April 25, 2013

Some thoughts on Boston and a card...


Hi there.  Just popping in to share a card I made after a long break from my craft room.  But first, a few words about recent events in Boston.

Last week's tragic events at the Boston Marathon were so horrific and unthinkable that I spent most of the week in a kind of fog, as I'm sure many others did.  I live about 30 miles north of the city, so while my family was not directly impacted by the bombing or the subsequent search for the suspects, the entire thing has been profoundly unsettling.

It seems as if everyone I meet has a personal connection to this tragedy, so while I'm thankful that my immediate friends and neighbors who were in Boston last week returned home safely, I grieve for those who lost lives and limbs to a senseless act of violence.

Making cards can seem like such a trivial activity at times like this, but creating something with your own hands can be incredibly soothing.  I may not be able to control the events going on in the world around me, but I can take a few minutes to put some stamps to paper and try to make something beautiful.  That's what drew me back to my craft room this week.

For this card, my only goal was to play with Lil' Inker Designs' Darling Diamonds stamp set and the coordinating Circles & Diamonds Stitched Pattern die, which has been sitting out on my craft desk for quite a while.

Cardstock:  WPlus9 Design Studio (Kraft), Papertrey Ink (Pure Poppy)
Stamps:  Lil' Inker Designs (Darling Diamonds)
Ink:  WPlus9 Design Studio (White), Stampin' Up! (Real Red)
Tools:  Lil' Inker Designs (Circles & Diamonds Stitched Pattern die), My Favorite Things (Insert It--3 x 4 Insert die)
Other:  The Twinery (baker's twine)

Thanks for sharing a bit of your day with me.  Big hugs, friends.

23 comments:

Marybeth said...

I think we were all in a bit of a fog and I can only imagine what it was like for you being so close. I am sorry!
I am so glad you took a bit of happy time to create, and boy did you make a Christina beauty! I love your CAS card!

Karen said...

Christina I just loved reading your blog post - such beautiful heartfelt words!

Your card is just gorgeous too, and I'm so happy you got back, in your craft room! I'm back too and it feels so great!

Luv Karen
Xx

Vickie Z said...

I too was stunned and saddened. This is a lovely card though and fab use of the images!

Brandi said...

So glad you are safe and sound. It was a very sad week indeed.

Your card is so cute. Crafting is my release from the real world too.

Tracey McNeely said...

It was a horrific week Christina and it is only natural that you would feel that way. It affected us even up here in Canada, watching the news and hoping for closure. So glad it is over. Your card is just beautiful, now I need to decide whether to go Lil Inkers or WPlus9?

Sharron said...

I'm so glad that you & your friends and family are all safe and sound. I know what you mean though. We were in Florida on vacation and everyone was so concerned and sad--such an awful week for the whole nation. It must have been even worse being close. Thankfully you had a chance to spend some crafty time. LOVE your card!!

Sara Mac said...

Thanks for sharing your thoughts Christina. I thought of you and other friends near Boston. Glad you are all safe.
Your card is beautiful. Great pattern you created. Love the idea of the frame too.

LeAnne said...

I actually was thinking of you earlier this week, wondering how close you were to all that was going on. I agree that creating something does take one's mind off the world's problems....and you've created a beauty with this. I love your fresh color palette as well as that cool embossing and matching stamps!

Alanna said...

This is fabulous. Love the look of the Kraft and red together.

So glad to hear that you and your family are okay. I'm glad you were able to create something to soothe the soul.

Joyce said...

So glad to hear that you and your loved ones are safe. And, I think you are right about the healing powers of creativity. I love the card you created--red and kraft are the perfect color combo.

Virginia L. said...

Glad to hear that you are back in the craft room. What a gorgeous card, Christina! Love everything about it! I hope you continue to stay strong ( we all need to no matter where you are)! Big hugs to you!

Marisa said...

LOVE this colour combo and the card is great :) Glad you were able to bring beauty from ashes and that your hubby is safe and sound! May Boston heal quickly from this tragedy...

Maureen said...

big hugs back to you, Christina. What a therapeutic way to get through some of these emotions. We have even felt it all the way up here in BC. Our huge Sun Run marathon in Vancouver took place last weekend and many were wearing Boston colours in support and memory. I'm so happy you are safe and pray for more peaceful moments during this healing time. ox

Lindsay said...

This is so gorgeous my friend. I love those images in white!

Erin (Homemade Cards by Erin) said...

My favorite color combo, and I understand... making cards is therapy for me too...

Karin Åkesdotter said...

Your card is fabulous and you are so right. Even if I'm on the other side of the Atlantic ocean I horrified and so saddened by what happened. I was up late watching the news and couldn't think of much else those days. I did an au pair year in Lexington and met a guy and returned to stay with him for 6 months in Fenway/Kenmore so that area is extra close to my heart. So good to hear that you and your family are safe.

Diane - oliverdi@att.net said...

Christina So glad no one in your family was hurt, but I feel so sad for those that were. It's such a horrific act, and I agree it is enough to make everyone be in a fog. So sad for the families too. Your card is wonderful.

Kara said...

gorgeous card Christina :)

Cristina said...

Crafting has always saved me in tough times, too. ADORE this card. Sending you love!

Laura Pryor said...

This is amazing in every way, Christina!!

Suzanne said...

What a beautiful post and card, Christina. I am glad you're all okay.

There is part of me that's still in shock about it all, in a way that can't be put into words. Hugs!

Debbie Carriere said...

Another beauty!! I love this set, but sadly have only inked it up once!! I must change that now :) Lovely, heartfelt post, too... I feel like I am still in a fog :( Such a terrible time for so many people. Thank you for your nice comments.

Jeanne J said...

Wonderful post and beautiful card. Again that close up shows off your skill at stamping - everything is aligned perfectly! Your card is gorgeous and I'm totally with you - crafting is therapy for the soul!

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