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In Praise of Pink Lemonade

Really Reasonable Ribbon July Ribbon Club, Kathy Clement, Kathy by Design, Reneabouquets Mason Jar, Prima, Peach Tea, Greeting Card

Hello, friends!  It’s the Dog Days of Summer, and I thought I’d take a break from Christmas in July to make a project in praise of Pink Lemonade!  This sweet summery card features Rose Pink Delicate Stitched Satin from Really Reasonable Ribbon.  It’s the perfect shade of pink for summer.  Making this card brought back some sweet memories from my childhood.

Life Before Air Conditioning

Growing up in Vermont, we had no air conditioning, no box fans, no ceiling fans…nothing but handmade paper fans to help cool us down during the sultry summer days.  My mom used to keep cans of Pink Lemonade Concentrate in the freezer to help us cool down.  It was often my job to mix it up in a pretty glass pitcher. This was a process that modern children will probably never understand.

First you had to use the can opener to get the lid off.  There were no “easy open” plastic pull strips back in those days.  If Mom wasn’t looking, you could lick the sticky sweet pink lemonade concentrate off the inside of the lid.  Sweet, tart, cold and sticky all at the same time, it made your tongue tingle, and your eyes water just a tiny bit.

Next we had to mix the sticky concentrate up with 3 1/3 cans of cold water from the tap.  I always put in just the 3 cans so that ice could be added and the lemonade wouldn’t be too watered down.

Remember those old metal ice trays?  First you had to run the back side of the tray under water to sort of loosen things up a little.  Then you had to lift the cold metal lever to sort of release the ice from the metal blades. Don’t pinch your fingers during this phase of the process!  But I did, and more than once!

Next you had to figure out how to release your fingers from the metal lever!  Remember that?  Sometimes the ice popped free easily.  Sometimes not.  And woe on you if you forgot to refill the tray and put it back in the freezer!

Summer Nights

Of course, summer only lasts for 2 weeks in Vermont, but I can still remember how hot my upstairs bedroom was at the end of the day.  The sun set on that side of the house, so all afternoon, it soaked up the heat of the sun and then seemed to release it into my tiny bedroom right at bedtime.  Usually the sheets on my bed were cool and refreshing.  But during the heat of summer, there was no such relief.  You could lay in your bed and sweat, even with the window wide open and the shade pulled up.

“Mommy, it’s too hot to sleep,” was the usual complaint.  Mom, who had little patience for whining, would answer in her practical, no nonsense way.

“Now, Kathy, you just lie still and wait for the breeze.  The breeze will come any minute if you just lie very still and be patient.  Then you’ll fall right off to sleep with no trouble at all.  Now good night.”

And you  know what?  The breeze would always come.  How did she know that?

These hot summer days make me very thankful for my air conditioned studio.  It’s a great time of year to stay inside and make pretty things with paper…and sip on Pink Lemonade.

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Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Through the Garden Gate Floribunda Roses and Bee Blossom

Prima Peach Tea Spellbinders Through the Garden Gate Floribunda Rose Bee Blossom by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Through the Garden Gate Floribunda Roses and Bee Blossom Card with Prima Peach Tea

Hello, Friends!  Get ready for a floral extravaganza with this Through the Garden Gate Floribunda Roses and Bee Blossom card.  These are the new Susan Tierney-Cockburn dies from Spellbinders, and I am swooning over them!

Ann’s Rose Garden

Susann Tierney Cockburn Through the Garden Gate Floribunda Rosses Bee Blossom Prima Peach Tea by Kathy Clement Photo 01

My mother-in-law, Ann, grew the most gorgeous roses I have ever seen.  Every spring the bushes she had pruned in the fall spread out their branches toward the Carolina Blue sky.  By early May, they were laden with buds, and by early June the roses burst forth in glorious display.  She tended those roses like they were little children, pouring her love into the soil and carefully protecting them from harm. She also fed them on a daily basis.  Yes, she did. I will tell you one of the secrets of her success with roses: she fed them banana peels!  Isn’t that hilarious?

There is nothing on earth that matches the fragrance of a rose grown in a home garden. If you pick an armful of them early in the morning, when the dew is still on the petals, you will wear that heavenly fragrance all day long.    I could almost smell that wonderful aroma as I was shaping these Floribunda roses.

Roses That Never Fade

Here’s the process I followed to create these roses that never fade.  It’s a little bit messy, but worth the time it takes to clean up!

  • First, die cut the roses from heavy white cardstock.  I like to use Heartfelt Creations Specialty Flower Shaping paper (linked below).  It does not fall apart when colored with ink, spritzed with water and shaped.
  • Follow the directions printed on the dies so that you die cut the correct number of petals for each layer.
  • Now, pull out your Distress Ink pads.  I used a combination of Spiced Marmalade, Dried Marigold, Wild Honey and Worn Lipstick.
  • Next, swipe each pad across a non-stick craft sheet and spritz with water until droplets form.
  • Then lightly tap and swipe the die cut petals through the ink, making sure to color both sides.  Lay the damp layers on a paper towel and gently pat dry. You can repeat this process to achieve the desired depth of color.
  • When the petals are almost dry, but still slightly damp, shape them with a stylus and quilling tool.

I opted to create fully opened roses, and filled the centers with Prills. The Bee Blossom is colored with Spiced Marmalade and Picked Raspberry inks using the same technique. I added beaded stamens to the centers.  You can use leftover ink to custom dye seam binding ribbon, too.

A Peek Inside

Here’s a look at the inside of this card made with Prima Peach Tea papers.  Of course, I added a pocket and a tea wallet.

I even had a packet of Peach Tea and a honey stick to go with the color palette of the roses.

I did make a couple of extra roses for use in a future project.  While you have all the “mess” out on your work surface, you might as well make extras!

This might be my favorite rose die of all time.  It does take a little extra effort to make these bodacious blossoms, but I think that it’s worth it.  Now if I just had some the dew from Ann’s garden to add as the final ingredient, we’d be all set.

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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