Sunday, March 11, 2012

Remembering Japan

Well, I tried posting this yesterday, but for some reason, it went up as a blank post!  Anyway, I'm a day late now, but I still wanted to share this post with you.

Last year at this time, I was on my first trip to Japan.  You can read more about our Tokyo adventure here...

While in Japan, we were there for the earthquake and tsunami.  Luckily nothing bad happened to us but we were still scared and frightened being in another country.  Through it all, we developed a deep respect and appreciation for the people of Japan.  There was no crime, looters, panic or anything uncivilized during this tragedy.  You could sense the worry, but still everyone continued to work and go about their business.  If you were there, you would not have even realized that the tsunami had happened on the other part of the island.

We heard many stories of how residents had to walk 10 hours to get home or got stuck in hours of traffic trying to get to loved ones.  It's just incredible that thorough all of that, everyone seemed to stay calm, cool, and collected.

Just wanted to share a Sister Stamps card with you because Sister Stamps was on my mind while in Japan.  I got inspired by many of the things I saw while on my trip and hope to go back there again soon.

To make this card, I distressed the background with a few colors.  After staring at it for awhile, I decided to do something simple this time and just stamp Yohimi onto the distressed background, so you could still see the blended colors.  I added the black kanji for birthday (giving it away to a friend) and on the right, I used an old kanji stamp and stamped it with versamark and applied gold mica powder for a subtle look.  To balance out the black, I matted it onto black cardstock.

Even though I'm late, please take a moment of silence to remember the people of Japan who passed away or lost loved ones through this disaster.  They have gone through so much with such grace and honor.


  1. beautiful card! love yoshimi! i can't believe it's already been a year--the images are still pretty vivid in my mind. after the first couple of times, i had to stop watching the news about it.

  2. I sure remember that and was glad you folks made it back home safely. Your distressing is so nice. Cute card.

  3. Pretty card Jenny. I will have to try that technique.
    I am also glad you folks made it back home safely. Thank you for sharing your experiences about how the people of Japan came together after such a devastating tragedy. Even now they are resilient. Countries around the world including America should take lessons.
    Take care!!

  4. Love the distressed background Jenny! The card is beautiful and thank you for reminding us to take that moment of silence in honor of the Japan earthquake.

  5. Fabulous card Jenny, love the background it's beautiful with Yohimi!
    I can't believe it's been a year already. It was such an awful event but you are so right the people handled it so calmly and honorably...if only every nation could handle disasters like this.