Thursday, January 23, 2020

Sending Deepest Sympathy

Hello again!

Last week our local reenacting community lost an amazing, dear friend and mentor. I wanted to send her family a card to let them know that they are in my prayers, and since I went to see Little Women (set in "our" era, the 1860's) as a sort of tribute on the day of her passing, Graphic 45's Little Women designer paper series seemed the perfect choice.  

I happened upon a layout (Freshly Made Sketches #419) that I thought would work well with the little ATC cards that are included in this pad, and this is the way it turned out...not too obviously "Little Women" but if you're a fan and you look closely, you'll still see it. 

The sentiment on the front is stamped over top of a bit of the book text, accented with a pretty silk bow, flower, and "hat pin."  

The top left corner of the inside is stamped with a portion of our beautiful Summer Roses floral cluster, colored with Copic markers, and given a little sparkle with Wink of Stella glitter markers.  The stamen were colored with a gold gel pen.

Here's a's so hard to capture Wink of Stella's fine sparkle on camera!

Here are the supplies I used, all from Stamp Simply:

Dianne was our "resident expert" when it came to fitting bodices. She was a huge influence on all of us when it came to proper fit and historical accuracy in general.

Here we are (myself, Dianne, and Judy) with our friends aboard a steamboat for one of our "Golden Teacup" outings.

And this is one of my favorite photos of us together, taken at the Lightner Museum where she volunteered (and where we first met when my friend and I went to see the Downton Exhibit), in our later Victorian bustle era garb.  She helped in every aspect of the construction of my outfit, from the choice of fabrics, construction techniques, fitting...everything, as she did with every single one of my Victorian reenacting dresses.  I'm grateful for the influence she had over me as we enjoyed reenacting together, and for the impression she made upon my life overall.  She was somethin' really special, and she will be sorely missed!  ❤️  


  1. I'm so sorry for your loss of someone so special to you. I love your card and the lovely tribute you gave her today. Sending comforting prayers and hugs.

  2. Hi Deb! Glad you found our sketch; your card is just beautiful. So many pretty elements, all drawing the eye to your pretty spray of flowers and the elegant sentiment. Such a beautiful tribute to a loved one. Thank you for joining us this week at Freshly Made Sketches.

  3. Such a perfect card for the family. I love how you carried the flowers to the inside. Thank you for playing along with us at Freshly Made Sketches.

  4. This is such a clever idea to use an ATC for the tilted panel of the sketch. These flowery patterned papers seem just perfect for a Victorian atmosphere. Thanks so much for playing along with us at Freshly Made Sketches.

  5. Hi there, Deb. I wanted to stop by to let you know that I was absolutely smitten (and I mean absolutely smitten) with your Kaisercraft Miss Betty card for Stamp Simply. So much so, in fact, that I immediately ordered those patterned papers from Sharon. She sent me my goodies, and I got busy. I "lifted" your sweet card, and I'll be posting it on Feb. 14. I thank you for the inspiration, and want you to know that I gave you credit for the inspiration. I never attempt to claim something as my own original art if I was inspired by someone else. I hope you're good with that. Just wanted you to know how much I LOVED your card. I'm having fun looking through your sweet cards. Sharon is such a sweet gal, and I enjoy Stamp Simply Stamp SO very much. I own several sets, and always enjoy creating with them. I hope this finds you well. Also, I run a challenge blog and I'd love to have you link up/play along when you can. We are blessed to have AWESOME sponsors (which means awesome prizes) and challenges are always Anything Goes/Family Friendly. I hope you will stop by to join us when you're able.
    Again, thanks for the inspiration.
    Blessings to you,
    Karen Letchworth - My Personal Blog - My Challenge Blog