Monday, March 22, 2010

Fond Memories of Peter Rabbit

What on earth does that title have to do with this post?

The color inspiration over at this week's Just Us Girls Challenge used
this fabulous print from Beatrix Potter's most beloved Peter Rabbit.
My wonderful friend Mona is on the JUGS team and I have been
promising that I would try and play soon.
THIS was the perfect inspiration to make that happen!

Before I share my fond memories of Peter and his friends
here are the details on this card.

The stamps fun mushrooms are by Hero Arts and the
sentiment is from Scrappy Cat.
(Just as a fun fact, the 'shrooms were stamped in
Adirondack Mushroom ink from Ranger)
The polka dot papers are from
DCWV 'Linen Closet (the brown) and
My Mind's Eye 'Quite Contrary' (the yellow).
The flower is a fab silk blossom out of Michael's $1 bin,
that I actually got for 25 cents.  Such a deal!

Nearly 26 years ago, I decorated my daughter's entire nursery in
Peter Rabbit...from head to toe or ceiling to floor.  Part of the memory
that is so precious to me is that while our family was away on a little
vacation, my dad was walking by this very upscale baby store
and there was this Jenny Lind crib all decked out and he asked
if I liked it...I LOVED it.
Over $350 later (a LOT of money 26 years ago)
I was on my way home with this beautiful set.
Yes, I do still have some bits and pieces tucked 
away in a cedar chest.

So tell you or maybe your children
like Peter Rabbit and Friends?
I would LOVE to hear about it. 

One more thing...I say this a lot, but I can't tell you how
much I appreciate your comments when you stop by.
I want to be able to reciprocate, but I can't do that if
I don't know you were here, so please take a moment
to just say hi because I would LOVE to visit your
blog in return...after all, that's what it's all about!


Stef H (Glitterbabe) said...

such a pretty card. i love the mushroom stamps and the pearls you added. really classy mushrooms!

Julie said...

Such a lovely card, and such a sweet memory of Peter Rabbit--I've always loved Beatrix Potter's soft and lovely illustrations and stories of pesky critters...loved reading them to my babies!

Hope you're having a beautiful day, my friend!

Suzanne C said...

Love the peter cottontail and your title gave me a jolt as I am working on something like that right now. :) Beautiful sunny card! Love the bright yellow flower!

Deb Neerman said...

Gorgeous! Love the card and the post!

peggy gatto said...

I have all the tiny books from my childhood. Beatrice Potter was my first "crush" on an artist! I have her biography I bought in the 50's with lovely color plates and black and white sketches. Still one of my favorite books.
thanks for the fun memories and fun cards!!

Michele Gross said...

darling card~ I am so loving that flower and the blinged out shrooms :)
I loved Peter Rabbit and Foxie Loxie and Squirrel Nutkin and all the characters! My parents always added to my collection each birthday. I wish I could say that was 26 years ago...actually 26 sounds pretty good~lets just go with that :)

Stephanie Kraft said...

Beautiful, Julie! Love the layered scallops! I've always loved Peter Rabbit and my daughter loves these books, too! So glad you played along with JUGS!

Maggi said...

What a darling card, very Peter Rabbit!

My husband's great aunt bought Toot the entire Beatrix Potter collection. It is a gorgeous set and we let her go no where near it yet. lol

kristen said...

love those mushrooms!

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

ACK--this is super super cute! I love it! I am totally saving this in my AWESOME file:) Great job!!

JeanFB said...

I love this card, Julie! The colored pearls on the mushrooms are so creative and fun. I also love Peter Rabbit - we had touches of Beatrix Potter all over my daughter's room when she was little, and she used to watch her Peter Rabbit video daily. Such precious illustrations, soft colors... what's not to love?

Sue Lelli said...

WOW! This card is WONDERFUL! Love the flower deal and the bling on the shrooms!

Mona L. Pendleton said...

Gorgeous card Julie! You are so sweet :) Your card is gorgeous! That big blossom is sure to bring a smile to anyone's face! You know how I am a big fan of layering - so of course I adore all the beautiful scalloped border trim! The pearls are such a nice touch! Thank you so much for the big shout out & for supporting Just Us Girls - I hope you come play again soon :)

Karen said...

Love the JUGS inspiration this week! I adore Beatrix Potter and suddenly this week, through the JUGS challenge, I've realized that I have not shared that love with my own kidlets yet. Definitely making a mental note to self to get ON that!!

Love that big beautiful sunshine bloom on your card and the scallops, all those scallops simply make me smile! :>

Helen said...

What a beauty! Those mushrooms are sweet.
I love Beatrix Potter, especially Peter Rabbit, I grew up reading them, like so many children.

Kathy W said...

Hi Julie, this is a great card! Love the colors and how you layered straight pieces of DP above and scalloped them below....great design! And of course, what a find with that big fat yellow, sunny flower. Lots of inspiration here; thanks for sharing.

Gwen said...

One of my most beloved Authors...Have a couple of large bound volumes with all the stories. My life long own the entire collection in the small mini sized books like I used to pick at the school library. I rememeber falling asleep with those little guys.

Your card is wonderful, filled with spring time promise.


Jan said... the beads on the mushroom!

Sarah Anderson said...

that huge yummy flower just sets this card off brilliantly ...and those toadstools at the bottom - definitely fairies around ;)

Anne Jagger said...

What a beautiful bright card x

Ruby said...

Ooh Julie, I LOVE your card. You know me and my bright colours! This just makes me smile! Those little mushrooms are too cute with the little beads, fab!! :o)

Lisa Kind said...

Hi Julie! Great full of those spring colors! I'm glad my choice of inspiration brought back those fond memories of your daughter's nursery! What a lovely story! Thanks for finally playing our JUGs challenge! Glad you could participate!

PapierGirl said...

Aww Julie...what a beautiful inspiration to work with and you knocked it out of the ball park! The beautiful yellow flower just gives this card such a pop and the scalloped edging and stitching are perfect! Your choice of colors are soft and Springy - giving us hope that Spring is just around the corner! It is isn't it? :) Thanks for all your lovely compliments! Cathy

Sharon said...

Oh Julie I love the card - the pearls are a perfect touch to the darling mushrooms. So perky - makes me smile.

Shalah said...

What a lovely,sunny card! I also have very fond memories of Peter and his friends; the nursery we used for all 3 of my children was decorated with all the Beatrix Potter characters (and, of course, the books)! My oldest turned 16 this month and your post brought back many happy memories of times in that nursery!