Monday, August 20, 2012

Summer Delight

Hello friends!  I made a card for a neighbor who is celebrating a "big" birthday this year.  She's the kindest, sweetest woman, and it gave me great pleasure to make an extra-special card for the occasion.


My inspiration came from these challenges:



I used two Unity stamps for this.  The sentiment is from a set of the same name, and the rose is from the Provencial Collection.  I had bought a bunch of bee-autiful Unity goodies a while back (during a most awesome sale), and am happy to crack into them a bit more (this card and this one show more of the stamps I bought during the sale).  :o)

The ribbon is vintage, from my grandmother before she passed away.  It's at least 30 years old (and that's estimating on the safe side; it could be older), but looks very good.  She kept her things in tip-top shape.  I sure do miss her!  My girls never got to meet her.  She passed just months before my eldest daughter was born.  I had such a wonderful relationship with her.  She began crocheting a baby blanket for me using white (my request) yarn.  I don't think she got very far into it when fate stepped in.  Her older sister, Irene, took over from there so that I had a special blanket at the time of my baby shower.  Sigh...such a fond, bittersweet memory.  :o)


I wiped the edges of the Fleur-de-lis Rectangle die with white and dark umber inks, to give it a worn look to match the DCWV patterned paper.

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Dimensions: 4.25" x 5.5"
Stamps: Provencial Collection, Delight In The Little Things - Unity
Paper: Old World Matstack - DCWV; Natural White, Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake - SU
Ink: Walnut Stain, Antique Linen - Ranger; Memento Tuxedo Black - Tsukineko; Whisper White craft - SU
Fibers: vintage satin loop ribbon; twine - Creative Impressions
Other: pearls; Scalloped Ovals, Fleur-de-lis Rectangles dies - Spellbinders; kraft tag - SU (old); Copic markers

43 comments:

Kristi S said...

This is so lovely! I like the colour combination and the layout. Well done!

Hugs,
Kristi

Annette said...

Girl you keep blowing me away with your amazing cards...this is another example of beauty...love it..

Thank you for all your sweet comments you left me about my kitchen problem...your too sweet..

Anonymous said...

What great details! Love the story about your grandma too. Love the whitewash sort of look you have going on there! The pearls are the crowning touch.

Chris R. from Iowa

Marisa said...

Totally gorgeous card!!

Ann Schach said...

Beautiful, Colleen! I love the colors and the frame. And what sweet, sweet memories of your grandmother...

Martha H. said...

Tbis is stunning, Colleen! WOW!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Wowwwwwwwwww!! This is GORGEOUS! I love love love the colors, the flower and sooooooooo loveeeeeeeeee those pearls!!!!

Lisa said...

Goodness Colleen this is just so vintagey and lovely ~ nice job!! Wonderful story about your baby blanket. My MIL crocheted a blanket for our sweet baby boy, I cherish it.

Jennifer said...

Beautiful card! Your friend will surly love it. What a sweet story too about your grandmother...sounds like she was a wonderful women. =)

Joanna M. said...

So beautiful Colleen! Hugs, Joanna

yyam said...

*sigh* You are so great at layering. So beautifully composed! :)

Linda R said...

Amazing my sweet friend.. I just love the design and colors. It's a gorgeous card...

Hugs~

nwilliams6 said...

Colleen, this is just stunning. I know your neighbor will feel so loved when you give her this! Your post brought tears to my eyes - seriously. How wonderful that you used some special things on the card from your Grandmother and she sounds just wonderful. I miss mine too - Grandmothers are wonderful treats from God. The Twisted Sisters on SCS had a challenge this week to make a card that involves a special memory from your childhood and tell the story - you nee to include this in that challenge - the girls there would love it. Hugz!!!

Bonnie said...

What a special card for your friend! I think your Grandma was a big influence in your life. Your description reminds me of you.

Karen McAlpine said...

So pretty, Colleen!!!

Susie said...

Beautiful card, Colleen. I'm a first time vistor to your blog and signed up to follow you. I'm here after seeing one of your cards on SCS. Beautiful work and beautiful photography. What are you shooting with? I just switched from a Nikon D80 to a Nikon D5100. Your blog is lovely. I've enjoyed looking through it this morning. Your card will be such a joy to your neighbor. What a nice thing to do for her.

Warm regards,
Susie ~

Pauline said...

A real vintage beauty Colleen, I love the vintage image, fancy frame and warm tones, just gorgeous!

Maria said...

A very gorgeous card, Colleen! Love how you inked up the edges of the frame! Pretty floral image and lovely ribbon from your grandmother! Thanks for sharing such sweet memories of her, so special! Take care, hugs!

Benzi said...

Beautiful vintage, Colleen. I love the swipe of inks on your frame. Your grandmother's ribbon is gorgeous and how wonderful to be able to use it on your cards. I'm sure that would make her very happy.

Leslie Miller said...

Colleen, this is absolutely beautiful. I love how you used the inks on the mat to age the piece. The white is especially nice for fading. Beautiful rose image. Your grandmother would be very pleased to see this and know you felt her with you when you were creating.

Angel said...

GORGEOUS gorgeous gorgeous!! the stamps are amazing on your card.

Kary said...

Your card is so beautiful, Colleen!! Love the rose and the lovely design. Great job!

Paula-Scrap Addict said...

wow, what a beautiful job on the coloring! and such a pretty card overall

Jen said...

This is so gorgeous!!

Houses Built of Cards said...

TOTALLY gorgeous card! LOVE it!!!

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Ruby said...

This is just gorgeous. So pretty.

Scrapper Myra said...

I'm sure she'll love this card. Tell her happy birthday from me!

JPScraps said...

Gorgeous card!

Linda said...

Totally gorgeous... Look at pretty flower and colors and love details.

BloomingPink said...

Such wonderful textures and layering!

Michelle said...

What a wonderful first post for FWF! A beautiful card with so many gorgeous elements!

Laura Jane said...

LOVELY layers!

Julie Odil said...

What a beautiful card! She's gonna love it. Thanks for sharing the story of your grandmother.

CaroleAnn said...

Colleen
What a yummy card - I like everything about your card. Your comments on your grandmother were so sweet to read and you were lucky to have such a wonderful relationship that gave you such wonderful memories! I love your work! Hugs

cinmfoster said...

Beautiful card.

Donna Bowman said...

Amazing card Colleen! Love all the details and the design!

Amber S said...

This is stunningly beautiful.

Mary Anne / MA54K said...

Is this the last rose of summer? It is truly breathtaking!

Julia S-W said...

A beautiful card - so heart warming to read about your lovely memories!
Sorry not to have visited recently but I'm now going to make up for it and catch up on all your gorgeous creations.
Juliaxx

Lindsey said...

Absolutely beautiful! Beautiful colouring on the flower, and love all the little details.

Emily H said...

Wowzers! So beautiful!

Basslady said...

this is so fabulous and wonderful!

hugs and kisses from germany,
silvi xoxo

Andrea Ewen said...

Woohooo! See me down here? Uh, 42 comments? Um, yeah...I'm not the only one in love with this card...it's absolutely beautiful! I love it! (43!)

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