A childhood memory!

Hi there bloggies!

The Answer? …. A BOOK!

I had so much fun with today’s card! I was really excited when I saw the latest CAS-ual Friday challenge! CFC18:  Create a Clean And Simple project inspired by a book, and use the colors black, white and red. One of my favourite childhood books was called “Tom’s Midnight Garden” written in 1958 by Philippa Pearce … (not to be confused with “The Secret Garden”). I couldn’t remember the name of the book … but I did remember that it was a story of friendship between a boy & a girl … and there was a “garden” and a boy called “Tom” … so off I went on a “google search”! (Google Queen in action!!!) And … I found exactly what I was looking for — a review that brought back all the wonderful memories of this childhood favourite!  You can read about it HERE … if you are interested. So … in keeping with the title of the book … my card is a “moonlight” (midnight) one with a garden! And … I have included “Friends” as a phrase to signify the friendship in the story. I hope you like it!

So … I also deliberately added some ribbon flourishes to this card … so I could also enter it in the new Stampin’ Up! ONLY challenge this week.SUO 27: Ribbons & Bows. 

And … here is a close up of my ribbon treatment … All the little loops and ends are added separately. It was a little fiddly … but well worth the effort! Oh … and before I go … look who came to visit today!!! And … I even got to mind her while her mum went to the gym. Did I go to the gym??? Why on earth would I go to the gym when I had this little treasure to play with???

See you all again soon! Hugs xxaxx



  1. chrissieah says:

    Wow this is a lovely, striking card. Wish I had half your creative genes! weird though…. I have NO childhood recollection of that book at all!
    Andrea adds: Wow! That was quick … I only just posted this one … and here is your comment! I LOVED this book … and finally I have worked out the right name for it. This was a fun challenge! And … you do have more than adequate creative genes … don’t sell yourself short! Hugs xxaxx


  2. Lynda says:

    Ok…..WOW!!! On Fire Missy!! This card rocks on so many levels!!! I am a massive fan of black, white and red…such an impact trio. Your card has softness and subtlety. I love it….esp the fact that the ribbon whisperer is BACK with avengance. (Woo Hoo!!!) Seeing cards like this make me realise how MUCH work I need to do on my brayering (dah as my post suggested…LOL) and sponging. I have something wonderful to aspire to!!
    Bree is so edibly GORJUS (and the hair will grow…LOL) Oh to have a wee pinch of those cheeks….the perfect excuse to avoid the gym in anyone’s book!! ooxx
    Andrea adds: So much blog love in this comment … thanks honey! 🙂 And … I promised you a photo of Bree … and you noticed exactly why!!! The hair comparison with your little Pippa’s is so funny! Take care! Hugs xxaxx


  3. Donna Zammit says:

    Stunning card Andrea as well as your stunning grand daughter!!!! 2 stunners in one day. Way to go. TFS Cheers Donna Zammit 🙂
    Andrea adds: Hi Donna! 😀 So wonderful to see you! I have missed your sunshiny comments! (But … don’t apologise … I definitely know how busy life can be!) Thanks! Hugs xxaxx


  4. Jess says:

    absolutely beautiful Andrea! Your book sounds lovely, and the card is a good representation. I must say, your little Bree is growing into the most beautiful baby ever! (except for my nephew Bree 🙂 )
    Andrea adds: You have a nephew “Bree”??? Must admit I have never heard of Bree being a boy’s name … but there are lots of non gender names now … aren’t there! Thanks for popping by! Hugs xxaxx


    1. Jess says:

      darn it! I meant Niece… my head is all over the place right now..
      Andrea adds: LOL …. that is funny! But … nice to know that there are some out there in blog land that ACTUALLY read my replies to their comments!! Thanks for taking the time, Jess! 😀 Hugs xxaxx


  5. Donna says:

    Love your card Andrea and it was so good to see little Bree. What a cutie, how can you stamp when she is around tugging at your heart (wink) Have a great day! !hugs!
    Andrea adds: Hi Donna! I know … who would want to stamp … when they can play! So nice to have you pop by! Hugs xxaxx


  6. Lisa says:

    This is wonderful! Love the red shading along the bottom and the beautiful sparkling moon!
    Andrea adds: Hi Lisa! Thanks for your lovely comment! Hugs xxaxx


  7. Denise M. says:

    Wow, that book inspired a seriously AMAZING card!! Wowwwwwwwie, girlie, I’m in love with it. Totally swooning over this one!
    Andrea adds: You are sooooo kind, Denise! Always one to make sure they leave a super encouraging comment! Thanks gf! Hugs xxaxx


  8. Deb Hoekstra says:

    Andrea – WOW – beautiful card!! The coloring is lovely!! Very creative use of the ribbon as well. Thanks for joining us at SUO Challenges.
    Andrea adds: Thanks Deb! I wish now I had added a little white organza (ret. SU! of course) … but I am happy with the result! Hugs xxaxx


  9. Melissa says:

    this is so gorgeous Andrea!
    Andrea adds: Hi Melissa! Thanks for popping by to encourage … once again!! 😀 Hugs xxaxx


  10. Oh wow, what a unique way to use these colors. I just love all there is to look at. Those red ribbons really caught my eye – a perfect touch. Thank you so much for playing along at CAS-ual Fridays.
    Andrea adds: Thanks Jaclyn for your lovely response to my card! I do hope it is CAS enough … but it is almost a single layer card!!! 😉 Hugs xxaxx


  11. Laura Davis says:

    Awesome card!
    Thanks for playing at CAS-ual Fridays!
    Andrea adds: Thanks for taking the time to say hi, Laura! Hugs xxaxx


  12. Jen Timko says:

    Now that little cutie distracted me for a bit and how lovely that you got some time to hug on her while mommy was away! You card is fantastic and I love how you have used the narrow ribbon. Thanks for a lovely post and so glad to see you at SUO Challenges this week.
    Andrea adds: Thanks Jen! She is a irresistible isn’t she!? 😀 A little joy in a difficult year. Thanks for your lovely comments! Hugs xxaxx


  13. Paula Dobson says:

    Oh my, it doesn’t pay to stay away too long from your blog! This card is seriuously GORJUS!!! Love how we can use different things to inspire our artwork. Tom’s Midnight Garden is perfect!
    Andrea adds: Such a compliment from the queen of sponging! Thanks Paula! Hugs xxaxx


  14. Julie Day says:

    Beautiful card! Is the background brayered? Great design 🙂 Thanks for playing this week at CAS-ual Fridays!
    Andrea adds: Yes … Julie … it is brayered with a little sponging to add some depth to the colour, too! Thanks for your kind comment! Hugs xxaxx


  15. Mary Brown says:

    Truly FABULOUS!!! LOVE your colors and all your ‘fussy cutting’! Thanks for joining us for the SUO challenge!
    Andrea adds: Thanks Mary! How freaky! I happened to do a CASE of one of your cards today (not posted here yet!) … and here you are leaving me some blog love! Much appreciated … thanks! Hugs xxaxx


  16. Beautiful card…love the “leaves” on top of the ribbon…and the lovely baby…she is so gorgeous! Did I tell you I’m going to be a granny for the first time in May 2012? Oh, I can’t wait!
    Andrea adds: Oh Maddy! You are going to LOVE IT!!! There is something so magical about it! Congrats! I will be over at INK4U! again tomorrow … and will chat with you then! Hugs xxaxx


  17. Gabbi says:

    This card has so much for the eyes to feast upon! What a superb job you have done here!
    I’m loving that photo of baby Bree – how quickly the little bubs grow up – what a blessing!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Andrea adds: I was kinda pleased with this one … and isn’t that little princess soooo cute! I love her to bits! Hugs xxaxx


  18. Sonia G says:

    Oh Bree is growing up so quickly! She’s beautiful!
    Hmmm now that I’ve seen her, I have totally forgotten about the card…lol! No, I haven’t I remember the colours and the ribbon whispering!. And of course, you’ve used one of my favourite sets. Tis gorgeous!
    Andrea adds: Yes … Bree is a GREAT distraction for this post … she completely eclipses the creation I included!!! 😀 😀 Hugs xxaxx


  19. Karen Barber says:

    Positively lovely!! Your ribbon use is so unique too!
    Andrea adds: Thanks Karen! It is so nice to have you visit and take the time to say hi! Hugs xxaxx


  20. Kez says:

    Wow Andrea! Amazing card! Love it all, especially the ribbon treatment which looks FANTASTIC. Brilliant idea. And how totally adorable does little Bree look? Soooooooooooo cute and cuddly …. mmmm, I can almost smell baby smell now! I’ve got a ways to go before being a gran but I am looking forward to it already!
    : It is such a special stage … and although I resisted the idea to start with … once that little precious is here … you just can’t imagine life without them! She is s sweetie! Thanks for your enthusiastic comments! Hugs xx


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