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Saturday, September 3, 2011

Too Beautiful For This Earth

Happy Saturday, everyone! I hope you have fun plans for the weekend! Those of you in the US, I hope you have a safe, happy Labor Day holiday! I'm headed to a cookout soon but I wanted to get a card posted before I go :)

The challenge this week at Cricut 360 is Grandparents Day. I haven't had grandparents for a long time. I never knew my Dad's parents. His dad died when he was 10 and his mom when he was 18. He and my Mom had just married and they had an instant family, raising his two younger brothers.

I was fortunate to know my Mom's parents. My grandfather was stern and my sister and I were a little afraid of him. He always threatened us that if we didn't behave, he would tell our parents. So we behaved! He died when I was 10. My maternal grandma, we called her Mimi, was the most incredible woman I've ever known. She was one of those rare people who don't come along often. She organized charity events, she fed hungry strangers, she volunteered her time whenever needed, she gave money to whoever needed it, even though she didn't have much, she believed in the good in people and she was simply incredible. She did all this while suffering through a host of illnesses including diabetes, Lupus and cancer. She never once complained, and you wouldn't have even known she wasn't feeling well. For one charity event she organized for children, she wrote several celebrities soliciting donations for an auction and raised a ton of money. Months after the event, she received a package in the mail. It was a framed clip from Alice in Wonderland, signed by Walt Disney, along with a personal letter from him. He had been out of the country and upon his return, he read her letter. He checked into the event and found out that it was long over and how much work my grandmother put into making it a success. He wanted her to have the gift for all she did on behalf of others.
This card is in honor of all of my grandparents, but especially my Mimi. She died when I was 11. I miss her so much and wish I had more time to spend with her but I sincerely believe God needed her at his side and she was definitely too beautiful for this earth. (Thank you Kristal Andrew for such a beautiful, perfect sentiment!!)

For this card, I welded the base on my Gypsy using Elegant Edges, and attached the frame with foam tape for a bit of dimension. The flowers are from Flower Shoppe and the crystal design is from a template for my iRock. The sentiment is from K Andrew Design Sympathetic Sayings stamp set. I used a Tim Holtz plastic charm and mod podged the sentiment to it.

  • K Andrew Designs Sympathetic Sayings Stamp Set - Click HERE to purchase your own set
  • Elegant Edges - shape and frame at 5"
  • Flower Shoppe - flowers cut at 4"
  • My Mind's Eye - stripes and orange paper
  • DCWV - red polka dot and flower paper
  • iRock - gem pattern
  • Tim Holtz Idea-ology Clear Charms
  • Tim Holtz Fired Brick Distress Ink - sentiment and edges
  • Tim Holtz Walnut Distress Ink - edges of flowers
Here is a picture of the framed Alice in Wonderland clip that Walt Disney sent to Mimi:
Thanks so much for stopping by today! Have a great day :)


Kate said...

Love your card, especially the sentiment. How perfect!!

MadeByKarla said...

What a beautiful story about your grandma. We need more people like her!

You're the winner of the MyMemories software! congratulations :)

have a great weekend!

Melanie - The Paper Retreat said...

Lisa, your card is beautiful! Thank you for sharing the memory of you grandmother and this card is such a wonderful way to honor her and your other grandparents. I have an award for you on my blog. Melanie

Unknown said...

Wow waht a super great post and I love your card and the sentiment!!!!! Amazing work Lisa!!!! Way to go!!!!!

Amy said...

What a great card and story! Thanks for sharing! I love those pretty flowers and sentiment :)Amy

Shelly said...

Beautiful Card and story, thank you for sharing with us. Shelly

Unknown said...

What a beautiful story and card! Thank you for sharing it with us:) http://visionsofpaper.blogspot.com/

Karen said...

Beautiful card! I love the flowers and the sentiment is perfect! Your grandmother sounds like she was such a wonderful person. :)


Raina said...

Beautiful, just lovely. I love the card and the sentiment is just perfect. Your grandma sounded like she was a treasure.

God Bless,

scrappinC said...

Lisa, Your card is so beautiful and the sentiment is perfect. Your story about you Grandma is wonderful, she is an inspiration to us all. I would of loved to have known her.
Cindy Lou

Maribel said...

Your card is gorgeous! I love how you are using the Flower Shoppe cart! Your grandmother was a wonderful lady. I so wish there were more kind people like her in the world. Great sentiment too!

Sherrie K. said...

Your story of your Grandmother is amazing and so glad you shared it with us. It sounds like she was an amazing person and can tell you hold her dear to your heart. Lisa, you card is beautiful down to every detail!!! The shape is awesome, the flowers are absolutly stunning and the sentiment is PERFECT my friend!! Thanks for sharing and hope you have a great time at the cookout!
Sherrie K

Sunshine HoneyBee said...

Nice. Walt Disney was a wonderful person. I worked at Disney World in FL.
"Sunshine HoneyBee"

Rez P. said...

Aloha Lisa,
Wow! What an interesting story. Thank you for sharing. Your grandmother was a wonderful lady with a kind heart. I wished there were more people like her today. Your Card is also
Big Hugs,
Karezma Kreations

Norma said...

Aww thank you for sharing your story about you grandparents!! Your grandmother was an amazing lady!! Your card is so beautiful and love those flowers:) Thank you for sharing with us:)

JoAnn V. (http://joboogie.typepad.com) said...

What a fabulous card and I love your story! Love the autographed pic from Walt Disney! I love all things Disney! :)

abusybee - DoubleClick Connections said...

Your MiMi sounds like she was a wonderful woman! The card is beautiful and she would be proud! Love the flowers!

Kelly S said...

Gorgeous card, Lisa! Your flowers look beautiful. Thanks for sharing stories about your grandparents. Your Mimi sounds wonderful. :)


Georgiana said...

Very pretty. I better remind my daughter to make a card for her grandparents or she will wait until the last minute. Love the Alice picture. Wishing I had that cartridge.

Carson's Creations

Scrappin Rabbit Designs said...

Your card is so pretty. What a wonderful story. It made me think of my Grandma and how special she was to me. Thanks for sharing. :)

Respect My Kraft - Kris and Kristen said...

I lovee those flowers! Cute card,

Keep Krafting! =]

Unknown said...

What a wonderful story and project to go with it. I just love those paper flowers.

paper compulsions

DebC said...

Very pretty! Thanks for joining us at Cricut 360!
Deb C

Susan said...

Hi Lisa!

The card is so beautiful. I just love the flowers you added and the sentiment is perfect. Now I know this is a switch for us but your story made me tear up. I was very close to my grandmother too. I lost her in 2003 after I spent 12 years taking care of her when Alzheimer's disease set in. Towards the end she became just as a child but I kept my promise to her I would never allow anyone to put her in a nursing home. So many in my family gave up on her but I never did and when she passed away she had forgotten everyone's name, including her children, but she never forgot me. I miss her so much, like you miss your Mimi, but I believe in my heart she is still with me and your Mimi is still with you too. How thoughtful Walt Disney was to send that signed picture to your Grandmother, it's a very pretty picture. That generation was called the Greatest generation and they sure lived up to that name, didn't they? Thanks for sharing that story Lisa!

p.s. That hop is still on for tomorrow, right? I have my project and blog candy ready to go!

Tiffany said...

I love this card and the story is beautiful! TFS :)

Audrey Frelx said...

Your grandma sounds like she was such a beautiful, dear woman!!! And your card is just gorgeous!!!

Anonymous said...

Lisa your card is gorgeous, I'm sure your grandparents are smiling down on you now. Your Mimi sounds like she was one amazing and kind,just as you are. :)

Happy Labor Day, hugs, Lori m

Unknown said...

Lisa your card is lovely. Thank you for sharing your memories of your grandparents. Your Mimi sounds like an awesome lady. My Nanny and Poppy were my whole life as a child. To this day I miss them as if it was the day they journed to Heaven. Perhaps they all know each other, that would be cool! Hugs, Pam at http://craftycards4u2.blogspot.com/

smyiow said...

Lisa!! Thank you for posting my giveaway! I most say your blog is amazing! I love all the projects that I checked out! I can't wait to see more!


Dayna Sabrina said...

I love this, but you know I love all of your stuff! Thanks for sharing.

Karen H said...

My dear Lisa.. how beautiful and special this card is. Your Mimi certainly was one special angel and I can honestly say I 'see' a lot of her in you. :o) It takes an equally special person to see the depths of beauty found in those rare gems like your Mimi. I loved reading about your incredible inspiration for this card, and I only wish I had gotten here sooner. I loved my grandparents so much but couldn't find the strength to make a card in their honor for this challenge. (Shameful, I know.) I'll make one anyway after the challenge and when you see it go up, know that this gorgeous card and your stunning spirit helped me do it. :o) Your card is a masterpiece fitting for such an exquisite person. (And how I love that sentiment.) Beautiful work, my friend!

Hugs and blessings! :o)

Houses Built of Cards said...

What a beautiful card - and such special memories of your Mimi! Thanks for joining us at Cricut 360!


Cindy Beland said...

GREAT job with your card!I LOVE the pretty flowers and AWESOME details,Just BEAUTIFUL!!:)

Creative Diva said...

Great for sharing your story with us. I really enjoy seeing the beauty of your cards. I love the amazing flowers you added. Thanks for joining us at Cricut360.


Chriss America Real said...

Thank you so much for sharing your story Lisa, so beautiful! What wonderful memories you have!


Alisha said...

Your card is so cute. I am now following you as I love your work.


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