Saturday 13 April 2013

Merci Bouquet !


I would like today's post to be in memory of a lovely friend and crafter - Sandra / Dec O Cards, who sadly passed away last Saturday - i first met Sandra on a very cold Saturday morning in Blackpool waiting with her daughter Jen (Jenbob) outside a B&B waiting for the others to reappear from their early morning jaunt to a craft shop! (we were on a craft retreat), i was really nervous and apprehensive, as i had never been on anything like this before and i shouldn't have worried, as within a couple of minutes we were laughing and chatting and they both wanted to also meet Alan and Harrison too - to say i had the best time ever that weekend was an understatement, a couple of times after that Alan drove me from Yorkshire to Warrington so i could see Sandra, Jen and the others again for a crafty day.

When i was first starting out crafting and running challenges (usually PB ones) over on Docrafts - i always remember Sandra as a person i could rely on to take over a challenge from me, if i couldn't find anyone else and bless her she was always one of the first people to put their name down to enter the challenge too.

As you can imagine this has been a very difficult card to make - i also don't do sympathy cards (there is a reason and some of you know already), but i also remember Sandra loved her cat and PB's (i actually got into them on that craft retreat, as the lovely Evelyn bought a load for us all to stamp up !!), the papers are Bo Bunny - 'Isabella - (that the lovely Louise persuaded me to buy last Saturday at The Craft Barn and i'm so glad she did, as if you look closely on the roses paper is say's 'You Are Beautiful' and Sandra definetly was), the punched edge is MS - 'Cherish', Punched Flowers - 'EK Success', Cream Pearls - 'The Hobby House', Pink Pearls - 'Habico', Sentiment - PB.

Today's Card And Challenges :

Papertake Weekly - where the Challenge is 'Bingo' - i went for Punches, Free (Image), Ribbon

Cupcake Craft - where Challenge No: 237 is 'Raining Cats And Dogs'

Sweet Sketch Wednesday - where they are up to Sketch No: 201

Penny Black At Allsorts - where the April Challenge is 'Blossoms & Bows'

The Ribbon Girls - where April's Challenge is 'Just Add Flowers'

Image - Penny Black - 'Merci Bouquet'
Sentiment - Penny Black - '.......smiling'
Papers - Bo Bunny - 'Isabella'
Punched Flowers - EK Success
Punched Edge - MS - 'Cherish'
Cream Pearls - The Hobby House
Pink Pearls - Habbico
Ribbon from stash

Thanks for looking and for any comments you would kindly like to leave are very much appreciated, Luv Sam x


kay said...

Sam.this is gorgeous and Sandra would have loved especially with the cat on. Sandra has left a big hole on the forum and will be greatly missed x

Aunty Sue said...

Hi sam this is a lovely card that Sandra would have adored she will be looking down smiling at your account of the day.
Lovely card for s lovely lady. r.i.p Sandra

Heide said...

Awwww! This is so sweet. Love the darling image and the adorable saying. Thanks for joining us at SSW.
Hugs, Heide SSW-DT

tilly said...

A beautiful card for Sandra who is greatly missed,.she loved her cat and would smile at this pretty card and lovely sentiment.
RIP Sandra
Tilly x

Sue said...

Oh Sam. Your card is so beautiful. I love the image so much.
It really is so sad about Sandra, she was so kind and she is going to be missed by so many. It sounds like you have fond memories of her.
Take care
Hugs Sue xx

Claire said...

WOW Sam, this is a lovely card in tribute and I am sure Sandra is looking down and smiling. Sending hugs, Claire x

Wendy said...

Oh Sam, I'm sat here with tears rolling down my face, Sandra would have loved this card, it's absolutely gorgeous...Sandra will be greatly missed by many.
Wendy xx

Jeannie said...

What a perfect card in remembrance of someone so special to you. Thanks so much for joining us this week at Sweet Sketch Wednesday and take care.

Peace & Luv,

Anonymous said...

This is so pretty, love it! Thanks for joining us at Cupcake!
Helen x

mulberry station said...

What a touching memory for your dear sweet friend. I am sure she would love this gorgeous card. I can tell you put your heart and soul into this card. It is stunning. Thanks for sharing your touching story and this beautiful card.
Hugs, Nancy SSW-DT

Lorraine said...

This is gorgeous Sam, and I'm sure Sandra would love it. It sounds like she was a lovely person.
Someone once told me that 'no one ever really leaves us as long as those of us who are left carry them around in our hearts and minds. That way they live forever'.
Lorraine x

Vicky said...

So gorgeous and very cute hun...:o)

have a lovely weekend...biggest of hugs Vicky xx

Chrissy said...

Gorgeous card Sam, love the image and colours, beautiful design and beautiful memories too.


Crafty Moone Cards said...

This is so gorgeous Sam.
Sue x

Wishcraft said...

Such a sweet, pretty and very thoughtful card hun xx Hugs, Lisa x

McCrafty's Cards said...

Sandra would love it Sam, it is so beautiful, Sandra was a lovely lady and will be sadly missed by so many.
Kevin xx

annies place said...

Fabulous card, so sorry to hear about Sandra.
I must dust off some PB's, not used one for ages.
Ann x

Anonymous said...

this is a beautiful card in memory of your friend; it's lovely that you personalized it and your post as a tribute to her.

thank you so much for playing along with us at penny black and more this month.

downrightcrafty said...

how gorgeous is this, I love those papers must get mine out again, and the image is so sweet and adorable just a beautiful card
Hugs Kate xx

Maarit at Violets Corner said...

Gorgeous card Sam, sounds like she was a very special perso, thank you for sharing with Cupcake Craft Challenges this week.

Warm hugs

coops said...

so stunning sam.beautiful colours and design and the image is adorable :D

xx coops xx

Debs said...

So gorgeous Sam and just perfect to remember your friend.
Debs xx

ps Did my card arrive?

Mervi said...

Our friends are like stars in the sky... lovely thoughts.
Beautiful and fabulous card!
Thank you for sharing at Penny Black and more and hope you join us again;-))m

Linda Anderson said...

So sorry to hear about your crafty friend. What a stunning card to remember her by. Thanks for joining us at Sweet Sketch Wednesday.


Joanna M. said...

Your card is truly beautiful and your story touched my heart. What an amazing tribute to your friend. Thank you for sharing your card and story with us this week over at Sweet Sketch Wednesday.

Kathie said...

Wow Sam you have brought a tear to my eyes. I do love this card and so would your friend Sandra. She'll be looking down at this pretty card you've made her and her family will just love it. This is a wonderful image and such pretty colours and embellishments. Great card and thanks so much for sharing your card with us at Sweet Sketch Wednesday and good luck.
Kathie SSW-DT

LouLou said...

Hi Sam, I am so sorry about Sandra, but I am so glad I talked you into buying those papers and you not only put them to use straight away, but you made something beautiful with them for Sandra. Take care lovely. Louise x

Jules said...

Hi Sam

A really difficult card for you to make .. .. but you have managed it brilliantly.

What wonderful memories too.

Love Jules xx

Sally Dube said...

Oh Sam - what a lovely card... thanks for sharing your memories of your dear friend. I lost my best friend suddenly just a few weeks ago, and I have found my crafting to bring such comfort. Something about creating...
Sending up a prayer for you and your friends family...
So many Blessings to you Sam!!
Sally SSW-DT

Sharon Basel said...

So sorry for the loss of your dear friend. This is a beautiful tribute to her and your friendship. Thanks for sharing it with us at SSW.

XxJULESxX said...

Oh Sam, i have a tear in my eye reading this! i do remember that weekend too!
Sandra was happy go lucky, i am sure she will be so proud of this card!! it's so beautiful!