Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Declaration of Hope Day

Hello dear friends.  I want to apologize that my post did not go live this morning with everyone else.  Life gets in the way sometimes.  But here we go....

Today over at Daydream Designs we are having a "Declaration of Hope Day".  Diane has designed some amazing sets using the ribbons for various cancers and other diseases.  She asked us to participate in a "hop" of sorts.  This is not a usual hop with prizes or bells and whistles.  Simply some of us on the Design Team using her new images to remember someone in our lives who has been or is affected by a serious health issue.  Today I decided to remember my Uncle John.  He went home to be with the Lord last November 27 after fighting Alzheimer's Disease for almost 10 years.
This is my favorite picture of Uncle John (on the left) and my dear, handsome husband, Joseph.  It was taken Christmas Day 2009 at my parent's house.  Uncle John was still living at home with Aunt Harriett, who deserves a tremendous amount of recognition for how she took card of him, pretty much on her own, for so long.  It wasn't until she could no longer physically take care of him that he went into a home.  He spent 2 years there before the angels took him home.  At the time this photo was taken he spent most of his time just sitting, either staring off in the distance or sleeping.  My husband was joking with him and he was "with us" for a short time.  I'm so gad I snapped this picture.  My aunt loves it.

The ribbon color for Alzheimers is purple, so that's what I did.
 Diane has sets in various colors as well as digital papers to match the sets.  I chose to use the outline set however, since I do love to color!  I fished through my stash for some purple paper.  I found this embossed paper (its been in there so long I have no idea who made it) and the plaid (again...not sure where it's from).  I followed the sketch over at Mojo Monday.  When I was looking through my ribbon scraps I found this wonderful trim that I think I bought a couple years (or more) ago for a purse.....it looks great on a card too, right??  I inked all my layers and sewed the strip with the trim underneath.  I added a purple rhinestone to the ribbon.  I used a knife to cut out the ribbon.  The circular sentiment is also in the set from Diane.
 This beautiful sentiment is also in Diane's set.  I used a portion of the sketch for the writing panel.

I am entering my card in the following challenges:
Mojo Monday - Sketch
Word Art Wednesday - Use a sentiment

Now, there are quite a few of us that decided to participate today.  From here you need to go to Beth's blog.  Here's the list of everyone participating to keep you on the right track.

So that's it.  I hope you hop around to see what everyone has created and read their stories.  I know you will be blessed.  And please leave us a comment and share your story.  We would love to her from you.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Blessings & Hugs



  1. This turned out great, and I really hope that it was a blessing to people, and that it brings some traffic to Daydream Designs. Thank you SO MUCH for sharing your card at Word Art Wednesday. I hope that you will continue to share your cards in our challenges cuz I just LOVE seeing them, and they're all just perfect for our challenge blog. Hope to see you there again this week, and have a WONDERFUL week of crafting filled with God's richest blessings.
    Karen L
    Word Art Wednesday

  2. Wonderful tribute for your Uncle John! You did a great job with the purple ribbon!

    Thanks so much for sharing with us @ Word Art Wednesday!

  3. Love the way you made the dangling beads and yes Alzheimers can be so tough on the family
    Cheers from Bangalore, India

  4. What a wonderful card and tribute to your Uncle John...I love the use of beads and the sentiment inside the card. Great job! Thanks for blessing us with your card at Word Art Wednesday. Hugs!

    JO ANN

  5. Thanks for sharing that story of your precious uncle and aunt! And your card is also precious! Love the purple beads and embossing!

  6. Your card is beautiful, Michelle!! I really like how you put the sentiment inside!
    How special to have this great memory and pic of your uncle!!