Tuesday, May 1, 2018

SOS: Mother's Day, 2018

Happy Tuesday!  Glad you could stop by!  This week at Shopping Our Stash, I am your hostess, and I am hoping you'll join me in making Mother's Day cards for the mothers in your life!

Your mom (or the practical mothers you know) would be pleased to know that you are "shopping your stash" and using what you already have to make her a fabulous card!  (My mom will be thrilled, and I can picture her nodding vigorously now...)

I made this card for my own dear mother.  I could not ask for a better mom, and I appreciate her more now than ever.  Just one reason is (as I often share) is that she is an artist and had all of us kids involved in art of all forms as we were growing up.  As a result, my siblings, cousin, and I are all artsy, though my brother and sister put me to shame! (And my cousin is a grown macho man and he is still crafty!)  Anyway, I would attribute any interest and skill that we have to her.

So... her card won't make any sense unless I explain it, so lemme 'splain: my mom has always had crystals in her kitchen window, and during the summer and fall months they flash rainbows all over her house!  She goes crazy about it!  She'll call as if they are migrating birds and say, "The rainbows are back!"  It brings a tear to my eye thinking about the special lady that she is!  So this card is a representation of her rainbows!
View #1: This view shows more even color distribution

View #2: This is the normal view, but because of the dimension and the sunlight when I took this, that dark shadow at the bottom throws the balance off!

Ooh... ahh...

Supplies (a pretty stashy card...)

  • The Sunburst die by Seth Apter was something I NEEDED in my life... and I barely use it.  Now that I made this card, I want to do more like it, using the die as a window.  Duh!  Anyway, I used the die with glitter paper from my scrap box.  This paper came from my kids' stash, which I just thinned out.
  • The rhinestones are years old.
  • The rainbowy paper is actually Tim's resist paper.  This was already cut down when I found it, and I decided to add the rainbows  by tapping DIs onto my mat (using the little corner of each mini pad), then spritzed and carefully inked the paper.  I used a paper towel to absorb any colors that got icky, then I dried and tried again.  I am pretty impressed how it turned out considering how icky some of the colors were from mixing!
  • The words were cut from old discarded books.
  • The whole panel was popped up with 3M dimensional adhesive.
  • I added a scrap of acetate which was the cast-off from a kit as the glass in the window (which was needed to support the rhinestones because the gold paper is pretty flimsy)
  • The background mat was from a paper pack sent with my subscription to Stampington mags.  This is perfect because it has faint script on it, which mirrors the faint script of Tim's resist paper!
I look forward to seeing the Mother's Day cards you make!  I'll hopefully be joining you in the gallery with cards for my friends! 

I'd like to also share this at Simon Says Stamp on Wednesday for the current Anything Goes challenge.  It is my 5th and final entry over there!

Mother's Day is May 13 in the USA, FYI.


  1. I loved that your card is so personal thank you for sharing it with us. Beautiful job with the background it really looks like rainbow patches from the crystals. Awesome card.

  2. Love the backstory behind your fabulous card! Your Mom will love this!

  3. The die cut does make a super window frame and with the crystals added I picture it will ressemble your mother’s home. How personal and lovely!

  4. oh my gosh, what an amazing and clever and artful and personal mother's day card! your mom will swoon!

  5. What an appropriate card for your Mom, Mimi! So pleased that you shared it with us at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge!

  6. Fabulous background and love the sparkly sunburst die with the rhinestones-sounds absolutely perfect for your Mum
    Carol x

  7. Awwwwwww a beautiful card and a lovely representation of your mum as well!
    Fab job!!

  8. What a beautiful tribute to your super crafty mom Mimi, your card is beautiful and so meaningful, sparkly and sweet.
    Love the sentiments, they depict your mother just the way she is.
    Awesome card, my dear.