Happy Mother’s Day!!
I sure hope everyone had a day as wonderful as mine. My oldest daughter actually remembered to call and wish me a Happy Mother’s Day in the midst of performing for two graduations and moving out of her dorm. Thank you, Trisha!! My youngest daughter even left her boyfriend’s side for the day to go out to eat with her father and I, cleaned up my bathroom, and baked cookies for me. She also bought me some peanut M&M’s. What a sweetheart!! I have really wonderful daughters. I was a good daughter, too, and called my mom. She lives in Nebraska so I do not get to see her very often but I do try to call and check on her.
Not only did I spend time with family, but I also ate – way too much!! We went to Olive Garden, one of my favorite places to eat, and then stopped at Starbuck’s on the way home to get a Frappuccino. Quick advertisement here: Starbuck’s has their fraps on sale ½ price this week between 3 – 5 pm. Go for it!! When we got home the caffeine from my Starbuck’s was trying it’s best to counteract my huge meal and I decided I would do my best to stay awake and finish up a few things in my craft room. Ok, I will get to what you came here for – another card.
This card was a mix of colors and techniques. House Mouse & Friends had the theme of travel but this really meant showing anything going from one place to another. I spotted this stamp on my shelf that I hadn’t used forever and knew it was the one. Simon Says wanted paper piecing and/or piercing so I decided to try both. I started with a bright yellow card base, then added some turquois decorative cardstock with colored dots on it and I sponged the edges with ink. Alas, I covered up most of those cute dots with the next layers. On top of this on the left side I added a rectangle of pink polkadot cardstock. Then I cut out a label from bright yellow cardstock, embossed it with a birthday themed embossing folder, and added Versamark ink to the embossing and a little pink ink around the edges. ** A little tip here – It really helps if you cut out any shape before embossing. If you emboss first, this starts the breakdown of the paper and it can tear easier when cutting it. I layered this to the right side of the polkadot cardstock.
For the image, I stamped and embossed it on white cardstock and used Midnight Madness embossing powder from Sparkle N Sprinkle. I cut out the entire image using a scalloped circle die and sponged the edges with ink. Next I stamped and embossed the balloon from the image on pink polkadot cardstock and the mouse on light brown cardstock. I added a little light pink coloring in areas on the mouse, using my Tombow markers, and then cut out both images. I glued the balloon on top of the balloon on the white scalloped circle and then used foam tape to pop up the mouse onto it. I colored the confetti with Tombows and then added lots of bling to the “air” bursting from the balloon. I popped the scalloped circle onto the right side of the card.
For final touches I added a birthday candle border along the bottom edge of the card and behind the sentiment at the top. Then I decided to add some stitching. Sorry, I do not sew but decided to fake it. A friend of mine just bought me this new roller that actually pierces little holes when you roll it along the edge. I did this on several of the edges and then used a white jel pen to add the stitching. I haven’t done this for a very long time but I thought it was a good touch that wouldn’t take away from all the sparkle and bling of the image.
This card was entered in the following challenges:
The Crafty Pad Challenge 120 – Spots and Dots
Creative Inspirations Challenge 59 – Glitzy and Bling
House Mouse & Friends Challenge #94 – Way to Go (travel)
Simon Says Stamps Challenge – Paper Piecing and/or Piercing
Totally Gorjuss Challenge 79 – Sketch
Art Impressions Stamps Challenge 15 – Bling, Glitter, and Sparkle!
The Corrosive Challenge #114 – Turquoise and Pink
Crafty Catz Weekly Challenge #81 – Quote/Sentiment
Ellaphantastic Challenge #26 – Birthday/Party
Lexis Creations Challenge 39 – Friendship
One Stop Craft Challenge Week #130 – Birthdays
Paper Romance Challenge #49 – Favorite Die (Scalloped circle is one of my favorites to use)
Phindy’s Friday Challenge #54 – Embossing
Sentimental Sundays Challenge #54 – Anything Goes plus a Sentiment
Top Tip Tuesday #32 – Open (plus a tip **See above)