Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Dance As If No One Were Watching

Hi there, love this sentiment of my card.  It actually makes me think of a very sad, but uplfiting occasion. I have a sister-in-law, Susie, who passed away almost fourteen years ago at the age of 23.  She had an enlarged heart that she did not know about.  She was extremely physically fit, a marathon runner.  She collapsed suddenly and because of the cardiomyopthy condition was not able to be revived.  It was one of the saddest times and biggest losses our family has ever suffered.  At Susie's funeral, I remember that the closing hymn was "Dance, Dance, Wherever You May Be, I am the Lord of the Dance..."  The congregation, so young with many of Susie and Sean's friends there, sang this song so wonderfully loud. Surely, Susie was being ushered into heaven with a big party.  The sentiment on this set isn't exactly the same, but certainly makes me think of Susie each time I see it.  There is still sadness, but many happy memories of the life Susie lived in her short time on earth.
Ingredients:  Verve Stamps Stampin' Up Whisper White Paper, Basic Black Ink, Old Olive Ribbon; My Mind's Eye Stella and Rose; American Crafts Rose Ribbon; Kaiser Kraft Pearls

The colors of my card were inspired by the Color Cue Challenge. Never would have picked these on my own, but love them!  I may just have to try this challenge two times...

19 comments:

  1. Thanks Lynn for your lovely comments!! Its so nice to be back in the world of blogging.
    Looking forward to checking out your blog again!
    AMY

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  2. I forgot to say what beautiful boys you have :)

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  3. Beautiful card, Lynn; and I can certainly see why the sentiment would make you think of your sister-in-law. I kept scrolling down your first page since I haven't visited for awhile. Sounds like you had a great grown-up getaway -- and also have fun family times coming up with your niece's confimation. Love Ryan's crest (so sweet that he included your cardmaking!)... and the pirate patch & sword (perfect for the little boys). Hugs to you!

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  4. A beautiful, elegant card. So sorry for your loss. It's so tragic when young lives get cut short. That's a beautiful memory from Susie's funeral though and it sounds like your card perfectly captures her spirit.

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  5. I enjoy hearing inspiration behind cards or other's thoughts, even though they might be sad. Your card is a lovely tribute to your sister in law's memory, although that might not have been your original intention.

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  6. Oh, Lynn...LOVE what you did with the bloomer! I have so many of those, and have a hard time incorporating them on my cards.
    I am so sorry for the loss of your SIL. What a fantastic quote and tribute to her.

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  7. This is beautiful and so is your story. I just love how you've used the color story.

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  8. As soon as I opened your blog today, I thought - what a beautiful card today. It is one of my favorite sentiments and songs. Then I read your story that went with it. I am so sorry for your loss. It is so tragic when life is cut so short.

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  9. What a lovely post, Lynn. So tough to lose someone so close. I love that sentiment too! If we all lived that way, the world would be a happier place. Hugs to you!

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  10. I must say Lynn, you know how to get me teary-eyed first thing in the morning...but I don't mind because it reminds me how precious life is and to enjoy each and every moment. What a beautiful tribute to your SIL. Love that beautiful bloom :)

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  11. Lynn, this is a beautiful tribute to your SIL and reading your story made me so sad. The card is just stunning!

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  12. This is just beautiful, Lynn!

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  13. Beautiful sentiment indeed and a very heartwarming story of your SIL! So tragic of a loss at such a young age. I'm swooning over your ribbon and that romantic floral!

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  14. SO pretty! Love that flower! Fabulous use of the colours!!

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  15. Beautiful card and I love that you included the meaning behind it! This is just lovely and such a great use of these colors!

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  16. Lynn, this is simple and stunning!!!

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  17. Lynn, this is a stunning card and your story is so touching! What and inspirational sentiment!

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  18. Wow...everything about this is just gorgeous...especially the little bit you shared of your sister!! It sounds like she had an amazing service, and people that loved her very much. And for the card itself...the sentiment is just beautiful! And second...I just LOVE how you've cut out the single rose from the rose ribbon, and made it the ribbon center. Such a beautiful way to use that amazing trim!! Wonderful job with WPlus9's Color Cue #13! ♥♥♥

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  19. What a heart-wrenching story, Lynn! I'm so sorry, but what a beautiful memory! TFS! Your card is absolutely stunning! It couldn't be more perfect! Thanks so much for playing along with this month's Color Cue!

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