In Honor of the Bulb

The bulb contains the food that produces the blooms of many of our Spring flowers.  So, I had this idea to pay tribute to it on a tag that would be a lovely addition to a gift you might give for the Easter Season or just to say “Welcome Spring!”

“And then my heart with pleasure fills,

and dances with the Daffodils.”

~William Wordsworth

My daffodils have been poking up for some time now and it won’t be much longer before my garden is in color again.  I love looking forward to this time, just as I did when I was growing up.  The field in front of my grandparent’s home was filled with these naturalized blooms that we picked.  There are so many varieties with contrasting single or double coronas , but the large yellow Daffodils are still my favorite.

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Wagon Wheel

As card makers, we are able to capture a memory that will last; my card today does just that.  Three years ago, my husband and I moved cross-country from the Pacific Northwest to North Carolina to be closer to our family after we had lost our youngest daughter to breast cancer.  When my dear friend, Els (van de Burgt) found out, she told me of this song by Darius Rucker entitled Wagon Wheel.  “A must to listen to!”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvKyBcCDOB4

The lyrics start out…

“Heading down south to the land of the pines

I’m thumbing my way into North Carolina

Staring up the road and pray to God I see headlights

I made it down the coast in seventeen hours

Picking me a bouquet of dogwood flowers

And I’m a-hopin for Raleigh, I can see my baby tonight”

Well, with our car packed up, including our Ragdoll, Rosie, we headed to this land of the pines to build a home and set down roots.  Every time we crossed into another state, we played this song.

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A Victorian Tussie~Mussie for Valentine’s Day

A Tussie-Mussie, or nosegay as it’s commonly known, became popular during the reign of Queen Victoria (1837-1901).  These small bouquets were a popular fashion accessory, as well as, a symbolism from the language of flowers; a way to send a message to the recipient.

I chose Red Roses (for Love), Pansies (for Think of Me) and Baby’s Breath (for Everlasting Love) to display in my “posy holder” created with Els van de Burgt Studio’s Fitted Frames 5/Lace Circles.  As a final touch, I added Suzanne Cannon’s Calligraphic Elements/Heart for a “ribbon” on the holder.

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All You Need is Love~

I’m invigorated with new ideas after CHA and thought I’d start it off with a beautiful card to inspire you as well.  Valentine’s Day is less than a month away and this would be a perfect project to convey your feelings to that special someone, but it would also be a loving gesture for a birthday, wedding or anniversary card.

In addition to new dies with Elizabeth Craft Designs, they have launched two new lines of paper. The wonderful Soft Finish in a 100 lb. weight is a duo paper with white on the inside for us professional card makers and Premium Palette, an 85 lb. weight in colors that will melt your heart (it did mine!)  I know it will be a few more weeks before it’s available to the public, but I couldn’t help myself by sharing this exciting news and showing you how perfectly perfect it is.  The Premium Palette comes in both 12-inch x 12-inch or 8 1/2-inch x 11-inch.

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Joy of Giving – 3rd Giveaway for November

A Shining Memory

December is just a few weeks away and I knew it was time to do the calendar page to finish off the 2015 with some sparkle.  Aluminum trees were a fad in the 60s and I remember my mother wanting to change out our usual evergreen for one.  Money my grandfather had given her for Christmas was spent on this trend that would bring her years of pleasure.

Since Christmas was my mother’s favorite holiday, I wanted to honor her memory and create my own version of an aluminum tree with the help of Silver Metallic Shimmer Sheets (SS0211) and my Holiday Evergreen (#1093) die.  I couldn’t replicate the “color wheel” that illuminated the colors on the branches, cut I could do the next best thing and trim them with Sticker Dots (#7018) in my favorite Red.  A few presents, pots of Poinsettias and a bough of evergreens completes this cozy scene.

For the third week of “Joy of Giving,” the giveaway will include: Graphic 45’s collection~”A Christmas Carol,” a sheet of 2016 Calendar Months (from Rosie’s Roadshow), a package of Elizabeth Craft Designs  Soft Finish 100lb cardstock (PSF102), my CountryScapes – Build A Snowman (1081) and CountryScapes – Clouds & Grass (1094) dies. Next month, we can start the new year with January’s calendar together.

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To enter the giveaway…

  1. Comment on this post: What is your favorite Christmas/holiday memory?

The winner will be announced on Saturday, November 21st.

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