Sunday, January 25, 2015

Papertrey Ink Make It Monday #198: Three Panel Cards

Hello everyone! Sorry it has been so long since I last posted. It seemed as though things were going so fast with the end of summer and the start up of school. Things have been hectic around here with all of our schedules.

Sadly though, on December 5th, my mother passed away very suddenly. This has by far been the most gut-wrenching experience of my life. My mother, twin sister Beth and I have been very close growing up since my father passed away when we were 10 years old. It has always been just the three of us until one day when I was 15 years old, I met my future husband, Mike. From then on he was part of our family.

When we finally had our daughter, Emma, it was my mother's greatest pleasure. She was a beaming grandmother and we spent even more time together. Mom and Emma had the most wonderful relationship! They had such a special bond and it just melted my heart. They had sleepovers, loved to go out to eat together (especially all you can eat shrimp at Red Lobster), they made homemade  popcorn and watched The Hallmark Channel together, and so much more! They either saw each other or spoke on the phone daily. I always hoped that my daughter would never get to know the pain of losing someone she loved at such a young age, but unfortunately that was not the case. We are all absolutely heartbroken. Our lives have completely changed forever and right now we are trying to pick up the pieces and try to make a "new normal" for our family.

My mom loved it when I made her homemade cards and little goodies! She saved every one of my little creations. She was one of my biggest supporters when I decided to start paper crafting. I will truly miss her enthusiasm and joy when she opened one of my cards. It made me feel so good to put a smile on her face.

This is one of the first things I have even felt like creating since mom passed. It was my cousin Joy's birthday this past weekend and I wanted to make her a little something special. Being my mom's only niece, they were very close. She was a great comfort to us from the moment she got the call that things did not look good for my mom.

Here is the card, I hope you like it!

Paper: Rustic Cream Classic Kraft
Ink: Classic Craft, Fresh Snow
Stamps: Snowflake Medley, Wet Paint III
Dies: Edgers #4 Die, Snowflake Medley, Tremendous Tags, Simon Says Stamp Heart
Tools: Big Shot
Accessories: Twine, Classic Kraft Felt, Cream Felt, Button


Betty Keefe said...

WOW!! what a brilliant card - love everything about it!!!

Jill Norwood said...

Oh Amy!!!! Tears welled up in my eyes as I read your devastating news! I am so terribly sorry for the very great loss of your beloved Mother! I know how very hard it is my dear!!!! My heart and prayers are with you and your entire family!!!!! I send my love and great big hugs!!!!!!!

MelissaM said...


Thank you for sharing your sadness with us, and sharing your mom's story. I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers for you, your husband, daughter, and your sister.

On a completely different note, what a beautiful card! (as always) And I love the new look of your blog. (at least, it seems new to me??)

Take care,
Melissa Miller (from MOPS) :)

Kim Heggins said...

Amy...I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your sweet mother. Reading you post brought tears to my eyes. I could hear the love in every word you wrote. You and your family will be in my prayers. Your card is utterly beautiful and I am sure your cousin will be so pleased that you took the time to make it for her.

Amy Papale said...

Thank you so much ladies!

Danielle Flanders said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your mother. I can't imagine what that is like to lose your mom. Sending hugs! You have a beautiful blog and gorgeous projects!! Thank you so much for taking my class, hope you are enjoying some of the tips and tricks. :) Hope you'll post more projects, look forward to seeing them!

Jill Norwood said...

Amy - I was thinking about you this week as Mother's Day approached and I just wanted to send you a great big hug today! I know how hard it is to be missing your Mom today and every single day! I send love to your entire family! Blessings and Hugs! Jill

Jill Norwood said...

Hello Amy! It touched my heart to see your comment on my blog. I think of you often my dear and still keep you and your family in my prayers. Blessings and great big hugs!!!! Jill

Jill Norwood said...

Amy - thinking of you my dear and hoping you feel the peace of your mother's spirit surrounding you this Christmas! Hugs! Jill