Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Anything Goes at Word Art Wednesday

Family is SO important to all of us.  We are all blessed by the love of our parents and siblings, as well as by the cousins, aunts and uncles who help shape our lives.  In our house right now, we are feeling a BIG pinch as one of dearest family members fights for her life.  Some of you have heard me mention that my husband's little sister, Audra (42), has brain cancer.  Well, this past week we learned that Audra's cancer has spread through her bones and into her liver.  She's in the capable hands of some of the best physicians in the world at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.  They've told her that life expectancy is between two weeks and two months.  This is NOT what any of us wanted to hear.  While the tumor in her brain has shrunk down to almost nothing; the cancer has spread elsewhere in her body.  She is now undergoing very aggressive chemo therapy, and we are praying for the very best knowing that God still performs miracles every day.  If you are a person of prayer, I would ask that you please pray for Audra - that God might heal her and allow her to spend more time with her husband, Rob, and her precious little children Tomas, Andres, Isaias and Audranna (ages 4-9).  If you are able to help financially AT ALL, here is a link to help with her surmounting medical bills which are already well over $500,000.  ANY help is greatly appreciated.  I don't consider Audra a Sister-in-Law; she is my sister, and one of the best friends I've ever had.  I cannot imagine life without her.
 
 
Our challenge this week at Word Art Wednesday is sure to be another fun one for everybody who plays along.  We have two amazing prizes again this week.  Crafty Ribbons and Freckled Fawn are our sponsors this week, and you could be the winner of a gift certificate to one of these two wonderful craft stores.  Stop by and share your art with us.  You are welcome to share up to five (5) projects per week, and as always Anything Goes following our simple challenge rules.  We would love to have you play along with us.
I created my card using some Cosmo Cricket Dutch Girl patterned papers from my stash.  I used three of the patterned papers as well as a punch-out tag, some red chevron washi tape from Hobby Lobby, some Prima flowers, jute, and a Jenni Bowlin embellishment in the center of the flower.  I machine stitched some of the papers and inked the edges with Tim Holtz ink.  I used a Martha Stewart punch on the border near the bottom.

I'm sharing my card here:
Virginia's View Challenge #7 - Patterned Papers - While I've never won at Virginia's View, I was drawn by the words posted there stating that "we all buy patterned papers, and then we hoard them".  It struck home with me, and since this card was made with patterned papers that are from my SUPER OLD STASH, I just had to enter it.  I can' only hope for the best and give it a try.

Classy Cards 'N Such - Challenge #49 - Stripes, Dots and Chevrons - I used a CHEVRON washi tape on my card.  The item I used from Classy Cards 'N Such is the 1/2" Scor Tape and it's one of my FAVORITE products.  They carry it in several different widths, and it's absolutely a wonderful, MUST-HAVE product!

Scrapbook Blessings Club - Challenge #29 - Anything Goes - I don't know how to make a "wiper card" but they sure look cute!
 
Please stop by to share your art with us this week at Word Art Wednesday, and PLEASE remember to pray for Audra and her family.  If you re able to help financially, even the smallest amount would be a tremendous blessing.
 
Happy Crafting!
Karen


18 comments:

  1. My heart breaks as I read your post. I will be praying for Audra and her family. God is still in the healing business!!!

    Your card is beautiful. I love the gorgeous papers, the ink distressing, and the stitches. That flower is beautiful! And the little twine bows are adorable.
    Sending you many smiles,
    Heather

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  2. I am sorry to hear about your sister Audra, and will keep her in my prayers. The detailing in your card is gorgeous, and as usual, I thoroughly enjoy all the stitching you incorporate into your designs. May the peace of the Lord be with you and all your loved ones, my dear friend!

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  3. Karen, what a humble privilege to pray for Audra and her family. I have tears in my eyes right now thinking of the intense struggle this is for your family. I have seen God's mighty hand working in the midst of tragic circumstances. He can provide miracles in many different ways. I'll pray for miraculous healing, and for all the treasures of heaven to be poured out over your family as you wait upon Him.

    Your card is gorgeous as always. I just love to sit and look and the work of your hands and heart. Hugs, sweet friend.

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  4. Lovely card Karen, and yes, we serve a Miracle working God! Praying for a miracle for Audra.
    Blessings
    Maxine

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  5. I'm definitely praying for Audra and the family. I can't imagine being given that diagnosis. Thankfully, we know God is in control.

    Your card is beautiful, Karen. I love every little thing about it. Hugs!!!

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  6. Dear Karen,
    First, a big Thank you! for stopping by my blog. I'm really overwhelmed that God put the thought in your heart. How good is He !! "Participating In WAW means, to do a scripture Card" has registered on my mid some how!! That's why I'm forgetting to post my other entries :) Will correct it:) I'm sending you a mail.
    Hugs
    Sarah

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  7. You know I am praying for Audra and her cherished children and husband. I am going to repost it everyday on facebook.
    I study your card, am always amazed at your ability to create such beautiful cards full of perfectly place elements. Praying and sending you sunny smiles.

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  8. Dear Karen,
    Thank you for leaving such a lovely comment at Create With Joy, and thank you for sharing your lovely card with us! My heart is heavy reading your post and I will definitely keep Audra and her family in prayer. I really related to your post because my sister-in-law (who just passed away) was in and out of ICU. We were told at the beginning of the year that she would not survive - but through prayer and God's grace, we received several additional months with her.

    No matter what happens, every day your family has with Audra is a precious gift, and I pray that He grants you and your family the miracle of time and the peace that passes all understanding.

    I am also sharing a link to a resource that I think will be a blessing to you during this very challenging time:

    http://www.create-with-joy.com/2014/09/never-ever-give-up-the-inspiring-story-of-jessie-and-her-joy-jars.html

    Have a blessed weekend!

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  9. Karen, love all the colors. What a pretty card. Thanks for joining our challenge this week at Classy Cards 'n Such for the Stripes, Dots and Chevrons.

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  10. Karen, congratulations for winning the Classiest Cards award at Classy Cards 'n Such this week. Please visit this link to find out how to claim your badge. http://classycardsnsuch.blogspot.com/2014/09/ccns-winner-challenge-49.html

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  11. Karen, your card is absolutely beautiful. Love the red paper and all the fabulous details you added. Sorry to hear about your sister in law. That is such a tough thing to go through.

    Thank you for joining us for the Classy Cards N Such Challenge. I hope you will join us again this week.

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  12. Your card is beautiful and inspiring! Love your design so much. Thanks so much for joining us at Classy Cards 'n Such and congratulations on winning Classiest Card this week! I look forward to seeing more of your beautiful creations on our challenges. Hugs.

    Gracie.
    gracielliedesign blogspot com
    CCNS DT

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  13. That is a beautiful Card indeed ~ thank you for joining in on our Challenge here at Scrapbook Blessing Club and best of luck with your lovely entry.
    Annette

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  14. What a wonderful card project?! Just lovely! Thanks for playing along with Scrapbook Blessings Club. I hope you have a blessed day,
    Sandy
    ♥ Scrapbook Blessings Club DT ♥
    ♥ A Working Mom's Joy ♥

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  15. This is beautiful Karen!
    Thanks for joining us at Virginia's View Challenge!

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  16. What a gorgeous card!! I love Cosmo Cricut also :-) Thanks for playing with us over at Scrapbook Blessings Club!!
    ♥ ScrapBook Blessings Club DT ♥
    Brenda, Disney Girl

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