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Mona Pendleton | Friday, September 9, 2016 @ 1:55 AM | , ,

Hi there! I'm looking forward to the weekend, how about you? Before I get to today's projects, I'd like to thank all of you for keeping my sweet sister Marlene and our family in your thoughts and prayers. I truly appreciate all the kindness. To bring you update on my dear sister's status, she has completed 14 days of full brain radiation 3 weeks ago and now the side effects are rearing their ugly heads. She's quite nauseated, doesn't have an appetite and has lost all of her hair to name a few. Since her cancer is aggressive and her condition is terminal, the oncologist needs to treat her as aggressively as possible in hopes of slowing down the growth of the brain tumors. She has started chemotherapy treatments as of yesterday. She's so brave. Depending on how she tolerates the chemotherapy the treatments are scheduled every 3-4 weeks. Here's a recent photo that was taken Labor Day weekend of my sister and her sweet daughter Renee:
I joined along with this week's PTI Make It Monday challenge where Danielle has challenged us to use a technique that she refers to "From Black and White To Color". 
 
 Using the fun technique, I created a card for my dear sister using pretty flowers and foliage from the PTI  stamp set: Flower Garden  along with a couple different colored COPIC markers: 
This is a rather clean and simple which makes great for simply mailing it via "regular" mail without any additional trips to the post office! 
For card sketch inspiration, I'm joining along with the current CAS(E) sketch challenge
 and for color inspiration, I joined along with the current Color Throwdown color challenge:
It's Day 8 of 30 in 30:
I painted an 8" x 8" sunflower on a gessoed canvas:
I love sunflowers and I'm hoping to improve my painting skills so I can have a few canvas's hanging in my home featuring sunflowers :)
I'm linking my painting to the current Paint Party Friday site:
Thanks so much for stopping by ~ I hope you have a great weekend!
Be Sweet ;)
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37 Sweet Comments So Far:

sirkkis said...

Love your beautiful sunflower. Your sister and her daughter are sweet.
Happy PPF 😃

Valerie-Jael said...

Beautiful art and all the best for your sister, I have been through chemo myself and know how hard it is, hugs, Valerie

Donna Cala said...

Best wishes for your sister and your whole family. Stay together and share lots of love during these difficult times.

Neesie said...

That's such a beautiful photograph of your brave sister and her daughter. They have gorgeous smiles. I hope the treatment works and wish you and all of your family very best wishes.
Your sunflower is stunning and certainly bring a smile I'm sure. Amazing colour.
Happy PPF to you... take care :D

lainey said...

Your MIM card is so pretty with that color of blue! And your sunflower painting is absolutely amazing! Hoping all works out for your sister.

Linda Kunsman said...

continued prayers for your loving sister Mona. Her wonderful, positive attitude and all her friends and families support will get her through this huge challenge. Lovely CAS card, and your sunflower painting is gorgeous! Happy PPF!

Susan Lankford said...

Your sister's brave walk through aggressive therapies for her cancer is inspiring, to say the least...praying for your sister and comfort for your family.

Mona, your sunflower is worthy to be hung on the wall!
I saw both of those challenges...your lovely card does justice to both!

Linda said...

So sorry about your sister. Prayers to you and your family.
Love your MIM card with so much white space and the pop of blue. And that sunflower is stunning. Beautiful, Mona.

Sue Lelli said...

My prayers for your sister continue. Thanks for sharing the photo. Love your card and your painting is so PRETTY,

My name is Erika. said...

Fabulous sunflower piece. I just love sunflowers!

Leigh Penner said...

Oh, your card is so pretty! I love your take on the technique and the sketch! And your sunflower is amazing! You are so talented, Mona!

Lisa said...

Your brave sister is in my daily prayers, Mona. What a beautiful picture of her and her daughter!! I love their smiles :)

Your card is so gorgeous!! I love the technique you used!! The colors are so beautiful!! And wow!! The sunflower looks amazing!! I'd hang this on my wall now!! I love it!! Have a great weekend!! Big hugs :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Ros Crawford said...

My heart goes out to you and your family... Your sister is amazing and such a lovely photo too!
Gorgeous card Mona! So pretty! Love the big beautiful sunflowers ... You are so clever!

Imke said...

Sending good thoughts your way and to your sister !

Your card is lovely and you did a great job with this week´s MIM Challenge !

Imke ~ My Crafty Place

Nicole Beadwright Campanella said...

I love the art you showed today. That sunflower is light and love on so many levels. My heart to you and your family. I went through the same ordeal with my Sister a few years ago. Your sister is beautiful as is her daughter. My love and prayers always to you.

Helen F. said...

Sending prayers positive thoughts to your sister in her battle with this dreadful disease. Thanks for sharing the photo of her and your niece, Mona.
I love your sweet card and your Sunflower painting is beautiful.

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Sending positive prayers and thoughts for your sister and big hugs. Your card and painting are absolutely stunning, as always. Tracy x

Patty O'Malley said...

Praying for your sister every day. I'm sure your lovely cards make her smile. I love your sunflower painting--it is so beautiful!

Lisa said...

Yes, she is brave and she continues to be in my prayers Mona, you too. The card you made for her is delightful and will bring a smile to her face! PRETTY painted sunflower too!

Helen Wallace said...

Sending healing thought to your dear Sister. Sorry she is having such a tough time. Your unique take on the stamp colouring is gorgeous and the cheery sunflower is a delight. Thanks for the kind words you left on my blog.

Dea Lenihan said...

I adore those sunflowers. Sending all good vibes and healing. xo

Giggles said...

Well I have to admit I had several tears seeing this beautiful photo of your sister and her daughter! More prayers and good thoughts her way! Nice to see a photo and really direct and focus those prayers on her!! I imagine your gorgeous cards bring her so much joy!! Just as much joy as your art brings me... We are so into that yellow of late. Revamping a few pieces of furniture with it...so this painting really really speaks to me...I love it! Two of my best friends have this as their favorite flower!

Hugs and prayers to all of you!
Giggles

Maria said...

Very pretty card with fab technique! I love the sunflower painting...stunning! Sending up prayers for your sister, hugs!

Pamela_U said...

Sorry about your sister, Mona! I hope she feels better soon. You are a wonderful sister and I'm sure your creations cheer her up! Such a beautiful card! Love your two toned stamping technique! And your painting is magnificent! Love sunflowers! You are amazing!

Christine L said...

Thank you for the update on your lovely sister Mona, I do feel for her and you all that are going through this ordeal with her. My sister passed away in 2009 from similar - so I'm sending massive big hugs and positive thoughts for you all.

And then onto your card which is gorgeous........ then those wonderful sunflowers... just WOW - amazing!!! I hope your art is providing some sort of therapy too... I found it helped tremendously.

Big hugs
Christine x

Heather Jensen said...

Such a sweet photo of your sister and niece. I've been keeping her in my thoughts and prayers.

Your card is darling and perfect for the color challenge. I LOVE all your painting, but especially love this one. You are full of talent, my dear friend. :)

Vickie Z said...

Fabulous as always!! Love the black/white to color!! Your sister is amazing!!

Kathy Mc said...

Oh, Mona, so sorry to read this about your dear sister I'm sure your beautiful cards bring a smile to her face as you do lovely work. Sending prayers for all of you as it's so challenging to deal with all of this. Your sunflowers are gorgeous in that colorful painting.

Cheryl W. said...

Thank you for sharing the photo of your brave sister. Her strength is so inspiring! I love the technique you used on your card. I hope to give it a try, once we return from our trip and I can get back into my craft room. Your sunflowers are wonderful! So fun to see those happy blooms!

Stella said...

Your sister is so brave; my heart goes out to her and her family. (including you) Your CAS card is lovely! And your sunflowers are FAB!

artful-notions said...

My heart goes out to your family, Mona. Prayers for all of you! I love seeing your talents, whether a gorgeous card or amazing painting. Both stunning!

Davi said...

Im loving all the white space on your card Mona, simple but fun with the partially colored layer! The sunflower is beautiful, you did a super job on it! A beautiful picture of your sis and daughter!! Im praying that the chemo works and slows this terrible cancer and that the nausea stops! She and you all are in my thoughts frequently and in my prayers regularly. I know it is SO difficult,,,big hugs@

Samra Leshinski said...

Beautiful picture of you sister and niece! She is one brave and strong woman! My heart goes out to you and her!
The card you made is soooo beautiful! Love the colors!
And the painting is so powerful! Love the fresh and "screaming at you" yellow! This is one of the most energetic paintings of yours so far in my humble opinion.
Hugs
Samra
Paper Talk with Samra

Danielle Flanders said...

So pretty, Mona!

MackieMade Paper Creations said...

Still praying for your brave , beautiful sister!

Granny Annie said...

Love the black to white sympathy card. Love the sunflower. Wow to both.

EAGHL/Granny Annie
http://trigra.blogspot.com

Greta said...

What a treasure the photo is of your sister & niece! Hoping they'll be able to control the side effects so Marlene can have some quality time. I know she must love the beautiful card you made for her--one of the best examples I've seen of that technique, Mona! Your sunflower looks ready to adorn your wall!


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