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For this month's Illustrators and Design Team challenge, we were to create a card inspired by our favorite summer memories using any stamp set from the most recent release.

Here is my summer memories card:

I was inspired by my memories of my great-aunt and uncle's fancy parlor. Every summer, my parents took my brother and I to visit them at their "summer" house on the Massachusetts coast. Being young children with lots of energy, we ran all around their beautiful home and yard, but the one room where we weren't supposed to go in was the formal parlor. Naturally, we often snuck in, only to be gently scolded by our aunt. I was always drawn to the beautiful furnishings and pretty summer colors in that room. I wish I had some pictures to share with you, but they are at my Mom's house.

I created my parlor scene using Nina's Fine Furnishings and Fine Furnishings Additions. The base cardstock is GKD Pure Luxury Green Apple and the DP is from the Webster's Pages Lullaby Lane/Life's Portraits Petite Pages pack. The chaise lounge and ottoman were paper pieced and popped up. The framed "artwork" was also popped up.

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Comment by Donna Baker on June 22, 2010 at 7:20pm
what a pretty scene - too funny about being forbidden to go into the formal parlor!
Comment by Tera Fujan (aka Stamp Queen) on June 20, 2010 at 6:12am
Beautiful!!!!
Comment by ma54k on June 16, 2010 at 3:37pm
Gorgeous, Carla! I have always wanted to visit New England and still hope to. Thanks for sharing this memory as it created a perfect image in my mind!
Comment by Joni Mastronardi on June 16, 2010 at 1:31pm
Your card are story are both wonderful! You are inspiring me to purchase this set! Although I was hoping to win a challenge. LOL!
Comment by Jennie Harper on June 15, 2010 at 11:36pm
This is beautiful Carla and love your memory. Don't we all sneak into the forbidden room...I know the "fancy" room always got my attention with the fancy furniture and white carpet!! :o)
Comment by Giovana on June 15, 2010 at 5:14pm
Beautiful card Carla!
Comment by Janice Whiting on June 15, 2010 at 2:24pm
Oh, I love your "scene!"
Comment by Jean C. on June 15, 2010 at 1:19pm
I am just loving the stories. This one is great, too. We should make a collection of the stories! This card captures your memory perfectly--it was like looking at an illustration from your Life Book!
Comment by C. Cullen on June 15, 2010 at 12:46pm
Love this one. I had an aunt & uncle just like yours except we visited them in Chicago.
Comment by Cheri Weston on June 15, 2010 at 11:30am
I would have done the same....sneak into that room with you.....how gorgeous your card is, Carla!

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