Wednesday, June 16, 2010

A favorite summer memory

Hi everyone!  I have a couple cards to share today for the Gina K Designs June Illustrator challenge.  This month's theme was to make something that represents a favorite summer memory.

I grew up on a small ranch in Southern Oregon, and all of my relatives lived in the SF bay area.  So, almost every summer my sister and I got to visit Grandma and Grandpa!!  Here is a picture of me and my sister, Nicky (I am on the left) sitting on my grandma's back porch.  Our trips were amazing, I  remember the first time we rode on an escalator, WOW -that was a BIG deal!! 

Anyway, my Grandma June always sat on her couch.  You see, she was ill and not very mobile, so she had her "spot" on the couch (which was the entire thing, LOL!).  I can still remember doing crossword puzzles with her.  To this day, couches reminds me of my Grandma June.  I lost my Grandma 16 years ago, and still think of her all the time.  These cards are for her.

This card uses the Fine Furnishings Additions stamp set, illustrated by Nina Brackett, and papers from the Pink Paislee, 365 pack.  This card uses the sketch from Card Patterns #68, which is sponsored by Gina K Designs this week!!

This card also uses the Fine Furnishings Additions stamp set, illustrated by Nina Brackett, and papers from Cosmo Cricket, Early Bird AND follows a favorite layout of mine!
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Card Deets:
Stamps - Fine Furnishings Additions
Ink - Spring Moss, Pure Poppy, Dark Chocolate (PTI)
Cardstock- Vintage Cream, Dark Chocolate (PTI)
Pattern Paper - 365 (Pink Paislee), Early Bird (Cosmo Cricket)
Accessories - 1.5" striped grosgrain, Jute cording, wrinkled ribbon and Score-Tape (all Stamp Simply Ribbon store), Rhinestones (Kaiser), swiss dots EF, Prima Flower, scallop trim border punch (SU!), Copic Markers


Here is a picture of me with my horse, Sunshine.  We were at a 4-H show.  I think I was 13.  OK, enough with the old pictures!!



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27 comments:

  1. Love them both...great colors, ribbon treatments and details!

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  2. What a sweet memory of your Grandma and your 1st escalator ride. Your cards are beautiful, as always. Your ribbon treatments are just lovely.

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  3. Not sure how Gina thought up this challenge, but it was such a great one! It feels so good to share those special moments with others. Enjoyed your story and love your creations!

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  4. Awesome- love that huge ribbon!Thanks for playing at Unscripted Sketches!

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  5. Great story. Grandma's are so special :D Love the cards. First one is more in line with your story, and the second one is very chic!

    See you have been doing renos on your blog. Look good - see Maureen has been tutoring well :D

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  6. Oh so sweet and love this card! Great job on this!

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  7. beautiful cards!! love your fabulous design and all the details!!

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  8. Michelle these are just DELICIOUS cards girl. Beautifully done, and such sweet memories too!

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  9. Michelle your cards are gorgeous as always - your grandma would have loved them! Thanks for sharing the photos, they are such great memories to have :)

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  10. Love the cards...almost as much as the sweet story! :) Love the pic of Sunshine-I grew up horsey too!! Rodeo'd all the way into my thirties. Paying for that in my forties now! LOL!

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  11. too sweet, Michelle! I love seeing the old pictures :) what sweet memories. One of mine from my grandma is that she had strips of carpet running throughout the house protecting the new carpet underneath. She also had doilies everywhere :) Love how the inspiration came out on your cards :) that wide ribbon is fabulous with the CC paper :)

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  12. Gorgeous card Michelle! I LOVE the photos of you when you were younger- I wish my mom had saved mine.

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  13. Your cards are so cute! But I must admit I love the pictures and stories behind them. How precious memories are because they are so personal! TFS

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  14. GREAT old photos! I swear I have one around where I look just about the same and wearing the same thing too! Fabulous cards, by the way! ;)

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  15. Love your old pictures Michelle!! The horse one is fabulous!!

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  16. very elegant cards and lovely old pics!

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  17. Congrats Michelle! You have done just outstanding and looking forward to seeing what you create this coming release for GKD. It is so exciting to be chosen by Gina :o) Eeeks...happy for you!!

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  18. Oh Honey, I just love your story of your Grandma and how these couch cards make you think of her!!! What precious memories!!!! The cards are fantastic - love the cushion accents, luscious ribbons and touches of bling!!! (Super cute photos too!!!!)

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  19. Oh Michelle this photo is such a treasure! I love the story behind this lovely card you also did for CP. The other card looks fabulous as well!

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  20. Michelle,
    I love your wonderful memory of your grandma and I am so pleased that this was the month "June" that is especially special for you! June is your Grandma, June was the new Couch that always reminds you of your Grandma and June is the Month that Gina K. had you as the JUNE Challenge Winner!
    Congratulations!
    I'm sure your Grandma June is sitting on her Couch looking down on you with tons of LOVE!

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  21. Holy Moly! What a pretty card. I love that sweet stamp from that fine furnishings set!

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  22. Great card - great memories and congratulations on winning! I love both of the cards!

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  23. Congrats on your GKD win! Wonderful job of telling your story with such a perfect card to reflect it! Have fun over the next month playing with all your stamps!!

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  24. CONGRATULATIONS, Michelle! This is a great story and a beautiful card to illustrate it. I'm looking forward to all of your great creations with next month's GKD sets.

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  25. Congratulations, Michelle! Love your sweet story about your Grandma. Look forward to seeing your art as Gina K Designs Challenge Winner!!

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  26. Ohhh such a sweet card and a wonderful story! Congratulations, Michelle!

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  27. CONGRATS Michelle!!!! It will be so fun to "hang out" with you during your DT guesting!!! Yaaay!! And your couch design is just so very sweet and special!!!

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