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Wendy here today to share up my project using those sweet flowers from Petaloo + Simple Stories Vintage Bliss. They held hands and flowed in a beautiful union in this project. I'll confess I don't normally use florals on my projects but this project has turned into my FAV for the year. Yep, I just might be converted. Ha!
Mother's Day is just around the corner! So, my source of inspo is my mother for this project. These photos are some of my favs from her early days. She is 73 now and just as rockin' sassy, sweet, and independent but always classy and holding her on as a lady. Love her.
Now on the creative tidbits & pics for my project, "I Just Call Her Mamma"....
I used LOTS of layers, alchohol inks to distress, powders, glitters, sandpaper, Gesso, mists, watercolors, and stamping to re-live the mood of the photos. I even used a hammer on a few pieces. This project is not for those not wanting messy hands but fun was had and mission accomplished.
My project started as a blank 12x12 handmade paper in white as my "canvas" to unfold this story. I wanted to portray my mother's elegance, loves, and just timeless beauty. She is always so lighthearted, positive, and resilient and I captured this in the embellishment details and light mood of the watercolors.
I confess the antiquing of almost each item that was rather "shiny" took time to sand, age, and distress but I'm in love with the overall effect. I thought well on my color palette of the Petaloo flowers along with the soft tones of the Simple Stories Vintage Bliss collection.
I've always loved cameos and vintage typewriters. So, I played these into the mood along with the theme, "I Just Call Her Mamma". Truth. She is a lady of many talents along with sewing quilts by hand and sewing clothes. I incorporated the safety pin, threads, and buttons for these attributes of her.
My mother is such an amazing green thumb! On her 5 acres at home, there is just a wealth of flowers. I always remember beautiful flower beds when living at home and to this day, she is still devoted to maintaining immaculate flower beds. So, rightly, I brought in some flowers from Petaloo in these soft tones to play on this attribute.
This project would not be complete without a tribute to my mother's A.MA.ZING soul food cooking. Everything she cooks is phenomenal. So, rightly, I incorporated this into my project.
I know there many details in this project but each represents lots of depth and meaning. The mini light bulbs I distressed with alcohol inks and powders. In our family of four, these reflect how my mother has always shined with beautiful light to me in faith, devotion, honesty, love, and just her glowing presence loved to all. She was a devoted wife to my father for 49 years of marriage (upon his passing from cancer in 2005).
Last but now least, love the label accents in the Simple Stories Vintage Bliss collection that are perfect for adding those special touches of journaling in just the right spots. You'll also see many of the new addition to the Simple Stories collection, the lovely brads, throughout this project.
I hope you enjoyed my project!
Vintage Bliss Collection -
6x6 Paper Pad
Expressions Cardstock Stickers #3003
Fundamentals Cardstock Stickers #3002
Decorative Brads #3026
Sn@p Stamps - Snapshots #4023
Spring Darjeeling Collection -
Dahlias Teal/Aqua #1467-405
Mini Daisies Red/Fuschias #1466-404
Mini Daisies Teal/Aqua #1466-405
Head on over to the Petaloo blog and check out what their Design Team has created using their embellishments and our Simple Stories products! They’re also hosting giveaways as well, so what are you waiting for – head on over!
Check in again with us tomorrow for more inspiring projects from Simple Stories & Petaloo!