Saturday, December 19, 2015

Christmas Memories.....

Hello Everyone: I love baking breads, cakes and cookies, specially during the Holidays, this aromas that fill my kitchen bring back warm and sweet memories of my Maternal Grandma Maria, she was an amazing, sweet, loving woman, hard working and giving, who loved us and, YES!! spoiled us kids to the max!! we had the fortune and were blessed to have her living with us as we were growing up and I, in particular, leaned from her how to bake and cook, knit and crochet and even to sew a little.
I'm a grandma now of 5 amazing kids and I'm loving them and spoil them just like my grandma spoiled me, when they come to my house, there is always cake and or cookies and the first thing they do is to go to the stove and lift the lids of the pots and pans and ask: "What are you cooking, grammy?"
So, here is a card that reminds me of my grandma, of her kitchen, of the aroma of love that always filled our house because she was there.
This is an image from Our Daily Bread called Sweet Christmas Wishes and, as you can see why this table brought back such sweet memories of my childhood.
I stamped the image onto Canson water color paper with Stazon Jet Black ink and colored it with my SU markers and the aqua painter. The little spoon on the top and the gold embossed sentiment are from a retired Flourishes set called "Fresh Baked", here is a close up of the sentiment.
The pattern papers are from Hobby Lobby, I don't think I will ever use all, I've been making cards like for ever and I don't think I've made a significant dent on this stash.
Here is a picture of the inside, I'm so happy I decided to finish the inside of all of my cards before posting them, I'm sure this will save me a ton of time when it's time to mail them.
The sentiment expresses exactly what my grandma was for us.

I'm linking this card to the IN(K)SPIRE_me challenge, which called for a card that evoked nostalgic memories for us, the Merry Monday with a theme of ''BAKING'' and the Curtain Call challenge with a theme of ''MILK AND COOKIES''.
Here are the banners that inspired this card.

Thank you so much for stopping by, until next time, happy stamping.
Hugs from Maria.

27 comments:

  1. Ah yes ...my grandmother made wonderful baked treats ! I remember those delightful smells filling up her house ! I think your card is a tribute to your GM....cute challenge ideas too !!

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    1. Thank you for your words Sonny, the memories of my sweet grandma will live forever in me.
      I feel so fortunate that I'm in the lives of my own grandchildren from the moment they were born.

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  2. Aw such sweet memories of your Grammy! I love this table stamped image full of baked treats! Warm Wishes to you and yours!

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    1. Thank you Patti, my Grammy was simply AWESOME!!!!!

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  3. I'm so jealous of your happy memories, Maria, but so happy for you that you have them and that you are passing them on to your darling grandchildren! I love your nostalgic card and I think you have made a winner for all these challenges!! Happy Holiday Hugs! Darnell

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    1. Thank you Darnell, having our dear grandma living with us as we were growing up, was absolutely amazing.
      I'm fortunate my grandkids will have some awesome memories of both, my hubby and me, for a life time.

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  4. memories like this are just precious. thanks for sharing with us. what a lovely card. thanks for linking up to curtain call.

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    1. Thank you Lisa, you are right, this memories are precious and we are lucky to have them.

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  5. Maria, this card and the sweet memories it evokes are just wonderful. You must have had an especially special bond with your grandmother since you shared her name. I'm sure your grandchildren are incredibly grateful for their grandmother as well.

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    1. Thank you Rosanne, yes, I was named after her and all of those cooking lessons of years past, I put them to work for my grandkids.

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  6. Oh, I love how you have evoked childhood memories with this card. I have such fond memories of Christmas baking and now love to bake with my own children.

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    1. Thank you Lauren, cooking and baking with your kids build memories that will last a life time.

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  7. What are you cooking, Grammy. Warms my heart! Caroline (my daughter) and I made sugar cookies yesterday. So fun. Beautiful card to cherish those moments!

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    1. Yes Mary, those are memories that will be cherished by your daughter Caroline.
      Thank you for your sweet words.

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  8. Just beautiful! I too grew up with my Greek Grandmother living with us. Watching her bake and lifting the lid of the pot on the stove~~ahhhh sweet memories ~~~.

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    1. Thank you Marianne, I'm so happy this card brought sweet memories of your grammy.

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  9. Fantastic card, I love that sentiment. Thank you for joining us for Merry Monday.

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    1. Thank you Nina, it's always fun to play along at Merry Monday.

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  10. This stamp is so adorable! And perfect for our Nostalgia-Theme this week. Such a cute card and a lovely story! Thank you so much for joining us at our last Inkspire_me-christmas-special this year! Greetings from Bavaria, Kirstin

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    1. Thank you Kirstin, I really loved playing with this theme, I'm looking forward to more challenges from all of you fabulous ladies in 2016!!

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  11. Oh, Maria, your grandmother sounds like mine! Her house was always filled with wonderful aromas of her baking! How wonderful to be creating those kinds of memories with your grandchildren! A beautiful card! Your watercoloring is always beautiful! Thanks for sharing with us at Merry Monday!

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    1. Aren't we lucky to have had our grandmas with us? To this day I can still smell the aromas of that kitchen and when I'm baking with my grandkids it's so very special.
      Thank you for stopping by Bonnie.

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  12. What a lovely card and what a sweet story about your Grandma! Love how you colored the image. Thank you for joining us at Inkspire me! Merry Christmas to you. Marion

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    1. Thank you Marion, Grandmas are GRAND!!!!!
      Merry Christmas to you and your family.

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  13. Oh, what a wonderful take on the inspiration photo! Lovely card!

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  14. Oh what a beautiful memory and card to go with it! thank you for joining us in this baking challenge at Merry Monday!

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I want to thank you for stopping by, I always read all the comments you so kindly leave on my posts, I want you to know I appreciate this more than words can express.
Maria.