Sunday, January 18, 2015

Card Design and a Tribute

It is with a heavy heart that I write this post as my husband and his siblings have just become orphans.  It may seem weird to refer to someone in their 60s as an orphan, but it doesn't matter how old someone is when one loses a parent.  The grief is always devastating.

Earlier this week Yvette developed pneumonia after coming done with Influenza.  Unfortunately, her heart just wasn't strong enough to bear it.
Yvette Décosse
October 8th, 1914 - January 18th, 2015

Born in Rhode Island, U.S.A., Yvette came to Ontario with her family as a young adult in 1932. That same year, she met a man named Victor who would become her husband the following year. Yvette and Victor went on to have 18 children born over a 23 year span. Fourteen of those children are still living today. Sadly, Victor died in 1973.  Yvette continued on throughout the years, involved in the lives of her children and the many grandchildren, and great grandchildren to come.  

She has left a legacy of 14 children, 36-grand-children, 59-great grand-children and 7-great-great grand-children. So, this post is in honour of my husband, his siblings and the many extended family members who lost their matriarch in the early hours of this morning, January 18th. Yvette lived a long life and will be missed by many.

She celebrated her 100th birthday on October 8th and the card below was the one I made for her.  I haven't had the chance to post about it before now but today seems fitting.  It is after all a tribute and testament to a long life!

Digital Paper Details: 

  • VictorianTextures Vol2 and Handmade Papers I:  For this card I used two beautiful papers from Nicecrane Designs. I wanted to go with something simple and elegant but also wanted a Victorian feel given the special occasion it was for and Ignacio had the perfect papers for the job.  Click on the watermarks below to take you to the location of each set in the store.
 Cricut Cartridge:
  • The frame was cut using the Elegant Edges cartridge.
  • The numbers were cut with the George and Basic shapes cartridge.
  • The flowers are from a stash that I received from my momma.
  • The ribbon is Crafts brand and was purchased at Dollarama.

Digital Sentiment Details: 
  • Created by me.

Paper Products:
  • Card base, frame on front, numbers and matting behind sentiment: Crafts brand from Dollarama.
  • Image and sentiment base: Michael's Recollection's Cardstock, white.
  • Digital paper details are listed above.
 Challenges I am hoping to enter...

If you are the praying type, I'd ask that you keep my husband and his family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.  

If you need to get a hold of me, my time on the computer this next week will be sporadic.  I do have a few more posts that must get done this month but I'll definitely be away from the computer for the next few days at least.  I want to spend as much time as I can with my husband.  Thanks for your understanding.

Until next time,


Granmargaret said...

I am sorry for your husband's loss. His mother certainly lived a long and productive life. I will pray for you both and family.

KT Fit Kitty said...

So sorry for your loss, Lisa. My deepest sympathies to you and your husband and family. A very special tribute and card.

Penny said...

Lisa, please extend my condolences to you, your husband, and your family. It doesn't matter how long we have them--it still hurts to lose our parents. I am so sorry for your loss.
You did give her a very beautiful birthday card for her 100th. I imagine she appreciated it.
Hugs, Penny

ursula Uphof said...

Lisa, my deepest sympathy to all the family. She had a wonderful life and her large family will have great memories. Will say a prayer for you and hubby, also the family. Take care, hugs, Ursula

Edwina said...

Lisa, My thoughts are with you and your husband. I know this is a hard time for you. I love this pretty card and the papers you used to make. Thanks for sharing. Edwina Brown

Sandy S said...

Please know that you and Ray are in our thoughts... It is never ever an easy time to loose a parent...
Thank you for sharing the loving tribute about Yvette and the 100th Birthday card was so elegant...


2amscrapper said...

In this time of sorrow, rejoice that she lived a full life and was able to celebrate her 100th birthday (and receive your beautiful card). Your family will be in my thoughts as they go through this difficult time.

ike said...

Oh, so sad - my condolences for your sad loss. :-(
That is a fabulous card.
(You may want to ammend the dates under the photo Lisa !!)
IKE xxx

Maryann Laursen said...

My condolences to you and your family Lisa. It´s pretty amazing for anyone to get this old, and I´m sure, she´ll leave you all with many great memories.
Your card for her birthday was absolutely amazing too and very beautiful. Ofcause you should spend time with your husbond in a time like this, and don´t worry about us, we´ll all be here, when you´re ready again, so just take the time YOU need okay.

Scrapping4funChallenges said...

Lisa my deepest condolences to you and your husband. His mother most certainly lived a long productive life. You are in my prayers.

Cara said...

Lisa - I am sorry for your loss but it sounds to me as though she lived a long, well loved life!
Your card is beautiful and a wonderful tribute for her 100th birthday! Ah the stories she could tell us all right?
(Hugs) To you and your family!

Donna Ellis said...

Hi, Lisa, I'm very sad to hear about Yvette's passing. I hope she was not too uncomfortable. What an amazing tribute, and wonderful life she shared with the world. Gentle, loving hugs coming your way. xo

NicoleDesigns said...

What a lovely design...... Sorry for your loss..... Thank you for joining us for our "birthday" challenge at Digi Choosday's Challenge.... xo Nikki

Jane said...

100 is a fabulous milestone! So sorry for your loss.

Lisa Lynn said...

So sorry for your loss. Best wishes to your family. Sending prayers and special thoughts during this difficult time.

Colleen said...

WOW, she must have been an amazing women, not only strong in heart, but strong in her role as a mother, grandmother, great and great-great mother!! I am sure her legacy will live on in all your were blessed to have her with you for so long! Your card is amazing just as living to 100 is beyond amazing! Prayers for comfort and peace to you all! Thank you for sharing this story and your card at STB.

What I Created Next said...

Sorry for your loss. Thank you for entering the birthday challenge week 2 over at Digi Choosday.

Karon said...

So sorry for your family's loss. Sending you hugs.

cass said...

Wonderful card, I'm sure she loved it. What wonderful stories she must have been able topass on to hthe younger generations, thanks for joining us at Brown Sugar this week

Heather said...

I'm just getting caught up on blogs and was so sad to hear about your husband's mother. When my hubby's mom passed, he said the same thing "I'm an orphan now." It's hard to lose a parent, no matter how old we are or how long of a life they've lived. Keeping you and your family in my prayers. God will give you comfort as you remember the good times you shared. {Hugs}

OH Babs said...

What a lovely tribute and card. How fortunate the family shared many years with Yvette and there will be many wonderful memories to heal the loss. My aunt will be 100 in December and I hope to visit her this summer. God Bless.

KristyLee said...

Beautifully written Lisa. Your right no matter how old one is, loosing your mother is very hard. I will be praying for you and your husband, for the relief of this pain. But take comfort in the knowledge that she is in Heaven singing with the Angles. She is not gone, and not far. She will always here what her family wants to tell her.
Nice 100 b-day card. Wow 100 not many can saw they lived for a Century!

Glenda J said...

So sorry for your loss. All the best to you and yours.
Beautiful card. Thanks for playing along with Seize the Birthday.