Archive for ‘Mother’s Day’

June 22, 2014

Paper craft project no. 209: Mom and baby pink card

2014-06-20 Mom and baby 613 Avenue

It’s anything goes this week at 613 Avenue Create with the optional twist to use pink since June 23 is National Pink Day. (I didn’t know about that!)  We’ve got 4 sponsors this week. For my project, I used a sweet image from HannaLynnArt. I stamped a subway art style background (MOM Subway Art Builders from STAMPlorations) in pink, adhered a pink textured cardstock strip (from DCWV) to the bottom, and then adhered the fussy cut image of mom and baby. Hope you’ll check out the neighborhood, take a peek at the projects by my teammates, and share your creations (with or without pink)!

I’d like to enter my card to these fun challenges: Scribble and Scrap #21 – Anything Goes; Crafts Galore Encore Challenge – Use a Stamp or Digi Stamp (I used both); and Sisters of Craft – Anything Goes.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a super week!


May 5, 2014

Paper craft project no. 183: Thanks for all you do, Mom mixed media card [with video tutorial]

2014-05-05 Thanks for all you do Mom
It’s the first Monday of May, which means it’s time for a brand new sketch challenge at STAMPlorations! Joining us as guest designer is the super creative card-maker, Mynnette! Do check out her card and the inspiration projects that the rest of the STAMPlorations girls created! You’ll love what each of them made for this sketch!

For my project, I went with another mixed media card. I used dye inks, distress paints, and gold embossing powder. Last week, I splurged on new dies and I used one of them (from Lil’ Inker) in my card. I also used a Hero Arts stencil (Tweed Pattern/Chevron)  and basically stuck with a monochromatic color scheme because I wanted a card with bits of shabby, vintage, and elegance.  This is a card that’s perfect not just for Mother’s Day, but any other day as well. See the background? I used two small grunge floral strips to create a shabby/vintage background. (The stamps I used are from the new sets that will be available this week — and we’ve got a blog hop to celebrate it! ) Anyway, why don’t I show you how I made this card? Yep, another video :o) It’s less than 7 minutes and like my previous videos, it’s in fast-forward motion, captioned, and accompanied by Mozart.

Watch the YouTube video tutorial HERE

2014-05-05 Thanks for all you do Mom - closeup
I’d like to enter my card to Virginia’s View Challenge #3: Stitching. In my previous entry, I used rub-on stitches. I went with faux stitching again in this card, but using dies. I might be working my way toward doing some real stitching — *start heart palpitations* and who knows, I may finally bust my Brother sewing machine out of its box before Virginia’s challenge ends. *end heart palpitations* At Addicted to Stamps and More, the theme is holiday (my card is a Mother’s Day card, although it fits other occasions as well). And finally, “Mother” is the theme at The Paper Players #194.


That’s about it for me today. I hope you all have a super creative week!


April 23, 2014

Paper craft project no. 177: Mom one layer card

2014-04-22 OLC Mom TO
It’s a brand new challenge at Time Out Challenges and this time, it’s CASE-ing a card and putting your own twist! We are CASE-ing a card made by the uber-talented Virginia Lu from Yes, Virginia. We couldn’t have a better card-maker to get our fourth challenge started! Here’s her card that I CASE-d:

I was inspired by the flowers in her card, the colors, and the layout. And my twist? Well, it should be a doozy — I OLC-ified her card! I love the texture created by the twine, embossing, button, and sequins in Virginia’s card so I put my own twist by giving my background flowers some texture. To do that, I used the stamp kissing technique! I inked up a texture stamp (from the Mini Mixed Media Backgrounds set by STAMPlorations) then stamped my solid flower stamp (from the Chocolate Chalet set by Fiskars) on it before stamping the flower onto my card base. Rinse and repeat, throw in some sponge dabbing and voila! I ended up with a background that looks kinda shabby-cool…and one I really, really like so I’m a-gonna be making another card using the technique with a video tutorial in my usual style. As for the text in my card, I mixed and matched different phrases from the MOM stamps. I had originally planned on using just one color of ink for all the phrases and a different color for the word MOM, but then this card here by my teammie Nonni inspired me. Since this is a CASE challenge anyway, I added another twist and CASE-d an element in her card. Oh, and I added some sparkle on the word MOM by putting on Crystal stickles :o)

So how about it? Wanna CASE Virginia’s card with your own twist? If you need more inspiration, take a look at the other cards my teammates created. You’ll see their CASE of Virginia’s card and their own twists!

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My card fits a few fun challenges: (1) Crafting by Designs – April Showers May Bring Flowers (use a flower or flowers); (2) Simon Says Wednesday – Clean and Simple with the optional One Layer (I could be skating on the edge of “clean” here but my card really is pretty easy and simple to make); (3) Creative Moments #41 – Anything Goes/Spring; (4) Word Art Wednesday #129 – Anything Goes; (5) Party Time Tuesdays #169 – Anything Goes; and (6) Crafting from the Heart #15 – Anything Goes.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


April 16, 2014

Paper craft project no. 174: Grace in each step

2014-04-14 CAS Grace in each step TCCCB
It’s a brand new challenge over at The Crafter’s Cafe Challenge Blog. This week, it’s all about clean and simple (CAS) and we’re sponsored by A Day for Daisies. For my DT project, I used the beautiful Delivery Bonnet digi stamp. I printed it onto my card base and colored it with Memento and Distress markers. For the bunch of flowers she’s holding, I added some Star Dust stickles — and I love the dimension and the sparkle it created! I stamped a simple sentiment (STAMPlorations) — this card works as a Mother’s Day card or an any-occasion card for a special girl/woman.  I hope you’ll come check out my teammates’ lovely CAS creations!

I’d like to enter my card to the following fun challenges: Addicted to Stamps and More #91: Anything Goes; Crafting with Dragonflies #24: Mother’s Day or Special Lady; Word Art Wednesday #128: Anything Goes; and Stempelgarten Challenge #24: Pastel Color Mix.

Thanks for stopping by!


April 4, 2014

Paper craft project no. 167: Watercolor stencil card for mom

2014-04-03 OLC Watercolor stencil card for Mom

Hello! It’s the first Friday of the month, which means it’s time for the monthly challenge at STAMPlorations! Our theme for April is STAMPS & YOUR FAVORITE TECHNIQUE. I have many favorite techniques, but for my DT project, I went with watercoloring + stencil. I used a flower stencil from Plaid, laid it on my card base and then I watercolored Bubble Gum (pink) Gelatos in the open areas. Then I removed the stencil and watercolored the flowers with yellow Inktense block. I flicked some magenta Inktense block to create tiny spatters before stamping my MOM sentiment. I finished the card by affixing 3 pearls and rounding the bottom corners.

Anyway, my card is just one of the many inspiration projects we have this month. What techniques do the other STAMPlorations girls like? Check out our blog to find out and then perhaps you’ll be inspired to share yours as well! Oh, and this month, we’re joined by guest designer, Sian.

Cornelia Wenokor
Debra James
Kylie Purtell (on vacation)
Maria Fischer
Monika Skinner
Nonni Niskanen
Sandie Munro
Shery Russ (that’s me!)
Shirley Bampton
Vicki Dutcher


My card fits a couple of challenges: Stencils – Styling with Stencils Challenge in the Moxie Fab World and Virginia’s View Challenge #2 – Stencil.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a fun weekend :o)


March 30, 2014

Paper craft project no. 166: Mom life is better because of you

2014-03-28 CAS Mom life is better because of you


It’s Sunday, which means it’s time for a new challenge at 613 Avenue Create! It’s anything goes with an optional twist: create your own color challenge. We’ve got 2 fabulous sponsors, Kenny K and Aurora Wings. I hope you’ll swing by our neighborhood and be inspired by the projects my really cool teammates created!

For my DT project, I used the gorgeous rose corner frame digi stamp from Aurora Wings and went with the yellow/pink/orange color combo to create my layered CAS card. About a month ago, my dear friend Nonni patiently listened to my woes about not being able to find decent card stock for coloring digi images with markers. A little over a week later, I received some samples of card stock from her in the mail! I wasn’t able to use them right away because I was knee-deep doing taxes and I wanted to wait for the right image before using the card stock she gave me (don’t want any of it to go to waste!) Anyway, when it was time for me to create this card, I thought those roses were the perfect images to print on one of the card stock. (Nonni, I used the sheet you labeled “Stora Enso” and it is WONDERFUL!)

I re-sized the digi stamp and put several in the sheet before printing. I don’t know if you can see in the photo, but I layered the image 4 times: layer 1 with the full image, layer 2 with the 3 roses, layer 3 with the 2 big roses, and layer 4 with just the big rose on the left. I used Memento and Distress markers, fussy cut each layer, and inked the edges with a black Spectrum Noir marker. I used foam dots to layer them. Then I used a few STAMPlorations stamps: butterflies in yellow and orange, MOM in dark pink, and the sentiment in black. I rounded the corners with a corner punch. I found a bottle of Diamond stickles in my stash so I applied some of that on my roses and voila! Love how those beautiful roses glitter :o)

I’m entering my card to the following fun challenges: Aurora Wings #1 – Anything Goes; Pile It On #13 – Floral Fantasy; Glitternsparkle #78 – Mother’s Day; Crafty Sentiments – Mother’s Day; Crazy Challenge #167 – Flower Frenzy; Cute Card Thursday #314 – Floral Delights; Through the Craft Room Door – Anything Goes; and Word Art Wednesday #125 – Anything Goes.

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you have  fantastic week ahead!


March 27, 2014

Paper craft project no. 165: Mom’s unconditional love mixed media canvas [with video tutorial]

2014-03-27 Moms Unconditional Love Mixed Media Canvas

This morning, I came across the Stampendous blog and saw that they are having a Mixed Media challenge for March. To my horror, though, the deadline was just a few hours away! I quickly went through my Stampendous stamps, plunked them on my craft table, and then winged it!

I’ve never recorded myself doing my mixed media projects for a few reasons: (1) it takes me 2 to 3 hours to complete a mixed media project, (2) I often don’t know what I’m going to create until I’m actually working on the canvas, and (3) I’ve only got a little camera to use for shooting my videos in 20-minute spurts, which means I’d have to stop and start several times, and pray that I don’t forget to wipe my hands before I touch the camera. This morning, however, I challenged myself (as if the looming deadline isn’t enough of a challenge!) to complete a mixed media canvas in 2 hours or less.

My little camera recorded 13 separate videos that totaled an hour and 20 minutes.  After much editing (well, mainly fast-forwarding the videos and cutting out scenes where I paused a lot because I was either thinking or trying to look for some supply to use), I got it down to 17 1/2-minutes! I know your time’s precious and you’ve got better things to do than watch a really long video tutorial so hopefully, my video is short enough and will keep you a little entertained :o) It’s like my other videos tutorials — in fast-forward motion, captioned, and accompanied by Mozart. (And if you don’t hear any music yet, that means YouTube is still in the process of adding that to my video.)

Watch the YouTube video tutorial here.

Here are a couple of close-ups and then I’ve listed the supplies below. [It was such a nice spring day in Central California that I just had to take advantage of the sunshine for taking photos. Save for sharpening the photos to remove lens blur, I didn’t have to do any other lighting or color adjustments on these photos.]

2014-03-27 Moms Unconditional Love Mixed Media Canvas - closeup1

2014-03-27 Moms Unconditional Love Mixed Media Canvas - closeup2

Stamps: Large Tag, Wine Label, Bold Blossoms [Stampendous]; Love Script [OTC]; Mini Mixed Media Backgrounds, MOM Subway Art Builders #5 [STAMPlorations]
Inks: Inktense Blocks [Derwent]; Jet Black Archival Ink [Ranger]; Unicorn [Hero Arts]; Cantaloupe, Love Letter, Grape Jelly, Bahama Blue [Memento/Tsukineko]; Mustard Seed, Broken China, Chipped Sapphire, Pumice Stone, Walnut Stain Distress Inks [Ranger]
Markers: Black Soot Distress Marker [Ranger]; Alcohol Markers [Spectrum Noir]
Embossing: VersaMark [Tsukineko]; White Embossing Powder [Zing]; Gold Tinsel, Fran-Tage Mica Fragments [Stampendous]
Other Supplies/Tools: Heat-It Tool [Inkssentials]; Stencils [Heidi Swapp]; #5 Manila Tags [Avery]; ATC Paper, Burlap Ribbon [The Paper Studio]; Jute Twine; Gloss Gel Medium, Coarse Texture Gel [Liquitex]; 8″ by 10″ Gallery Wrapped Canvas; round brush

I’ m entering my project to Cute Card Thursday #314 – Floral Delights (so glad I came across this challenge blog — they accept any type of project, not just cards!), Word Art Wednesday #125 – Anything Goes, Artistic Inspirations #84 – Anything Goes, Southern Girls Challenge – Floral Frenzy, and 4 Crafty Chicks Challenge #187 – Spring. My project also fits the current challenge at Inkspirational. The inspiration photo has colorful sheep, and while there aren’t any sheep in my canvas, it’s all spring-like! :o)

I’m also entering my mixed media canvas to the Stencils: Styling with Stencils Challenge in the Moxie Fab World. I used 2 Heidi Swapp stencils — the big hearts stencil (which I used as a background) and the 6″ by 6″ butterflies stencil. I used coarse texture gel on the butterflies stencil. I sprinkled it with gold embossing powder and let dry, and then afterwards painted it with Inktense blocks and doodled around with Black Soot Distress marker. (You’ll see me do this in my video tutorial here.)

Thanks so much for stopping by!



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