Apr 03 2014

Graphic 45 Secret Garden Girl

Good morning ladies! Today I have a very sweet card to share with you that I made for my Mom’s 75th birthday. I wish you could have seen her face when I gave it to her. She touched it ever so gently, the awe on her face melted my heart! I do love you so, Mom, you’re my best friend forever.

Lavender, heather, lilac, violet, it doesn’t matter . . . they are all shades of purple adored by both of my parents. I will forever think of my parents when I see any of these shades. My mom was only 20 when I was born, we are very close in age. During my teenage years, most thought we were sisters. Mom always looked younger than her age, she’s barely 5′ 1″, and while she’s a bit heavier now, she never weighed more than 105 lbs. in her 50’s. We sometimes shared each other’s clothes. I lived at home until I married at the ripe old age of 23 (insert smile) and then moved from Florida to New Orleans. I was terribly homesick, Mom lost 10 lbs. the first six months I was gone. When my husband finished his residency, I was never so happy to move back home to Florida to be closer to our families.

I’ve felt so guilty that I haven’t made Mom or Dad a card in three years.  Hence, the reason for her tender feelings when I presented this card to her. And Dad, Lord bless his soul, loved it as much as she did. Graphic 45 papers reach out to me, as I’m sure they do to most of you as well. The paper used on this card is from the Secret Garden collection (both 8 x 8 and 6 x 6).

I made the large center flower with Spellbinder’s Dahlia dies. I brayered and sponged Milled Lavender, Shaded Lilac and Dusty Concord Distress Inks onto white paper, spritzed with water and then pinched the petals to form the flower. When dry, I sponged Vintage Photo on the flower’s outer petals and added Flower Soft to the inner petals. The other flowers are Prima flowers that I had in my stash.  I used Spellbinder’s petite ovals large and small for the little girl and the layer beneath her.  The elaborate panel with the Melissa Frances pearls attached and the leafy scrolls are Marianne dies. I used Vintage Photo Distress Ink on the edges of the distressed paper panels, sponging with daubers.  A tad amount of Vintage Photo was applied to the ribbon as well.

This close up shows the details of the floral arrangement at different angle. The glass embellishments were purchased several years ago in the dollar bin and I found the stamens in the Bridal area, both from Michael’s.

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today, I feel so blessed when you take time from your busy day to visit with me — sending warm wishes your way for a beautiful, sunny day! I’ll be back later in the week . . . hope to see you then.

Paper Hugs,


Supplies Used in this design include:

Ribbon: Lavender seam binding (Stamp Simply Ribbon Store)

Ink: Tim Holtz Vintage Photo, Milled Lavender, Shaded Lilac, Dusty Accord (Stamp Simply Ribbon Store)

Paper: Graphic 45 Secret Garden – 8 x 8, 6 x 6 (Stamp Simply Ribbon Store), Carnation White Cardstock

Dies:  Spellbinder’s Dahlia (A Touch of Grace – Paper Boutique); Petite Ovals Large & Small, Marianne Flourishes die, Large Flourished Oval die

Accessories: Melissa Frances Pearls (Stamp Simply Ribbon Store); Daubers (Stamp Simply Ribbon Store), Mini Misters (Stamp Simply Ribbon Store), Prima Flowers (Stamp Simply Ribbon Store), Scor It, Genesis Paper Trimmer, Zip Dry Adhesive, Crafter’s Pick Adhesive, Bow Easy (Stamp Simply Ribbon Store)


36 responses so far

36 Responses to “Graphic 45 Secret Garden Girl”

  1. Ellen says:

    Jerri, This card is lovely, thanks for sharing yet another beauty.

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  3. This is just stunning, Jerri. I can only imagine how your Mom and Dad loved it!

  4. Carol Southern says:

    Beautiful, beautiful creation. I can see why your Mum loved this, it’s delicate and caring.
    You are the master of flower making too, this is lovely.

  5. Marilyn in E ~Town says:

    Jerri once again I am in awe of your work, I am very impressed with your handmade flowers, you make it sound so easy. I too love all things purple/lavender, so this card is just gorgeous to look at. I can just in vision your mom being ‘over the moon’ when you gave her this card!

  6. Rebekka K says:

    What a touching post Jerri and what a gorgeous card. And how blessed you are to be so close to your family.

  7. Raya says:

    You are inspirational. I love the delicate beauty of your card. Thank you for your loving story behind the card.

  8. Kristine Vencel says:

    This is such a lovely card made with my fav, G45! Doesn’t matter whether one likes any of the purple shades, the card is just gorgeous!
    Thank you for opening your heart & sharing such a touching portion of your life. I love getting to know the bloggers & designers I meet on the net. To me, it just adds another layer to their designs & makes them much more personal.

  9. Jan Castle says:

    Oh soooooo pretty!!! Love your work!

  10. Sheila - UK says:

    Hi Jerri,
    Your post and your beautiful card touched my heart today and it seems my younger days with my Mum were very similar to yours. Just like you and your Mum we were often taken for sister and borrowed each others clothes and she was always the life and soul at any family gathering….it’s been 18 years since she passed away and I still miss her as does our Special Needs daughter. I would have loved to have been able to give her a card that I had created with so much love for her….just like your stunningly beautiful card today for your Mum ….unfortunately I only started making cards about eight years ago quite a while have Mum had gone. I think and hope that she would have been so proud of me as my friends and family always love my cards.
    God Bless your Mom and Dad Jerri….and a Happy Belated Birthday to your Dear Mum.

    Love Sheila xx

  11. dottie says:

    Goodness….what a jaw dropper card! I’m trying not to be totally stunned as I have to save some for future creations that I know are coming. Sometimes when I see something so gorgeous or spectacular a joy bubbles up inside of me and bursts out in laughter! This creation did that to me. Jerri, you are amazing!

  12. Kittie says:

    First of all I absolutely adore the gorgeous image and lovely paper you used. The flowers are exceptional and so perfect to embellish the image. Jerri, I can imagine how much this treasure meant to your mother. I hope she had a wonderful birthday. Gorgeous creation!!

  13. Heather Peel says:

    Wow Jerri i can see why she touched it so carefully ,once again your flower looks so real ,your Mum must be so proud of you ,seeing how beautiful your works of art are.
    You are so lucky to have your Mum and make this beautiful card for her , i lost my Mum when i was only 12 year old , and still miss her so much to this day ,it is now coming up 46 years ago ,where have all the years gone .
    Hope you enjoyed giving your Mum this creation ,seeing her face must be a treasure to keep for you, ahhhh.thank you for sharing with us all .hugs and blessings Heather

  14. Joan Fricker says:

    Jerri, this is stunning. Again, your flowers look like you just picked them from your garden. Every detail is just beautiful.

  15. Jessica says:

    I understand why she was awed by your card. My mom was with us until she was 93. And even though she wasn’t herself in the last year, she still loved my cards. Trust me when I say, they were not in the least awe inspiring. But I’d see her touching the last one, and knew she was in there. You are lucky to have such a great relationship. Treasure it.
    Hugs, Jess

  16. Barbara R. says:

    What a truly lovely card Jeri. I am sure your parents will cherish it forever. Your design eye is an amazing gift that you have. I wish I could even come close to your talent. Your are an amazing lady!

  17. Ruth Ann says:

    Jerri, I love your card it’s simply stunning! Your layout is wonderful along with all the embellishments! I’ve started trying to make my own flowers and so far not very good…your flower is fabulous. I can understand how much your Mother loved her card and I know she cherished it. I lived in Florida for 25 years and now live in Montana, we go back to visit every so often since we still have family there. Love your posts and I’m so glad I found your blog. hugs, Ruth Ann

  18. Debbie Dunham says:

    Beautiful card! Thanks for sharing the story with us. I got the same kind of reaction when I made my mom’s 75th birthday card. This is what love is all about! Hope your mom had a wonderful birthday! Hugs.

  19. Rosie Waldt says:

    Jerri, your mother’s b’day card is beautiful and like you, love all the purples, lavenders, orchids, etc. You do such a beautiful job making your flowers. Like Heather, I lost my Mother when I was 12 y/o (me being the oldest) leaving a new born baby sister and 3 other siblings. I finished the 8th grade and did not go to high school to raise my siblings. My father was a farmer and it was difficult for him but I remember each one of them each and every day in my prayers and am hoping my Mother is looking down at the creations I make wishing I could give her one of them. Thank you for the inspiration you give us in sharing your creativeness. Rosie Waldt

  20. Donna Ellis says:

    Oh, Jerri – your description of your Mom’s gentle, marveling at the card so touched my heart! How humbled it must have made you feel to be so appreciated. Your golden girl in her magical secret garden is just beautiful! How fun to have a mom to share life with, to play together, appreciate one another. Thank you for sharing the beauty of your artwork and your life, Jerri. hugs, de

  21. Cec says:

    Happy Birthday to your Mother. What a gorgeous card and no wonder she treasures it. I love the colour palette and as always your fantastic flowers. I lost my Mother 21 years ago and to this day still start to pick up the phone to call her. She was a very creative person, which is what got me started crafting. Once I was in the Dentist chair looking up and instead of the usual ceiling tiles, there were all these paintings and I thought that was cool. When the Dentist came in to work on me I mentioned that they looked like something my Mother would do and he said that she did do them because she was tired of looking at the holes in the boring white tiles – lol.

  22. Chelsea says:

    What a beautiful card for your mama! My eyes just welled up with tears reading about the love you and your mama share. I’m so happy you were able to post this gorgeous card for us to enjoy as well.

  23. Cecilia Reyes says:

    This card is so lovely, the flowers are so beautiful, the pearls, and that girl from the G45 papers is so beautiful. And the color combination, all that shades of lavender look together amazing. This card is absolutely perfect and very beautiful and delicate. Congratulations to your mother, mom’s are always in our hearts.

  24. Maria C. Pelaez says:

    is a beautiful and sweet card muuuuy linda tarjeta 😉

  25. Gloria Westerman says:

    Oh this is so pretty…and I would have done the same thing as you mother did….and I’m sure she will cherish it forever….absolutely love it…tfs

  26. Leanne says:

    The card is just stunning Jerri. (As each of your cards are). Not only did it make me smile but my heart melted reading about your relationship with your dear Mom. I’m sure she puts those cards away for safe keeping and cherishes them each time she takes a peek at them. As she knows, each card is made with love from you (her sweet daughter).

  27. LindaMar says:

    Jerri! What a stunning work of art! Your mother must be proud of your talent. How lucky you are to still have your mom. I would love to make a crd like that for mine, but, sadly she’s been gone for more than 10 years. She and I shared a crafting talent. Once when I had showed her a completed counted cross-stitch project that I was giving to a friend, she told me of a time she had made something special that took time and patience to make, and how the friend had not appreciated the effort. She warned me to be careful of who I gave my work to, because not everyone would appreciate the effort, and would be happy with something store-bought. I never forgot that advice. I know your mother must know what goes into that card you made just for her. Hugs, Linda.

  28. Linda Brown says:

    What a sweet post and absolutely beautiful card. I miss my parents so much. So glad you still have yours to enjoy!

  29. Phil(omena) from Dublin, Ireland says:

    So lovely Jerri – no wonder your Mom was so pleased. Take care

  30. Mitzi Luttrull says:

    What a beautiful card for your dear mother! No wonder she loved it so much! And your dad, too!!

  31. diane says:

    This is just stunning, Jerri what pretty colors, die cuts and flowers.

    Hugs Diane

  32. A very happy Birthday to your mom, I can see why they both enjoyed this so much it is just Stunning, lovely image and your flower arrangement is just Beautiful!!

  33. Jerri, I know your mom was so happy to receive this card from you after such a long spell. She feels the love in it and appreciates your special creative talents. How fortunate you are to have each other! This is just beautiful!

  34. What a gorgeous card! I know your parents will treasure it, for it is a true heirloom. I love the way you die cut the girl from the patterned paper and then framed her on another die cut. It’s almost as though she is enshrined in the center of a lovely field of lavender. Your flowers are magnificent. I loved reading about your relationship with your mom…very special!

  35. Anne Young says:

    I had been away for a few days !! I was lucky enough to escape sickness as air pollution is so heavy in China!! I feel so blessed by God’s grace!! When I see your beautiful card I think of my own Mum who will turn 89 this year. I am sure your Mum will be over the moon to see such a pretty card from you!! Great work as always!! Your talent is a gift from God!! Happy birthday to your Mum as well!!

  36. Paula Gale says:

    What a beautiful card Jerri and made for someone special indeed!

    I think its great that your mum had you at an age where you were able to share lots of things in common – you have a close relationship by the sound of it. my first son was born on my 22nd birthday, my 2nd son came along 3 years later. I am so glad I had them young too.

    By contrast, my cousin gave birth to her first yesterday… she was 39 a cpl weeks ago. On my 40th, I was celebrating my eldests 18th. Personally wouldn’t have it any other way!

    Love the lilac paper from G45 – so sweet.

    Paula xxx

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