Friday, August 3, 2018

Old Friends

     It's Friday so another weekly challenge is starting at QKR Stampede.  As always, we have an "Anything Goes" theme.

     When I was a young girl, I received my first Raggedy Ann doll.  She was precious and became my favorite right away.  Within a few months, I decided she needed a friend and begged for another rag doll to accompany her.  A second one arrived right around my birthday.  Over the next dozen or so years, I gathered up at least 6 more and each one of them was well loved, therefore also well worn.

     By the time they needed to be discarded (a heartbreaking occasion for me) I was old enough to have discovered quilting.  I can remember carefully removing their aprons and using that fabric in my first quilt.  I'm sure those memories have something to do with this card design, using "Girl Friends" (image) and "Best Antiques" (sentiment) from the QKR store.

     For coloring the image, I used a combination of ProMarkers and water colors.  I cut both the image and the frame with diamond dies from Spellbinders.  The frame piece was cut from a scrap of dp rescued from an ignominious death in the round file.

     I printed and cut the sentiment with another diamond die from that same set.  Instead of matting it, I just used a ProMarker to ink the edges.  The plaid background dp made me think of the apron fabric on one of my rag dolls so I decided it was the perfect choice for this card.

     I'm inspired now to use this image (printed onto plain white fabric) on a child's quilt.  Maybe I'll still be blogging by the time I get it done and I'll be able to share it with you.  On the other hand, quilting takes me a lot longer than it did when I was younger, so who knows?  :-D

Aloha Friday
Aud Sentiments
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper
Crafting with Friends
Creative Knockouts
Cute Card Thursday
Not Just Cards

      Hope we see you playing along this week.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie


  1. AW! what a lovely story, with lovely memories Connie, your card is so pretty.

  2. Such a sweet card, NanaConnie! I have several quilts handmade by mom and others that I love. One day maybe I will learn to sew too, lol :)

  3. Wow! What an awesome card! Who doesn't love Raggedy Ann! I love the story of how you made a quilt with their aprons, but where is the picture of the quilt?? I would love to see that too! I have made some quilts too, there is just something so beautiful about a homemade quilt!

    1. Lori, My first quilt was given to a young girl more than 45 years ago and, at the time, I had no idea that photographing it would be a good idea. :-D

  4. Absolutely gorgeous, I love the image and wonderful design.
    Linda xxx

  5. Such a sweet image Connie! Really love your colors and especially your sweet memory from your childhood! I had a small Holly Hobby doll and grew up forgetting about it and then one day before my grandma passed years ago, someone pulled it out from her closet and gave it to me...broke out in tears completely and have it sitting on my shelf right now always remembering her and our times. Glad that you were able to make a keepsake from your childhood. DT hat time: Thanks for sharing your creation with us at Cute Card Thursday Challenges! HUGS, *Vicki* (DT)

  6. Great card, lovely colouring and fabulous sentiment!

    Thanks for playing along with our feminine challenge at Aud Sentiments,

    Hugz Tinz

  7. The image is just adorable and the background paper is just perfect. Lovely card. xx

  8. So pretty and it's wonderful that it brings back all those memories too. I never had the Raggedy Ann doll so turned it around and made all the granddaughters one after they were born. What an undertaking that turned out to be - but they still love them.

  9. There certainly were a lot of endearing toys back in the day that are non existent now! Your darling dolls are beautifully colored on a fabulous card! xoxo

  10. So cute!!! Thanks so much for participating in our NOT JUST CARDS challenge. Hope you participate in our next challenge!! Have a happy crafty day!!!
    Deanne at A Little Bit O’ Paper

  11. Cute card. Thanks for sharing with us at Aud Sentiments.
    Hugs, Sandy DT.


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