Friday, April 20, 2012

Happy Mother's Day card

I've been away for a few days and am so happy to be back making cards!!  Today's SCS Challenge "Free For All" (F4A113) is "Mix 'n Match" - use at least two different patterned papers.  I struggle a bit with using a lot of pattern, so I have been looking to SCS to provide guidance ... there are so many crafters that are experts at combining different patterns and whose cards I admire.  I've got a long way to go, but I'm happy with my effort today.  I used three different patterns to create a Mother's Day card for my MIL.  I'm sure she will love this card - her favorite color is red, so I used a deep shade today for the roses (bravo burgundy).  Hope you like.

"Happy Mother's Day Dear Marie"

Stamp:  sentiment (unknown)
Paper:  Bravo Burgundy, Always Artichoke, Very Vanilla (SU!); Generations DP (Simple Stories)
Ink:  Early Espresso; Bravo Burgundy Stampin' Write marker (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:  Big Shot, Nestabilities Ovals (Spellbinders), Rolled Roses die-cut (C.C. Designs), Leafy Branch die-cut (C.C. Designs), MS 3-in-1 hydrangea punch, mini half pearls, Stamp-a-ma-jig, glue, mat pat, stylus, glue dots, adhesives, and dimensionals

I started with the background, combining two of the Generations papers, with a 1/8" strip of Bravo Burgundy cardstock to divide them.  I mounted it to the card front.

I ran the oval die-cut through my Big Shot with Bravo Burgundy, creating a thin frame.  I ran the oval through the Big Shot again with the third DP (this is for the sentiment).  Once the oval was cut, I used my Stamp-a-ma-jig to stamp the sentiment in the middle.  I mounted the frame of Burgundy on top of my oval sentiment.

I ran the leafy branch die-cut through my Big Shot with Always Artichoke cardstock, twice; set aside.  I die-cut the rolled rose from Bravo Burgundy cardstock and took off the outer layer of the scallop (to make the rose small).  I rolled the rose up and used glue to hold it together.  Once dry, I added a half pearl to the center.

I punched a large and small hydrangea layer from Bravo Burgundy cardstock and used my mat pack and stylus to shaped the petals.  I glued the smalled layer on top of the larger and added a mini half pearl to the center.

I punched seven of the small hydrangea layers from Very Vanilla cardstock.  I used the Bravo Burgundy Stampin' Write marker to add some lines to each petal and a dot for the center.  I then used the mat pack and stylus to shape the flower heads.

Next I glued the leaves and flowers onto the oval and then adhered the main panel onto the card front, popping it up with dimensionals to add depth.


Here's a few pictures from our trip to Galiano Island.  We had a few 1/2 days of sunshine, but it was mostly overcast while we were there, so the pictures are a bit dark.

I took a picture of the view from our deck (looking across at Mayne Island).  I also have a picture of a ferry passing by the channel marker where the land is a bit higher and the seals beach themselves every day (look closely and you'll see the lazy seals sprawled out around the marker).  We have been vacationing at this "cottage" (it's actually a house) for several years and have been fortunate to see whales heading down the pass several times over the years, but we didn't see them this time :(

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