Thank you for your kindness

It is nice to be back with my family in Canada, back in my workroom and back on my blog. Before I talk about today’s card, however, I would like to thank you, my blog readers for the outpouring of kindness I received in the comment section last month when I let you know my mother had died. I read every message; my dad did also and we deeply appreciate the time you took and the words you wrote to me and my family. I am grateful for your prayers, your thoughts and your words of understanding. Many of you shared that you have been through the same sadness. All you of you wrote to me with such kindness and concern that I feel very blessed to be part of such a caring community. I waited until I returned home to respond as I wanted to make a thank you card to post here on the blog along with my heartfelt thanks. I’m sorry it isn’t a real life card turning up in your mail box but it is made especially for you all the same. I recognised many names but there were many others who commented for the first time just to extend their sympathy to me; thank you all for taking the time. My father left his thanks to you, my blog readers, in a comment on that post; it is towards the end of the comments section if you care to pop back and read it.

While I was in Australia I enjoyed some warm weather extending my summer by a few weeks. When I returned to Canada I was surprised to find many trees with leaves still changing colour and a yard full of leaves still to be collected. My first full day back was delightfully warm – sandals weather actually – but that seems to be over now; the temperatures have fallen along with a whole lot of rain! My card is inspired by the season here at home and stamped with Darkroom Door stamps. I used a leaf from the Leaves set and the woodgrain background stamp.

I stamped the leaf three times on hot pressed watercolour paper without re-inking in between, that way I was able to get a dark red, medium and a pale red impression (inks listed below). I stamped the leaf on post-it notes also and cut them out to use as masks. With masks in place I inked the woodgrain stamp in three shades of brown and stamped over the leaves. With all the stamping done I switched to painting using a small watercolour brush and some water to blend the distress inks. As I blended I sprinkled some brusho into the leaves and later onto the woodgrain to add some extra shades of colour and appearance of texture.

The panel is matted with two different browns and the sentiment stamped then embossed with platinum embossing powder. Its the first time I’ve used platinum and it seems to have co-ordinated well with the brown tones. I hope its one of those magical tones that looks good with a whole range of colours. I finished off the panel by wrapping some vintage French twine around then attached it all to a natural cardbase.

Thank you, again for your kindness; I read through your comments again as I wrote this post and I’m sure will I return to them in the future.


Stamps: Leaves, Woodgrain, Thank you (made by Darkroom Door)
Distress Inks: frayed burlap, fired brick, antique linen, vintage photo (made by Ranger)
Paint: brusho sandstone & light brown
Papers: Neenah natural white 110lb, Fabriano hot pressed watercolour paper, brown toned cardstock
Also: versamark ink pad, WOW metallic platinum superfine embossing powder
Watercolour pencil: Faber Castell Albrecht Durer raw umber

22 Comments on “Thank you for your kindness”

  1. Bonnie says:

    So good to see you posting again, Heather. This is a beautiful card with the lovely fall colors and the movement of the water!

  2. Bev tremblay says:

    I am glad you are safely back in Canada Heather and once again sharing your talents with us. The Thank You card is beautiful.

  3. michellew58 says:

    So very sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. God bless you and your family during these difficult times



  4. Jan Castle says:

    I have been out of touch for a bit and want to extend my sympathy to you, your Dad, and family in the home going of your Mom! Your ‘Thank You’ card is beautiful and a delight to all who follow your blog.
    Sweet Memories of your Mom – I know she is close to your heart!
    Paper Hugs,

  5. Martha Gunckel says:

    Heather, I had missed your postings as you are one of my favorite card makers. I love your talent with all things stamps, water, paint and paper. My deepest sympathy to you, your father and family. I think it is hardest losing a mother. Mine left two summers ago. Mothers are with us everyday and sometimes even when you look in the mirror, she is there. May God comfort you as you go through the grieving and change and may His blessings be abundant in your lives. Good to see you back. With kindest regards, Martha

    • Heather says:

      Thank you for the welcome back and your kind words about my work. I appreciate you sharing your personal experience also. I am already experiencing little things I wasn’t expecting which both hurt and help me remember.

  6. It’s good to see you blogging again, your card is wonderful! Thank you! I have just gone back and read your Dad’s comment – it’s so lovely and brought a tear to my eye! xxx

  7. Susie Williams says:

    It is so good to see you back Heather. Your card is so lovely. I read your Dad’s beautiful words, he sounds just as special as your Mum. Gentle hugs, Susie.

  8. Godelieve says:

    Welcome back Heather. Your thank you card is so beautiful.

  9. clare65 says:

    GM – beautiful card Heather, thoughts and prayers. So enjoy your work , such an inspiration.

  10. Clelie says:

    Your Thank You card is wonderful…and Leaves (my favorite!)…so realistically done! It is good to ‘hear your voice’ again ♥. During the silence…it was a reminder to just keep praying over you and yours. ♥ With love…c.

  11. JOAN BARDEE says:

    Heather, I missed your earlier posting. I am so sorry about your mother’s death. Your father’s note was so touching. Glad to see you back making beautiful cards.

  12. Ingrid says:

    Gorgeous card Heather! I’m glad the colors hung on there for your return. Enjoy the fall. Your dad’s note was so sweet. Much love my friend.

  13. creatingincolors says:

    Your thank-you card is beautiful. You’ve been missed, but you were in the right place, spending time with family. May good memories of your mother continue to light up your heart. Prayers for you and your family.

  14. Pat says:

    Wonderful to see you back with this sweet thank you card Heather, and getting back into creativity again. I love the brightly coloured leaves and the woodgrain background looks perfect. So kind of your Dad to write those lovely and really touching words too. x

  15. Rufus says:

    While we are more than happy to have you back I’m sure it’s bittersweet and part of you is still in Australia with your family. Your Dad’s note was so sweet. This card is very pretty glad that some of your leaves hung on till you could get home to see them. Hopefully, some time in your craft room will bring you peace and joy.

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