Saturday, May 12, 2018

Happy Saturday and a few Mother's Day Cards

It has been crickets here on the blog as of late. I have been taking a little bit of a hiatus from the web to attempt to work out more. The first week went swimmingly. The second week...not so much. I used to be GREAT about exercising in some shape or form five days a week but it just has not been in me to want to keep that up. I think it is because I was consistent for so long and did not lose a pound. (I also cut down on my food intake too-a thyroid condition makes this all frustrating!!)

Chris and Charlotte were away for 5 days for robotics and I attempted to clean up my craft room a bit. I had stuff everywhere. Alas, it is still a bit messy but decided not to stress until June after school is done for the year.

In an attempt to get my mojo back, I sat down and created a bunch of Mother's Day cards this week. I do not send any out but had a few requests from co-workers for some.

One thing that I did one lonely night was get a bunch of scraps out and die cut flowers using the My Favorite Things "Stitched Flower" dies. I pulled a few of them out and layered them over a card front.

I then used the "Die-namics Mom" from My Favorite Things and adhered it over. My last step was to adhere a combination of jewels and sequins on the card. Easy peasy!!

For my second card, I used the negative of the die cut as my jumping off point for the card design.

I took various flowers in light blue and pink and adhered them over a white card base. I then masked the negative die cut and blended Simon Says Stamps "Blue Jay" ink over the top. I then stamped a sentiment from there retired My Favorite Things "Amazing" stamp set.

I adhered the "mom" over the flowers and then adhered clear sequins randomly across the front.

The last step was to use some Nuvo Crystal Drops in *"Gloss White" in the middle of the flower in the "o" in mom.

My next card I created I adhered the die cut flowers over a white card base that I had die cut using the Mama Elephant die "All Prettied Up." I then used the "Die-mics Mom" to die cut the front.

I adhered the white panel over a red card base. I then popped the die cut sentiment up using three more layers of die cuts.

I then stamped a sentiment in red from the retired MFT "Amazing" set under the die cut. I think this is going to be my new "go to" stamp set as it seems to work with a lot. I had it in my stash, unlinked!!

To finish off the card front I adhered clear sequins across the card front.

Inside of each card, I stamped the above sentiments from the WPlus9 "Love Mom" stamp set in colors that matched with the outside of the cards.

My last card I kind of cheated. I used pattern paper as the background for my card.

I layered a negative die cut "mom" over the card front where I had blended a combination of "Peacock Feathers" and "Tumbled Glass" Distress ink, as well as stamped a sentiment from the MFT "Amazing" stamp set.

I added a couple die cut flowers at the top, as well as a vellum butterfly I had lying around on my desk.

My last step was to adhere some jewels in the middle of the flowers die cuts.

Well that is all from me today. I hope you all are enjoying the weekend!! Have a FABULOUS day!!


Diane said...

Wow Nora, what fabulous Mother's Day designs and colors.

Hugs Diane

Jean said...

These are all fantastic! Really fun seeing all of your different options.

Ivana Camdzic said...

Wow, Nora, these are ALL so stunning!!! I'm loving all the florals and the details you added to each! All the ways you used that mom die - LOVE! The colors are so fabulous too - just like a gorgeous bouquet! Feeling sooo inspired!! p.s. That stamp set really is super - I'm so glad you shared because I really need something like it in my stash :)

Susanne Vargas said...

What a pretty collection of Mother's Day cards! The last one is my favorite!

Aileen said...

What an amazing collection of cards, I love them all but I have to say my favourite is the last one. It is so soft and the garden of flowers so very faint and just perfect. I love it. I see my mother there.

Inkyfingers said...

Nora, you really came back with a bang with this selection of beauties. I really like how you used up scraps for the flowers and made such great use of both positive and negatives with your die cuts.
I sympathise with your exercise regime difficulty - I too find it really hard to motivate myself these days!
Carol x

Ivana Camdzic said...

Nora, thank you soooo much for all of your love over on and on my blog! You are so, so kind to leave such sweet notes for me! I appreciate you and your support immensely!