You're Amazing.

I have a copic crush on a lady named Alyce.  She's just amazing!  Her coloring skills and card making style is just incredible!  One of THE BEST I've ever seen... so yesterday as I browsed the blogosphere, I came across her blog again and found a video tutorial she made showing how she colors clouds and skies.  I had attempted many ways to make backgrounds for cards, but this one is my favorite so far.

I decided I would try it out and the results were amazing!  There's only 1 marker I substituted, but I couldn't believe how easy and fun it was, not to mention relaxing.  I spent 2 hours coloring the entire image "Woodsy Mae" and am extremely happy with the results.

I'm a fast crafter.  I like things done as quickly as possible, because my time is limited and because I like feeling accomplished at the end of the day.  But this card was special.  It was made for my cousin Gloria.

I recently found out that she had just a couple of months to be with us here on earth and it broke my heart.  Now we're hearing just a week or two.  I felt a desperate need to make her one last card and pour all my feelings in it before she passed.  She has always been very supportive of my crafting and has even asked me to enter some contests.  My thought was always "if she only knew how much more AWESOME" the ladies I learn from are!!"  (lol)

I never told her, but she was a huge inspiration to me.  She is strong, smart, funny & sarcastic, wise and very family oriented.  I love her and her daughters.  I consider her more of an aunt than a cousin.  I'm going to miss her visiting every summer, but I know she's ready to be with Jesus and her parents in heaven.  That gives me peace.

Mom will be taking flight up north this weekend and I pray that God allows mom to be with Gloria one last time.  They are kinda besties and I know it would mean the world to them both.

So this card and blog is dedicated to her.  Thank you Gloria, for your strength and sense of humor.  And for leaving a legacy with your daughters.  I love you and will miss you.

UPDATE: 4/11/13.  Mom booked an earlier flight.  She left this morning (Thursday) at 7am, so I had to ask hubby to drop off the card before he left for work.  I'm so glad I didn't wait too long to make it for her.

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