Crafty Comeback Party - WCMD - Winnie & Walter


Well friends, the time has come.  I'm making my official comeback to this amazing little creative world that I love so much.  I can't thank you enough for giving me the time & space I've needed as I figure out how I grieve & long for my babies while still continuing to do the things that I love.  Thank you for checking back when my blog was completely silent.  And thank you for supporting me as I make my way back to a semblance of who I once was creatively.

First, some blog hop details!  You should have arrived here from Emily Leiphart's blog!  If you've lost your place, or happened upon my blog and want to check out the entire hop, then start at the Winnie & Walter blog!  Winnie & Walter is giving away five (5) $25 gift certificates to the w&w shop! Just leave a comment on every destination along the Hop to be in with a chance to win!

I will post your next stop on the hop at the end of my post!

It took me a little bit to figure out how creating works with grief.  I've decided I am choosing to honor Ellie & Layton by creating for them.  My creative process and style is intrinsically woven with thoughts of them and inspired by them.  Mostly, I want them to be able to look down and be proud of the person I'm becoming after them.  Broken, wounded & forever changed...but stronger, more passionate & driven.

Today marks the start of a month long event that I've planned!  It's my Crafty Comeback, and I am SO excited that it's here!  This event wouldn't be possible without all the amazing companies that enthusiastically jumped in and chose to sponsor it!  I hope that you will check back through November 4th (there is something going on EVERY day, except for weekends - excluding this weekend, of course.)  There is going to be tons of inspiration & GIVEAWAYS, challenges & more!

It just felt fitting that the event would start with Winnie & Walter!  Shay has continued to send me her product, her support and her love even though I was mostly silent.  I didn't expect such generosity, and I look forward to creating with everything that I wasn't able to when it released.

Today is World Cardmaking Day, and I am sharing the first card I've created since losing my son.  I thought of him every moment as I created it.  It's light & airy & whimsical...just like I imagine life must feel like in Heaven.  It's the colors I expected to decorate his nursery in, and dress him in.  And while it was far too short, the sentiment conveys my gratefulness for being able to spend almost every waking moment with Layton for the 5 months he graced us with his presence.

And I'm grateful for this community, who checked on me, prayed for us, and who are rallying around me as I make my way home.  I appreciate it all more than I can say.

Well, here we go... The card that starts it all again.  :)

{If you had forgotten, or didn't know me before today....I take A LOT of photos of each card.  It's the wedding photographer in me....I LOVE details.  Lol!}

One thing I've found about the way I create cards is that it is hard to put step by step instructions to.  I pull things out...I push & move them around until they find their perfect place...I add layers until I feel like it's done.  So, I won't be including step by step instructions any longer.  I will likely do videos in the future, but I'm still figuring that out!!  If you have any questions about something, please let me know in the comments and I will absolutely answer!!  And products that are still available will be linked at the end of the post so you can shop your little hearts out!

Thank you for taking the time to read my post, and check out my card today!  Have an amazing time along the blog hop...it is packed FULL of amazing designers!  I know that inspiration will abound, and I can't wait to grab a cup of blueberry coffee (my favorite!) and hop along myself.

Once you've left a comment, your next stop in the blog hop is to Nichol Spohr's blog!  I will be back this afternoon at 3pm CST with a fun WCMD Winnie & Walter challenge!  Check back then and join in on the fun!! 

For your shopping convenience, all products used are linked below.  {Includes affiliate linking where possible - this allows small compensation for me at no cost to you.  Never fear - I will only ever link to products that I truly love & use!}
 

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  1. WOW what an elegant card...love the pearls they have lent so much glamour to your card and what a fabulous comeback!!

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  2. Oh Lea, welcome back. I just had to go back and read your stories of your little ones. So very sorry. The crafty community is pretty great, so I hope that will be some form of support and comfort as you continue in your grief journey. Thanks for sharing your card and your story. Love all the texture in the card!

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  3. Gorgeous card Lea, I'm so sorry to hear of your loss!

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  4. How wonderful to see you return and, hopefully, doing so will be another step in your healing journey. Part of being 'strong' means feeling losses - and grieving them - deeply. I consider you to be incredibly strong; know that we're all here for you to help in whatever ways we can. Your thank you card...oh my stars! Only one response: gorgeous!!
    ~carol

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  5. Wow this card is so elegant - love the spongin on the heart and the gorgeous bling:)

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  6. Lovely card! Welcome back, and we are happy to see you here on the hop!

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  7. A simply gorgeous card! The aqua and gold are a lovely color combo and the added lace along the side is just perfect.

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  8. Lea, it is my absolute privilege to be one of the sponsors of your crafty comeback party. Your honesty and dignity conveys why crafting and creativity can be so important: as a means of expression and emotion; to honor and cherish our bonds with others; and to reaffirm our humanity. Your card is truly beautiful as is the inspiration. Sending you much love and gratitude. Thank you so much for joining us for WCMD.

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  9. I was so happy to see you are part of this blog hop. Welcome back to crafting. I hope it helps you cope with your grief. I know it certainly help me cope with all anxieties --not the same issue, but the distraction and creative outlet are the same. And your card is so you -- full of gorgeous details. It is just beautiful. Cannot wait to see more of your creations.

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  10. You moved things around until you got the perfect
    design. Love the beads, the vellum leaves, the colors -
    wonderful.
    I'm sorry for your loss. I lost my husband - it will
    be 14 years at the end of the month - and it takes a long
    time to feel like you are part of the world. But - it will
    happen and you will go on and be stronger for the
    sorrow. take care. Hugs
    thanks for sharing.

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  11. I am glad you are back. I am fairly new around here, and did not know about your loss. I am so sorry, but so glad you are back. There is always beauty, but it's sometimes hard to find until the pain begins to subside. Coming back into the light is a beautiful thing. Your elements came together perfectly. Thank you.

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  12. What a beautiful card, Lea....such a lovely and fitting tribute to your amazing little son.
    I am new to your blog and was overwhelmed with grief and tears as I looked back and read many of your posts relating your experiences. What an encouragement to see you finding your way back into the creative arts after such tragic losses. Hugs and prayers as you continue down the path our Lord Jesus has prepared for you.
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com
    HerPeacefulGarden.blogspot.com

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  13. I am so sorry for your loss. Sending you lots of love and hugs! Your card is absolutely beautiful! I love the pearls :)

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  14. You put so much of your heart into your work and it shows in all the gorgeous detailed layers. So happy to see you creative again.

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  15. Gorgeous card... Love the way you have embellished it..

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  16. Thank you for sharing yourself with us, I hope it helps you heal and I know it will help someone else who may be walking through a similar heartache. The wonderful thing about cardmaking is that it is patient, it sits quietly and waits until you come home. Welcome home! (And beautiful card!)

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  17. Such a lovely card. Thank you for sharing.

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  18. Oh Goodness ....so sorry to hear about the loss of your son. You have made such a beautiful and elegant card to honor him!!

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  19. Absolutely stunning! Welcome back to the crafting world. I hope it helps with the healing!

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  20. Your card is simply beautiful! I love absolutely everything about it. So glad to have you back. xxx

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  21. Welcome back, I hope being creating will help you. I always love your cards, this one is really lovely.

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  22. The embellishments are gorgeous. I love the cheeky tulle on the edge. Sorry for your loss. I hope the beautiful crafting you have done here helps in your healing.

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  23. The embellishments are gorgeous. I love the cheeky tulle on the edge. Sorry for your loss. I hope the beautiful crafting you have done here helps in your healing.

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  24. Stunning card, so elegant and love the touch with the tulle. Welcome back to crafting.
    Di B.

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  25. What a very beautiful card! Love the blue. So sweet.

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  26. Love this card and the embellishments

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  27. Gorgeous card--I love the texture and dimension!

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  28. Ohh! That's a gorgeous card !! Very luxurious !

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  29. Your card is beautiful. I'm so sorry for your losses.

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  30. Oh, this card is so beautiful! I love every detail of this card!

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  31. Your card is lovely. It kinda reminds me of the Victorian era.

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  32. awwwww.... this is so pretty, love love love it!
    Happy World CardMaking Day!

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  33. I am so so happy to see you back. I am sorry you have suffered another loss of a precious child but know that many are praying for you, your husband and your angels. Love the great card you created ...it is gorgeous.

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  34. beautiful combo of embellishments. love that little bit of tulle/lace

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  35. I really like all the elements slipped underneath the heart.

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  36. I love how feminine and girly this card is. The embellishments are gorgeous.

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  37. Such an amazing card! I am so sorry about your babies. This is my first time to your blog, so I was not aware. Best wishes to you as you find a way to express your grief artistically. I think it has helped me at times. I am so impressed with your style. I can hardly wait to try something like that. Thanks for the ideas, and take care!

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  38. Lovely card, thanks for sharing

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  39. WELCOME back Lea
    ... my eyes are filled with tears as I type, fully understanding the strength you are showing today!
    L O V E everything about your card, such DELIGHTFUL sparkle, dimension and design!
    Sending {{{HUGS}}} and a big THANK YOU for SHARING and INSPIRING :)

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  40. I'm so very sorry to hear your story. Such a difficult time for you and your family. This is a lovely elegant card, Lea. I just love all the layers of embellishments. It all adds so much interest and adds to the elegance. Thanks so much for sharing and all the photos. They give that extra details you often wonder about. Sending hugs.

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  41. This is so elegant. Wow. I could not take my eyes off of it.

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  42. Beautiful sentiment and beautiful card....

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  43. Elegant card...love the pearl hangings...

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  44. Lea, I am so very sorry for your loss! Your card is truly beautiful, heaven sent, for sure!

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  45. So dainty and elegant. Beautiful

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  46. An absolutely beautiful card, Lea! Love the colors & sweet elegance. I'm so sorry for your loss & hoping that crafting will help express the grief somehow. I have had several losses & it takes a lot of time to feel whole again. You are in my prayers.

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  47. Such a lovely card and the little embellishments do it all!! The pearls and vellum and gold thread and tulle make it so elegant!! This is a great release!! Happy World Cardmaking Day!

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  48. Your card is truly beautiful. Gorgeous embellishments.

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  49. Beautiful and touching card.
    Love all the layers on it and
    glad you are feeling better and
    able to create again!
    Carla from Utah

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  50. So pretty and elegant! Love your embellishments!

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  51. Simply divine card! I love your style and look forward to following you. Your story speaks volumes of God's love and faithfulness. So glad you are back!

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  52. Wow! This is such a gorgeous elegant card!! Totally love it!! <3

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  53. Wow, Lea, your card is utterly breathtaking! The layers are just beautiful and I love the colors you used. I am a new follower so I wasn't aware of your story until this hop. My God's grace, love and faithfulness continue to strengthen you and your family. I'm very sorry for your loss and will pray for you and your family.

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  54. Hugs Lea.....I have long been an admirer of your crafty works.....Happy you are creating again. :) This card is amazing.....you definitely have not lost your "touch." I love the way used the strings of beads peeking out from the heart. Thanks for sharing and thanks too to Winnie & Walter for having all the fun WCMD activities! Happy World Cardmaking Day!!!!

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  55. Wow - - look at all that bling and embellishment! Sentiment is simple in a nice soft color, accented beautifully.

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  56. Gorgeous card! Love the touch of tulle!!

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  57. Love how you added the lace along the border. Very elegant!! Thanks for sharing

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  58. I love all of the embellishments you added to this heart stamp. It looks wonderful!

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  59. Your beautiful card, with the lace and pearl embellishments is a wonderful tribute to your sweet lost babies and a commitment to continuing to find the little joys in life in amidst the grief. I am so sorry for your loss and am grateful to you for sharing.

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  60. Lea, what a Beautiful card you made in tribute to your babies. Your story really touched my heart. I'm sure they are very proud of their Mommy and you should be proud. Your card is gorgeous! I hope that you continue to find healing in your creativity and faith.

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  61. What a fitting comeback! I wish you well, Lea.

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  62. Sweet card. The colours are so pretty.

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  63. Love how you embellished this pretty and elegant card.

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  64. First of all I am so sorry for all you have gone through Lea, I can tell you are very strong and I am sure your babies are smiling at you from heaven. This is a very fitting way to come back, I am glad you have found comfort in creativity.

    Love your card, is very pretty! Thanks for sharing! Sending hugs and healing prayers your way!

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  65. This card is so classy and elegant. I wish you good fortune in all your future endeavours.

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  66. What an elegant card Lea! I am so sorry for your loss. And I am glad for your comeback! Keep crafting ..it will not just heal you but also because you are an inspiration to so many!

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