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Linda C’s Surprise Blog Hop

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Linda Callahan, a member of my Stampin’ Pretty Pals, is going to be a grandma for the first time.  Some of her blogger friends and I are surprising and honoring her today with a special blog hop and tribute to grandmothers.   Congratulations, Linda!

The next stop on the hop is Cindy Hall.

A garden of love grows in a Grandmother’s heart — Author Unknown

Lesley Croghan

Mary Fish (ME)

Cindy Hall

Anne Marie Hile


Nance Leedy

Jen Mitchell

Tui Nathan

LeAnne Pugliese

Ann Schach

Jennifer Timko

Rita Wright

All the hoppers (above) were asked to share something that reminds us of our own grandmothers?a lesson taught, favorite colors, a memory.  The colors for my card for Linda were inspired by the vibrant china that was my  grandmother’s, then my mother’s and now mine.  Precious on so many levels.

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The little elephant is from Stampin’ Up! “A Fitting Occasion” stamp set.  I used new 2012-2014 In Colors Midnight Muse, Primrose Petals and Summer Starfruit.  They are so striking against a crisp, Whisper White background!

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Here is a photo of my Grandmother Mary Lee (my namesake) with my mother on her lap around 1929.




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Stamp Set:   A Fitting Occasion (Wood-Mount 127047, Clear-Mount 127049), Family Reunion (Wood-Mount 122710, Clear-Mount 122712)
Paper:  Midnight Muse (126843), Primrose Petals (126841), Summer Starfruit (126839), Whisper White (100730)
Ink:  Midnight Muse (126860), Primrose Petals (126858), Summer Starfruit (126991)
Cool Tools:  3/4″ Circle Punch (119873), 1″ Circle Punch (119868), Finishing Touches Edgelits Dies (127010), Big Shot Die Cutting Machine (113439)
The Perfect Touch:  Primrose Petals 3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon (126844), Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)

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0 thoughts on “Linda C’s Surprise Blog Hop”

  1. MY GOD MARY! You look just like your grandmother. I love this kind of pic. They are such old pic and yet so beautiful one. I too have some nice one of my mom, AS a matter of fact on Mother?s day. We wrote a nice poem for my mom, put her in the center her four kids on the bottom and all around her 11 grandchildren. Again Very nice pic

  2. What a beautiful post, Mary! I just love the photo of your grandmother with your mom. Wow! I was trusted with a lot of old family photos and I always enjoy looking through them. I have portraits of my great-great-grandmother and I absolutely treasure them. Your card is gorgeous! Love the color combo inspired by that beautiful china…I’m writing that one down, for sure. Hope you had a great weekend! Hugs! 🙂

  3. Hi Mary, All the cards were just delightful! I am often not able to participate in the blog hops on the day that they are featured because I am busy with my girls and sometimes trying to follow them after the fact is a little hard. Many of the links go to the blogs home page which shows the latest post and not necessarily the post that is part of the blog hop. This is just a suggestion but I think it would be great to have the link go to the specific blog post as sometimes I give up searching for the correct post before ever finding it. Maybe is isn’t possible to set it up that way but many times I have wished it was easier to “hop along.” Have a great week:)

  4. Oh CongratulationsMs Linda ,it’s such a joyful Ride …..Enjoy they grow sooo fast my first is now 18 ,but she is still a joy !!!!
    And Ms Mary your grandmas and Mom is Beauituful, …….. Yes grandmas are the best ! My had me since I was 3 days old ! Till 15 , oh yes I was spoil….I was the envy of my sibling ….
    She left me in 1976, was I lost with out her !!!!!
    Hope you all have a wonderful Ride !!!! It’s Fun !! Love them ,spoil them and send them home ! Lol…
    Hugs frenchie

  5. Hi Mary…I love your card, but I think the photo that you posted of your Grandmother and mom was great! You look just like your Grandmother – can tell you’re related!!

  6. Congratulations, Linda. What a wonderful time for you and your family.
    Mary as usual, your card is delightful.

  7. Many congratulations, Linda. I hope to follow in your footsteps at some point in the future. My son is getting married in August! 😉

    God bless

  8. What a blessing for Linda and her family and for all of us who benefit from this sweet blog hop for her! Lovely tribute, Mary and darling card!

  9. thanks for all this wonderful feedback. i’m so happy for linda and enjoyed preparing for the hop. note that i totally goofed on the name of the stamp set for the little elephant (it’s actually A Fitting Occasion) and updated the post. thanks for the heads up about the stamp set from a few kind blog readers. hugs, m

  10. I love how your grandmother’s china inspired your adorable card! That’s a great photo you shared too – I treasure the things I now have that used to belong to my grandmother 🙂 What a thoughtful way to honor your fellow DT member!!

  11. Your family china is beautiful Mary and your card is precious. The pic of your Mom and Grandmother is such a treasure.

  12. Mary, what a grand idea! I enjoyed your card and your family history and picture. I can say that being a grandmother is a real blessing in my life.!

  13. Well Mary, I started the hop here and I’m back around to end it here. What a talented group of women and what a wonderful grandmother tribute. Your card is awesome! You have such a way with taking such a simple element and turning it into “WOW”. I have this set and this little elephant is one of my favorite stamps in it. (His trunk is up – Good Luck!)

  14. I just love the picture of your mother ams grandmother. How wonderful that you have that china and all the lovely memories that comes with it. Fantastic card!!

  15. Such a precious blog today…I enjoyed hopping to each and every team member and reading their own precious memories of the ladies who made such a difference in our lives. Congratulations to Linda! Get prepared for the biggest love of all!

  16. I am speechless! I clicked on your blog to start my day – as I usually do and look what I find! Wow you gals are somethin’ else! Your card is fabulous – just my style! And I love the sweet china and picture of your grandmother – she was lovely! What a wonderful surprise today! Thanks so much!

  17. Mary, your grandmother’s china is so pretty and love how you used it for your inspiration into your cute card. The colors are amazing and I love the clean design of it along with your picture of your grandma and mother together.


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