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Sunday, May 13, 2012

Mother's Day Card

Happy Mother's Day to all you sweet mothers in the crafty community! I hope your day sparkles with extra love and hugs today! :o)

A quick post to share the card that I am about to deliver to my wonderful mom. :o) She has beautifully sparkled through so much this year and I am so proud of her! I wanted to incorporate several of her favorite things, which include white, aqua, pearls, ribbon, and beautiful patterns. :o)
Early last year there was a challenge in the Splitcoast Stampers community that entailed lattice work and one method included using Spellbinders to make and frame a window. I loved the idea and built this card design around it. I used my Spellbinders Labels Four to create the window. To make the window frame, I used the same die and the next largest size, taped them to the paper (one inside the other), and ran it through my Big Shot. To make the lattice, I cut 1/8th of an inch wide strips and weaved them together. Don't you just LOVE all of the inspiration at SCS? It's mind-boggling! I backed the window with a pretty flower My Mind's Eye pattern that coordinated nicely with the vase.
My mom adores ceramic vases, so I used this First Edition paper to replicate an innately-crafted, beautifully patterned vase. The vase is from Kate's ABCs, which I trimmed in pearls. I first made a ribbon flower to stick inside it, but it didn't look quite right... so I used a few Wild Orchid Crafts roses and pearl sprays. My mom loves texture, so I embossed the window frame with the Swiss Dots folder and the card base with Victoria.
My previous card included a 3D Storybook butterfly that she absolutely loved, so I made one for her. The top layer the same paper as the window backdrop, as if it's carrying a bouquet of flowers to her. :o) The body is dotted with pearls and is leaving a trail of pearly love. To complete the front, I sewed a border using the incredible machine she surprised me with for Christmas and added a fluffy My Craft Spot crinkle ribbon bow, centered with a Wild Orchid Crafts rose. All of the flowers are trimmed in Star Dust.
The interior matches the exterior, with a simple computer-generated Mother's Day greeting. We'll see how my writing looks atop the embossed background... oops. Teehee. :o) This was a fun card to make and I hope she loves it!

Challenges entered:
 * Celebrate the Occasion~ Mother's Day
 * CES~ Anything Goes
 * Docerela Creations~ Mother's Day
 * Fantabulous Cricut~ Mother's Day and her favorite color (White, blue/green shades)
 * Made Especially For You~ Mother's Day with Ribbon
 * Paper Playtime~ Die-Cuts and a Bug
 * Paper Sundaes~ Things with Wings

Thank you for fluttering on by! I hope you all have a gorgeous day. Happy Mother's Day! :o)

Key Recipe Components:
 * Cricut cartridges: Kate's ABCs, Storybook
 * Cuttlebug embossing folders: Swiss Dots, Victoria
 * Spellbinders Nestabilities: Labels Four
 * Paper: Bazzill, First Edition, My Mind's Eye, Papertrey Ink
 * Sentiment: Computer-generated
 * Flowers and pearl sprays: Wild Orchid Crafts
 * Ribbon: My Craft Spot (Snow White)
 * Miscellaneous: Pearls (Recollections), Stickles


  1. Hi Karen,
    I have just come home from church and visiting with my mom. I'm do luvky to have her here. She is 85 and going strong.
    Your card for your mother is jsut gorgeous. How thoughtful of you to use your moms favorite things toi make the card. The vase of flowers is beautiful. ireally love that cut from Kates ABCs. It is such a pretty shaped vase. The addition of the pearls is wonderfl and the flowers are perfect. I love the lattice work and will be doing that very soon. I will certainly give you the cred for my inspiration. Have a wonerful day and great week.

  2. this is an absolutely stunning card!
    Sheila, FCCB DT

  3. What a beautiful, elegant card! Wow...this is just gorgeous and I'm sure your Mom will treasure it for years to come. Thanks for sharing it with us over at FCCB!

  4. I would love to craft with you, you are one of those amazing crafter's I know that just have some amazing creativity that I would like it to rub off on me. (hehe).
    I'm seriously Karen you are awesome.....Everything you do is just tops!....This is one fabby card... geat job on the latice which I'm trying to vision still.....

  5. Such a beautiful and elegant card. Love the flowers! Thanks for playing along at ME4Y! : )


  6. How sweet is that vase! Very elegant card ... thanks for sharing at Made Especially For You!

  7. Oh Karen it's so beautiful... and i am sure your mom loved it. She is so blessed to have such an awesome daughter. AND we are so blessed that you share your amazing talent with us. hugs from ukiah

  8. Wow, this is so pretty and elegant!! I love it:) The colors and embossing is just gorgeous!! I love the beautiful vase and pretty little pearls to dress it up. Those little touches you always make just make your cards so beautiful! I am SURE your mom will love it!! I hope you are having a wonderful day my friend!!
    Sherrie K

  9. Such an elegant card, love the lattice window and the vase of flowers! Thanks for joining us at MEFY!

  10. Hi Karen, thank you so much for you lovely comments. It is always so nice to read them. I just love this card for your mom. I'm sure she will love it. Great details, great job on the window detail.

    Thank you so much for joining us.

    Catarina aka docerela

  11. What a beautiful card. I love the embossing and lattice! Such incredible detail! Thank you for us at Paper Playtime! :-) Amy

  12. Beautiful card! Great design and love all your details!

    Thanks for joining us at Docerela Creations! DT Member Carri

  13. Just stunning!

    Thank you for sharing with us for our last challenge at Crafty Emma's Store, good luck!
    Hugs Shell xx

  14. This is just GORGEOUS!! Love the lattice and all of your other amazing details... WONDERFUL!! :)

    Thanks for linking up at Paper Playtime!! :)

    Amy :) at

  15. Beautiful card Karen,your Mom will love it.Fabulous how you did the lattice work and your vase of flowers is stunning.Have a good week.
    Jayne x

  16. *peeks through the lattice* HI SIS!!! Tee hee hee!!!

    HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY HUGS EVERYONE!!!'s ok that my huggles are one day behind schedule, right? TEE HEE!

    SQUEEEEEEEEEE!!! This card is beyond incredible!!!!!! I still can't get over the gorgeous details, sis. The lattice is just SO amazing! How do you do it?!?! *has you teach me right this second* And gosh...I can't get enough of that vase. GASP! Look at how gorgeous it is! *pets all the sparkling flowers and the flutterby forever* They're amazingggggg!!! *follows the happy pearly trails the butterfly left behind* WHEEE!!! Sooooooooooo stunning!

    I am sending all the love my arms can hold to you and your sweetest mommy on this extra extra extra special mother's day, sis. I couldn't be more proud of you both for all you have shone through this year. You are the most special daughter and blessing to your mommy always, Sunshine. She received the most extra special gift of all the day you came into her life.


    P.S. Super hugs to all the wonderful mom crafters and mommies of our crafter friends who make our hearts twinkle and dance every day of the year with their devoted love!!!

    *forever sparklie lattice squishies*
    ~~~ Christina :)

  17. Oh my gosh, I can't decide what to comment on first!! Okay, the is simply stunning!! I mean show-stopping gorgeous!! All of the details are so amazing and that you used your Mom's favorite things makes it even more beautiful!! I love the lattice work, the embossing, the pretty flowers...all of it!! And your sewing is fabulous, Karen!! I'm embarrassed to even try sewing on my cards after seeing lines are lines are willy wonky ;/

    And the pictures...beautiful!! You are mastering the lightbox!! I hope you had a wonderful day with your Mom my sweetest friend!! I'm sure she loved her gorgeous card!! And I hope she is doing well :)

    Huge hugs!!

    Lisa :)
    A Mermaid's Crafts

  18. without words ... WOW ... Cards wonderful, beautiful and elegant. I loved all the details.

    Thanks for joining us at Docerela Creations! DT Member Ana


  19. This card is just stunning!
    I love the lattice work!!!!!
    Thank you for joining CTO this week!

  20. Love the embossing and dimension you have done with your beautiful card, really wonderful details! Thanks for joining us this week @ CTO for our "Mother's Day" Challenge :)


    Thank you so much for joining us on Docerela Creations Challenge!

    Tatiana - DT member for Docerela Creations

  22. First off I want to say I am so happy you had a wonderful time with your Mom. You are awesome so it only brings me to the conclusion that your Mom is awesome too! As awesome as your card you made for her. It is beautiful!! As lovely as all you do. You are just so loving in all of your creations.

    Have a wonderful week my sweet friend,
    Hugs, Pam

  23. What a pretty card, Karen! I love the flowers and the paper you used for the vase! And guess what!!! You were the winner of my blog candy from the Krafty Girls blog hop! Yay! :)


  24. Gorgeous card.
    Thanks for joining us at Paper Sundaes this time.



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