Sunday, April 11, 2010

“All That I Am” Embellished Mother’s Day Card Friday Challenge

   Knowing that Mother’s Day is fast approaching, I knew that I needed to get, make or buy a Mother’s Day card for my beloved Mother. Each year, I stroll down countless aisles of “generic” or “mass-produced” cards to try and find the “right words” that describe my undying and grateful love for my mother. This year I decided that I would make my mother a card that said what I wanted it to say and have her and I weaved and created throughout my card. First, I was stumped on where to begin. My mind had been in a fog for quite some time. Then and idea came to mind and I decided to check out a new blogging website that I have grown quite fond of: Practical Scrappers. There I found a wonderful “Friday Challenge” for the week of April 9, 2010, where one of the Practical Scrappers design team members, Gloria, created a pattern or example to follow.

To find her challenge, click on the following link below.
                                                                 Practical Scrappers Blog Website

   So I dug out my paper, glues, brads, ribbon, charms, chipboard, images and many other embellishments. The front of the card has many layers to give it dimension and add interest to the eye. I love lace and doilies and added them to the front and in the inside of the card. I used bling around the “Happy Mother’s Day” sentiment. More bling in the form of adhesive Pearls were added to the upper right hand of the card. The ribbon lace has been run through a metal brad ribbon holder. I used the Clearsnap Cat’s Eye Chalk Ink throughout the entire card. I used a Martha Stewart Lace Border punch and Fiskars “Icing on the Cake” Embossed and Border Punch. To create the dragonflies, I used the Martha Stewart Dragonfly Punch. I altered a metal bottle cap and before I hammered the edges down, I added a pink diamond pattern paper, with the words “I love you” with a tiny bumble bee which is on the upper portion inside the card. I created my own sentiments for my mom. The sentiments on the upper portion reads: All that I am…; Because of you…

   The sentiments in the lower half of the card read:

Traveling on the road of life,
There are paths we must choose to take,
To help us fully realize that it was the little
Stops along the way that made for our best
Hopes, Dreams and Memories.

   I wanted the back of the card to be just as special as the rest of its counterparts and so used the dragonfly punch to make 3 dragonflies on the dark red paper. In between the dragonflies, I placed a vintage pink and white button between the spaces. I used a 7 gypsies Romantique label sticker and placed the word “Smile ” on it using double sided tape and mini black brads. I used mini white brads to further secure the label.

A few months ago, I picked up a stamp that I truly loved and it reads:

If you had any idea
How long it took me
To make this card, you
Would never throw it away.

   So, you may be wondering how long this card took me to make? Let’s just say around 5 hours. Yes, you read right. I wanted everything on the card to read and show how much impact my mother had on me. Mom, if you are reading this, I love you with all of my heart, and all that I am is because of you…

To All Those Dear, Special and Wonderful Women in Our Lives:

            Happy Mother's Day!


  1. Yeah! Finally got all the pictures to load right!

  2. Very nice, thank you for trying out this weeks sketch at Practical Scrappers.

  3. What a fantastic keepsake for your mom!!!! Great job with my sketch! Love that you wanted to play along!