God Sweetens Outward Pain...

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Many of you may have heard of the young boy who was killed at one of our Kansas City waterparks.  He and his family attend the church we called home, when we first moved to Kansas City eleven years ago.  His older brother was in Ezekiel's Sunday school class, which we taught at the time, and my hubby played softball with his dad.  It's been some time, since we've seen the whole family together.  Matter of fact, the last time that I saw Caleb he was just a little tyke; but his family has overwhelmed my thoughts and prayers in light of their recent tragedy.  So, I turned to my studio to create a little something to reach out to them.
I started this card by stamping and masking all the plant images, as well as the "God sweetens outward pain with inner peace.  THOMAS WATSON" sentiment, in Jet Black ink, on a piece of watercolor paper.
Everything was then carefully watercolored in the shades inspired by the challenge graphic below.  I also did quite a bit of shadowing, but the sun appears to have washed a lot of the detail out of these photos.  The bench was black embossed in the center of the garden scene; and the butterfly received a Clear Wink of Stella treatment for added interest, before everything was anchored, with gold-threaded, straight, machine stitches, to a piece of Elegant Eggplant cardstock and, in turn, with foam tape, to the White, cardstock, card face.
Inspiration for this card came from Cupcake Inspirations' Challenge 370.
A Go Fund Me campaign was established to help pay for funeral expenses, but as I understand, it well exceeded its goal and has stopped receiving donations.  So, please bring this precious family before the throne of God in prayer, especially during Caleb's funeral tomorrow afternoon.  He knew Jesus, and I know his family is resting in the peace of the assurance of his salvation as promised in Romans 10:9; but words cannot possibly describe the heartache they will, undoubtedly, endure for a lifetime.  Thank you!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Cottage Garden & Wildflowers (The Craft's Meow) Paper: White (Wplus9); Elegant Eggplant (SU!); watercolor (Master's Touch) Ink: Jet Black (Ranger); watermark (VersaMark) Other: gold thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scotch); black embossing powder (SU!); watercolors (Kuretake); Clear Wink of Stella (Zig)

11 comments:

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

I just read about this yesterday ... so sad! I love the card you made for his family - just beautiful!

KimCreate said...

Oh yes, I heard of this sweet boy. My heart goes out to his family. Your card is beautiful and I'm sure they will appreciate your thoughts and prayers to them.

Sandy said...

Very pretty card!! Thank you for sharing with us this week at Cupcake Inspirations.
-Sandy, DT

Lynn said...

Words can't express the sorrow of pain for Caleb's family. Their family will certainly continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.

Miriam Prantner said...

That was such a heartbreaking story. So glad to hear that they have a strong church family surrounding them! It's a beautiful card and the quote is just right.

Team Clark said...

Absolutely lovely and thankfully so true! :)

Kamila Routsis * Life In Moments said...

Beautiful card! Thank you for joining us at Cupcake Inspirations this week!
Kamila DT

Maria said...

How very sad for the family who have lost a precious son. It's a very deep pain when parents lose a son. My heart goes out to them. I will keep them in prayer. May God, family, and friends give them comfort they need during this difficult time. Your card is very thoughtful and so beautiful, Jinny!

Indy Owens said...

Lovely card and very inspiring quote! So glad you were inspired by this week's colors at Cupcake Inspirations!
Debbie, DT Sweetie

Eva Ng said...

Lovely card! Thanks for joining us at Cupcake Inspirations. - Eva, Sweetie DT -

Monika/Buzsy said...

What a pretty card Jinny. Simple but so serene... love the coloring. So sad... it's not easy to lose anyone, let alone a child. What a nice gesture to reconnect with the family.