In a tiny, quaint farming village in Germany my in-laws reside, and it's where I spent the better part of four years after I married my husband. The sun shines down on the verdant, rolling hills dotted with cattle and combines, and life goes about at a different pace than the outside world. There, the yeasty aroma of baking bread fills the households, and the rainbow riot of flowers spill out of window boxes and gardens.
Down the lane and across the street, just before the little duck pond, lives a sweet older woman named Annchen. I think the only thing Annchen loves more than her flowers is children. Alone in her house, she watches for them to pass by so she can come out to greet them and bring them little treats. The children look forward to her smiles and hugs, steps slowing as they reach her garden, just in case she needs extra time.
Annchen shares a birthday with our sweet Dominic, which is coming up in just over a week. Only a special card will do for such a special lady.
I colored this rose to resemble the ones I remember from Annchen's garden. I used Copic makers on Gina K Pure Luxery cardstock, stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink. The colors I used are as follows:
rose: RV11 (Pink), R22 (Light Prawn), R27 (Cadmium Red)
violets: B21 (Baby Blue), BV00 (Mauve Shadow), BV08 (Blue Violet)
leaves: YG06 (Yellowish Green), G21 (Lime Green), G24 (Willow), G05 (Emerald Green)
ribbon: Y15 (Cadmium Yellow), R02 (Flesh)
I added some glitter to the flower centers for a little sparkle, rounded the top corners, accented with green patterned paper from My Mind's Eye, ribbon from American Crafts, and chose some black cardstock to make the colors really stand out. I wanted infuse some elegance, so I broke out those sparkly pop dots that I won in the Blog Candy giveaway from Kathy at The Daily Marker. I think they were the perfect touch, don't you?
I chose not to add a sentiment, since I don't have any in German. Instead I'll write something personal on the inside, have the whole family sign it, and include a recent photo of the boys. I hope you enjoyed it!
Come on back tomorrow, I have something special planned!