Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Time To Shine blog hop

First, let me apologize for being late to the hop. My internet connection went down during the night and it has taken all morning to get it fixed. I am truely sorry for any inconvenience this has caused anyone. Thank You!

If you came here from Caroline King's blog you're in the right spot. If not then you'll want to start at the beginning with Brooke Smith 

The theme of this Blog Hop goes along with the Crop title "Time To Shine". The type of project has been left open to us hostesses. The only requirement is that our project has to able to be used for a day in which someone has their "time to shine"; such as birthday, graduation, wedding, new baby, or whatever. We've also been asked to share something about our favorite memory of our "time to shine". You will want to visit every stop on the blog hop, and be sure to leave some love while you are there. At each stop you will collect a letter for the Unscramble It game. You will be given all the details at the end of this post .

Graduation is fast approaching and so is Senior Prom. My memory goes back in time, to the 1960's, when prom was a big deal for girls. It was, indeed, our "time to shine". Couples went "steady" meaning you only dated each other. Girls looked forward to prom all year with the fancy floor length dresses, bouffant hair, beautiful wrist corsages, and pointy toed 3" heels. Oh those were the days!

I made my dress out of light pink rayon taffeta with a printed organza overlay. Even though I had been sewing for years, my mom was a nervous wreck. Those kinds of material left no room for mistakes because they showed every pin or needle prick. You had to get it right the first time. The material was also easy to scorch when you ironed it. Day before the prom... my dress was made and ironed without any pin hole or scorch marks.

I had really wanted to wear the white crocheted shawl my aunt got for me, but mom decided I needed a matching long stole made out of my dress material. I thought to myself "yuck" as mom set about making the stole. When she went about pressing it... oopsie... she scorched it in the middle. Oh my goodness!! Mom ended up a crying mess and very upset. She sobbed that she ended up doing the exact thing she was worried I would do, scorch something. I consoled her the best I could and reassured her I wasn't upset because I could always wear the "store bought shawl". It wasn't until years later that she found out I "really" wanted to wear the shawl in the first place. With my memory being told, I present my rendition of a girl's graduation card featuring... a prom dress. My camera does funny things to pink. The dress is actually a coral pink color. It was fun to make and I hope you enjoy it.

supply list:
Card base - Ivory cardstock embossed with Cuttlebug D'vine Swirl embossing folder
Rose trim - is called small organza rose ribbon-cream from MayaRoad
Dress pattern - from Paper Crafts Magazine
Dress material and vintage rhinestone trim - from the stash of my dear cousin, Nell Orndorf. The material was adhered to the dress pattern made of white cardstock.

Your next stop on the hop:
I'm sending you off to the talented Susan's blog. Susan in one of the nicest people I know and you'll be in for a real treat with her project.

Unscramble It game for hoppers:   My letter is   L
Each blog hostess has a letter and you will collect each one when you visit their blog. Once you collect ALL the letters, the last hostess in the blog hop will direct you to the thread in the forum where you can find all the details you need to enter the drawing. All hoppers collecting ALL the letters, unscrambling the word or phrase, entering the game by following the directions in the forum, and leaving feedback on EVERY blog they visit WILL be entered in to a random drawing held on May 23, 2012. ONE lucky winner will have their name drawn and will wind a prize!! Fun... right? Then get hoppin and GOOD LUCK!

Here is the list of hoppers in case you get lost:
Brooke Smith  (CardMaker Blog)
Anya Schrier
Michelle Woemer
Judy L
Lisa  (risalenee)
Trudy Sjolander
Kimberly Crawford
Tammy  (tampatha)
Carolyn King
Marlene  **you are here**
Colleen Schaan


  1. Sorry you had issues. I had them last time. I love the card and the wonderful memory that went with it.

  2. Pretty, pretty dress!!! I'm glad your internet is back up and running. Don't you just hate that?? And always right when you really need the stinking thing to work, too!

  3. this is a great card. I love the vintage look!

  4. Nice Card. Gald you are back up and running Kelly

  5. Well, both the story and the card were certainly worth waiting for. Certainly glad you got back up to share them. Love, love, love the card. The color is beautiful!

  6. Aww Marlene such a nice story :) and a beautiful card!

  7. Marlene that is beautiful! Love your prom story too

  8. Marlene, what a gorgeous card!!!!

  9. A beautiful card inspired by a beautiful dress!

  10. You are such a sweetie. Things happen to the best of us. Your card is darling. Love the story you shared. I'm sure you were the belle of the ball :)

  11. Such a great story Marlene. I remember those days. My mom was also a wreak! I love the cute dress card you made to go along with your story. Lovely work!

  12. I love your card and I enjoyed your prom dress story. Things have a way of working themselves out, don't they.

  13. Cute dress card Marlene! I have been seeing some on Pinterest and have been wanting to try one. Love yours!