Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Mother's Day

Mother's Day is one of the hardest days of the year for me. My mom died when I was 16 years old and my grandmother died this past December. Since I have no children of my own, the day just reminds me of what I have lost. When I start to feel down, I force myself to remember what I have gained in the past 12 years since my mother died -- a wonderful step-mother and mother-in-law that are very loving and supportive. They could never replace my mom, but I am blessed to have them in my life.

This card is for my step-mother for Mother's Day. I always struggle with the sentiment for her card. I don't call her mom or mother, so statements like "to my mom" are out. I usually just stamp "Happy Mother's Day" inside, but this year I decided to be a little more creative. The sentiment stamp is from the You Are set by Anna Griffin. On the inside, it says "very special to me".

The flowers are the Bella's Garden stamp from Stamping Bella. Tulips and daisies are my favorite flowers, so this stamp was a no-brainer for me to add on to my last order. I stamped the flowers on a scrap piece of a Fabriano Medioevalis note card with Palette Noir Black ink. Then I watercolored with my Watercolor Wonder Crayons and an Aquapainter. I drew the line in with a Stampin' Journaler to ground the pots.

The patterned paper is from the Old World Mat pack from Die Cuts with a View which I recently picked up for 50% off at my local Joann's. The coolest part about this paper is that it is textured like Bazzill card stock. The card base is So Saffron stamped with the Paisley background stamp in So Saffron ink. I thought it gave just enough texture to complement the patterned paper I chose.

The layout is from sketch challenge 106 on splitcoast.

Stamps: Bella's Garden from Stamping Bella, Paisley from Stampin' Up, You Are from Anna Griffin
Ink: Palette Noir Black Ink, So Saffron, Basic Black Stampin' Journaler
Card stock: So Saffron, Certainly Celery, Old World Mat Pack from DCWV, Fabriano Medioevalis scraps

Accessories: Stampin' Dimensionals
Tools: Aquapainter, Watercolor Wonder Crayons, Ruler


Karen said...

this is a beautiful card Stefanie! I'm sure your step-mom will love it as well!!

rozie640 said...

Oh Stef, your card is as sweet as you are, I'm sure your step mom is going to love it and the fact that you found a special sentiment for her. Can't wait to see you again at convention! Rose

Peggy S said...

Very pretty card!

Btw, I couldn't find your email address, but I received your gorgeous Thank You card yesterday -- what a special touch and you were awesome to raise all that money for MS!!!

Lisa said...

I really like this card. Very pretty. I am sorry you sad for Mother's Day. But the puppy appreciates all you do for her. =)

Anonymous said...

Your card is beautiful,my Mom passed away 1 1/2 months ago, this Mother's Day will be difficult.
Peace be with you.