Friday, May 13, 2011

Pour une mère merveilleuse...

I hope you all had a wonderful Mother's Day weekend! I spent a relaxing day with the family and finally got my hubby to grill me a big ole honkin' steak that I have been craving. I was having trouble with the computer so I am just getting around to posting this gift set. This is the mother's day gift set I made for my Mother-in-law (I made the same card for my Mom too). I went with a French theme this year mainly because my in-laws are planning a trip to France in two weeks. I recently just bought an Eiffel Tower stamp from someone on twopeas that has been on my wishlist for a long time now. So, to get them prepared for their trip, I thought I would ink up my new stamp and go all French.

The sentiment "Pour une mère merveilleuse" was hand-written with a SU marker and translates to " To A Wonderful Mother". I added a little texture to the stamped image (stamped with Tim Holtz Distress Ink Walnut Stain directly on the patterned paper) with 3D puffy paint in pearl white which reminded me of a pearl beaded necklace. To make the card more feminine, I added a pink satin ribbon with a vintage button and prima attached to it. I sponged Tim Holtz Distress Ink Antique Linen around the patterned paper.

This is what the inside of the card looks like...

I also created a matching album that translates to" Do you speak French?". I love buying those $1 photo albums from Wal-mart that has open sleeves for the front and back cover so you can re-decorate it to your heart's content. I also put together a gift bag for her that included chocolates with French phrases on it, jelly made in France, and some other sweet French goodies. I was so late in sending the package that I did not get a chance to take a picture of the whole gift set.

Stamps: Stampers Anonymous Eiffel Tower
Paper: K&Co Classic Papers
Inks: Tim Holtz Distress Inks (Walnut Stain, Antique Linen)
Accessories: Sewing Machine, Buttons, 3D Puffy Paint Pearl White, Prima Flowers, Twine, Pink Satin Ribbon

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Featuring Thomas Kinkade...


It's always so difficult to make sympathy cards and creating this was no different. One of our old neighbors called me several weeks ago that two of our neighbors who had practically been pioneers on that street had gotten into a horrific car accident. Bob was the passenger and did not make it. Gerry, his best friend was the driver. He suffered internal injuries, but is now in physical therapy to get himself back into shape - scroll down to see his card. These two were inseparable and one of the best neighbors you could have.

I created a rather simple card. I did not want to distract from the image too much so I used the Cracked Glass technique on the image. This is the first time I am using a Thomas Kinkade stamp. I've always admired them, but felt too intimidated. This stamp has such a serene scene that it was perfect for the card. I printed out a poem I found on SCS on the backside of the front card. This is my "go to" poem when I have to make a sympathy card.

Bob will be sorely missed! I will always remember his smiling face!

This is the card I created for Gerry. Again, I kept the front rather simple so as not take away from the image.

Please excuse my coloring...I felt pretty intimidated coloring even this smaller image after seeing all of the fabulous cards I had seen on SCS.


The sentiment is stamped on the back side of the front of the card using PTI Everyday Blessings. My husband even said that this was his most favorite card yet!


Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Love Overflows...Thank You

Better late than never...I am now just uploading a thank you card I made for my in-laws for Christmas. I thought I  had forgotten to take a picture of it. They have always been so generous to us. This is not your typical thank you card, but I thought since my in-laws love to host parties and such, I found this to be the perfect sentiment and image.I found this vintage lace at our local Ben Franklin store and it complimented the papers so well along with the buttons at the bottom.

Lately, I have been finishing the inside of the cards to match the front. I usually don't like to clutter the inside part so that I can write my novel to the person I am giving the card to - LOL! So this is the only time you will see lots of white space.

I've got more to post after I feed the kids so stand by!

Stamps: PTI Boards and Beams
Paper: K& Co Classic Papers
Inks: Tim Holtz Distress Inks, Prisma Colored Pencils blended in baby oil
Accesssories: EK Success Fleur de lis Punch, Sewing Machine, Spellbinders Nestabilities, Vintage Buttons, Thread, Vintage Lace

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day!

I just wanted to post a quick Happy Mother's Day to all of my crafting friends! Enjoy your day...every woman regardless if you are a mom or not, should be celebrated! I have some cards I need to post, but I am having trouble with the software I usually format them in so stay tuned! I'll leave you with this sweet poem I found online...


"M" is for the million things she gave me,
"O" means only that she's growing old,
"T" is for the tears she shed to save me,
"H" is for her heart of purest gold;
"E" is for her eyes, with love-light shining,
"R" means right, and right she'll always be,
Put them all together, they spell "MOTHER,"
A word that means the world to me.
--Howard Johnson (c. 1915)