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Sunday, August 26, 2012

Sweet Sunday Sketch

Last Sunday, my mother-in-law passed away.  We were just processing that news when I got an e-mail from Karen Giron over at the sweetest thing.  She chose my card as the SSSC164 Winner and guest designer for SSSC166.  I told her it could not have come at a better time because there is going to be no memorial service for my MIL and it was harder to let her go without doing something to honor her life.

Momlyn loved Christmas, dogs, and making cards, so here's a little tribute just for her:

The stamps and paper are from CTMH.  The sentiment is hand written.  I actually have a stamp that says "Fleas Navidog" which Momlyn bought for me (because she also loved a good word pun), but it's too large to fit inside the little sign over the doghouse door. 
The dog has five layers of foam mounting tape.'s a little overkill, but this is my first ever guest designer gig, and I wanted it to be extra special.

I used the following Copics for my coloring: E50, E53, E55, E57 (dog/doghouse); R00, R22 (nose/cheeks); and R29 (to color pearl accents). The icicles are Studio G glitter glue. 

I made the pennants using regular kraft paper which I ran through my paper crimper.  Remember paper crimpers? For some reason, I have pulled it out more in the last couple weeks than I have in the last couple years.

Momlyn did not call herself my mother-in-law.  She said she was my mother-in-love.  In many ways, she was a very different kind of woman.  We are pretty sure she had Aspberger's (a form of Autism) and could not interpret non-verbal clues.  It made communication challenging, and there are some really funny stories about miscues.  But what she did do was raise four children who are all wonderful human beings.  I'm partial the the baby of the family.
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Thanks to Karen for giving me the opportunity to share my tribute card.
Until next time,


  1. Sweet card for an even sweeter sounding lady. Prayers to your family for their loss!

  2. Becca, I'm so sorry for your loss, but congratulations on being selected as guest designer. I can see why Karen picked you. Your card is stunning. Yes, the extra layers of foam tape are over-kill, but not when you are a guest designer and honoring a loved one! I will follow you. I'm sure I'll enjoy seeing your posts.

  3. I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. What a lovely tribute to your mother-in-law, both the card and your post.

  4. Becca, this is beautiful -what an amazing tribute to your mother-in-law and I love all the little personal touches you added to the card just for her. The puppy is just precious and I love his 3D look. Beautiful job! ((HUGS))

  5. Congrat's on your Guest Design win! This is so adorable. I love the demention with the puppy and do not think it's over kill at all because it looks so fabulous. So worth those layers. Love the dp and banner and the dog in the doghouse is so adorable!!! I think your MIL would love this card and the special memorial attached to it. Thanks for sharing your memorial.

  6. My Condolences to you and your family...I wanted to stop by and tell you how absolutely gorgeous your card is...definitely can feel the love added to it thru your creativity!

  7. Oh dear, I'm sorry for your loss. I'm sure your MIL would love this card! It's a wonderful creation made just for her :)
    Love the dimension you gave to the puppy and your colouring is fantastic! GREAT use of the crimper....thanks for the inspiration to pull mine out soon!

  8. So sorry for your loss. Your card is an amazing tribute to her. That sweet little puppy is adorable!! Love everything about this beautiful card!! So happy you was able to join us this week!

  9. I am so sorry for your loss Becca. I'm in tears typing this as I lost my dad a few months ago. She was so lucky to have such a wonderful daughter-in-love (love that!). Your card is absolutely breathtaking. Your coloring is simply gorgeous. Such a joy to have you play along with us this week!! {{{{hugs}}}

  10. This is a wonderful tribute card for your Mother-in-Love!!! I adore all the dimension on the dog and the dog house!!!

  11. What a lovely story and tribute for your MIL! The card is perfect for her and I love all the layers on the dog!!

  12. Whoa! Lots of pretty detail. Darling image, too!

  13. awe this is Super Cute!!! Great work!!!


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