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Welcome to the August release blog hop! If you arrived here from the ODBD Blog, you are in the right place! If not, you might want to start at the ODBD Blog where you will see the entire list with links just in case any are broken along the way!

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For my project, I made a 6×6 card, which could also be put in a scrapbook or a frame.   These are my grandparents, Margaret and Elmo, circa 1935 when they were married. While I sat looking at all the wonderful new releases, I looked up and saw these pics of my grandparents and remembered how much my grandmother loved to sew and knit and crochet. She taught my mom to sew, who then taught me. Grandmother also taught me to knit. I remember Grandmother’s old black Singer w/ the knee pedal, and she never would trade it for a newer model.  My grandmother had an identical twin sister and I don’t think they lived more that a few miles apart all of their lives. They looked identical their entire lives and while it may have confused others, the family never had trouble telling them apart.  My grandfather survived a devastating hurricane when he was a little boy. Almost the entire city flooded and he was separated from his parents for 3 days. Thankfully, they were all reunited and they even found my Granddaddy’s pony! We used to love going to his Kiwanis club pancake suppers when we were little. Pancakes for supper! What could be better?

I copied and reduced the pictures to fit. There were so many things I wanted to include, like a copy of the patterns of two of my grandmother’s dresses (w/ material swatches) she made for her trousseau. But there just wasn’t room and in the end, I kept to the same sepia tones of the photographs.  Since she loved crochet, the addition of the crochet border seemed the perfect choice. The date w/ the hand stitched border, was from the copy of her dress patterns and is their wedding date in her handwriting.  I included four buttons to represent their four children. Looking at these pictures, it’s funny how much my aunt & uncle (they are also twins) look like these pictures of their parents!

I wasn’t sure whether or not to add the ending. But I’m one who always likes to know how a story ends. For my grandparents, it ended too soon. My grandfather lived until he was in his mid sixties and was coming home from a funeral when he was killed in a car accident. About five years later, my uncle Bud, their oldest son, was killed in a plane crash. My grandmother was a strong, deeply religious woman, but she was never the same after that. Really, none of us were. She lost her battle with cancer about five years after that and her twin sister followed a few years later. We have a lot of happy memories of all of them and I believe as long as the memory lives, the loved one never really leaves us. So the next time I see pancakes, I’ll think of my grandfather and smile. And when I knit or sew,  I’ll think of my grandmother.

Thanks so much for stopping by!
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Stamps: ODBD Spool & Tape, Blessings Collection (Sewn w/ Love), Serve the Lord
Paper: ivory, dp (Prima – Moulin Rouge collection), small amount of lace pattern dp (HOTP), vanilla vellum
Ink: Archival sepia, Colorbox frost white pigment
Accessories: ODBD spool & tape die, crochet border and circle dies, Spellbinders petite oval & circle dies,  Pixie sewing machine, piercing tool, white embossing powder, buttons, ribbons, Scor Buddy, copy machine, mini scallop scissors


156 Responses to “ODBD August Release Blog Hop!”

  • lynn:

    love the vintage look.very pretty

  • PeggyS:

    Love the vintage card with pictures. Great job.
    God bless,

  • Dianne:

    Thanks for a wonderful idea, the pictures set the card off just right. So delicate. Dianne

  • This is so vintage, love it!

  • Donna D:

    Beautiful story…beautiful card! I’m sure your grandma’s stitches helped to hold them together. Keep providing inspiration and sharing with us!

  • Wow, what a wonderful story! I love the sepia tones in this card and the sewing images!

  • Sherry:

    Wonderful & timely (for me) ideas & ODBD release — I have a special 90th birthday coming up really soon & she is a quilter!

  • Mary Ann L:

    Love the vintage look

  • Linda Rich:

    How pretty, thank you for the inspiration.

  • Mitzi:

    I love it when people like you do amazing things with retro photos. Hold on to the memories. I am one who also knows that, along with faith in our Lord, they are what keeps you going.

  • Donna Przybylowski:

    Julie, Just love your project, card/layout, could even be made into a nice frame, and stand on an easel, such versatility here, and love the sepia tone you took, it so does the pictures justice. I have so many pictures of this color and need to do something with them all. This brought so many memories back for me, I too love to sew like my grandmother did, but I don’t crochet and she loved that, she used to crochet these little round rings and the would have a safety pin attached so a women could put it inside her coat and it would hold her kerchief, well no one wears kerchiefs anymore, but so many memories there.

    Wonderful job!! So many great little details!
    Thanks for sharing and the memories

  • Susan:

    Julie — what a beautiful tribute to your grandparents. I loved reading your memories and your card/scrapbook page/framed sentiment is just lovely.

  • Whoa Julie!! I love that story!! Your picture card is precious and so are the memories they evoke! What a sweet, sweet tribute, my friend!

  • Sandy Duley:

    Julie, what a nice tribute to your grandparents. I love everything about this project and th story made it extra special.

  • Trish Avery:

    What a wonderful memory you have of your grandparents and this card is a gift to them. just love it.
    Hugs Trish.

  • Victoria Merrick:

    Lovely card! Great design and layering of elements!

  • Vicki:

    Lovely card.

  • Julie, very beautiful, what a treasure. God bless.

  • What a wonderful work! Reminds me I have to go back to my own scrapbook….

  • michelle frasher:

    this picture has given me some great ideas for Christmas presents. and thank you so much for sharing with us about your family.

  • Judy:

    What a beautiful way to remember your grandparents! Thanks for sharing your creativity and their story!

  • Wow… did this hit home. And there is a project waiting out there for me that involves my mother’s parents, thanks to you.
    To answer the question posed for the blog hop, I’d have to say that Christmas carols give me a warm fuzzy. It is a very spiritual time for me and so appreciate the atmosphere of love.

  • Julie, this card is absolutely stunning. What a beautiful tribute to your grandparents. I like how you incorporated sewing into the card, and touched on such an important part of your memories of your grandmother. Thanks for sharing with us. ~ Abby

  • Mathilda M:

    What a neat idea … and love all the details. Thanks for sharing and about your family as well.

  • Carol B.:

    Beautiful way to use the stamps with the family in mind.
    carol b

  • Michel E:

    Great project.

    craftymom205 at yahoo dot com

  • Cheryl Stauffer:

    What a beautiful and wonderful piece of your ancestors you have created. You certainly were very creative is your use of these
    terrific new stamps! Thanks for sharing.

  • Sylvia Johnson:

    This is beautiful but your description brought it to life. Actually brought a tear. I love the buttons representing her children. Lovely lovely card or page. I hope you frame it and hang it in your home.

  • Jean Orsborn:

    Thank you for sharing your creativity and your story.

  • Barbara Leonard:

    What a lovely way to display your vintage photos!

  • Kelly Sas:

    Lovely idea, beautiful card! Thanks for the inspiration.

  • Oh my – that is beautiful! Love the colors and that old photo is fantastic!

  • Sandee:

    Oh Julie…I am just now getting a moment to hop and now, I am so emotional from reading the sweet story you have told here! I know you treasure your memories of each of them. This card is such a wonderful tribute! You look like your grandmother! Such a beautiful woman, as are you!!

  • Anne:

    Love the card and in particular the vintage photos and the sewing stamps….namely the tape measure, it’s all beuatiful.

  • Anne:

    Sorry I just have to correct the above spelling of beautiful…
    sorry folks!

  • Beautiful vintage project and memories. Nice design and embellishments.

  • peacefulgardens:

    Very nice scrapbook page. I love the old pictures of family. Thanks for the ideas.

  • Penny Reed:

    What a beautiful tribute to your grandparents. And a great way to use the new stamps! TFS!

  • Tammie:

    Beautiful work.

  • pam:


    Love your page, it tells so much and your use of the new set is just perfect!

  • Melody:

    Gorgeous layout!!

  • Mickie:

    Whart a lovely LO, love the vintage look and the ODBD stamp fits in just perfect!

  • Queen Mary:

    Ooooo Julie, this is so perfect! I’ve been doing some work with canvas lately and this would make/will make a beautiful Christmas gift or a wedding gift — I can see using a picture of my parents’ wedding and making a canvas for all my siblings! I already love the stamps, this is such an excellent idea! TFS!

  • Julie, that is beautiful – I think you should add it to a scrapbook!


  • Sonia:

    Such a neat way to use the stamps- love it!

  • Peggie Barker:

    This is such a pretty “card” layout. I love the story as well and if you are using it as a scrapbook page, I hope this is added for future generations. The vintage look is really represented well. Peggie

  • What a beautiful layout and tribute to your grandparents. It’s fantastic!!

  • Cheryl:

    Love the vintage look, and the story behind it. Thanks for sharing.

  • Cindy Murry:

    I love your heritage card! The new ODBD sewing stamp & die set works great with the theme.

  • Heather M.:

    Very touching. I love the color scheme too.

  • Patricia Carter:

    Wow I just love this card. My mom taught me to sew and crochet so this brings back a lot of memories. I would love to take this card layout and make it a scrapbook layout. Love this stamp!

  • Jean:

    I love your design. What a wonderful legecy your family left you. Thanks for sharing a little part of you with your design!

  • Julie, Wow, your card is stunning, I would definitely use it as a scrapbook layout!! I’m sorry that your grandparents are no longer with us, It’s awesome that you have such wonderful memoirs of them!!

  • This card is just gorgeous! I love the theme and sentiment, and what special touches you’ve added…the wedding date in your grandmother’s handwriting is awesome. I thought it was a scrapbook page at first look. Love the story of what your project means, it would be soo loved by them!

  • Pati:

    Great project, love all your details, thanks for sharing the story with it!!

  • Susan Harley:

    Thank you for sharing your family. You are so blessed to have wonderful memories of the two of them. Your card is definately frame worthy. May God Bless you!

  • Marsha D:

    Absolutely beautiful. Such a wonderful tribute to these grandparents. Love all the elements and meanings behind them.

  • This is just a beautiful tribute to them. Fantastic page.

  • Teri:

    Aw…how adorable! Great idea and great job!

  • Judy Jackson:

    Beautiful vintage page!

  • Angela T:

    Beautiful vintage look. Thanks for sharing your story.

  • This is such a beautiful page and love the new release! Thanks for sharing!

  • jean w.:

    What an awesome story, although the end is sad that they are gone…but as you said as long as we have the memeories of those precious times they live on…

  • Julie- this is so beautiful and elegant!

  • Connie Good:

    Oh what a beautiful card. Love the new release. Thanks for sharing your story.

  • LynneZ:

    Julie – What a lovely layout of your grandparents and also very touching memories. Thanks for sharing.

  • Very Vintage and Very Very Nice!

  • Beautiful page layout. It is so classic and regal. Love it.

  • Julie, I absolutely love this. What a beautiful way to pay tribute to your grandparents and the precious memories you have.

  • Sheila:

    This is wonderful. I loved the story and sharing in all your memories. I need to see if I can find some old pictures of my great-grandparents and do my own.

  • Marilyn:

    Your picture is precious.

  • Diana:

    Beautiful antique look

  • Holy cow girl!! This is totally amazing!! What a gorgeous layout and Vintage elegant beauty this is!! Not here for the hop, but wanted to tell you this is amazing my friend! 🙂

  • What a delightful page creation!

  • Bonnie G:

    I haven’t started my ancestor scrap book yet, but I hope it turns out this spectacular! Beautiful, beautiful work and the new stamp set is fantastic!
    Bonnie G

Your comments are so appreciated!