Saturday, June 30, 2012

A Grandmother of a Blog Hop!

Hiya friends! Just poppin' in today, while on holiday, so I could participate in the blog hop organized by Lesley in honor of Grandmother-to-be Linda Callahan! Linda was one of the first friends I made in blog-land and I remain inspired by her creativity, envious of her sharp wit and thankful for her feedback and encouragement.  She is going to make a fabulous Grandma!  Congratulations Linda!
If you're following the hop, you've arrived here from Jaydee's blog where I am sure she had a beautiful project to share!  If you're just popping in and want to start at the beginning, hop on over to Lesley's blog to get started!  
In honor of grandmothers, Lesley asked us to share something about our own grandmothers that inspired the card we created for Linda.  Above is my Nana.  I love this picture of her.  The shadows, that dress, those shoes and her smile!  Nana was born in Scotland and emigrated late enough that her brogue still hung around and became prominent when she told stories.  Oh, how I loved that sound!  I was fascinated by her accent.  While I was in college, my mom and I accompanied Nana back to Scotland.  The raw beauty of the countryside was breathtaking.   In keeping with the garden theme of our Challenge Quote and the Scottish hillsides blooming with heather, I made this for Linda:
 
Linda always uses bold colors in a smart way, so I wanted to go outside the box a little on this one.  The color palette is Rich Razzleberry, Daffodil Delight and Pool Party.  Of course, I took it straight from the International Bazaar DSP...isn't it pretty?
So many smiles begin with our grandmothers...and whether in her comments or her posts, Linda never fails to bring a smile to my day.  So, I hope this card brings a smile to you Linda...congratulations!  I can only imagine how thrilled you are and how delighted your new grand baby will be to have you as her Grandmother!

Please be sure to hop along to Jen Mitchell's fabulous blog where you are certain to find some amazing inspiration!  Here is the full list of friends honoring Linda on this Grandmother of a Blog Hop!
Lesley Croghan
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Supplies 
Stamps: Summer Silhouettes, Petite Pairs, French Foliage, Occasional Quotes (ret.)
Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Daffodil Delight, Pool Party, Chocolate Chip
Paper: International Bazzar DSP; Rich Razzleberry, Daffodil Delight, Naturals White CS
Extras: 3" circle die; Pool Party ruffled ribbon; Linen Thread; Scallop Ribbon border punch; 1 1/4" square punch

19 comments:

Carol Maynard said...

Beautiful card! I love this stamp set! And your card Shows it off beautifully! Another favorite of mine, is the International Bazzar DSP. I love how your stamping brings out the colors in the DSP! GREAT card!

Mary Fish said...

thanks for sharing the picture of your grandmother . . . it's amazing to think of them as so young! beautiful card, nance. i love the colors and perfect placement of the flowers. hugs, m

Nancy said...

Hi Nance, hope your vacation is wonderful, but I miss you! Adorable card for Linda's "grand" tribute, so nice to see the picture of Nana, one of my fav's too.
Luv,
Mom

Mikki said...

Nance, What a beautiful picture of your grandma and such a beautiful card you made. I love the color combination and layout. Also wonderful way to do the inside of the card. Very cute adding the ribbon with the hemp.

SHERI said...

What a beautiful card! The second one I've seen on this hop using this set, love it! I'm especially enjoying reading about all of the wonderful memories every one has of their grandmothers, as do I. Unfortunately, both of my grandmothers developed Alzheimer's in their later years, making me feel like I've had to lose them twice. My one grandma passed away several years ago on Christmas Eve and my other grandma is still in a nursing home completely unaware of who we are, although I like to think somewhere in there she knows. I cherish all of the wonderful times I shared with both of them growing up. Congrats to Linda and thanks for this great Hop!

Jen said...

Beautiful card Nance! I can't wait to get that stamp set because every card I've seen using it is FABULOUS! It's so nice to hear of your reminiscences of your grandmother.

Cindy Hall said...

Such a beautiful and fashionable grandmother! And your card is beautiful, too. Love the colors and the design!

Cindy Hall said...

Such a beautiful and fashionable grandmother! And your card is beautiful, too. Love the colors and the design!

Jen Timko said...

Such an amazing picture!! How lovely to use Linda's style for the card and what a great card it is!!

Patti said...

Beautiful Nance. Thanks for sharing your memories of your grandmother. I can tell she was very special to you.

Diane - oliverdi@att.net said...

Nance beautiful card for Linda and I know she'll love it. She is one enjoyable person! I just LOVE her stories and quick wit reminds me of my mom. Always kept me laughing.
Can't wait for her to be a Gramma... It's just so life changing.
Your 'nana' story will be passed down to Arden, and so on and so on. Awwww what's better than a gramma?
Hugs.

Ann Schach said...

What a fabulous picture! I love that she maintained her brogue! Your card is beautiful...and the sentiment so appropriate!

Marisa said...

Lovely card for Linda, Nance :) Loved your story about your grandmother too! Sure she will love this.

Linda Callahan said...

Your card is gorgeous! And so is your gram - those legs, those heels, that smile :) How wonderful that you got to go back to Scotland with her! And you girls are amazing - I was just speechless when I saw Mary's blog this morning - how lucky I am to have such wonderful stamping friends! You girls rock! xoxoxo

Denise Willerton said...

what a beautiful card Nance! I love this colour combo and sketch of this card ~ your creativity is beautiful! have a wonderful day and thanks for sharing :-) Love your grandma's pic

Anne Marie Hile said...

Nance, I have so much to say...shocking, right? ;) Love the photo, your post and your wonderful card! Grandma's are the best! Enjoy your time away, my friend! Big hugs sent your way!! :)

Margaret said...

Your card and shared story are beautiful! Such a great idea to honor your grandmother while congratulating a new one!

MarvA1ix said...

Your card is fresh and beautiful, and so is your story about your nana. My grandma was Irish and I remember her singing so many songs to us as we'd swing on the bench swing hanging from her big oak tree.

SherryBee said...

What a BEAUTIFUL card! And, I loved the story of your Grandma.....
Grandmas sure leave some wonderful memories for us, don't they?
Have a great weekend.
SherryBee in AZ