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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