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Sunday, November 15, 2009

No wonder they called it the Wonder Store!



                                       
       
               
 I made this card with the inspiration provided by two very popular challenge sites.  My friend Sandi came up with the inspiration colors of blue/green, chocolate brown, tan and cream for the Play Date Cafe Challenge.  Sandi used whimsy and humor with these very elegant colors in her challenge card, so I decided to be a bit whimsical yet elegant myself.
 The challenge inspiration at Just Us Girls (JUGS) called for some dry embossing and to make it a Birthday card, celebrating team member Dana's birthday, I hope you had a good birthday.
Now for my own personal inspiration, I found this little booklet tucked inside one of my Grandmothers old cookbooks.  I wonder how many times she pulled it out to admire all the beautiful dresses.  I collect old and antique cookbooks because I love to reading them, and cooking the recipes.  It's a great way to get a glimpse into the lives of the women of that era.  This advertising ephemera has 6 ladies in different dresses all advertising the Paragon Broadcloth dresses for 1 dollar each!  The Wonder Store must have been Wonderful!  Beautiful dresses for 1 dollar!  I added the aged tan order blank, and stamped Happy Birthday in chocolate brown on it.  Wouldn't Dana just love to get one of these dresses for 1 dollar for her birthday?  I used Stampin Up ivory, and chocolate brown.  The blue/green dp is K &Company Brenda Walton "Mira".  I dry embossed the chocolate brown cs with a Sizzix Texture plate, and the dp was dry embossed with Cuttlebug Textile embossing folder.  Happy Birthday stamp is from Warmest Regards.  I hope you enjoy this, I had fun making it!  Thanks for looking.  ~Diane
Whoo Hoo!  This card was chosen for the Fab 4 at Play Date Cafe!

19 comments:

  1. Diane, that is the best, love the order form and that vintage dress. Thanks so much for taking the Play Date Cafe Challenge. Hugs

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  2. Wow, Diane, I read this 3 times...I loved the story about the creation of your card...and the memories of
    your grandmother and The Wonder Store. I have and cherish my mother's recipe book, all written in her lovely handwriting, and I remember dining on those meals so lovingly cooked for her family. She died before the 'hurry n' fix it" world appeared and all meals were from scratch.
    Love your card, Diane. I truly do.
    Carole

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  3. Wow Diane how COOL is this! I love the story behind the booklet and the order form - how nostalgic - reminds me of the time I found an old Sears catalog at my grandma's and you could order so many strange things through it! Long before the internet there was catalog shopping! LOL great card. Thanks SO MUCH for playing along with Just Us Girls. Hope to see you again next week for our next challenge!

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  4. Very neat card! I love the unique little touches :) So lovely. Great take on the challenge :)

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  5. Glad to have you back with another entry for the Play Date Cafe Challenge. You know enough of my blog posts to know I LOVE anything vintage or retro and this certainly fits the bill!

    Beautiful job for BOTH challenges!

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  6. wow.. I really love this card.. great job.. so cute and fun.. HUGS :)

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  7. You know, Leah, there's something about that card; that dress - I love it! The embossing brings about such a sweet touch. Oh, it's just too fabulous!

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  8. Oh shoot - I meant Diane - sorry about that...it's 6:34 am..I am up too early I guess (since 1am).

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  9. This is a great card, Diane!!! I love all the elements, it all pulls together very nicely!

    I am taking a break today, my back is out, and I can't be in any given position for more than a couple of minutes. UGH! My craft today is how crappy can I treat my hubby! I feel so bad for him. He is so nice and I keep biting his head off.

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  10. FANTASTIC! Love all of the elements you pulled in here - very vintage, a look I am NOT good with -- but you totally nailed it Girl! Thanks for playing along with the JUGS Challenge this week! Hope you'll be back to play again on Saturday!

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  11. Beautiful use of a vintage image!! Love it!

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  12. What a fun card! Such a cute vintage feel and I LOVE those colors together! Thanks for coming by and leaving such nice comments on my blog. Makes me smile :) Have a great day!

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  13. Fabulous card, Diane! I love the bit of history you added with the card! I'm a vintage and retro-loving girl, too, and this is just perfection! Glad you could play at PDCC!

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  14. What a wonderful card.. the colours are fantastic.. the style so retro.. really beautiful x

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  15. Oh Diane, such a lovely card and fabulous story! The vintage is marvelous! Congrats on making the fab 4 at The Play Date Cafe! xxD

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  16. Diane, congrats on being one of our FAB 4, it was truly deserving and inspiring. Hugs

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  17. Diane, this is FANTASTIC!! Love that you recycled the slip you pulled from your grandmother's cookbook, and your color palette is fab! This is not only an awesome, unique birthday card, but TOTALLY Dana's style!!! Great job with the challenge :O)

    Thanks so much for playing along with Just Us Girls! Hope to see you on Saturday for a fun color challenge hosted by Lisa!

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  18. Congratulations on making the Fab 4 at the Play Date Cafe Challenge...can't wait to see what you design this week!

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  19. Beautiful card! Congrats on the win at the Play Date Cafe!

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