Thursday, November 1, 2012

Elements of Style / Hurricane Sandy Card

Greetings, All! I'm hoping that the fact you are reading this post means that you have electricity and internet service, both good things in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. I'm very happy to have my power back and to be blogging again. This card will forever be remembered by me as my Hurricane Sandy Card, because I was working on it when the power went out. I scrambled to get my house in order, the details of which I won't bore you with, then came back to it later that night by candlelight. That was working out OK until I moved the candle and spilled hot candle wax on my hand. Oddly, I was just happy that I didn't spill the wax on my card!  I decided it might be a good idea to finish it the next morning when the sun was up. By the way, if you are interested in seeing some photos of the hurricane's effect in my area, make sure you scroll down to the end of this post.

The lovely monochromatic color combination is compliments of Dynamic Duos. When I saw these colors I immediately thought of yellow roses, my favorite kind, and knew which stamp set I would use.

The sketch is from Nance at The Paper Players. This layout was perfect for my card, and the spray of roses takes the place of "Any Shape".

The roses were stamped with Black Stazon Ink on Whisper White Card Stock, and colored with ink pads and a Blender Pen. They were "fussy cut" by hand.

Stampin' Up! Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Elements of Style
Card Stock: Whisper White, So Saffron, More Mustard
Ink Pads: Black Stazon, So Saffron, More Mustard, Crumb Cake
Tools: Big Shot, Argyle Embossing Folder, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch

Now for some storm photos:

I'm located on the south shore of Long Island in New York, an area hit very badly by the hurricane. This photo was taken just a few blocks from my house, so you can imagine how grateful I am to have not suffered any damage. 

About a mile south of me is a marina, which had hundreds of boats stored away for the winter on blocks. As the ocean waters rose and covered land, all these boats floated off and onto roadways and peoples homes. The streets are littered with boats.

Many of them landed in front of (and into) homes. 

This unfortunate family wound up with not only a houseboat in their front lawn...

... but another boat besides.

Another houseboat gone astray.

The side deck of a local restaurant.

Click on this photo to make it larger and you'll see that there are seven or more boats piled up on land on the other side of this canal. What a mess. I can't even imagine how long the clean up is going to take. 

What you can't see in these photos is the devastation that was caused inside peoples homes as a result of the flood waters. My heart goes out to each and every one of them and I am very grateful. I'll be putting some displaced people up in my home this week, including a kitty. I hope Oreo will be hospitable!

Until next time, I hope you are all well and safe!



Chellie B said...

So in addition to being an ├╝ber-talented paper crafter, you apparently have an enormous heart. God has surely blessed you.

Lisa Elton said...

Sandy this is stunning! Your fussy cut blooms are gorgeous ~ well done. Thank you for playing along with us at Dynamic Duos!

Happy to know your are safe and that you are doing God's work in sharing your home. Hope the visiting kitty & Oreo get along ;)

Caro's Kaartjes said...

I love your creation Sandy!
Glad to hear you don´t suffer any damage.
It´s so generous of you to open up your home for displaced people.
My heart goes out to everyone who´s house got damaged.

Anonymous said...

LOVE the card! So jealous that you have power! LOL! It is very nice of you put people up in your house. I always say what a wonderful person you are and now everyone knows! XO

Darnell said...

It was nice to have a comment from you yesterday (and so very amazing that you took the time to do so!) to know that you and your family were safe. What dedication you have to your craft to carry on in candlelight at your own personal peril!

The sentiment on your beautiful card says it all . . . the pictures are just incredible. The power of Mother Nature is amazing, as is the power of the human spirit and kindness. Thanks to generous and giving people like you, recovery will happen. Bless you, Sandy!

Nance Leedy said...

Oh Sandy, I am so glad that you are safe especially after seeing the devastation in your neighborhood. What dedication to work on your card by candlelight! And, what a beauty it is. The colors are gorgeous and your fussy-cut roses are amazing! The beauty of your card is matched only by your kind and generous heart! Thank you for sharing with us at The Paper Players!

Heather Cooper said...

Some serious snipping went on with this card!! Especially if you did it by candlelight! Beautiful work! Sandy really hit your neighbourhood hard! We have been following the devastation on the news here in Canada. Glad you are safe and praying for those who suffered great losses.

Lisa Lynn said...

Your card is beautiful, and congratulation on your Dynamic Duo win. Incredible pics of the storm and stay safe!!! Sending blessings your way.

Melissa Davies said...

Devastating photos! I am so glad you are safe. My thoughts are with all of you!

LeAnne said...

Your card is just lovely...even if you did spill candle wax on yourself! The pictures are stunning...I didn't realize you were on were so blessed not to have had damage. SO many people suffering loss, it's a shame.

Unknown said...

Life really is a matter or moments, isn't it! It seems as though you have made the most of this one. Best of luck to you and all those around you.

Wendie Waldman said...

Sandy - I'm so glad you're safe. Your card is beautiful and heart-warming. The photos are unbelievable. I appreciate you sharing them with us. When you see our mutual friend Donna, please give her a hug for me. Keeping you and everyone affected by this disaster in my heart and prayers.