Transgender Day of Rembrance

I had an interesting conversation with my 14yo son this morning. He asked me to cook him some breakfast, and as I was chatting with him, I noticed from across the room that he was wearing a small button on his shirt. This is an unusual thing for Ben.

Me: What's that button on your shirt?
Ben: Nothing, it's just a button.
Me: There is something on your button. What is it?
Ben: Why do you have to give me a hard time about everything?
Me: I just want to know why you are wearing a button.
Ben: I just am, okay?
Me: So what does it say?
Ben: It's LGBT.
Me: Okay. (pause)Because today is the day of remembrance?
Ben: What?
Me: The day of remembrance for the LGBT that have died.(well, just transgender, but at this point, I'm not really sure Ben even knows what LGBT means.)
Ben: I'm just wearing the button.
Me: Where did you get it?
Ben: I found it on the floor in my room.

This is the first thing that made any sense in this conversation, because I remember Sophie trying to start a Gay Awareness club in her high school (long story), and Ben took her room when she went off to college.  When I brought Ben is food, I got a better look at the button.  It had the HRC logo with "HRC.ORG" under it.  That's pretty subtle, I think - not every kid his age would know what that is.  Maybe Ben does know what LGBT means.

So, I made this card for the Transgender Day of Rememberance.
The butterflies and dragonflies represent spirits that are finally free from mortal suffering.  They are my favorite images for sympathy cards.

I was trying to duplicate a technique I saw Valita demonstrate on her site - it's harder than it looks, but I love the lacy effect.  The pink is a liner - it's hard to write words in a card that has holes in the front unless you put in a liner.  In real life it's a much softer pink.  All the shapes are punched - I used 4 different punches.

I had to enter the card in a few challenges, of course:
Crafty Emma - lace
Ellephantastic - butterfly
Alice in Wonderland - butterfly
Stamp Scrap Doodle - no flowers
Fairy tale - white

Remember, no hate!

Juliet Arrighi

15 comments:

Bianca said...

This is very pritty! I love the punched parts you have used very much! Thanks for joining us at Fairy Tale Callenge! xx Bianca

karlinchen50 said...

Hello a very beautiful card, the design is gorgeous.

Thanks for joining us at Fairy Tale Challenge
Hugs Karla

Nela said...

Beautiful card!
Thanks for playing along with us at Fairytale Challenge
Hugs Nela

Erin said...

Such a beautiful card. Thanks for joining us at Oh, Alice.

Annette22 said...

what a wonderful card

thanks a lot for joining us at Fairy Tale

hugs


Annette

Thistleblue said...

Really pretty card at first look I thought it had been cut using a machine, fab idea! thanks for joining us for the Ellephantastic challenge!
hugs
Michelle
Elle DT
x

darling Ho said...

Amazing design!! It's very very very beautiful!!
Thanks for join us at FTC, hope to see you next time.
~darling Ho~FTC DT

Vicky said...

Gorgeous card Juliet. No words are needed on the front of this :)

Vanja said...

Fabulous card! I love the butterflies.
Thank you for joining us at Ellephantastic challenges. :)

hugs, Vanja

Vicky said...

Hi this is such a gorgeous card I love the effect it gives.
Thank you for joining in our challenge this week at CES Challenges.Good luck.

Hugs Vicky xx

Julie said...

Fabulous - I love the filigree effect you've achieved! Thanks for joining us at CES Challenges this week. Juliexx

Julie said...

Fabulous - I love the filigree effect you've achieved! Thanks for joining us at CES Challenges this week. Juliexx

kaylou said...

aahh this is such a gorgeous card thanks for joining our lovely lace challenge at CES challenges.
Hugs Kaylou xoxo

PokSa said...

This is a fantastic and beautiful card.
Thanks for joining us at the Fairy Tale Challenge.
Hugs, Sandra

Shelly Schmidt said...

I love this elegant project- I love the pink in the background too. We should all concentrate on what we have in common instead of what are differences are I think......