra said...

Gorgeous card love the image...........:)

Wipso said...

A gorgeous card Di. Altzeimer's has a lot to answer for doesn't it? Just as well we don't know what's around the next corner isn't it?
A x

Exclusively by Mel said...

Hi Di,
Your card is so lovely!
Your Step Mum will love it i'm sure.
The lace is so pretty. And I love the Teddy charm!!
Thanks for joining in at a Gem Of A Challenge.
Love, Mel. xx

Di said...

Yes Karen, it's using the die set from the class. A devil to get the die cut images out once cut, but worth it I guess :) Have a nice day! Di x

Stamping 4 Pleasure said...

Aww . .. what a sweet card.

So sad about your Stepmum's disease.

Sending hugs your way.
Sandra xxx

Bubbles said...

Alzheimers is an awful thief... but at least it doesn't take away how one can appreciate something as pretty as the card you've made. I hope she loves it!

Bernie said...

Wow Di this is gorgeous. Love the soft colors. Such a cute image so beautifully colored. Love the lace and that sweet little charm. I’m sure your step mom will love it. My heart goes out to you having to watch her go thru that.

Romantyczka said...

cudne kolorki

Marianne's Craftroom said...

This card would make anyone's day, so cute.Thanks for playing along at Totally Gorjuss. Hope to see you back on Saturday. (I have a candy on my blog.) Marianne x

Peggy said...

That card would brighten any day. Loving the gorgeous pink bow especially.Crafting is v therapeutic..........if only we had the time :-) Hugs Dee xx

Crafteezee said...

Oh so cute. Thanks for sharing with us at Bearly Mine. Hugs Tracy x

MaggieC said...

Alzheimers is the most cruel disease, and totally destroyed my mother. I found it hard to grieve when she died physically because I had really lost my Mum three years earlier. She did not recognise me, and actually refused to speak to me but something hung on in there and she would occasionally speak to my husband. I am sure your Step Mum will appreciate the beauty of that card even if she cannot remember other things.

Janet said...

A beautiful card......thank you for joining A Gem of a Challenge x