Saturday, January 29, 2011

I don't have enough words...

Thank you all so much for the words of condolences and comfort. Reading all your comments and emails has been wonderful. Nothing will take away the pain of losing my mother but it's amazing to feel that out there, in our beloved land of blogging and crafting, are so many friends who care and are there for me.

I apologize that I haven't been responding to all of the emails and comments - most of the days I'm just not up to much chatting.

I decided to express my feelings the best way I know. Here's the result.
The challenge at Make it Colourful was to colour on anything except white card kraft, vellum, fabric, tissue paper (candles), wood etc. I spent a long time colouring that image with Prismacolor and Faber Castell Polychromos pencils. It is a work of love. Although I know there are many mistakes there - I will learn from these in the future.
The fairy is from Crafts and Me and the swing is a contribution from Make It Crafty store towards Help For Katie campaign.

Katie was diagnosed with stage 4 Stomach Cancer before Christmas and is currently undergoing her only option which is Chemotherapy. The campaign is collecting money to help with her treatment and give some treat to her two lovely boys. A lot of wonderful artists have donated images toward it.

Jak Heath is also running a competition on her blog for the cards using the images from Help For Katie set, there are some lovely prizes so do check it out.
I am not going to be rambling about how I made this card. If you have any questions about the materials/techniques, just ask me in comments section and email me. I'll do my best to answer.
Again, thank you so much - your support and understanding has made my heart a lot lighter!

Hugs


81 comments:

Mummylade said...

this is just so beautiful, the most amazing card I've ever seen! And I'm so sorry about your mum.

hugs

Anesha said...

Such a wonderful card, the colouring is so beautiful. Can understand how you feel, just take the time to heal. Hugs Anesha

Diane said...

You've created a stunning scene here, Annika and those wonderful white swirls compliment it beautifully!
Diane x

...just Barbara said...

I love this card - absolutely gorgeous! I'm jealous of those flourishes. ;D Hang in there and many hugs sent your way. *HUGS* Barbara

Sanna said...

I'm so sorry about yor mum.
I know your pain. I have lost my parents, my sister and a little grandson. It's painful for a long time.
So take your time !
This work was so beautiful. It's nice that you can make something and maybe have a ok time for a moment.
Hugs from Norway.

heidy said...

Gorgeous card Annika,and it takes time a lot of time,I can tell you that,my thougts are with you.
Hugs Heidy

Suzi said...

A beautiful serene card Annika, My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Hugs n Love
Suzi x

Michelle said...

Absolutely stunning card Annika, your colouring is incredible.
Michelle :-)

Angela said...

This is really amazing! Your coloring couldn't look better - the folds on her dress look wonderful! You've combined some beautiful images together to create this work of art! hugs, Angela

Hannapanna said...

Wow, this is absolutely stunning! The image is adorable. Hugs, Hanna

angelwhispers said...

It's so lovely to see your work even though you are going through all this pain!!! But what better way to escape for just a little while and to create such an amazing piece of art!! your colouring is just exceptional and I just love the swing and all the added detail is just so magical!!!

Love & Hugs to you Chanelle xxxx

Victoria said...

Amazing work - sorry for your loss x

Julie said...

Thisbe just gorgeous! Sending you huge hugs to help you through your day,Julie x

Shazza said...

oh Annika hunny, this is so beautiful. Your coloruing looks great and you can tell what love went into making this. Sending you a huge (((HUG))) to help you get through another day x

Zarah said...

You, my friend, are too talented for words. Such an amazingly beautiful card!!

My thoughts are with you, and again... If there's anything i can do - even if it's just to listen and feel with you. Just let me know.
Love,
Z

Larisa said...

She is very beautiful)))) Love this subject so much) The card is gorgerius! )))

chris said...

I cant think of a word good enough for this card, I can see the hours you have put into it.I still cant think of a word good enough, lots of hugs to you and yours at this dreadful time.chris xx

Tracy said...

I can't think kof anything to say here that seems adequate. This is just incredibly beautiful. It's so soft, colored so beautifully, and such a perfect melding of the two images. You never disappoint. Hugs!

Amy Johnson said...

I'm sorry about your loss. I've had a long, hard work week, so this is the first time I've heard this sad news. I've lost both my parents, so I know what your going through. You feel like an 'orphan' when your parents die, and like your all alone for the first time in your life even though your adult and married with kids! My dad died 3 years ago, and recently I ran across some old cards he sent me when I was cleaning out a desk drawer; when I saw his hand-writing I started to choke up because for a split second it seemed he was still alive. Somehow that handwriting came to life for me, like it was a small piece of him. It made me think of our 'internet age' and how everyone is texting or emailing loved ones now, and how love notes once written willnow be lost forever. It's sad. But we as card-makers should continue to pursue to send cards, always leave that 'written memory of love' that will last for a long time.

Anyway, your card is simply exquisite! The depth of your love, and even the agony of your pain is shown in your artwork. The coloring is perfect, and I love the frame around the image. Such beautiful, beautiful, work.

Donna said...

This is absolutely stunning Annika, you've really put your heart and soul into this. Your coloring is truly outstanding with the prisma's, but then I wouldn't have expected to see anything less, as your coloring with all mediums is perfect. You have a gift.
hugs
Donna xx

Shell Shearer Swinscoe said...

Oh hun, I am truly sorry to read of your loss, sending you & your huge hugs xxx

Your card is just gorgeous, it all fits together so perfectly
take care hun hugs shell xx

Bella´s Bastelecke said...

Absolutely stunning card Annika, your colouring is nice....

Hugs
Judith

Sue C said...

Beautiful card Annika, your creativity never ceases to amaze me. I hope you find some comfort while you are creating. Sue C x

Frea said...

Hello Sweetie, glad to hear from you. Aren't we lucky to have something to express ourselves in and put our emotions and feelings into! Your card shows it all, it's by far one of the most exquisite pieces of artwork I've seen from you. I hope you can find some peace of mind and my thoughts are with you hunny, XXX your friend Frea

Renkata said...

I am blown away from this precious creation of yours.
This is really stunning !
Wish you all the best dear Annika.

Ms. Jen said...

Another masterpiece sweetie! Still sending prayers and comforting thoughts your way!

Hugs - Jen

Jane said...

So sorry to read about the sad loss of your Mum. You certainly can't beat Bloggy World to lift your spirits. Your card is just gorgeous...just beautiful xxx

Heidi said...

Wow... this is the most beautiful card I have ever seen!
Adorable images and the colouring is fantastic:)Gorgeous design Annika.
Still sending comforting thoughts and warm hugs your way.
Hugs, Heidi:)

Patty said...

What a beautiful card...hope you continue to find comfort in your wonderful memories and friends and family.

Crystal said...

Oh my word Sweetie, this is totally and amazingly GORGEOUS!!! I LOVE LOVE the scene you created, your coloring, your colors..WOW girl absolutely stunning!!!!!

Barb F said...

Wonderful card!! So sorry for your loss

Ageeth Holster said...

Hi Annika, its a beautiful card. I can see and feel your pain about the lost of your mum. Take time for yourself! Take care.
Hugs Ageeth x

Nanda said...

I am so sorry about your mother. I hope you will find the strengh to go on.

Your card is amazing. I love your coloring!

Hugs,
Nanda

*Vicki* said...

Annika, this is just amazing girl! I love your coloring as always and this image is stunning!! What a very therapeutic way to release your feelings or thoughts. We're here for you hun!! BIG HUGS

Cassie said...

Amazing coloring and your images go so well together. I'm so sorry about the loss of your mother. I pray God's peace for you and your family.

Stef H (Glitterbabe) said...

annika... i am so very, very sorry! please know you are in my prayers.

your card is absolutely gorgeous! i KNOW mom is smiling down on you.

hugs :)

Bettina said...

this is truly beautiful. im sorry for you loss. i recently lost my dad, so suddenly. he wasnt sick or anything. talked with him on thursday and friday he was gone. i now how it feels, i still havent understand it. sometimes wondering why he doesent call...and then i remember. big hugs and prayers.

Sue from Oregon said...

Pure loveliness! Hugs to you today.

Pattie said...

Wow Annika - this literally took my breath away! It absolutely STUNNING and GORGEOUS! I am so sorry for your loss and hopefully we have cheered you a bit with our Circle of Friends Hop!

SYLVIA-ANNE said...

Oh Annika - I am so sorry to hear of your sad loss - I understand how you are feeling and my thoughts are with you.
You have created the most beautiful card Annika - the colouring is breathtaking. Take care - Love and hugs, Sylvia xxx

CraftinGranny said...

OMG Annika, this is so beautiful! Your scene is totally awesome with just gorgeous details and coloring. Your God given talent is definitely speaking to you though this lovely creation and I hope bringing you a little comfort as this card is just so peaceful and serene. Grieve as long as you need my friend and know that we are all here for you. "Hugs" Carol

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

Aw Annika!! This is absolutely stunning!! I just love your coloring on the kraft, the flourishes, and oh....the entire thing. I am glad you are taking time to craft.

We so love you girl!! Wish I could be there to give you a hug in person. Praying for you my friend!
hugs,
Chris

Ingrid said...

Wow Annika, you card is beyond beautiful... And you described your feelings so well!
My thought are with you.
Big hugs, Ingrid (your TPS friend)

Viv said...

This is absolutely stunning Annika....such a beautiful way to express yourself.
Hope you're holding up Ok hun, we're missing you in the blogging world.
Hugs Viv xx

Archies Mum said...

Beautiful, the colouring of your image is amazing

Mary Lou said...

Hi Annika~~so very sorry on mom going to Heaven. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers!!
Your card is AWESOME~~very Heavenly and peaceful. I do not see any mistakes but I know we do critique ourselves alot:)
God Bless

dj1952 said...

Annika, your card is gorgeous. I'm so sad to hear of your loss. I lost my mom a little over 10 years ago, and there are still things that remind me of her; something she used to cook, or comments she used to make. It does take time before the pain begins to let up some, but it does eventually ease up to a degree.

Hopefully knowing that others care about you, will help you feel a degree of peace. Hugs, Debra

Dorcas said...

Annika, you can see how much you poured yourself into this card, it really shows. Your coloring is stunning and its just beautiful. I continue to think of you and pray that you'll feel some peace. It's good that you as a crafter have an outlet for your emotions, it's cathartic, isn't it? And we all love to see your art, it's a piece of you.

Di said...

This is fabulous hun and makes me want to cry looking at it knowing what you are feeling, i lost my dad a few years back and your world is so rocked. This card seems to reach out all of your sorrow, its just beautiful, a work of art.
Hugs Di xxxxx

Kate's Makes said...

I agree with Di, it is beautiful and i send more love your way Annika xx

Suzanne said...

Sorry to hear about your mum.
This card is amazing, the most fantastic colouring I have ever seen. Have you done any colouring tutorials? If not please do, I would love to be able to colour even half as well. What a fantastic talent you have. Hugs Sue x

Angela said...

This card is a beauty! The coloring is fabulous, especially the blue dress!

My condolences on the loss of your mother....

Jak Heath said...

stunning card, beautifully coloured.
So sorry to hear of your loss, huge hugs coming your way.

Lorraine said...

Anika, prayers are with you during this difficult time. Don't worry about blogging. And your card is gorgeous as always - amazing design & coloring of the image. Take care!

Avni said...

This is such a gorgeous card! Love the coloring as always! Beautiful it is!!!

Elise said...

Anika, I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your lovely mom. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Your love shines through in your creation .. absolutely stunning! Your colouring is INCREDIBLE ... like something out of a fairytale book. I am in total awe.

Please take well care.

Hugs,
Elise

Laura said...

I love this card... it's really serene and you've done a great job coloring it.
I'll keep praying you stay strong. My thoughts are with you.

Hugs,
Laura

alina said...

really breathtaking, Annika, I love it!
hugs, Alina

Stacey G.- 2 Craf-t-4u said...

Your card is gorgeous Annika! Your coloring is amazing! You are in my thoughts and prayers!

Lau W said...

OMG ! i will by this stamp soon, but i think that never I will make a so pretty card, aw !
My thoughts are with you Annika.
xxx

FitterTwit said...

Your coloring captivates me! I could stare at it for hours! I can't believe that you think there are mistakes in this piece of artwork! PULEEZE don't look at my stuff if you think there are mistakes here... hahahahaha! Just gorgeous!

Stella said...

Loosing your mum will be so diifcult to deal with. It's one of the most difficult things in life and it's a wound that will never heal. Take good care of yourself and your beloved ones.
Your card is breathtaking and the colors are gorgeous. I'm impressed that you're able to create a jewel like this in such a difficult time...
Hugs; I'll be thinking of you.
Stella
X

Lynne said...

Hi Annika .. this is absolutely stunning! so beautiful - I think about you all the time and can only say time heals :) sending you big hugs and love
Lynne xoxo

Anita said...

Annika, this is absolutely beautiful. Please know that you are in my heart and my prayers.

Shirl said...

Annika oh so whimsical I'm sure your Mum is looking down on this and feeling oh so proud. Thoughts and prayers are still with you.
Hugs Shirley x x

Tine said...

Hi Annika. Just one word for your card, 'stunning'.
Hugz
Tine :)

Susan King said...

Sorry for your loss, your card is absolutely beautiful. Treasure all those precious memories of your Mom.

Faye said...

Beautiful. xxx

RubyM:) said...

SIGH.... Thinking of you my dear friend ((hugs))

Your creation was done with so much love and inspiration.I could imagine what you were thinking what you were coloring.I think it was something beautiful because i see the love that was put into it.The lighting on her dress is just stunning!

Wow! you certainly captured it hun.Were thinking of you my friend.Sending you lots of hugs and kisses ,Ruby♥

Davi said...

Annika, Your card is beyond stunning!! The whole scene and all the wonderful embellies are amazing.Time will help to lesson the pain..just hold onto your precious memories. hugs :)

Jennifer Scull said...

such a lovely card as always, Annika. and my heart is breaking along with you on the news of your mom. my prayers are going out to you and your family. may you find peace and comfort knowing that you are loved by so many who are holding you close in their hearts right now. big hugs coming your way! :)

CraftyC said...

So sorry to hear of your loss Annika, thinking of you and your fancily but your talent is amazing and you have made a truly beautiful card!
Clairexx

Colleen Holmes said...

Gorgeous and so sorry for your lost. Prayers said to begin your healing sweetie. Hugz Colleen

Sassylassy said...

STUNNING!
Hugs Bonnie

Cheryl Nelson said...

Such an incredibly gorgeous card!
Big, big HUGS!

...just Barbara said...

Just stopping by to send you some more hugs and warm thoughts you way. I've been thinking about coloring another image on Kraft paper and wanted to study work work - it really is fantastic and something I hope I can do well. In the mean time I'm getting ready to work on Saturday's challenge - the funny thing is, I find it much easier to blend different colors in pencils than with Copic markers. It just seems different and harder to control the amount of color applied with the markers... maybe I'm grabbing the wrong color. Anyway, just saying Hi and no pressure on getting back with me... just didn't want you to feel isolated. *Hugs

Tash Daly said...

I was so sorry to hear about your mum, my deepest condolences to you and your family during this extremely difficult time. I must say Annika this card is absolutely exquisite. I can't say that I have ever seen a card quite like it. Absolutely stunning. My thoughts and prayers are with you. :-)

Kathy said...

Oh Annika I am so sorry to hear about your mum!!!! I can't imagine how your feeling but know that you have a lot of people thinking and praying for you!
(BTW ~ gorgeous card! Your coloring always blows me away but on Kraft WOW!! I have never seen such perfection!!! Just so stunning and breathtaking!!!!)
:)Kathy

karlinchen50 said...

Hello Annika,
your card is stunning, the image is beautifully colored and gorgeous design
The card like it very much.
Hugs Karla

Marcea said...

Oh sweetie, I have just read about your sad loss. I am so sorry I have not been in touch sooner. My heart goes out to you and I am sending you a great big hug my lovely friend. Your card reflects what a beautiful person you are and I hope it took you to a happy place whilst you were making it
Marcea xxxxxx

Gwen's Busy Little Hands said...

Annika,

I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. I don't really think we can ever truly prepare to lose someone we love. I lost my baby brother unexpectantly in December to a car accident. I know all too well the feeling of not wanting to be chatty but the desire to express your appreciation for thoughtfulness.

Your post was very well written and sincere. I hope your healing comes swiftly. The card you created was truly a beautiful gift to us all and I feel, to the memory of your dear mother.

Blessings to you...
Gwen

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