Sunday, May 10, 2015

Happy Mother's Day

Hi everyone.  Wanted to wish all my readers that are mother's a Very Happy Mother's Day!! :)

This is the card I made for my Mom.  We are heading over to her place late this afternoon, along with my youngest son and his partner.  We are having dinner together, brought in from a local restaurant.  This afternoon my oldest son, his wife and their baby (my grandbaby) came by for afternoon tea.  It was so fun! :)

I kept my Mom's card CAS, using some saturated watercolouring for the butterfly. It's hard to tell, but there are a few different colours of inks used on this ... much prettier in real life and not all orange.  Don't you just love when the camera has a mind of it's own??!! :)  I stamped the background "splatters" in Versamark and the sentiment ... along with a sentiment inside the card that says "Happy Mother's Day, all embossed in gold.  I used gold card stock for the flourish and butterfly body.

This second card I made for Nikki (DDIL) ... she likes card that are not super CAS, so I wanted to make her something with a little more to it.  I watercoloured the background panel, added splatters and then stamped the flowers and watercolour them.  I do have fun with this technique.  I left it without a sentiment on the front ... there's one in the inside (Happy Mother's Day).  I thought she might want to frame it for a little picture to hang in their new home.  Nikki, Evan and Cooper will be moving into their new home at the end of May.  We are so happy for them.  They bought a three bedroom home with a large backyard. It's perfect for them. :)

I tried something different with this watercoloured panel to flatten it and it worked really well so will pass this along in case you might be interested.  I usually place my finished watercolour panels under some heavy books for a few days if it needs to be flattened.  With the above card, I used two brand new cutting plates and ran it through my Big Shot with a shim.  The pressure really helped to flatten it out.  Make sure to use new plates  because ones that have cuts on them will transfer a "design" of the cuts onto your card. :)  I also mounted it onto a thick white card stock panel that was the same size to make it completely flat. Worked perfectly! :)

That's it for me.  I really enjoyed making something special for both Mom and Nikki.

Have a wonderful day!

Butterfly card:
Stamps:  Gorgeous Grunge, Field Flowers (both from SU!); Mother's Day Bouquet (Annabelle Stamps ... sentiment on inside of cards)
Paper:  White card base (Neenah); Gold (SU!); Watercolour (Arches 140 lb. cold press)
Ink:  Versamark
Accessories & Tools:  Liquid Watercolour Concentrate (orange, magenta, yellow) from Dick Blick, Moonlight Butterfly die (Memory Box), Flourish #6 die (Crafty Ann), Gold embossing powder (Hero Arts)

Daisy card:
Stamps:  Daisy Thanks (Stampendous)
Paper:  White card base (Neenah); Watercolour (Arches 140 lb. cold press)
Ink:  Archival Black (Ranger); Distress Inks:  Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy, Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Ripe Persimmon, Fired Brick, Aged Mahogany, Crushed Curry, Peeled Paint, Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain (Tim Holtz)
Accessories & Tools:  waterbrushes, water mister, heat tool


  1. Beautiful cards Loll, love your striking butterfly card, the splatters look great under the flourish. The daisy card is stunning, it would look perfect framed! Cathy x

  2. love both cards Loll - neat idea for flattening the watercolor paper - thanks.

  3. Two more beauties Loll . . . I just don't know how you do it, time and time again! Stunning! Have a great week! Hazel xx

  4. Both of these are beautiful. I do love that first one, gorgeous cas card.

  5. Two lovely designs Loll -showing just how versatile and skillful a stamper you are! love the gold splatter on the one for you Mum and the watercolored flowers are beautiful for your DIL - I'm sure they will both love these offerings from you! Happy Mother's day - I hope someone made YOU a card too??!! Julia xx

  6. Great designs Loll and a top tip about the Big Shot! I've used a warm iron before now but make sure there's no embossing! :)

  7. Two stunning cards Loll.

    Love & Hugs
    Jacquie J xxx

  8. Such beautiful designs for your Mom and DIL, Loll! Belated Happy Mother's Day!

  9. Two beautiful Mother's Day cards Loll. The bright zingy butterfly stands out perfectly against the white background with the gold of the flourish and the spatters, and the gorgeous citrus colours with the yellow tones in tbe background and the lovely orange colours of the flowers are so summery. x

  10. Beautiful cards. The first is very elegant, the second card is the close and friendly. I love them both.

  11. Loll, I Love your gold eb accents and Pretty butterfly "With Love" card for your mom. Such a classic CAS Design.

    Nikki's card is Gorgeous too. TFS your pressing technique for your watercolored layer. It worked beautifully and now will look so professional framed :-)

    TFS your special Mother's Day my friend.

  12. Can you hear me going "ooooh"? Cause I surely am! Both are just too beautiful for words. The butterfly does look quite marbled with the coloring, and I love the bright splash of color on the CAS card. Also am loving those very summery flowers on #2. Thanks for this great tip on fixing the warping. I will definitely be trying this idea. So happy that you & yours had a lovely Mother's Day. Big hugs & TFS

  13. Great tip for flattening out watercolour paper! I bet your Mom loved her card - it's so pretty with the gold embossing. And Niki's card is fabulous - I do love that technique of yours.

  14. Wonderful cards, Loll! The butterfly is so beautiful and vibrant looking on the white background. The water colouring looks fab! Xx

  15. Oh my these are so beautiful!!

  16. I love the card for your mom! That butterfly is gorgeous and the gold is perfect with it! I'll bet Nikki will frame the watercolor card! It's gorgeous! You do the background first then stamp the image?

    1. Yes, background first and then watercolour the flowers after. That's what works for me. :)

  17. Oh, and I hope you had a wonderful Mother's day visit and time with all your family! xoxo

  18. Both of these cards are just gorgeous Loll! It sounds like you had a beautiful Mother's Day with all of your family. Snuggling the grand was the best I know! lol I'm happy that DS and DIL and baby are moving into their new home, such an exciting time for them. I am thinking that DIL just might be framing that beautiful card for her new home too. And I have no doubt that you mother will have her card sitting out for a very long time. Of course probably not as long as I do. I'm a sentimental fool. lol Hugs, Brenda

  19. While the first card is lovely, Loll, I'm with Nikki. I always love your watercolored backgrounds. I don't know how the background doesn't show through the flowers if you do it first. Thanks for the tip on running the paper through the die cutting machine. I guess I'd better get some new plates.

  20. Beautiful watercoloured daisy bouquet, Loll ... and oh my, that stunning butterfly with the gold flourish ... wow, it's just gorgeous! Anita :)

  21. Gorgeous cards, Loll! I love the gold flourish with your butterfly and your daisies are just beautiful! Thanks so much for the tip on using the Big Shot :)

  22. Stunning cards, Loll! Of course, you know I'm swooning over the butterfly...


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