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Apr 14, 2008

"Blue" Hydrangeas

I found a new blog through reading Melissa Phillips' blog, Lilybean's Paperie (which is always wonderful!!), it's called In Pursuit of CraftYness. The contributors are the former design team of Paper Salon, and I'm sure you would recognize the names! Their first post says they plan on sharing challenges, providing tips and inspiration - sounds great!! The first challenge is a sketch challenge by Julia Sandvoss. It looked like a lot of fun so I gave it a try!

I pulled out my beautiful 3 Step Hydrangea set from Kitchen Sink Stamps (did you see the great 2 page write up in the current issue of Cards?! Yea Maria!!! and a beautiful card by fellow Crew Member Tammy Hershberger - yea!!). I stamped all the flowers, leaves and the vase and then cut it out and added it to my dp with some dimensionals. It took me a bit of time to figure out how to add the sentiment without covering anything up, but I love how this came out! The sentiment is from the other new KSS set, Whole Family. I used some great vintage buttons (been using those a lot!) and a pretty Melissa Frances architectual accent to balance the right side.

Ok, here's my button story I promised last week. Many of you know that we homeschool our children (well mostly 2 right now). For the past couple of weeks the Read Aloud book was In Grandma's Attic. Several of the chapters centered around a button box that Grandma has and how the button box has many stories associated with it. My girls loved these stories and of course wanted to know if I had a button box. I had almost forgotten about them but I do have 2 button tins that were passed on to me from older family members and friends (I'm sure they are both at least 50-60 years old if not older!). We spent at least an hour that night on the bed sorting through one of the button tins, wondering where things came from, finding matches and ooohhing and aaaahhhing over all the great buttons! It's been fun going through the tin and finding buttons to compliment my cards - what a great second (or third) life for these little pieces of history!!

I hope you all have a wonderful week - do something extra special to enjoy Spring! Thank you so much for visiting!! :)

Cardstock: Georgia Pacific Whte, dp is Basic Grey (Gypsy (Moonbeam) & Perhaps (Daphne)), Vellum paper, Stamps: 3 Step Hydrangea, Whole Family, Inks: Blush Blossom, Almost Amethyst, Lavendar Lace, Vintage Violet, Sweet Blush (PTI), Certainly Celery, Perfect Plum, Mellow Moss, Always Artichoke, Saraha Sand, Going Gray, Accessories: Buttons, Lace & Architectual embellishment (Melissa Frances), dimensionals, Nestabilities

P.S. Please email or leave a comment if you would like me to tell you exactly what order I stamped the hydrangeas in, I played around with the colors a lot to find my favorite mix! :)

16 comments:

  1. This is stunning Julie - totally love the colors, all the lace, the buttons, just beautiful!!! Great take on the challenge!! *STAMPIN HUGS* Alex

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  2. Wow, what an amazing card!!! I love those hydrangeas! So glad you stopped by the Pursuit of Craftyness blog and tried the sketch!

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  3. Dee aka stampincuzILuv2April 14, 2008 at 3:14 PM

    Oh this is totally gorgeous Julie!!
    Wow!!

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  4. This card is awesome love those hydraneas. I also loved your button story what a great way to share and create.

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  5. Julie, this is STUNNING!!! Absolutely beautiful! And thanks for the Cards magazine mention! You made my day!

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  6. Simply goreous. I love how you created this bouquet...and the different additional embellishments you've added...the lace and the buttons are perfect. Adds to the "age" of the card. Joan

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  7. Wow...absolutely beautiful. That must have taken forever to make but it is stunning. I esp love it because i love those flowers but am allergic so these are the best kind for me! Great job!

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  8. Amazing card Julie!
    Love how you presented the sentiment!
    The lace and antique buttons ... perfect accent! :D
    Gorgeous!!!!

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  9. YOu do know that Hydrangea's are my favorite?? I'm going to HAVE to get this stamp now too!! Love this card, and all the others you've made with this set!! :-)
    Huggs,
    Jana

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  10. Laura (scrapnextras)April 15, 2008 at 11:06 AM

    WOW!! Julie this is drop dead gorgeous! Love the vellum sentiment, and those hydreangas are amazing!

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  11. Beautiful card, Julie! I LOVE the way you added the sentiment!!

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  12. I'm so glad you liked the sketch and you're card is absolutely stunning. I am complete awe of your beautiful stamping. And your vellum greeting was perfect for this! Be sure to come back to the Pursuit of Craftyness!!!!

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  13. This is absolutely beautiful! I love all the embellishments you used. Great job!

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  14. These are absolutely amazing!! Hydrangeas are my favorite flower - just wish I could grow them in my yard. I would love to know what colors you used in your flowers. I'm hoping to figure out a colorway in blues - love those blue ones!

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  15. This is absolutely gorgeous!!!! Love the story about the buttons and I love how you added the sentiment!!! You never cease to amaze me!!!

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  16. I LOVE this card. I can't believe you stamped this. The flowers are gorgeous! The button box story makes me smile. My mom had a couple of those tins and I remember playing for hours with them. I'll have to see if she still has it. My dd would LOVE it. Thanks for playing on the POC blog. Great job with the sketch!

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