Sunday, May 12, 2013

Happy Mother's Day

To all the dear Mom's, Nana's, Great-Grandma's....and those who step up to take on the role of Moms - Happy Mother's Day!!!

I was raised by a host of people before my Father single-handedly took over the responsibility himself after retiring from a long career in the Canadian Army.  So my 'Mom' was Mommy Crandall, the wife of Daddy Jim Crandall - long-time friends of my dad and who helped raise me from infancy till I was 3. Thereafter, Mommy and Daddy Jim remained in my life, and frankly, Mommy Crandall was every bit a Mom that I could of wished for!  Generous, with an infectious laugh and a very strong woman.  I think of her quite alot.

I also must recognize my 3 Aunts for their roles as surrogate Moms!  They took a beloved interest in my life and while distance and full-time careers made it difficult initially for long visits, they did the most extraordinary things....such as the time I spotted them watching me from outside the park's pool fence - the whole time I played. And I played all afternoon while they stood in their summer dresses, neat white shoes and purses and pill hats carefully minding that I came to no harm.

There were a few more memorable people who played a part in my growing up - and I have great memories of each and every one.

So my Mother's Day card simply states a quiet " Thank You " and carries an image of a woman who could represent any angelic lady, soft yet strong.

I have added texture to my Certainly Celery cardstock using an Anna Griffin Embossing Folder, Acanthus. It's such a pretty and bold design. I only use it on Tab 2 of my Multi-platform for the Big Shot because it can press so deep that it can cut the paper. But of course, thinner paper might not, so try out what works best for every brand of cardstock.

Next, the stamp design is called Deco Lady from Stampendous. This image works so well in so many different ways - I love it!  I have yet to show a card I did when I first got it - but it was done in a darker and more dramatic effect than the soft treatment I have done today colouring with chalks and light colour markers. 

I cut her and her pink frame using my new Stampin' Up OVAL Framelits. Accents are from: my Persian Accents Spellbinder dies; Butterflies from a Martha Stewart Punch; leaves from my SU Bird Punch.

My ribbon is old, purchased as an enormous roll at a rummage sale. Its on the thin side, so I " pulled " two threads down the middle which twisted the ribbon. After tying off knots on each end of the desired length I taped it to my card with sturdy double-sided tape. 

Well, I hope you like my card today, and thank you for stopping by :)

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