Tuesday, 20 March 2012

A Cup of Tea for Mom

This latest card seemed to take forever to make because I didn't know where I was going with it, but I love it!

Since so many challenge blogs are having Mother's Day challenges due to the UK holiday, I thought it might be fun to get a Mother's Day card done early (Mother's Day is not until May in North America).  One thing that is pretty consistent in both my Mom's and my husband's Mom's kitchens is if there isn't already a pot of tea on the stove there will be one shortly.  For this reason I started with the Kitch collection of stamps from The Girls' Paperie and used the teapot as a focal point.

I wanted to make something soft and pretty so I thought a combination of cream, brown, and pink would be pretty.  I also decided to haul out some of Pink Paislee's Mistables paper since I haven't played with it since before Christmas and I was in an inky kind of mood.

I first cut the mistables to the size I wanted then used Ranger's Inksentials blending tool to add several colours of Colorbox chalk ink.  I love that stuff!  Once that was done I sprayed a variety of mists on it to add a bit of interest and sparkle.  I was using Shimmerz Paints brand, which is very translucent, so the effect of using them is very subtle, but it is very pretty.

I decided to use a strip of Basic Grey patterned paper along the middle, which I also embossed with a dots folder and inked the edges.  I stamped the teapot on a circle of cream cardstock which had been die cut and embossed with a Nestabilites circle, then inked with the pink and brown ink before the die was removed.  I really like the effect.  Once I whip stitched the strip of patterned paper at one end, and added some ribbon and twine, I added the circle with some foam squares.

I thought some butterflies would look pretty in the mix, but I don't have a small enough butterfly stamp, or punch.  I do have some small butterfly stencils however, so I used the Ranger tool to blend pink and brown ink over the stencil onto kraft cardstock.  I cut the butterflies out, and decided they needed something more, so I added some Sakura glitter pen.  After adhering them with glue dots, and popping their wings up on foam squares, I thought they still looked bare so I added some pink gems.

While at this point there was quite a bit going on on the card I still felt like it needed more so I decided to make some paper flowers.  I didn't come up with this on my own, I saw it somewhere but I can't recall where.  I wish I could so I could give credit!  Anyway, these were super easy.

I started by die cutting several circles (each flower has three) from the plain cream and the patterned kraft.  I inked the edges of each and pierced the middle with a piercing tool to use as a guide, and also to make adding the brad easier later.  I then just cut slits going from the outside edge almost to the middle pierced hole.

Once all circles were cut in this manner I assembled them with a brad and with the flower placed between my finger and the edge of my bone folder I curled the edges a bit. Once they were adhered in place I bent the top layers up and manipulated the petals until they looked like I wanted them too.  They turned out beautifully so I will definitely be using this technique again, I already have an idea - I just have to find the time to execute it!

I didn't have a sentiment stamp to use for the inside so I hand wrote a sentiment included in the back of Spring 2012 Stampers' Sampler Take Ten (one of my favourites).    I love this saying:

I've decided to enter this card in the following challenges:
  1. Allsorts Challenge Blog - Three in a row.
  2. Catered Crop - Recipie swap in stitches.
  3. Lets Ink It Up - Show us your flowers
  4. The Pretty Little Ribbon Shop - Spring colours.
  5. Pile it On - Up in the Air
  6. Moving Along With the Times - Special lady 
  7. Basic Grey Challenge - Mother's Day/ Girlie 
  8. The Ribbon Carousel - Baker's Twine 
  9. Deep Ocean Challenge - Butterflies 
  10. Creative Card Crew - Vintage 
  11. Papertake Weekly - For the girls or Mum
  12. The Pink Elephant - Get krafty
  13. Creative Stamp Friends - Spring
  14. Stampin' for the Weekend - Shabby chic photo Inspiration  

  15.  Cardabilities - Sketch #51 

 The Supplies I used are as follows:

Cardstock:  Stampin' Up! Very Vanilla.  Recollections Kraft.  Basic Grey Basics Kraft 6x6 Paper Pad.  Pink Paislee Mistables.

Stamps:  The Girls' Paperie Kitch clear stamps.

Ink:  Colorbox Fluid Chalk Ink Chestnut Roan, Rouge, Lipstick Red, Creamy Brown, Alabaster.  Shimmerz Paints Baby's Breath, Cotton Candy, Heavy Metal, Plum Pudding.

Markers:  Stampin' Up! Stampin' Write Markers Chocolate Chip.  Sakura Gelly Roll pen Clear Stardust.

Adhesive:  Tombow Mono Adhesive Runner permanent, Scotch Quick Dry, Glue Dots, Skor Tape, foam squares.

Embellishments:  Creative Charm Vintage brads, We R Memory Keepers Sew Easy Fancy Floss Baker's Twine Cream Soda, American Crafts satin ribbon, pink gems from stash, cream thread from stash.

Tools:  Cuttlebug, Spellbinders Nestabilities Standard Circles Large, Cuttlebug embossing folder Seeing Spots, paper trimmer, scissors, bone folder, paper piercer, sewing needle, Tim Holtz ruler (for piercing before sewing), Plaid Folk Art Peel & Stick painting stencils.


brenda said...

A really elegant and imaginative piece of work Cathy.

Thank so much for joining our Three in a Row thee at Allsorts this week and good luck.

B x

Shirley said...

Lovely colours, a good card for me as I am never without a cup of tea handy. Good luck on the challenges.
Shirley xx

Sue said...

Wow! this is beautiful Cathy! What a fab design with the teapot. Gorgeous papers and embellishments. So many wonderful details - I love the delish flowers and butterflies and the twine detail is perfect - it's a stunning card!
Thanks for joining us at MAWTT and Good Luck in the Challenge!
Hugs Sue xx

Christine said...

Oh Cathy, another stunning card form you. Love, love, love the colours! There's something so neat about neutrals. Just beautiful xx

Mau xx said...

This is so pretty Cathy, I love the colour combo and the glimmer look.
Thanks for joining in with MAWTT this week.
Hugs Mau xx

marion said...

Love the way you show us your flowers ! Thanks so much for joining us at LIIU and good luck. Hugs, Marion

SuzanneK said...

Very elegant, love the embossing and your beautiful flowers. Thanks for taking part in our Flowers challenge at LIIU, good luck. Hugz Suzanne

Lisa Jane said...

LOve the colour combo and the fab flowers.
Thanks for joining us at MAWTT this week
Lisa x

Susan Hogan said...

Thank you for explaining how you made those delicious flowers. This is a great card.

Chrislyn Lane said...

Your flowers are fabulous...such an elegant card!

Kim said...

So pretty! I love pinks and browns together! : )

SnowflakeDreams1 said...

Fabulous card. The flowers are stunning. Thank you for sharing and joining in at LIIU. Hugs, Velma

Shirley said...

Beautiful card, the flowers are so pretty. Have a good evening.
Shirley xx

Kimberly said...

love the monochromatic look that you created with this card!! fab!!
thanks for taking the time to Pile it on with us this week
Kimberly - DT

Becca Sadler said...

Your card is amazing! Very beautifully crafted! Love all the details!

Sara H said...

Your card is gorgeous!!! Love the flowers =)

Christine said...

Hey Cathy, I know I've already told you how lovely this card is!! But I just wanted to let you know I'm running my first ever candy and I'd love for all my followers to take part. It's a mystery prize for all the lovely people that visit me and leave such lovely comments. The post is here if you are interested:


Christine xx

Angela (jellybean74) said...

Love how feminine this is. Thanks for joining us at RCC>

Cathy Clouston said...

Thanks Christine, I will have to visit. :)

Mina said...

fabulous card Cathy, I love the design...thanks for joining in with our Pretty Little Ribbon challenge
Mina xxx

Winnie said...

Love your card. I love the colors and the sentiment. I love all things tea related so this just stood out to me...Love the earth tones you used for it.

Cathy Clouston said...

I love all things tea too. I collect teapots which is why I got the stamp in the first place, but then I couldn't think of a way to use it. I really like how this one turned out though.