Monday, October 15, 2007

For my friend




October is breast cancer awareness month. Over at Saturday Stamper, the challenge is to use pink ribbon somewhere on our project.






This afternoon we said our final goodbyes to our beautiful friend, a wise, compassionate woman, a wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, who died of Inflammatory Breast Cancer a short eighteen months after she'd been diagnosed (see post below).





These are samples of many cards we created together, shortly before she died, to be auctioned at a fund raiser in Halifax Nova Scotia to provide financial support to women who need it while they're coping with breast cancer.

This card uses a photo of beautiful White Point Beach here in Nova Scotia. I was privileged to use the same photo for her wedding invitations last year.







The first stitched card above, and this card, have a stamped verse on the inside (available at Verses Rubber Stamps):

What Cancer Cannot Do

Cancer is so limited.
It cannot cripple love.
It cannot shatter hope.
It cannot erode faith.
It cannot destroy peace.
It cannot silence courage.
It cannot suppress memories.
It cannot kill friendship.
It cannot erode the spirit.


I DID believe all these things, "once-upon-a-time," but seeing how it has silenced hope for far too many women in my life, I guess I'm just not so sure any longer. Thank you for this wonderful challenge.

18 comments:

Sandy said...

Wonderful Cards. Very beautiful.

Andrea said...

Beautiful cards, they are all so elegant. The stitched one is wonderful

Karin said...

The beautiful cards you & "Doctor Debbie" made, will I hope make a good price at auction to support those who are need. Thank you for sharing her story with us. The cards are so serene.

DEBBY said...

beautiful cards Deborah!!!

Saturday Stampers said...

I love the stitched card especially, but they're all beautiful, as was your friend.....so sad...
I hope they raise lots of money in her memory.....I would buy the stitched one in a second.
thanks for taking part..... Kaz :o)

Jennifer said...

Deborah, you and Dr. Debbie's family have my heartfelt sympathy. How wonderful that you were able to create these cards together for others. They are beautiful. I'm so sorry.

Susan said...

How beautiful are these cards...a real tribute to a real Warrior.

Silvia said...

Beautiful work. And so different, love them all.

Paula said...

Stunning artwork.

Jan~logcabincreations said...

Lovely...and a wonderful tribute to your friend.

Gillian said...

The cards are all so wonderful, I hope they raise money and continue to support other people affected by this tragic illness, so sorry to hear about your dear friend.

HeatherJ said...

Beautiful tribute, Deborah!

Tami said...

Deborah, my heart goes out to you. I am so sorry for your tremendous loss. It's easy to say the words in that cancer poem, but so hard to live them. You are doing a beautiful thing to help others and to raise awareness.

SmilynStef said...

What a touching tribute ... the stitched card is so serene and inspirational ... love them all ... thanks for sharing her life with us.

Charlotte Kemsley said...

Such beautiful cards. I am sorry for the loss of your friend, she was obviously very special to you. Peace.

Seona said...

These are all so beautiful - the stitched one is so elegant and pure! Thank you for sharing your sad story about your friend and I am sorry for your loss.

Nancy Maxwell James said...

Deborah your cards are just beautiful! I am so sorry for the loss of your friend. Thank you for sharing this with us. I will be praying for you and sending big HUGS!!!!

Mary-Beth said...

Gorgeous cards Deborah. I hope you can believe the Cancer 'poem' one day. It seems that your friend Dr. Debbie is a fine example of it.

Hugs to you!