Thursday, September 24, 2009

Bittersweet.......PPA9.....




I love bittersweet so that is what I focused on after seeing the inspiration picture for this week's PPA Challenge. I layered So Saffron on Chocolate Chip and topped it with a lightly patterned piece from Autumn Traditions. Then I created my own bittersweet background using a branch from the Embrace Life set and flowers from Pocket Silhouettes. (Baby steps, Mike Funke, I'm taking baby steps!) About this time of year my dad would bring me a bundle of bittersweet he had gathered on one of his wanderings with the dog or from a fishing expedition. He'd grumble about having to go "all the way to the old stone quarry" or "a mile upstream" but he never returned empty handed. He's been gone six years and I still miss him. But I give thanks for all 81 years he was here...........bittersweet.......


26 comments:

Cards by Gina said...

Oh, Linda, what a wonderful tribute to your dad! I love what you did on your card--simply beautiful!

chercroppin said...

Sooo pretty!

Kris Kilcoyne said...

What a sweet story ... and card.

He really loved you - grumbling and all.

Denise said...

This is clean and elegant. The ribbon loop and bold brad are perfect accents. More than the art though, I love that this card is so special because of your dad.

Stampin' Diva said...

Think you did more than baby steps. This is gorgeous!!! Love how you created the background.

jaydee said...

Hi Linda
You know your dad is smiling down on you telling this story and that he secretly loved every minute of his walk to get the bittersweet :-)
It's a fabulous card. Now Im beginning to wish I'd got the set....
Thanks for making me smile today
Peace
jaydee

Melissa said...

I love your little story - it makes the card that more special.

My fav part is the ribbon loop! I have NEVER done one...that has to change!

Kim said...

What a special story and such a beautiful card to go with it! Cherish this card and story and capture it in a scrapbook page. Great job Linda

Martha said...

Beautiful card. Love how you have an accent color just peeking around the edges! Great job.

Jacqueline (Scraps of Life) said...

Gorgeous card! And such a sweet story that goes with it! You did a fabulous job :D

Ann Schach said...

Oh so pretty, Linda! What makes it even more special is the story behind the bittersweet. Thank you so much for sharing!

Regina (TheStampin'Bean) said...

What a lovely tribute to a man who was obviously a loving and devoted father. It's beautiful, Linda.

Lourdes Torres said...

Linda:
Your card is beautiful and your story very moving and sweet. Your father would be proud of such sensibility in her daughter.
Lourdes

Stamping with Lulu said...

Linda, love your style! Clean and classy. Your father sounds like he was a wonderful man. How fortunate for you to have had him in your life.

Melissa said...

Beautiful card!

Erin said...

:-(

Pals Paper Arts said...

On behalf of the design team, thank you for playing @ PPA.

Join us for our next challenge on Thursday, October 1, 2009.

....Linda.... said...

Thanks everyone for all of your kind words!

Anonymous said...

Another winner, keep up the creative work!

Barb

Anonymous said...

Beautiful card for a beautiful man. Beneath the "joker" facade lay the soul of a sentimental & poetic man. How lucky we were to have him in our lives. Cousin Cindy

Patti MacLeith said...

I am a huge fan of make-your-own background paper, so I love this card, Linda!

Lisa said...

Linda ... this is beautiful card and a beautiful story.

Karen said...

Beautiful card L...I remember 'bittersweet' expeditions with you trying to find Willie's secret spots... I said a 'hello' to him today...fond memories

Margaret Moody said...

What a beautiful card, Linda, and such sweet, beautiful memories! Perfect papers and stamp for the inspiration challenge! As always, great job!

Tara Bilbao said...

Linda, I love the colors and simplicity of your card. I am so glad you shared the story of your father, what a lovely memory.

Carla Bazhenow said...

Your dad was an awesome man... what a precious memory and your card is beautiful. Wow!!! Hugs,