Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Golden Anemones, Golden Memories - Classy Monochromatic Card - Vintage Botanical Illustration

What a golden late spring afternoon it is here,
and frankly it's pretty warm.
All in all, it has me in a rather yellow mood.

Yellow is a special color.  If you've worked in publishing
or print, or if you are a painter, you know that yellows
are the least lightfast, and when it comes to paints, the most transparent.
A good strong yellow is something special.
Ever notice how much Van Gogh loved those gold tones?
They are tricky to achieve well and especially tricky to preserve.
As I thought about it, it's a lot like relationships...or memories.
Vibrant at first, but harder to hold onto.

Yellow was also the favorite color of my grandfather,
who passed last month.
I've been thinking of him today, just as I think of him
and his passionate beekeeping every time I am in the garden,
watching for honeybees.
Today during homeschool reading time we pulled out, among others,
Cynthia Rylant's "When I Was Young in the Mountains"
and the page about her grandfather always sharpening her pencils
with his pocketknife struck a chord too.
Always carry a pocketknife, he taught us.  Always.
And it had to be a CASE.

 So yellow is the color du jour for me.
It's been a good day, a day of lasting memories--
some of them memories
that will stay around...
even longer than yellow pigments.

The Monochrome Challenges:

The Other Challenges:
Materials Used on this Card:
Cardstock {Rustic white, Smoke; Papertrey Ink}
Patterned papers {Ninth Street by The Paper Studio}
Ink {Ranger}
Clear Superfine Embossing Powder {Ranger}
Spellbinders / Nestabilities dies
Wooden corner flourishes {Momenta}
Sentiment sticker and butterfly {Stick-abilities}
Arctic snowflake punch {Martha Stewart}
Champagne gems {Darice}
Ribbons {Warm gray & gold - Offray; Lace-woven rustic - Robert Stanley}
Copic markers and Watercolor pencils

Thank you for visiting today and I hope you will
enter for my Spring Giveaway before you go!
Inlinkz is so quick and I've opened the giveaway to both US and
International crafters as well.
One picture and a link are on my right-hand sidebar. :)
Take care,
Be well,
and enjoy the sunshine,


  1. Very beautiful. I love all the texture you've added, especially those fab corners

  2. Lovely card, i love the colours!

  3. What a wonderful monochromatic card. Thanks so much for sharing this in our challenge, and I hope you will stop by again soon. We love to see your amazing artwork.
    Really Reasonable Ribbon

  4. So lovely, Kathryn! Marvelous use of that trim. :-D

  5. Beautiful card. Great layout and I love all the elements. Thanks for joining in our 'Things with wings' challenge at Crafty Calendar this month.
    Bev x

  6. This is so lovely, and a marvelous example of a monochromatic design! Thanks for sharing with us at the Monochromatic Challenge at Really Reasonable Ribbon!

  7. your design is perfection on this gorgeous card! and I so love the corner wood veneer pieces. of course that trim has me swooning! ;)

    Thank you so much for playing along in our 'MONOCHROMATIC WITH RIBBON OR TRIM' challenge at The Really Reasonable Ribbon blog! :)

  8. A beautiful card and such an eloquently written post . So sorry for your loss- grandfathers are special and can leave a big void when they are gone.
    Thak you for joining us at A vintage Journey

  9. so pretty thanks for joining us at RRR!

  10. Lovely card, looks really great! Thanks for joining us at The Crazy Challenge.

    groetjes, Ellen

  11. Beautiful card, love the design!

  12. What a gorgeous layered design - love your flowers and the red corner treatments - beautiful fiber ribbon across the middle - and lovely shared memories! thanks for playing with us at the A Vintage Journey Sew Simple challenge (again!) Julia xx

  13. Sorry to hear about your grandfather . This is a beautifully written post. Your card is very elegant, I love the focal flower image and the touch of lace and the stitching is gorgeous. Thank you so much for joining in A Vintage Journey Challenge once again. Tracy x

  14. Such an elegant card. Thank you for joining us at A Vintage Journey xx


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