May 17, 2010

Irish Blessings

This last week marked 6 months since the passing of my husband's cousin.  Un-fortunately the passing of time isn't making things any easier for my husband's aunt.  She says it's only making it harder.  Maybe because this is the longest she's ever gone without seeing her son.  This verse from the new Verve Blessings set came to mind as I think it would be something that her son would have wished for his parents.

"May the road rise up to meet you, May the wind always be at your back, May the sun shine warm upon your face, and rains fall soft upon your fields, and until we meet again, May God hold you in the palm of His hand."

Coincidentally, I ended up watching Leap Year while creating this card for the current CardPatterns and Embellish challenges.  I must have been feeling my Irish roots on Saturday night.  The rich country side of Ireland was an inspiration in itself.  IMO the movie was cute but nothing amazing.  The verse panel is applied with foam tape for added dimension. I tried something new for the ribbon treatment and it wasn't on purpose. I just happened to run out of ribbon and decided it didn't look half bad the way it was.  What do you think?


1) Cut card out of CS
2) Trim CS 3 3/4" x 5 1/4"; stamp sentiment; tie ribbon around; attach 1" circles to the border; and attach to card
3) Stamp verse; trim and mat to cs; attach with foam tape
4) attach rhinestones


Paper: Kiwi Kiss, Bermuda Bay, Dusty Durango, Whisper White
Ink: Bermuda Bay,  Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Chocolate Chip satin ribbon, green rhinestones, 1" circle punch 
Stamps: Blessings (Verve)


  1. This is so gorgeous, Laurel! The colors go so well with the tone/message of the sentiment. Hope this card brings some comfort to your hubby's aunt. Time does heal..howeveer slowly. Thank you for sharing your Irish roots through this awesome creation.

  2. My heart goes out to your husband's aunt lost her son at 20 and I have seen the effects first hand. I'm sure your card will touch her life and let her know you are still thinking of her - bless you for sending it! Love the ribbon treatment, by the way! Looks great.

  3. Wowza, that ribbon treatment IS neat, and unique! This is a wonderful, not only for the design, colors and elements, but for having the kind heart to think of your aunt during her rough time.

  4. gorgeous pops of colour, Laural...I hope this card gives them some comfort...I couldn't imagine losing a child. I don't know how my parents did it, (I had a baby sister when I was 5 that died at 6 months)....they must've kept their grief well hidden.

  5. Makes me sad and yet happy.... I'm sure she'll cherish it! Lovely card and you are lovely for the gesture.
    Angela xxx.

  6. I wish this beautiful card was for a happier occasion. I cannot even imagine what she must be going through. I truly believe that she will be encouraged by your thoughtfulness! Hugs!

  7. Such an elegant card! Thanks for playing at Card Patterns!

  8. Laural, your card is beautiful, and so is the message of it. Hugs!