Healing Through Crafting; A Mother’s Day Tribute

There are many reasons for crafting. Typically, we talk about the creative aspect; the need to make something with our hands; the desire to learn something new. But, there’s also a deeper, emotional fulfillment that crafting offers.

Almost five years ago, I lost my mom to cancer. Those who have had direct connection with the illness, know how trying it is on both the patient and his or her family.  Her illness and lose has profoundly affected me. It was a time of agony and change that I wasn’t really ready for. I had support from my loved ones, but it was when I was creating something that I felt reprieve from reality.

 During that time, I was a day camp art specialist in the summer and it was in that position that I felt a relief I couldn’t find anywhere else. I was responsible for the creative activities of 100 children. It was long hours of planning, art supply shopping, and creating. It was that outlet that helped me discover a coping mechanism that allowed me to channel my emotions in a way that helped me heal. I took that lesson, and applied it regularly to my routine and thanks to it, I was able to move forward.

I still miss my mom and I always will. Even now, I’m getting misty eyed just thinking about her. She was my greatest advocate, even when I didn’t realize it at the time. To honor her, and all the other women caring for others in some capacity, I created this Mother’s Day card. I used the Cricut to create the cover plate die cut and built on top of it, using floral stamps and sentiments. Over all, it creates an elegant balance of modern and feminine.

To see how I created this card, you can watch my video in two parts here:

Cricut Video Tutorial:

Cardmaking Video Tutorial:

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