Wednesday, October 5, 2011

A Lilac Birthday

Yep, I'm playing in Flourishes Timeless Tuesday challenge again!  Here's my other card, 'Thistles', for that same challenge.
Here's the inspiration photo --


...and once again, I pulled out the purples to create a card.  This time, I added green, too.


This is a birthday card for my other mother-in-law, my husband's mom.  She helps us out in many ways, and she recently took a day off from work to accompany me to a 'scary' doctor appointment.  I appreciated that so much.  Luckily, the appointment went better than it could have.  I have some surgery in my near future, however.  I was glad my MIL was there as my companion when I received my news.

Since she loves lilacs, I took out my Flourishes 'Lilac' set and did lots of stamping, coloring and fussy-cutting.


I created my own background paper using the same set, on Perfect Plum cardstock.


A couple of purple jewels dress up the Modern Garland punch.

My friend Stacey G of Stacey's Crafty Creations sent me this gorgeous card last week, featuring one of my FAVE flowers, a hydrangea. 



Isn't it amazing?  I was 'wowed' by all the details Stacey puts into a card.  It is sitting proudly on a bookcase in my living room.  Thank you so much, Stacey!

I found out today that my 'French Flair' card won Spotlight Artist at City Crafter - yay!  Thanks to my friends at CCCB.  :)


Have a wonderful day, and I'll see you tomorrow with a Play Date Cafe post!

Colleen

Stamps:  Lilac - Flourishes
Paper:  Perfect Plum, Pale Plum, Always Artichoke - SU; white - PTI; patterned paper Beeswax - Pink Paislee
Ink:  Perfect Plum - SU; Memento Tuxedo Black - Tsukineko
Punch:  Modern Garland - Martha Stewart
Other:  Big Shot; purple bling, pearls - Queen & Co.; lace; Copic markers; Labels Four - Spellbinders

20 comments:

Ann Schach said...

Beautiful, Colleen! I love the texture. Purple is my favorite color!

Stacey G.- 2 Craf-t-4u said...

Gorgeous Colleen! Love the purple and the beautiful lilacs too! You are welcome! I instantly thought of you when I saw this hydrangea image. I love them too, so it was so fun to make! So glad you like it!

Lisa said...

You WILL be in my prayers for your upcoming surgery Colleen.I hope all goes well. LOVE this lilac card...so feminine and pretty. Hydrangeas are your favorite...lilacs are mine!!!

~Tammy~ said...

Yay! congrats on your spotlight!

Your card is beautiful and your MIL will love and appreciate it like she does YOU!!! Gorgeous use of lilac!

Thinking of you and lots of prayers your way!

Donna Bowman said...

Congrats on your French Clair card!! And you know what my favorite color is so I LOVE this card too!!! Such great details - love the lacey ribbon an dies and rhinestones!!

Linda Callahan said...

Oh those lilacs are so pretty! I love lilacs!

Maria said...

Gorgeous shades of purple on those lilacs! I love lilacs also. Every year I look forward to my lilac bush blooming! I'm sure your mother-in-law will love the beautiful card! And how sweet of her to go with your to your dr. appt. Hope all goes well with upcoming surgery. Congrats on your card awards and publlications, how fun! Take care, hugs!!:-))

Emily Keaton said...

You've been doubly inspired by that lovely photo over at Flourishes, Colleen! I do believe that your MIL will be completely bowled over by your stunning creation. And how wonderful that you are able to send your heartfelt thanks along to her in a handmade creation. I'm so glad she was able to go with you!!

Leslie Miller said...

Oh, what a lovely lilac card! Truly one of my all-time favorite sets. You've done it proud today. And isn't that a pretty card with the hydrangea image! Happy mail, for sure! Congratulations on your Spotlight honor. Well deserved!

Stacey G.- 2 Craf-t-4u said...

I got all caught up in your very sweet shout out to me earlier that I forgot to mention that you'll be in my thoughts during your upcoming surgery. With hopes this will be behind you very soon!

E.T. said...

another gorgeous beauty! Congratulation on being spotlighted.

Marisa said...

I was beginning to wonder if I was on an old post when I saw that insp. pic again LOL! Love the touch of lace and the lilacs are gorgeous.

Sorry to hear you have some surgery coming up - hoping it is minor and you will be back on your feet shortly (((hugs)))

Benzi said...

Such gorgeous lilacs for your MIL. Sorry you need surgery....hoping you mend quickly.

Bonnie said...

I love lilacs and these are no exception! You are blessed to have a MIL nearby to stand with you in scary moments!

Rosemary said...

another absolutely gorgeous card! you MIL will be thrilled to receive it...

Carol (Gingerbeary8) said...

Colleen you are going to be in my prayers for your surgery. When it rains it pours as they say with all you have been through this year. A big hug and many blessings sent your way. Your cards are just amazing. Your MIL will love that gorgeous Lilac card. I love the style of the other one with the window-very cool. I have not tried that yet. On my bucket list...lol Beautifully done my friend!

Bear Hugs,
Carol

Julie Marshall said...

Gorgeous card! I love lilacs and the colors you used are just perfect.

Silke Ledlow said...

Oh la la, two more beauties! I bet your MIL was blown away by her birthday card :) !?! Hugs ~S~

Andrea Ewen said...

Wow, all that fussy cutting and coloring was definitely worth it! I'm sure that your MIL will adore this card...it's perfect in every way!
And how sweet of Stacy to send you that beautiful card...the design is just amazing!

Shirley said...

Beautiful card and the lace is the perfect touch too! Your friend's card is lovely and what a unique design with the window too. Congrats on your win!! Not surprised and so deserved!

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