This is for today's COLOR CHALLENGE # 274 - Tempting Coral Rubies. My layout is from Monday's MOJO MONDAY SKETCH # 142.
Now I have to admit I cried the entire time I was loading this so ignore the smears. This is also for Monday's TECHNIQUE LOVERS CHALLENGE # 276 - Getting Personal. This card was made in honor of my Mom who would have been 80 this year if Cancer had not taken her from us 20 years ago. It is really hard to believe it has been 20 yrs and I still can not go to the grave. She was a waitress who worked her way through LPN school while raising me and my older brother in our early years of life. It was so hard on her, even as a child I could tell that. She enjoyed her nursing career of 28+ years right up until the end. She passed away just 2 wks after her retirement celebration. Anyway my mom, like me, had dark olive complection and instisted on keeping her hair (unlike me, LOL) Jet black even at the age of 60. She was nursing back when they had to wear caps. I can remember her starching her uniforms and cap and polishing her shoes.
Needless to say she NEVER would have worn blue stockings but it just seemed to fit on here. Can't you just hear that seductive voice saying "get well honey"? I used some MME dp from Butterflies and blossoms, some cameo coral, ruby red and tempting turquoise cs for matts and a white card base.
Registered: January 7, 2007 Location: Southern California Posts: 35853
Tue, Jun 08, 2010 @ 12:19 AM
Neva, my Mom was a nurse, too. I guess you took after your Mom for your own career choice, so her spirit lives on as you take care of patients like she did. I still have my Mom but she's getting up there in age and I dread losing her. I bet your mom would love to know how much you still think of her. Your nurse is just awesome.
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Registered: February 18, 2010 Location: Stuck in the middle! Posts: 4705
Tue, Jun 08, 2010 @ 2:24 AM
What a heartwarming memory to share with all of us. So sorry for the loss of you mom that must seem like yesterday and not the 20 years ago. Some things we never quite recover from. I am sure she was smiling down on you the entire time you were making this card with the bittersweet memories of her. It's a beautiful card. Hugs to you. :)
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Registered: December 19, 2006 Location: North Carolina Posts: 15588
Tue, Jun 08, 2010 @ 4:19 AM
This is too cute Neva! Perfect for all the challenges...as always! I love the border and ribbon tabs and this is such a sweet image. Thanks for sharing your lovely card and story about your mom. She sounds like a lady i would have loved to meet!! Great tribute to her!!