Purple Fantasy

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Mother's Day

With Mother's Day around the corner I had to get making a few cards. One for my momma, best friend's mom, and my mother in law. I couldn't make them to extravagant because well they have to be put into envelopes and mailed out of state.
I wanted to make them special, simple, and pretty, oh and yes unique! Just like the mothers they are for. I took their favorite colors and used that as my base idea.
I think I did a pretty good job of personalizing, making it special and keeping it simple!
Mom card #1- for my momma
I used my Cricut and 2 different cartridges. The card base is a card cut from Close to My Heart's very own Art Philosophy cartridge (700+ cuts!). The silhouette of the tree and bird is a cut from Cindy Loo cartridge. Cardstock is Close to My Heart Colonial White and Smokey Plum. It has an all over shimmer because I took some a CTMH spritzer pen with alcohol, a few drops  of CTMH Amethyst re-inker, and a pea size drop of CTMH Create-a-Shade Pearl paint and spritzed over both pieces separably. I then took a small piece of sponge and blotted CTMH Amethyst ink (from the pad) and blotted the edges of the card. I adhered the silhouette to the front with my small CTMH Bonding Memories- Dual Action Glue Pen (worked well for the tiny areas  on the leaves/branches). It looked really good at this point but it still seemed to be missing something. I spotted my CTMH Bitty Opaques pearls and thought that would work great for the finishing touch; so I put them on each of the scalloped edges on the card.

Mom card #2- for my bestfriend's mom
This mother's favorite color is pink so I  thought I would use CTMH Lucy papers. I used my Cricut and CTMH Art Philosophy Cartridge to cut the card. I also utilized the extra heart piece(distressed the edges of it with Blush ink) that came out of the card window. I used CTMH Joyful Jar stamps and a small tag (also Art Phil. Cart.). I stamped and cut out the jar. The tag is free swinging connected to the jar by CTMH Grey Wool Baker's Twine. I had used CTMH liquid glass to adhere the twin to the jar so it will stay for sure. I also add a line of liquid glass where the shine is on the jar and many little dots on the hearts inside for more dimension.  The CTMH ink colors used were: Blush, Grey Wool, and Creme Brulee 

Mom card #3- for my mother in-law
Her color is the same as my mom but I didn't want to make them the same card so I went a whole 'nother route. They are all unique special women so I had to make them their each special card! 
I used the Art Phil. cart. to cut the card base from Colonial White stock. Scouring through my stamps for one that just "felt right" to me I spotted my Happy Moments set and knew this was the one to use! I did the center flower stamp with Gypsy and did the small ones on the scallops in Pansy Purple. It still needed lots of character so I dug into my "not CTMH " (I like to keep them separate) and found my purple roses and they matched the Gypsy color perfectly!  Ok, it's looking better but still needing some extra oomph...I know...SPARKLES! Inside the big stamped image I placed some Bitty Sparkles. Also made some dots of Liquid Glass to the dots on the big stamp image. Looks pretty good and can be passable at this point but I still wasn't quite done sooo I added Bitty Opaque Pearls in the centers of the flowers in the scalloped edges. And the final finishing touch was distressing the edge of the card using Gypsy.
CTMH Inks used: Gypsy and Pansy Purple