Wednesday, May 5, 2010


I just recently came across The Beary Scrap and it seems to be a great site.  I'm really looking forward to spending some time here.  I am fairly new at blogging and entering contests so this is a little scary and fun!  This is my first entry in the Beary Sweet Challenge.  A close friend just passed away and I have made this blog and entry a tribute to him.

I made this card with stash I've had around forever. The black paper was given to me by a friend. The white paper is Coredinations - White Pearlized. I typed Matthew's name and printed it on my printer. The rhinestone embellies I had. I really wanted the card to somehow signify new life. Flowers seem to do that so I went outside and picked the stems from a bush and the petals are from a silk hydrangea flower.

A Better Place is Sometimes Bittersweet

I want to dedicate this blog to my friends Matthew and Mariann.  This loving couple has belonged to my church for several years and is a beautiful middle aged twosome.  They are always so thoughtful and charitable and have always served with a devoted heart.

Matthew became very ill and suffered with liver problems.  Eventually, he was given a liver transplant.  He was doing quite well when all of a sudden his health took an unexpected downturn.  Matthew was diagnosed with cancer.  Unfortunately, he had a long hard fight ahead of him.  After some time, the bones on his spine started cracking and he was in excrutiating pain.  Pastors from our church (a married couple) visited and prayed with Matthew often and he always stayed positive.   But sadly, Matthew lost his fight with cancer.

Losing any loved one is painful and difficult.  The only redemption you have to hold onto is knowing your loved one is with our Lord, in a beautiful, peaceful place, and they are no longer suffering.  I lost my Mother four years ago but it still seems like yesterday.  I really wanted to give Mariann a card with my own personal words in it, so I decided to make one and make it a tribute to Matthew.

I am pleased to say the card brought joy to Mariann.  In a sad situation - I certainly had to draw out my imagination.

                                                                                       .......... Linda


  1. Linda, what a lovely card and thought. Thanks for playing along with our challenge!

    Jamie from The Beary Scrap

  2. Linda, this card is truly beautiful! I am so sorry to hear of your friend Matthew. I know your friend Mariann must have truly appreciated the love you put into this card. Thank you so much for taking part in the Beary Sweet Challenge!