Friday, 8 March 2013

For A Very Special Mum

Hi everyone, and hope you're all looking forward to the weekend. This evening I'd like to show you a card I made earlier in the week and posted to my mum for Mother's Day. I'm a bit later blogging this than I would have liked, but our PC has been under the cosh since the beginning of the week, so tonight is the first time I've been able to get online, display my blog properly with all its links in the sidebar (to help me find the challenges I want to enter lol!!) and open Mr. Blogger properly - yay!

Everyone's mum is special, aren't they?? Mine's no different in that respect, but she is also a very special lady in her own right as she has been very seriously ill for the past six and a half years now, to the extent that we have spent all of that time living in the present and making the most of each special occasion such as birthdays and Christmas as they come. So every time Mother's Day comes around I pour a humungous amount of effort into making her card "special" - and this year although I say so myself I think I've made one I'm pretty proud of.

Here it is - hope you'll excuse the photography but steppers aren't very easy to photograph at the best of times and yesterday was such a dull day !!

I have made another stepper card, decorating the main panel in the normal way with image and flowers etc, but also highlighting the steps with border die cuts - I always like to create a mini garden with a fence, a floral border and some butterflies! :-). This is my first outing for  my new Memory Box "Nottingham Border" flower border die which I bought at Lili of the Valley's shop last Saturday (along with the stamp and some of the flowers lol!!)

Stamps: LotV "Watering the Flowers" and 2 sentiments from "Everyday Grungy Messages";
Media: Promarkers and Flexmarkers;
Papers: LotV "Nitwits - Perfect Pair";
Supplies: flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts; berries by Magnolia (from The Glitterpot); silky crush ribbon from The Ribbon Girl; lace from John Lewis; green gems and small pearls from The Hobby House; stepper card blank from Hobbycraft;
Tools: large classic circle and lacy circle nestabilities; Memory  Box "Nottingham Border" die (pink flowers); Magnolia Doohickey "Lovely Fence" and "Heart Swirl Branch" dies; Cuttlebug "Hippie Chick" alphabet dies; X-Cut small butterfly punch.

Creative Inspiration #204 - Happy Mother's Day
Bearly Mine #76 - Mother's Day
In The Pink #15 - Floral / Mother's Day
Ready Teddy Go (March) - Mum's The Word
Passion For Promarkers #188One For The Ladies
Simon Says - A Bit O' Green
Totally Gorjuss #123 - Anything Goes With Pink
By The Cute & Girly (March) - Favourite Things
(LotV everything, flowers, ribbons, lace, memory Box dies ... I could go on!!)
Ribbon Girl Card Challenge (March) - Add Ribbon or Twine

Thanks for looking and have a great weekend, whatever you're doing.


Claire said...

WOW Pauline, this is absolutely gorgeous - so many pretty details and elements, a gorgeously coloured image - your Mum is going to love this so much. Thanks for playing along at Ready-Teddy-Go this month too! Hugs, Claire x

Elf Designs said...

Hi Pauline. Such a gorgeous stepper card. I love the colours, image, well everything =) Your mum is very lucky to receive such a beautiful card. Em x

KraftyKoolKat said...

What an awesome card Pauline, I know your mum is going to love it as much as I do. Thank you so much for sharing it with us at Totally Papercrafts.

Cathy DT

Debs M said...

Gorgeous card - you can tell a lot of time and effort went into it - i'm sure your Mum will love it. Hope you have a lovely Mother's Day together! Thanks for joining us for our ‘Mum’s the Word’ Challenge at Ready-Teddy-Go! Hope to see you again soon x
Debbie Dt

coops said...

so gorgeous paulina.your design is really beautiful and i love the sweet bear and pretty details .
thanks so much for joining us this week at PFP :D

xx coops xx

Lisa Carroll said...

Your step card is GORGEOUS! So beautifully colored and detailed, your mum will love and treasure it for sure! :) Thanks for playing along in our "Bit o' Green" challenge over at the Simon Says Stamp challenge blog this week! xx

Christine L said...

Woww love your fabulous stepper card - the image is perfect and all those flowers are gorgeous!

Thanks for sharing at In The Pink... hope to see you here again soon with another fabbie pink creation!

Christine x

Jackie said...

Gorgeous card, absolutely love it. Thank you for sharing with us at Bearly Mine Challenges this week. Jackie DT

Unknown said...

Wow what a pretty card, love all the detail & such pretty pinks xxx

Anonymous said...

Pauline, what and absolutely gorgeous and special card! Love the colour scheme and all the pretty details.

The Crafty Den said...

Hi Pauline, what a gorgeous card. I love the image and your colouring is perfect. Thanks so much for joining us at PFP this week. Hugs, Denise x

nnalorac said...

So pleased you shared your gorgeous creation with us over on BTC&G, just gorgeous. Carolxx

Jennifer said...

OMG Pauline, this is stunning!!!! Your Mum will treasure your creation for sure. I keep seeing more and more beautiful details. Your new die is definitely going on my wish list.

Jennifer. x

ribenaruby said...

Absolute stunner! Ruby x

The Stamp Basket said...

This is a gorgeous the colours you've chosen! Janet xx

Judy Tuck said...

This stepper card is amazing!