Ah, so today was the funeral. I've been wracking my brain as to what I can do for my friend and I ended up making my macaroni & cheese and a gorgeous tossed salad. I should've kept a photo of that because it was truly beautiful. I dropped that off to her the other night, along with a note (on the back of a Michael's coupon - it was the only note paper in my purse!) to let her know that if she needed anything that all she had to do was call. That was bothering me too. Why didn't I know what she needed? Why couldn't I just figure it out and do it?
Last night I made her a sympathy card. I did some research on line and looked up sympathy sentiments. Then I headed over to the Fiskateer website gallery and looked for some inspiration, then set down to work. I started with basic dark brown cardstock cut to 6" x 8" and folded it on the 4" line. I was looking for muted colors, but pretty, and I ended up using this pad of papers by Colorbok that I picked up last fall. I loved the colors in it but I haven't used it yet. The description on the back of the pad says Earth Tone, but it's mainly blues and browns - both colors that are calming and subdued enough for a sympathy card.
I cut a 4" x 6" piece of blue glittered, flower patterned paper for the front and then just blue scroll for the inside. I used polka dot brown paper to cap the fold and I used a Martha Stewart border punch to give it a little class. I printed the sentiments I found on a stone look piece of cardstock so that it would pop on the card. I used the Heritage Cricut cartridge to do the frame on the front of the card and the George cartridge for the inside. The front frame ends had to be cut off so it would fit on the card but it worked out pretty well. Last but not least I added Heidi Grace Designs flowers to the front. They're brads but I ended up gluing them on with Aileene's Tacky Glue because I didn't want to punch them through.
On the back I added some scroll work from the Heritage cartridge with a piece of cardstock stating that it was me that made the card.
That said and done I gave my friend the card today. I hope she likes it. She couldn't look at it there because she was trying to stay composed. She's lost her mother. But I'll be making another card for her soon, as her birthday is Sunday and she'll be celebrating that as well as Mother's Day with her own children. I'm sure it will be a bittersweet day for her and I hope my card helps her along.
As for not knowing what to do - I spoke with her husband before I left and he told me. Just be there. Make the phone call. Stop by unannounced. Make plans and then tell her she'll be there. Make her included now more than ever.
This I will do.
So cyber friends - as always your comments are greatly appreciated. I hope you like my card and if you do please let me know!