A very special member of my local community was laid to rest yesterday. His funeral was one of the most beautiful, thoughtful ceremonies I have ever attended; John would have loved it. His widow, Shirley, is a dear friend of mine. John and Shirley were married for 57 years and raised four beautiful children together. Since I met them when I moved to town 15 years ago, they have served as role models for me in so many areas of my life. Via the bookclub I became a member of a dozen years ago at Shirley's invitation, I've become friends with two of their daughters; I've repeatedly told them how much I envy them having had John and Shirley as parents. John was 81 years old when he died, and he lived a wonderful life. It was my pleasure and privilege to know him.
My sample for this week's Mojo Monday sketch (#208) is a card I've created for Shirley. Here's a look at the sketch:
A month or so ago I sent Julee some extremely rudimentary sketch ideas, and she's given me credit for designing this week's sketch; to say that she is being VERY generous in attributing the sketch to me is an understatement! My idea was to be able to do a little color blocking, something I haven't done in quite a while. Here's what I came up with:
I couldn't decide which of two sentiments from Verve's lovely Forever In Our Hearts set that I wanted to use, so I just used them both. I inked everything - including the Rose Seam Binding from The Cat's Pajamas - with Walnut Distress Ink, using a foam applicator. I couldn't get the panels to measure out to a true square, so I just added a layer of patterened paper and a border die cut (Faux Crochet Border Die-Namics by MFT).
My color scheme was inspired by this week's COLOR THROWDOWN challenge. I didn't have a chance to create a card in time for the challenge announcement on the CTD Challenge Blog, but I didn't want to let the whole week go by without using Danielle's sweet combo.
Speaking of Danielle, it's her birthday today! Happy Birthday, Danielle! If you have a second, stop by her blog to wish her a happy day, and to drool over her gorgeous work.
Head on over to the Mojo Monday blog for instructions of how to particpate in this week's challenge, as well as for visual inspiration from the rest of the Mojo Monday design team. For up close and personal descriptions of their lovely creations, mosey on over to these ladies' blogs, and leave 'em a little love for giving papercrafters at least one reason to like Mondays.
Thanks for stopping by today, and I'll be back soon. Have a great week!
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