Hope House Home for Boys

The cards that I sell here in Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico benefit the dental program for the boys at Hope House in the nearby village of Ixlahuacan. There are close to 30 boys at the home and many of them come to the home having received no dental treatment. If you live here at Lakeside and would like to order a quality, hand crafted card for a special occasion and help me contribute to this worthy cause, please e-mail me at bettyinchapala@yahoo.com Card price is 50 pesos; the entire sales price is donated to Hope House.

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Thursday, February 2, 2012

Vases and Gourds

This card was made for a challenge at The Ribbon Carousel to use paper piecing and, of course, some ribbon, lace, twine or most anything that comes on a spool. All of my vases are paper pieced with paper from a pack by Pressed Petals, Baby Boy. The flowers are stamped onto the ivory card stock. Vases and flowers are from a set by Papertrey Ink, Gracious Vases. The shelf is a stamp from a Gina K. Designs set, Nana's Needlework. The ribbon is from Michaels and was a absolutely perfect match for the patterned papers -- almost like they came together as a kit.

We visited with our friends yesterday afternoon who gifted us with that beautifully carved gourd. We saw so many lovely, fascinating pieces that he has carved, both from wood and gourds. I'm going to post a link where you can see all the pictures I took yesterday afternoon but I'll give you a sneak peek so that you'll know it will be worth your time to look at all the pictures!

The gourds still in their natural state.

This is Herschel, in his workshop, with the gourd he's working on now.

Some completed projects

A wood carving

Here's the link to a Picasa Web Album (crossing my fingers that it works!)

edited: looks like you'll have to copy and paste the link
"Talk" to you later,


Olga said...

I love your card and those gourds

Patti P. said...

I love paper piecing and what a gorgeous job you have done, I would love to have vases like these. The gourds are so beautiful...amazingly talented person!

The Other Patti Sue said...

Super awesome card GF! Those gourds are AMAZING!

redwasher1 said...

Betty, love your card and your photo's!! Awesome, thanks for sharing this with us.

Sandy said...

Again you have made a super card. I do enjoy seeing your friend that does the gourds and his wood carving is wonderful!

Becky said...

Lovely card Betty, love how you paper pieced this.
Great photos, love the painted gourds.

Kym Weber said...

Beautiful card! You definitely couldn't have matched your ribbon and paper any more perfect! Very pretty colors together!

Those gourds are amazing - beautiful creations!

Mary Anne / MA54K said...

First, I just have to say how amazing your card is! The paper piecing is spot on. As for the carving, Wowzer! As Kym said, you matched perfectly. Thanks for sharing.

Colleen said...

Your ribbon really does look like it came from a kit with paper included. Love the paper piecing. The gourds are beautiful amazing artist.

Anita said...

Stunning card! Thanks for joining us at Ribbon Carousel.