August 15, 2021 in , , , ,


 It is difficult to explain the incredibly deep meaning for me behind the creation of this card but I will try. I have envisioned this creation for a few months now and was finally able to put it together today.

I found Melissa, the maker behind Josiah & Co., a few years ago on instagram. She makes baby booties "handcrafted with heaven babies in mind". The ability to connect with a community who have experienced similar roads to parenthood as we have has definitely impacted our journey and given me a unique support that I was not able to find anywhere else. Last year, Melissa led a group online for Pregnancy After Loss, and navigating the challenges of this unique situation while also amidst a global pandemic. I was able to attend and "meet" Melissa on Zoom. Though I had communicated with her through social media for the past few years, being able to connect face-to-face (even though through computer screens) brought comfort to me. It is challenging to express just how much this unique support has brought to my life. With the arrival of Melissa's baby, Emefa, this spring, I felt compelled to make a special card. I was inspired to start with a rainbow, the term used for a baby born after loss, and decided to create it in the colours of a stunning quilt that Melissa crocheted for her baby girl. 

Special shoutout to Sheri at Papercrafters Workshop for helping me source the supplies I needed for this card. My rainbow is made from Aged Mahogany + Tattered Rose + Chipped Sapphire + Pumice Stone + Speckled Egg distress oxide ink. I knew that I also wanted to include a unicorn on the card, as Melissa refers to Emefa as her unicorn baby. I received this unicorn as a freebie from Lawn Fawn during my birthday month and coloured it up with my Tombow markers. I wanted to create a spectacular sky for my scene and decided to use the current Lawnfawnatics Challenge sketch to make some sort of northern lights shining. I used Tattered Rose + Prize Ribbon + Speckled Egg distress oxide inks for my lights and then faded them into Chipped Sapphire + Black Soot distress oxide ink. Once the inks were dry I spattered the sky with my gold and silver Beam Paints

I wanted to include the baby's name on the card and decided on the sentiment, "Emefa is here". I chose this because after both my son, Harvey, and my son, Alexander, were born I found myself continually needing to repeat, "He is here. He is ok. Everything is ok.". 

Thank you, Melissa, for everything that you put out into the world. It truly makes a difference.

Paper: Solar White (Neenah); Pearlescent Vellum (Lawn Fawn)
Ink: Archival Black, Black (CTMH); Aged Mahogany, Black Soot, Chipped Sapphire, Prize Ribbon, Pumice Stone, Speckled Egg, Tattered Rose distress oxide (Tim Holtz)
Stamps: Little Bundle, Party Unicorn (LF)
Dies: Puffy Cloud Borders, Oliver's Stitched ABCs, Party Unicorn, Stitched Rainbow (LF)

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  1. A really wonderful card, Allie! I can only imagine how much they'll appreciate everything you put into it :-)

  2. What a special card, Allie. Thanks for sharing your story and your vision for this card. I know it will be special to Melissa. I love your sweet card and northern stars-like background that you created. Thanks so much for participating in this Lawn Fawnatics Challenge!

  3. Wow, this card is beautiful! I love the colors so much, seriously it is amazing! Thank you so much for playing the Lawn Fawnatics Challenge!


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