For a double whammy, Color Challenge 164 and Try a New Technique Challenge 166, I decided to make some cards for a gathering tomorrow. For the past 13 weeks, I have participated in a Grief Share group. It has been an amazing help in working through the passing of some key people in my life. The women in my group have been such a great support system for me. There's something about being associated with people who know EXACTLY what you are going through. If you are suffering a loss, and are wanting a Scripture-centered (but not overly preachy) way to work through it, I strongly recommend going to the Grief Share website and checking out the program. I am at such a more positive place than I was a couple months ago.
The Two Way Open Card was the display I needed for the gifts I am giving the ladies in my group. Great instructions for this, provided by Beth (showmestamper), can be found here. I also have provided a close-up of the heart pendant and the inside of the card (sentiment purchased at Berean Bookstore). The back of the pendant is engraved with "God will wipe away your tears." They can either choose to keep it all together in this card, or remove the pendant and place it somewhere else.
I am so proud of my McGyver skills with this pendant. I had to make my own little "hoop" for this (I know there's a different name than "hoop," just can't think of it right now). I was at a loss, as I don't do much with wire and/or jewelry. Enter the paperclip... the crafter's salvation. I cut it, shaped it with pliers, and... voila... I had a hook up for the ribbon. I'm sitting a wee taller tonight.
The colors to be used were (SU!) Pure Pomegranate, Basic Black, and Soft Sky. I used the Paisley background stamp in Pure Pomegranate ink on Soft Sky paper... and I love the outcome. The black patterned paper (All My Memories) was also challenging as it was one sided! I simply used the triangle I had to cut off and adhered it to the white side. I inked the edge so no "unsightly white" would show. Again, I felt empowered! The wide, sheer ribbon really finishes it off nicely, I think.