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15 May 2015

Happy Post-Mother's Day

As I delve deeper into the world of paper arts, I continue to discover the coolest stamps and dies, inks, papers and embellishments. Marcella Hawley, the designer at Power Poppy, does a real number on florals: romantic, not too cute, and ... just my style. My cousin Gabriel brought Mom a lavish bouquet of lilacs -- a rare treat here in San Diego -- for her 97th birthday this past April Fool's Day. When I found Marcella's "Lilac Time" stamps, I knew I had a perfect combo for a Mother's Day card.
Mother's Day coincides with Lilac Time!
Power Poppy has challenged the paper arts community to "fussy cut" around some stamped designs,  and add them to a card, altered art piece, scrapbook page or art journal. I'm In!! I doubled up some of the smaller bloom stamps and used them on the same ribbon that bound Mom's bouquet from Cousin Gabe. Then I stuck that same cutout piece onto the major bouquet at center. Fun! I like the way it pushes the edge of the central bouquet, but in a subtle way.
"Fussy Cutting" stamped motifs can be ... erm, meditative! That's the word!

On the smaller element that says "Mother's Day Wishes," top image, I tried an old technique that's new to me: using a paper napkin as a printed paper layer on cardstock. I used the simple, basic technique of separating the napkin down to its colorful design base, and gluing it down on cardstock using acrylic Gel Medium. Check You Tube for tons of other ways to transfer napkins to paper, fabric and more.

I hope you all had a great day on Mother's Day.
I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Power Poppy, Cut It Out!
Craft-Dee Bows, Anything Goes (Handmade Bow)
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge 
Word Art Wednesday
Craft Your Passion: Anything Goes
Stamping Sensations: Flower Power
Creative Fingers: Anything Goes
A Creative Need: Mothers


Stacy aka Twinshappy on SCS said...

Lovely Mother's Day card. The extra lilacs along the side is a great idea and the sketch is fun. Lovely card. Thanks for playing in the Cut it Out Challenge this month.

Donna said...

Such an elegant card - love the rich purples/violets. Thanks for joining the Craft-Dee BowZ challenge this month.

Debbie said...

So pretty -- all those blooms make me smile!! Thanks for sharing your work with us at Paper Sweeties this month :)

Cheryl said...

What a pretty Mother's Day card. I love the color palette you used. I like using napkins in crafting, too. They add a nice texture to a card, I think. Thanks so much for joining us in the May Inspiration Challenge at Paper Sweeties!

Leslie Miller said...

Marcella draws the most beautiful florals and this is one of my favorite sets. Beautiful card and I'll bet your mother was enchanted by it. Thanks for joining our Power & Spark Cut it Out challenge at Power Poppy this month!

Tanvi Shah said...

Love the lilacs/purple colors here! Thanks for sharing with us at Craft Your Passion#261!

Tanvi Shah said...

Love the lilacs/purple colors here! Thanks for sharing with us at Craft Your Passion#261!

Mynn Kitchen said...

WOW! This is SO gorgeous! LOVE that beautiful image, your amazing coloring, and fabulous cutting skills! Thank for joining us at Paper Sweeties! HUGS! :) Mynn xx

debby4000 said...

Gorgeous, beautiful card perfect for a mothers day card.
Thank you for joining us at Simon says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.

Joan said...

Love the lilacs, so pretty and the lovely way the colours blend together

Thanks for joining us at a Stamping Sensations this month


Tina Rathbone said...

I am honored to receive your wonderful comments-- and to be a part of this exciting, supportive and inspiring Paper Arts community,
Tina in San Diego

Eret said...

Your card is very pretty. Love the lilacs. You have colored them beautifully. Thank you for sharing your wonderful card with us at Stamping Sensation.
Eret x

Viv's Visuals said...

Great use of paper napkins - Lovely card and am sure yout mother loved it.Thanks for sharing with us at Stamping Sensations.

D- said...

Your card is beautiful. Thanks for sharing at Paper Sweeties.
Crafty hugs,
Dawn~ Paper Sweeties GDT

Deena Perreault said...

Such a beautiful card! Thank you for sharing with us at A Creative Need!

Mynn Kitchen said...

PS: Thanks for joining us at Inspired By Stamping! HUGS! :) Mynn xx