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Mother’s Day Cards

I bought the Hero Arts Everything Flower background stamp when it was first released earlier this year. I was a little worried that it would be too similar to my Flower Bursts Pattern stamp but after playing with both quite a bit the last few months, I find they both have added a lot of different things to my cards.

For my Mother’s Day cards this year, I thought it would be fun to challenge myself to use the same background stamp in different ways. To control the growth in my scrap pile, I decided to use up my existing supplies.  This first card really surprised me. I am always surprised at the creative process, especially when I use scraps. For example, I started quickly by embossing the stamp on the lavender card stock but then it took about 30 minutes to piece together the color scheme and colors. Something about the patterns and color combination makes me think of Japanese gift wrapping.

IMG_4016For this next card, I embossed the background stamp in white on top of some water color paper that was transformed using Tim Holtz Distress Ink pads and my craft sheet. (You can learn more about my obsession with this technique here.) The grey-blue cardstock that frames the water color paper is such a beautiful color. Everything really poped against the white.

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I used less conventional Mother’s Day sentiments on these cards because they really fit the notes I wrote inside. I’ve experienced many milestones the last few years and I really wanted to thank the ladies in my life for supporting and loving me all these years. I’m very blessed and grateful.

Home Made Embellishments – Silhouette Cameo, Chomas Pen Holder, and Sakura Pens

These cards are from about a month ago, when I made the huge discovery (for me) that making every embellishment by hand is a very effective impediment to finishing a whole scrapbook page. That aside, I LOVE using the Silhouette and Sakura pens to create embossed tags.

Making these tags is pretty easy – it just takes patience. I design everything first in Silhouette Studio. After that, I make my cut-line selections, align the Glaze pen in the Amy Chomas pen holder, and position everything properly in the Silhouette. After “cutting” the written layer, I let it dry before I cut out the subsequent layers. For me, the primary downside of making tags like this is the fact that I rarely make more than two of anything (this was an exception because I was so excited at how cool the raised part turned out!) so I’m not mass producing these. But as I recently learned first-hand handmaking my sister’s bridal shower invites, the Silhouette is AMAZING when you want to create something multiple times that is very intricate and has many component parts.