Paris in the Springtime

It was 1995 when I experienced Paris in the springtime with my mom, and this time of year always brings back memories of our trip.

Ideas for this card have been kicking around in my brain for some weeks now, and the challenge over at Fusion gave me the impetus for putting them into action!  Here’s their inspiration photo:


And here is my take, a blend of the photo’s colors and sketch, with some latitude in terms of the sketch!

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I could not wait to get those new Paper Smooches flower dies cut and wound around the My Favorite Things Die-namics Eiffel Tower!  Did you notice I hung the yellow flower around the top of the tower, as in the photo?

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We stayed in Montparnasse at the Victoria Palace Hotel, and so I focused on that area of the map in my slide frame.  It was a delightful neighborhood, and one of my most delicious memories is winding through the narrow streets and discovering Poilene, a bakery a few blocks away.

Imagine my surprise when more than a decade later I am grocery shopping and see their signature white and green bags in my Seattle market!  They had begun flying in their bread every Tuesday from Paris!  I was immediately transported back and bought a demi-miche for myself and my mom!

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It never rained but on the day we arrived; other than that from Paris to the Loire Valley it was warm, sunny and glorious, so no umbrellas were needed. But I included the Memory Box one here a la Umbrellas of Cherbourg!

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Here is the inside:

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Another post, and entry to Fusion, will be following on the heels of this one, so do pay me a visit, and then head over to Fusion for some creative catalysts!

A bientot!

11 thoughts on “Paris in the Springtime

  1. This is such a sweet card with a terrific color combination. I enjoyed reading about all the memories you incorporated into the card!

    1. Thanks, Ngan! I was so exhausted last night I didn’t have much writing brain left in me, so it wasn’t the tale I had hoped to accompany the pictures! C’est la vie quelquefois! xo

    1. Merci, Christine! I was so much more fluent in 1995 after 10 years of intense study (I minored in French) than I am now. I used to tutor beginning French about 15 years ago, but rarely have occasion to use the language now. No one studies French out here!! Need to get to a conversation group as I do really miss it. Are you fluent or fairly conversational?

      1. Bonsoir, oh french is my first language. My english is sadly less than school english. I live in the german part of Switzerland so i speek also german. I go often to Paris, by train (TGV) I have only 4 hours. I like to go to theaters and visiting museums and buying tons of books. Musée Rodin is my favorite one. I love your blog very much, thank you so much. So I learn each time more and more english. I am a cardmaker too, but I don’t have any blog. So I wish you good night!

  2. What a clever way to use those die cuts … and I love the framed map too … so very glad you joined us at the Fusion Card Challenge.

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