Tuesday, October 28, 2014

A Rose for Clarence

Today I heard the news that my good friend Clarence died this morning. He and his wife Phyllis were my bosses for 13 1/2 years and were the publishers of the Grant County Review. As a young girl I was employed shortly after high school. When all my children were out of the nest I went back to the work at the newspaper and spent another 10 1/2 years working for them. They were not only my bosses but my mentors and good friends.

Today's card is for him. Normally, I might not use flowers on a card for a man, but Clarence was not only a great newspaper man but he was also a man who loved to grow flowers. He was especially proud of his beautiful roses. Many times during the years I worked there we would see a beautiful bouquet of them gracing the counter in the outer office. So my card was made especially with him in mind today.


The rose is from the Gina K. Designs Stately Flowers set illustrated by Melanie Muenchinger and the sentiments used are from the Gina K. Designs Elegant Florals set by Theresa Momber.

I stamped the rose on white card stock with Momento black dye ink and colored it in with my Spectrum Noir alcohol ink pens. I then fussy cut it out and popped it on a dark green card base with mint green and dark green layers. I stamped the sentiment in dark green ink onto the mint green and placed it on a layer of red. I popped the rose over the top of these layers and then added some red rhinestones of various sizes to give a more elegant look to the card.

I will always feel so blessed to have known this lovely couple and I know after his wife Phyllis died that he was very lonely for her. So I hope they both rest in peace now and are enjoying their reunion in Heaven with their Lord.

Thanks everyone for stopping in and I am always appreciative of your lovely comments.

God bless,
Verna

12 comments:

jean w. said...

Beautiful card Verna! Great story and glad you had such great mentors and bosses in your life!

Doris W. said...

What a beautiful tribute to your friend! So sorry.

Karen Hasheck said...

What a lovely card. So sorry for the loss of your friend. His family is going to love this card you made especially in his honor.

Rosy Newlun said...

This is completely stunning and your story about Clarence is precious. I'm sorry that you've lost a dear friend and boss, Verna. Thank you for sharing the meaning in this card. You are a dear friend to countless others with a giant heart of love ♥

Barbara said...

First of all, let me say that I am sorry for the loss of your dear friend. Your story and the card that you made are so precious. I am sure that he was proud of your friendship and would have loved your card. His close family will know the special message.

Beth said...

So sorry for the loss of your dear friend Verna.....I am sure this beautiful card will be a treasure for his family.

Olga Moore said...

What a beautiful card to pay tribute to your friend, Verna. I know this card will be cherished by his family and will bring wonderful memories. My condolences on the loss of your friend.

Shari M said...

The loss of a friend like that is hard, but think you did the exact card for him that his family can really appreciate. Sympathy cards should be for the person with the loss and that will mean something to them if possible, and you did it perfectly.

Vicki Dutcher said...

Absolutely a beautiful card! That rose is breathtaking, and by the sounds of it, appropriate!

Asha said...

So sorry for your loss, Verna. They sound like a very special couple. Hope you are ok. Your card s simply amazing - I hope it brings some comfort.
hugs, Asha

Seadragon said...

A beautiful tribute to him, Verna.

redwasher1 said...

Verna, your card is beautiful!

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