Sunday, May 24, 2009

Happiness!

My friend, Dr Deborah Duerden-McDonald died a year and a half ago of inflammatory breast cancer. She was an incredibly accomplished, deeply loved, beautiful woman, inside and out, whose life was cut short far too soon, when she was only forty-two years old. Here's another post about her, if you're interested in reading a little more.

So then, why the "Happiness" title for this post?

Oh so many reasons! First, it was pure DELIGHT to create this card. Deb's best friend since high school, Sarah, has given birth to a beautiful, healthy baby girl. Sarah is in her mid forties, this is her first baby, she enjoyed a healthy happy pregnancy, a safe birth, and...well...life is GOOD! This precious child is now our friend's namesake...Anna Louise Deborah.

I've created this card for her...pink of course because she's a wee girl, because her namesake was such a "girlie girl," and also because it signifies breast cancer awareness.

And because I've become such a challenge junkie, I've done it to meet six of those too: Secret Crafters bloggers want to see a "new beginnings" theme; Saturday's Workout is "sparkle" (I've used gold mirror cardstock leaves); TGIF's challenge is pinup girls...and nobody can deny that THIS little one IS!! (lol) The Saturday Surprise challenge is "wish," and oh MY, we all have so MANY wishes for this little girl. The challenge over at Our Creative Corner is sentiments (see inside my card for the beautiful Quietfire Design sentiment), and finally, the Charisma Cardz challenge for this week is to use flowers, lace, and pearls. I white-embossed my favourite Impression Obsession background stamp on vellum for the dress overlay. Here's the Stampingtom template I used.




Thank you so much for taking the time to read my rambling post today.

I hope you enjoy a HAPPY day yourselves!

22 comments:

azLizJane said...

Deborah:

This card is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing the story behind the card. Congrats to your friend on her wonderful baby girl.

Liz

Sandy said...

OMG Deborah this is absolutely awesome and what a great interpretation for Pin up´s. Great little card.

Thanks Deborha for playing TGiF and SaWo.

Julie Mutch said...

This is such a beautiful card and a beautiful thought behind the card. I'm sure Deborah is looking down on you and smiling. Congrats to your friend on their healthy new baby girl to carry on Deborah's namesake.

Big Hugs,
Julie

krcrafts said...

Gorgeous card for a very special baby! Congrats to all :)

Heather Robinson said...

I found your post so touching in Deborah and the card that you've created to celebrate the birth of this cherished wee girl is delicate and absolutely beautiful. The miracle of life and the sense of hope that it gives us all is so important.

herminesplace said...

Its gorgeous!

Sue McGettigan said...

Aw, precious baby, stunning card, and i love that she's named for your dear friend.

Marja Sch said...

My goodness this is goorgoeus. What a wonderful card. Hugs Marja

Christina said...

Your card is adorable...
Hugs, Christina

Sherri Thacker said...

What a beautiful card this is!! And I love her name!! Sherri

Vee said...

Thanks for sharing your friends story with us. This card is so beautifull inside and out. Thanks for playing with Charisma this week.
xx Vee

Tami B. said...

A beautiful little namesake for your dear friend. Thank you for sharing your happy news. I truly believe that some good comes from every heartache life hands us. Sometimes it just takes patience to find the good. This little cutie proves it. Beautiful card, too, as always.

Conniecrafter said...

sweet story behind your card, so great for Debs friend, and so neat she named her baby after her!

Lynn Stevens said...

what a nice tribute to your friend , and a sweet baby too

Debby said...

beautiful card Deborah and a beautiful thought behind it.Love the name!

Lana said...

Awwww...just adorable...the card and the little one x

Jill said...

gorgeous card Deborah, so beautiful thanks for joining us at scsc hugs Jill xx

maiahs_momma said...

GORGEOUS card Deborah, LOVE that background stamp :)!

Hugs,
catherine
www.mystampinggrounds.blogspot.com

liveart said...

This is such a sweet card and story!!

Louise (KardKrazy) said...

This card is stunning, Deborah! Absolutely beautiful.
(I quite like baby's name myself:)

Julie Mutch said...

Hi Deborah,

I forgot to ask you before, do you have a template for this dress card, or a link to where I could download it?

I'd love to try one. :)

Thanks,
Julie

Jacqueline said...

How beautiful is this! Love everything it represents.