Thursday 16 March 2017

Dragonflies has another meaning for me | Stampin' Up! Artisan Blog Hop

They remind me of my friend, Natasha.
She lost her battle with stomach cancer just over a year ago.
She had this thing with them. She loved them like someone would love a butterfly.
She had funny quirks where she hated the sight of a horse.
But a dragonfly would get her giddy.

And so this stamp set, Dragonfly Dreams had another meaning for me. 

The How:// I coloured the large dragonfly on water colour paper using my aqua painter and Stampin' Write markers. I simply coloured with the marker and then blended all the colours together using the aqua painter. I added some dimension using the fine tip glue as well as some iridescent ice glitter on the edges. The co-ordinating die cut makes cutting out this dragonfly a breeze.

As silly as it make seem, this Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper spoke to me.  In my mind, there was an angel captured in the image.  Only because of the lighting effect on this paper.

I added a thin layer of the gold foil sheets under the paper - it is a nice break between the white and the patterned paper.  And of course, added an array of sequins, pearls, doilies and ribbons to finish this project off.

Because I always play with multiple projects at one time, I finished the card below by colouring the dragonflies in the same way as the other card. Again I added a layer of the gold foil behind the images and several white perfect accents and pearls.

There's just some people you meet that you know you really aren't finished with yet.  And today I felt exactly that as I wrote my post.  We thought we had more time and before I knew it, she was gone.  I would have loved to ask her "What really matters?  What matters when you are given a diagnosis?"  I would have liked to have heard her answer for that question.  I like to think that dragonflies and the other things that remind me of her will point me to those answers... although she'd probably say something grim and hilarious at the same time. 

Natasha, "thanks for the smile and everything else".

Thanks for stopping by and listening - I would love to hear what stamp sets or items in your homes that have other meanings to you.  And keep hopping because you are going to see some amazing inspiration on this hop.

My lovely friend Dani is up next.



  1. Oh yes, the dragonflies look so great!

  2. Such a beautiful post - that sentiment was made for you (and her)! I thought the same thing too when I saw the scenery dsp sheet you chose. Beautiful beautiful cards - the stained glass look of the dragonflies is stunning!!

    (Hugs to you friend)

  3. What a beautiful tribute to your friend Cathy xox

  4. Beautiful Cathy, just beautiful! You Dragonfly has a sense of magic to it. You can see how much you cared about Natasha in your card. *Hugs*

  5. Love your beautiful cards! We sure have one mind haha! 😉

  6. So very beautiful. And thank you for sharing your friend's story. Bless you.

  7. Beautiful cards and a beautiful post <3

  8. Beautiful coloring of your dragonflies, and love it with the scenery patterned paper. Thanks for sharing your story...

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    1. Oops!! I did not mean to delete this comment!!! So sorry Julie!!! Thanks for dropping by!