Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Mother's Day is coming...

Mother's Day is approaching and I wanted to make something but I wasn't sure what since I don't really have a specific Mother's Day stamp.  I was flipping through my patterned paper when I came across a sheet with various sentiments on it, in the Fiddlesticks version of a My Mind's Eye Miss Caroline 6x6 pad. I thought I might use one of these blocks as a focus for a card, but I couldn't decide on one so I made two cards.

I love the patterned papers in the Miss Caroline collection so once I decided on which sentiments to use I decided to use at least three other patterns on my card.  I started with the wood grain, chose the plaid to coordinate, then chose a floral to mat the sentiment.

The wood grain had a floral pattern in two corners, one floral section was taller than the other, so I trimmed the backgrounds according to the height of the florals, then matched the rest of the papers to fit the card front.  It just worked out that one sentiment was taller than the other so I placed the tall one with the card that had more wood, and the shorter sentiment fit perfectly on the plaid section of the card that had half wood and half plaid. Its amazing that some things not planned work out so well.:)

Before adhering I lightly sponged all papers with gray ink, and rounded the corners to keep things soft.  Once the main patterns were adhered to the white matting I added some beige seam binding that coordinated nicely.  I also matted the sentiments with just a thin border of white to make them pop out a bit, then matted the white on the floral.

At first I thought I was done, but as I looked at the whole card I felt like something a bit 'more' was needed.  At this point I pulled out some Stampin' Up! self-adhesive pearls and added them in random sizes around the sentiments.  Just the thing that was needed!

I love that some 6x6 packs include sentiment sheets with them.  Since 6x6 patterns are generally shrunk down these sentiments are perfect for cardmaking.  And I think the sentiments I've used here are perfect for Mother's Day!  :)

I would like to include these cards in the following challenges:
  1. Creative Stamp Friends - Mother's Day
  2. Really Reasonable Ribbon - Mother's Day or Feminine plus ribbon.
  3. Speedy Fox Challenge - Use three of something.
  4. One Crazy Stamper - Mothers.
  5. Party Time Tuesdays - Mums the word.
  6. Creative Card Crew - Sentiment as Focal Point.
  7. Deep Ocean Challenge - What a Wonderful Woman.
  8. The Pink Elephant - All about Mom
  9. Craft Your Passion - Torn or distressed edges.
  10. Ribbon Carousel - Word to your Mother.
  11. Friends of Speedy TV Challenge - Mother's Day

I used the following supplies:

Cardstock:  Stampin' Up! Basic Gray, Whisper White.  My Mind's Eye Miss Caroline Fiddlesticks 6x6 Designer Paper Pad.

Ink:  Stampin' Up!  Going Gray.

Adhesive:  Tombow Mono Permanent Adhesive Runner, Glue Dots, foam squares.

Embellishments:  Ribbon Carousel Croquette Beige Vintage Seam Binding, Stampin' Up! Jewels Basic Pearls.

Tools:  Paper trimmer, scissors, We R Memory Keepers Corner chomper, sponge, We R Memory Keepers brad setter (used the pick end to lift the pearls from the backing sheet and placing on card - works much better than the tweezers I used to use!)


Kate said...

Great card. Love the papers. Thanks for joining us at Speedy Fox & Friends.

Michelle said...

Lovely clean and simple cards. Like the way you made them.
Thank you for playing with us at Craft your Passion.
LG Michelle

Pat Garvin said...

Pretty papers. Thanks for joining Speedy Fox and Friends.

Designing with Debbie said...

Great card you should submit it to the Friends of SpeedyTV challenge for another chance to win a free stamp set from Marks Finest Papers, a Heinrich Co. Thanks for playing along with us here at Speedy Fox and Friends challenge, we hope to see you again next week. Make sure to check out our challenge with Friends of SpeedyTV for more fun and more chances to win with Mark's Finest Papers, a Heinrich Co.

Cathy Clouston said...

Thank you for the suggestion! :)

Benzi said...

Ooh, super papers on your cards. I love the woodgrain and pretty plaid. Great sentiments, too! So happy you're joining us this week at Friends of Speedy TV.

Angie said...

These are gorgeous! I love the way you randomly placed the pearls. The perfect touch to finish off the cards. Thanks for joining us this week at Speedy Fox and Friends!

Designing with Debbie said...

So glad you decided to upload your beautiful card to the challenge. Thanks for playing along with Friends of SpeedyTV. We hope to see you again next week.

Cherry's Jubilee said...


Nina said...

Your card is beautiful! Love the paper on your cards
Thanks for joining us at Creative stamp Friends
Have a good day

Jan said...

This is stunning, I love the lo & colours. Thanks for joining us at CCC xx Jan

Theresa said...

Love all the beautiful papers and the great design. Thanks for playing wth us at Speedy Fox and Friends this week and also at Friends of Speedy TV as well.

Bonnie aka raduse said...

Love this paper! What a beautiful card. Thanks for participating this week with FOSTV.

Janine said...

Really lovely cards - thanks for joining us at FOSTV

Tammylee said...

Thanks for playing along with us at SpeedyTV and Speedy Friends challenges! Great design on both of the cards!


Melissa said...

These are absolutely gorgeous! I love those little paper pads from MME, they are so versatile.

Thanks for partying with us at Party Time Tuesdays!
~Melissa, PTT DT

Karen Letchworth said...

Just a GORGEOUS card! I love the faux wood look - it's so country feeling, which I totally love. I would LOVE to have you link up with us at Word Art Wednesday. Your project would be a welcome addition to our challenge, and we'd really enjoy having you play along ANY time you are able!
Karen L

Ravengirl said...

Those are lovely cards! I hope you'll play along with the Friends of Speedy TV again!

Shirley said...

This is a beautiful card Cathy, so different - just beautiful.
Shirley xx