Spring Cards from the Studio

Spring is trying hard to make an appearance, so I’ve been in the my studio these past few weeks making cards and blank journals that have sun, seed envelopes, flowers and spring all over them. Mother’s Day is in a couple of weeks and I have made some pretty cards to send Mom. Celebrate Spring by sending a card to a friend in the mail, it’s always so fun to receive something personal in the mail!! You can always buy directly from me, I mail cards protected in a small box, or for friends that live close, you are invited to come by my studio! But if you want to go shopping in the cutest shop in our little country area, Vintage Roost will be opening next week.

Debbie at Vintage Roost will have her shops (she now has two little shops next to each other!) open Fridays and Saturdays 10-5 on April 29-30, May 6-7, and May 13-14. Vintage Roost is located: 935 NW Scenic Drive in North Albany.

A few of my cards in a Vintage Roost vignette

My cards are made from my photographs and from vintage graphics. I apply them to white or brown Kraft paper stationery. I use recycled brown bags as covers for my blank journals. The blank pages in my journals are cut from recycled stationery. And sometimes you’ll find a rubber stamp applied for just a last touch.

For Mother’s Day here are a few of my creations:

Sometimes when a blossom is spent it is still photogenic! I’ve got a collection of spent blossom photos that I’ve been wanting to find a way to use. When I found this illustration of a Peony I was able to use one of my pink Peony photos as a background.

Next are my Spring creations:

This is a card that could be sent any time you want to say hello! It is a collage card containing photos I took and other added ephemera. A seed packet with the title “Songbird Delight” gave me the inspiration for this series of cards.
This orange-belted bumble bee was enjoying my Scabiosa – Pin Cushion flower last Spring.

Next is a collection of cards I created using my photos and a replica of a vintage seed envelope just like the ones that would have been for sale in this 1930’s & 40’s display box.

I bought this 1930’s seed envelope display box years ago at Antiques in the Streets in downtown Albany. It will be at Vintage Roost this season to display my cards! It was built by the Ferry Seed Company and was used as a store display. The lid has directions on how the merchant should set up the display and where to put it in their store for maximum visibility and sales. In this photo, the box is sitting on top of a shelf, the box itself doesn’t have legs. When I bought the box it was missing the seed trays, so my brother Wade made 4 trays for me out of galvanized metal and fashioned a way to hang them on the hangers that were original to the box. He did a fantastic job.
The seed envelope above is a photo of an original “Ferry’s Seeds” envelope. The Ferry Company started in 1856, years later Ferry became Ferry-Morse Seeds and is still selling seed today.
These are Cosmos in Monet’s Garden, I took this photo when I was in France and on a tour of Giverny.

Below are just two of my blank journals for Spring. Priced at just $8.50 they are a sweet homemade gift to give. Made with recycled brown bags and stationery and bound together with my sewing machine. They come with a brand new pencil.

I love sewing on paper.

Thank you for taking the time to look at the latest things from Studio Meringue!!

Happy Spring, Florence

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