Sunday, September 14, 2014

Pretty Peonies - Same Colors, Two Variations

Pretty Peonies 2 is one of the new sets this year and it's so pretty because it's the buds of the peonies before they've bloomed. I love peonies and always think of time spent at home and at the cemeteries in the spring. We always went to the cemeteries on Memorial Day and would put home-grown flowers at all the graves. We'd take the peonies, iris, daisies, sweetheart roses and whatever else was blooming to put in the buckets and jars and cans sitting around. As I got older, I'd go cut flowers and put together the arrangements. We were always at the cemeteries before and after Memorial Day as Grammie put out Rebekah flags at Couch cemetery and Mom and Dad had flags to put out at the Randall cemetery. I loved helping and it was always a special time to hear stories of family from Mom and Grammie and spend time with Dad following the hand-written map to put the flags on the veteran's graves. Great memories.

So, here are two variations of the same card. The first I used in my class this month. I decided to leave it sentiment free so it could be used for a birthday, sympathy, get well, thinking of you or just as a pretty notecard.

This card is on vanilla cardstock with a layer of bermuda in-between. The peonies are stamped with amethyst and heather and the leaves are in bermuda. The 3/8" vanilla twill is also stamped with leaves using  the bermuda ink. I love that the vanilla twill takes ink so beautifully, don't you?

As you can see below, more peony groups are stamped inside. Isn't that pretty?

The second variation uses the same inks and cardstock. The corners have been rounded on opposite corners and after the card was assembled, it was sprayed with stardust finishing spray. It's a pretty and subtle touch that enhances the card, don't you think?
The inside of the card has the peony groups without the leaves and a sympathy sentiment from another stamp company.
If you'd like to make your own Pretty Peonies 2 card, you can pick up the products in my webstore.

Pretty Peonies Notecard
Stamps:            Pretty Peonies 2, p. 41, $13.99      
Cardstock:       Vanilla (40), p. 116, $7.50
                        Bermuda, (20), p. 113, $7.50
Ink:                  Amethyst, p. 112, $5.95
                        Heather, p. 114, $5.95
                        Bermuda, p. 113, $5.95
Other:               Vanilla twill 3/8”, p. 124, $5.95 (10 yds)
                         3D Foam (442 pieces), p. 136, $3.95
Have a wonderfully creative day!! 


Chris said...

Love the layers and colors!

Judy said...

Gorgeous! I love the color combinations.

Glittered Paws said...

Pretty pretty and I have this set and love it - the colors are delicious - hope I get some play time today. TFS