Mother’s Day Cards

As always, creating cards for OWH makes a person think ahead, and because Mother’s Day cards need to be shipped out before March 31 I thought I’d get a move on. Traditionally, many Mother’s Day cards depict flowers or butterflies, and there definitely is a myriad of those kinds of stamps and supplies on the market to accomplish this.

Mother's Day Card, SU Painted Petals pink

Mother’s Day Card, SU Painted Petals pink

Mother's Day Card, SU Painted Petals yellow

Mother’s Day Card, SU Painted Petals yellow

Then I got to thinking that although I enjoy a flowery card, not everyone does – which led me to think outside the box a little. My stamp collection was scoured to find some suitable alternatives that I think ended up working well in the end.

Mother's Day Card, Lighthouse

Mother’s Day Card, Lighthouse

Mother's Day Card, #1 Mom blue

Mother’s Day Card, #1 Mom blue

Mother's Day Card, #1 Mom red

Mother’s Day Card, #1 Mom red

The lighthouse was not that big of a stretch, but it was a fun challenge to come up with the last two.  The foam finger stamp is from an OWH set made by Hero Arts, and the name of the set is Dude; however, I think most moms would be happy to receive such a card.

Need Colors?

 

Patterned Paper - Thank You

Patterned Paper – Thank You

Last week I worked on cards that were mostly white, so this week I needed some pops of color on my projects. Lively colors can help shake off the winter doldrums, if you ask me.

Patterned Paper - Birthday

Patterned Paper – Birthday

All of these cards are for OWH, and believe it or not now is the time to make Mother’s Day cards for them.  Below are three that I made using 6×6 patterned paper pads.  I love how well they mix and match.

 

Patterned Paper - Mother's Day

Patterned Paper – Mother’s Day

Patterned Paper - Mother's Day 2

Patterned Paper – Mother’s Day 2

Patterned Paper - Mother's Day 3

Patterned Paper – Mother’s Day 3

My favorite is the 3rd Mother’s Day card because of the retro feel to the colors and patterns.  I will be working on more pops of color this weekend with watercolor and will share soon.  TGIF!

Chalkboard Cards

Chalkboard Card - PinkHi friends. Today’s cards were totally cased (Copy And Shared Everything) from something I saw online. The flower colors look so vivid and really pop against the black “chalkboard” background, and the white ink of the greetings and outline also lend to the chalkboard feel.

Chalkboard Cards

Chalkboard Cards

I used Hero Arts’ white unicorn ink and the stamps are from Stampin’ Up’s Secret Garden set. I thought they were so striking that I made quite a few color and sentiment combinations. Thanks for visiting my blog today!

Giddyup!

OWH recently requested some western themed cards so today I am sharing more horse cards made with my Inkadinkado stamps.

Howdy horse card

Howdy horse card

Horse card with horseshoe and leather, denim, and bandana paper

Horse card with horseshoe and leather, denim, and bandana paper

Horse card with cowboy hat, twine

Horse card with Cricut cowboy hat, twine

Barn window card

Barn window card

To enhance the western theme, I used a variety of patterned papers to imitate textures like wood, leather, denim, and bandanas.  Some of the papers are so realistic that they look close to the real thing.

Hickory Road Inn, Batesville

This past weekend some crafty friends and I tried out a new crafting B&B, the Hickory Road Inn, in Batesville, Indiana.  Unfortunately, Traci is recuperating from being very ill and hospitalized with pneumonia and other issues, and we missed her smiling face and crafty inspiration immensely.  Get well, Traci!  Take good care of yourself because we have lots of creating to do in the future!

The Hickory Road Inn was very comfy and cozy, and the innkeepers Leacarol & Jerry prepared delicious breakfasts for us and made our stay extra special.   Here are some pictures of our accommodations:

Kitchen - Hickory Road Inn

Kitchen – Hickory Road Inn

Bedroom downstairs

Bedroom downstairs

Bedroom 3

Bedroom 3

Bedroom 2

Bedroom 2

Bedroom 1

Bedroom 1

Barb is so talented with her embroidery machine and made these very special wine glasses for each of us with our embroidered initials.  Thanks Barb!

Wine glasses that Barb made

Initialed wine glasses that Barb made

Terri finished her Hawaii scrapbook and Lisa finished her 12 Days of Christmas embroidery panels, both of which have been works in progress for a little while.  They turned out so beautifully!  Ronda and Teresa continue to amaze us with their natural card-making talents.  Kim worked on cards and her scrapbook, Judy got lots of cards marked off her long list, and they both have a new-found love of Versafine ink.  Such a productive weekend!

I focused on making some thank you cards for my daughter-in-law who works with the deaf community, birthday cards to fill special request, as well as some Mother’s Day cards for Operation Write Home.  I finished enough cards to fill a large-sized priority box which will be sent out to OWH this week, and about 25 Anyhero cards will be included thanks to Ronda writing out so many.  The Anyhero cards go to the deployed service men and women and thank them for their service, sacrifices, and dedication to keeping us safe and free!

Thank You card

Thank You cards for Maura

Mother's Day with Butterflies

Mother’s Day with Butterflies on Embossed Background

Mother's Day Pastel

Mother’s Day, Pastel

Hero card

Anyhero card

Hero card - close up of embossing

Anyhero card – close up of embossed stars

Crafting in progress

Crafting in progress

Craft Room

Craft Room

Craft Room - Terri and Judy

Craft Room – Terri and Judy setting up

We had cool weather on Friday and delightfully warm and sunny weather on Saturday, which we took advantage of by walking through the woods on the property.  Saturday’s weather was such a special treat because we knew Sunday was forecasted to be icy and snowy.   Unfortunately, the ice arrived earlier than expected so we headed out bright and early Sunday morning so we could get home before more ice and snow crusted the earth.  We had hoped to stay until 2:00 in the afternoon or so but oh well, better safe than sorry I guess.  Mother Nature has caused us to leave our last two crafting retreats early – first for thunderstorms and tornadoes and this time for ice and snow.  I think Mother Nature must be going through menopause and I sure hope she snaps out of it soon!!  Bring on spring!

Welcome Spring!

Trifold butterfly birthday card

Trifold butterfly birthday card

Welcome to my blog and my first post!  Mostly this blog will encompass my love of papercrafting, but I am sure I will talk about things going on in my life from time to time.  We have had a long, cold winter so I thought I would post a picture of a very springy-looking card.  Hopefully it will help you feel a little bit of sunshine peaking out from behind the clouds.