Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Sweet Little Girl

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Hello, my friends!

What a beautiful day we’re having…really feels like spring today!  It really put me in the mood for springy colors…soft & fresh…

And what better to go with those colors than a wonderful new stamp set devoted to sweet little girls?

Available February 11th from Crafty Secrets, this medium-sized set, “Little Girls” is just filled with vintage, girly charm…here’s my little card…

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Lots of paper-piecing here…one of my favorite techniques…I find it very relaxing, and I love the depth of color & texture it gives to the images.

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Soft yellow, cream & coral…with a little bluebird of happiness thrown in! 

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Some vintage seam binding dyed to match what I needed by combining a few colors of “Glimmer Mist”…I just love doing that…makes me feel like an alchemist or something!  Can you see the slight variation in color?  So pretty!

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I stamped the scallop binding three times to make this layered topper for the image…then accented it with my favorite Platinum Stickles…

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Of course, this sweet little girl reminded me of a few little girl pictures of mine that I’ve always loved…

Karen Ann Ostlund, about 1941

My adorable mother, Karen…about 1941…doesn’t look like she’s exactly thrilled with her sucker, does it?!

Little Karen with pretty hairdo

What is it about a child’s silhouette that’s just so pure and magical?  Here’s Mom again…about 1943 at 4 years old.  I just want to squeeze her!

Julie in a pretty dress, 1964 2

And me…about 1964…I’ve always loved this dolled-up photo. 

Before I sign off, I wanted to share this absolutely gorgeous sunset from a couple of nights ago, as seen from our side yard…

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What rich color—love the silhouette of the landscape in contrast to the vivid color in the sky…

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…and just a minute later…so much more intense!

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And here is one of my sweet little girls, capturing the moment by my side…my budding photographer, Sarah.  Can you see the rosy glow reflected on her?  (Not to mention her already sunset-colored hair!) Beautiful…

Wishing you all a beautiful, rosy sunset and some peaceful moments to be able to enjoy it with those you love…

Julie