Do you ever start a crafting project and find that making it takes you back to something in your childhood? That's what happened to me with this card, and I thought I'd quickly take you through a few of those memories.
A good part of my childhood was spent at the home of my aunt who was also my Godmother. Aunt Agnes collected many things, and among them were her teacups. So I was immediately drawn to this stamp of an elegant teacup, though most of her teacups were white or cream with flowers painted on them. At some point, I think I'll try to stamp this cup with a lighter color embossed on a base of a darker color. But by the time I had this idea, I was way too far into this project and I really wanted to finish it.
A beautiful part of my aunt's household was an amazing collection of African Violets – of every color imaginable; but my favorite were the pale violet flowers that seemed to be (and probably were) so fragile that a touch would turn them into dust. I could almost see right through them! The little African Violets that adorn this teacup reminded me of those flowers, and that's why I decided to stamp the cup again in a lighter color and cut out the flowers to adorn this one.
And then there were the doilies! Doilies were EVERYWHERE around her house – on the tables, on the chairs, on the piano, on the bookcases. While the teacups and African Violets from her home are long since gone, I still have a few of her doilies – much more delicate than this doily made of paper, but this doily nonetheless reminded me of them.
When it came time to pick the sentiment for this card, how could I not choose, "A Cup of Thanks." Thanks to Aunt Agnes who meant so much to me – and for the wonderful memories she made for me.
Back to the here and now and a quick reminder that much of what is on this card is from the Stampin' Up! 2012 Occasions Mini Catalog. And another reminder that there are going to be dozens of fabulous projects using these products – and many, many more! – in the Create with Connie and Mary Occasions Edition, which is now in preview. I hope you'll take the time to visit the Create With Connie and Mary blog to learn more about preview week, their early bird pricing AND the blog candy that will be available throughout the week – in various places around the blogosphere,
An addendum. I just heard from my sister-in-law and downline, Deb, who said that she has some of Aunt Agnes' teacups and that my niece, Margie, will have them one day. Margie is my goddaughter, so it's wonderful that these will be passed from generation to generation – as will the memories of Aunt Agnes.