Saturday, June 18, 2011

Breathe ....

Hello friends, I've missed you all so much.  Life has been hectic ... it can get that way sometimes.  We decided to take a week and travel to see the beautiful hills of northern Georgia.  What a gorgeous area of our country!  Waterfalls, hilltop views, history, the Appalachian Trail and so much more.  The week we returned was filled with state wide volleyball tournaments, school finals, and student celebrations.  I'm still playing catch-up.  A big hug goes out to Ros who so kindly sent me a note to "check-in" on me.  I was so touched by her gesture of concern ... my heart is full of gratitude for all the friends I've made thru this blog - you are all just amazing!

I have been busy these past couple days and have some new projects to share with you.  Today's project takes it's inspiration from the Just Us Girls color challenge.  A wonderful combination of rich tones coupled with pastels. 

The patterned papers showcase the colors beautifully.  A Scallop Edge Border Punch added interest to the layers and a simple rub-on was perfect for my sentiment ...

The scallop circle is a neutral shade called River Rock on which I added a sweet little flower print circle.  My crocheted flower (I made dozens while on vacation ... so relaxing and lots of fun) is embellished with soft velvet leaves, seam binding dyed with So Saffron Ink, a bit of lace, a pin from Viola, and a posy for the center.

It's just wonderful to be back sharing with you again.  I can't wait to get "out and about" to see what you have all been up to!  Thanks for taking the time to stop by today!  (I'll be posting my next two projects soon ... right after I clean the "kid prints" off my camera lens - boy these pictures are blurry!)


  1. Joanne; it is wonderful to see you again:) And
    it's lovely to read you had a wonderful vacation. I hope that you are slowly getting back in the daily swing of things and also able to share more of your handmade beauties with us. I missed you and I am glad to have a chance to look at another card that took my breath away the moment I saw it.
    The patterned papers are spot on the challenge and you always add the most amazing embellsihments. And the way yoyu latyered your centerpiece.....sigh... I am a huge fan of your crocheted flowers and hearts and I treasure the ones you sent me.

    oops off track; back to your card :)
    It's jaw dropping gorgeous and I love it!
    I hope you'll have a lovely weekend!

  2. Good to see you back here again Joanne, glad that you've enjoyed your vacation.
    What a pretty card this is, lovely DP with gorgeous embellishment, what a great for our eyes!

  3. beautiful. love all those patterned papers together!

  4. Great to see you about - you sound like you've been having a ball!!

    Your card is so pretty and the DP are just fab! Love the sweet crocheted flower and leaves on the topper!

  5. What a gorgeous card Joanne! So pretty and feminine! FABULOUS work! Thanks for playing along with Just Us Girls!

  6. Hallo Joanne! I missed this one - love how you picked up the colors from the inspiration to perfection!

  7. Gorgeous!! Love your creations ... missed you very much

  8. This is beautiful! Love the focal image you created! Just lovely! Thanks for playing with Just Us Girls!

  9. Welcome BACK, and THANKS for sharing your "refreshed" and beatitufl work with JUST US GIRLS! We are DELIGHTED! I'm loving your use of designer paper and layers of blooming wonderfulness - it's as if you're a paper gardener, too! Love it! Thanks, again, for sharing your talent with "us GIRLS!" xo!