I'm so thrilled to have had time to participate in this blog hop for my sweet friend Linda! I am so excited for her and her grandbaby-to-be. I met Linda almost a year ago at the Stampin' Up! Convention in Utah and I feel like we've been buddies ever since. Being on the Freshly Made Sketches design team together has been awesome and I hope we both survive these new babies to stamp together again this fall. :)
The inspiration for our hop is the beautiful quote above along with our relationship with our own grandmother. I admit that this was a difficult card for me to make. My paternal grandmother passed away on my birthday last year and being pregnant and sick, I was not able to travel home to say goodbye. She was truly an amazing woman who was more like a second mom to me and I hope this card honors both her memory and celebrates my happiness for Linda.
There's so much inspiration from my grandmother (or Mamaw as we called her) in this card. She passed on her love of quilts to me, so I chose to make a Top-Note quilt card. One of my cherished possessions is a handmade quilt that she and my Papaw were given for their 50th wedding anniversary. I am thankful that she gave it to me while I was still able to say thank you. Another element is the flower stamp; growing up she always had a beautiful flower garden that we "helped" with each year. She grew Marigolds and we would help her dry the flowers and save the seeds for next year's planting. Finally, the button... Mamaw always had this tin of buttons in her cabinet and as a child, they were my favorite thing to play with. A few Christmases ago I was gifted a jar of buttons from that tin. The button featured on here is one of them. There's such a variety in my jar, so I hope to use them on special cards like this now and then.
So that's my card and my inspiration. I hope Linda will like this card...and I hope I can find time to put it in the mail! She inspired a piece on it, the "turkey platter". One of her posts called the embossed oval a turkey platter and it makes me laugh each time I use it! I just had to put it on my card. :) Congratulations, Linda! I'm so excited for you and your family.
Be sure to hop on over to the other blogs if you haven't been there already! Also stop by Linda's blog and offer up some congratulations and any grandmotherly advice you might have to share!
Rita Wright (you are here!)