Tuesday, 5 September 2023

Goodbye to my Gracious Gentleman

It has been 5 months since I've had to say goodbye to my husband, my gracious gentleman. He is deeply missed and his parting has left a great void in our lives.

I have hesitated whether to share this online as he was such a private person, but a life so beautifully lived deserves to be remembered and honoured.

Charles Henri Jean Lartigue Ribet 
7 November 1959 - 5 April 2023

My eulogy to Jano ...

It is difficult to condense a life into a few words but Jano was a quiet man, a man who listened, a man who chose his words carefully and used them sparely. On the day that I married him, I said that he was such a gentleman – maybe too much of a gentleman. Yet in all the years since then, he has not wavered once in the courage, control, consistency and strength of character it takes to be a gentleman.

I would like thank Tracy to turning my thoughts and sentiments into this beautiful poem for Jano.

Our Gentleman

We say goodbye to a great man today.
A man of courage and strength and the deepest humility.
A man of patience and generosity and the greatest integrity, 
Jano was a good man, a rare, true gentleman, a man of light, 
A man of peace, a man of calm, a man of grace.

We say goodbye to a great family man today.
A man who prayed over his sleeping children.
A man of consistency who’s love never wavered. 
Jano was a beloved husband, a treasured father, 
A cherished brother, uncle, godfather and son,
A protector, a provider and a man deeply loved.

We say goodbye to a favourite friend and colleague today.
A man of discretion and discipline and absolute trust.
A man of patience and dignity and a wondrous sense of humour. 
Jano was a loyal friend, an admired and respected colleague,
A man of honesty, a man of joy, a man with a plan.

We say goodbye to Jano today.
We'll miss him sitting, relaxed in his chair
As he wrapped his wings around those he loved. 
We’ll miss the feeling of safety and comfort
As he fully embraced every moment shared.
We’ll miss the kindness, love and generosity
But will honour him by spreading some of the same.

Find yourself in peace dearest Jano 
You have run the good race
You have been the faithful servant and lived a life in love.
God’s grace and mercy are yours. 
Be now at rest. 

Friday, 18 August 2023

Ho Ho Ho

This year I'm starting my Christmas cards early. Postage seems to be getting slower, so will have to send earlier.

These are all NBUS!

I'm trying to capture the shimmer from the glitter dust.

My entry for ...

Monday, 31 July 2023

Abstract water wishes

My first card of the year ... playing with abstract stencil shapes.

Added some white enamel accents to the starfish.

Wednesday, 15 February 2023

Calming Bouquet

Shades of pink with the contrast of black and I immediately thought of the Calming Bouquet washi tape.

Thought I would go with a slimline card this time. I hand drew the line to give a frame.

My entry to ...

... Altenew February 2023 Inspiration challenge 


Tuesday, 14 February 2023

Rainbow Colours

I can't resist rainbow colours ... and this time I'm pairing them with the crisply graphic leaves from Uniko (Natures Treasures II) and the bold butterfly from Ellen Hutson (in the Up the Happy set).

I used the MFT Stitched Interactive Window Trio die to make my own stencil (I had to cut the part that would have been the hinge). I love the way the colour has gone through the stitches too. 

My entry to ...

... Time Out Challenge #231 : Photo Inspiration

... Uniko : Let the Celebrations Begin

... AAA Birthday #46: Use Stencils

... Inkspirational Challenge #283 : Use Stencils

Thursday, 9 February 2023

Artist Flower

 At one stage brown was quite "in" ... brown & pink, brown & turquoise ...

And it's back again.

Playing with my NBUS die Artist Flower No3. I was originally going to go very CAS and use plain colours, but I think the pink I used was too intense (see the second card - which is the first one I made).

Which one do you prefer?

My entry to ...

... Just Us Girls #665 : Color Week

... Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge : Fun with Dies

... NBUS #47

... CAS on Friday #250 : Ink Splatter

... The Flower Challenge : Use your latest stamps or dies

Wednesday, 1 February 2023

Color Hues : Sage & Coral

I am happy to be a guest designer at the Color Hues Challenge this week.

Here is this week's challenge 

I have so many new supplies I think my brain might fry! I should not be allowed any new products for a year.  So I had so use my NBUS supplies : SSS Etched Magnolia dies and the leaves from Etched Meadow flower. Love the dimension you get with this flower.

The background was created using the Altenew Kind Confetti which I only inked once, but stamped twice. 

We're looking forward to seeing your creations.

I will also enter this to ...

... Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge : Anything Goes

... Just Us Girls : CAS Week - Birthday


Wednesday, 21 December 2022

Christmas Tree Wishes

 Beautiful Christmas tree of words from Papertrey Ink!

This is the final card ... after trying 9 different backgrounds! Just love this embossing folder ... All Star Burst from Simon Says Stamp.

Here are the 9 different backgrounds I was trying ... started with vellum - but thought it got a bit lost on it, the red die cut stars - too dark!, gold die cut stars - too similar to the tree ... and on it went.

I added Nuvo Glitter Gloss to the stars on the embossing folder, and glossy accents to the star at the top of the tree.

Merry Christmas wishes to you ...

    A silent night,

        a start above,

            a blessed gift of hope and love.

A blessed Christmas to you.

My entry to ...

... Can you Handle the Pressure : Anything Goes with a Twist of Christmas

... The Card Concept : Christmas Greetings

... Let's Squash It : Snowflakes and Stars

... Divas That Die Cut : Anything Winter or Christmas Themed

... Christmas Kickstart Challenge : If it's Christmas, link it up.

... NBUS #45

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