Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Tribute to Joanne Grzelak

Hi Crafty Friends,

Today I am participating in a special blog hop tribute for my friend Joanne Grzelak. Sadly we were recently told by Joanne's sister Sue, that she had passed away suddenly on the 25th May 2019.

I "met" Joanne online way back in 2007 over on Splitcoast Stampers when I was invited to join the original CCEE Stampers challenge team. Back then we didn't have a blog, and we used to all meet in one of the SCS forums to chat each night. At that stage Joanne wasn't a member of CCEE Stampers, but she often popped in to chat with us and later joined the Design Team in 2010. 

Joanne was also one of the foundation members of the other challenge blog I look after called Crazy 4 Challenge which was started by Vicki Garrett, Cindy Haffner and myself back in 2009.

Joanne was a wonderful person, very supportive and will be missed very much.

Today the CCEE Stampers, Crazy 4 Challenges Design Teams and a few special stamping friends have come together in this special tribute blog hop to honour our stamping friend by either:

1. Create a card depicting one of the things she love which included:
  • The Ocean
  • Lighthouses
  • Black and White Cards
  • Her Dogs
  • Paper Piercing

2. CASEing a card Joanne created on either of her blogs  The Inky Ocean Gazer and The Inky Ocean Gazer 2 or SCS Gallery

As you can see by my card above, I decided to create a black and white card for my tribute to Joanne today. Joanne used to create the most wonderful black and white cards and I was always in awe of these cards she created. To me she was the Queen of black & white cards.

To create my card I used Paper Rose Studio's Blooming Flower Background die which I have been wanting to use for a while now. I die cut the images from black cardstock and then adhered this onto a piece of white cardstock that had Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape on the front and then added some Cool Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter over the top of the adhesive.

I framed this image using the largest frame from Hero Arts Wood Frame Infinity dies. I added this to the top of an Easel Card created from black cardstock.

I die cut another frame and added that to the base of the card and then stamped the striped background from Concord & 9ths Stripes & Sayings stamp set and die cut this using the same wood frame die so I could adhere the inner rectangle to the centre of the frame on the base.

I added a stripe of white cardstock across my striped background panel which is the stop for the easel card. I then added the Hello sentiment which is from The Stamp Market.

To finish off the main part of the card I added some black rhinestones.

Here is a look at my card when it is folded ready to be placed in an envelope.

I added a panel to the back of my card and added another sentiment, this time from Clearly Besotted's Sitting Here Thinking stamp set.

Thanks for visiting me today for our Tribute to Joanne Grzelak. Your next stop on the hop is Lois Bak. 

Here is the complete blog hop list if you need it.

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Lynn McAuley said...

I always loved the drama of Joanne's exquisite black and white designs. You have captured it beautifully with this remarkable card, Frances. What stunning work!

Rebecca Ednie said...

Very pretty. Love the black gems.

MiamiKel said...

Such a striking card - a vision of loveliness and the contrasting colors are just really beautiful. I love that your inspiration was from Miss Joanne and her lovely b/w cards - you are an amazing friend (to many of us!) Splendid, splendid tribute - thank you, Frances ♥

jdmommy - Anne Harmon said...

Certainly lovely in black and white.........Joanne would love your card, Frances. Dramatic and elegant.

Vicky Gould said...

This represents Joanne’s style to a t! She would love it!

Karen Aicken said...

Amazing Black and White card - I'm sure Joanne would just love this

Lois said...

What a lovely black and white card in Joanne's memory. She would have loved it!

Kathleen Adams said...

Oh my, I love your card Francis. I know our Joanne is smiling in heaven!

Liz Williams said...

I love your pretty black and white creation. I too loved that favorite color scheme of hers and your bold flower print was also such a "Joanne" feature. Thanks for putting this blog hop together, Frances. Everyone's cards were beautifully done and seem to express our respect for her as a gifted artist who touched all of our lives.