Hi Everyone. Happy Tuesday night.
I hope you are all having a wonderful day.
Today, two very special people celebrate their birthday. Today would have been my mother's 89th birthday and today Cherie is..... well.... I'm not telling you :-) There has to be something about this day to have created two such wonderful women. Strangely, they share some very similar traits. So, Mom, I know you are watching down upon me - happy birthday and thank you for all the things that you taught me. Things that I only realized you had taught me... long after it was too late to say thank you face to face. But... couldn't you have given me your metabolism! :-)
To Cherie, happy birthday, my dear friend. I hope it was a wonderful day for you and I look forward to catching up with you and celebrating.
This card was made for the two of you. I used the fabulous sketch across at stamping411. I loved that there was so much "white space" and I immediately thought of my Beautiful Wings butterfly die. I had to create an interesting background and didn't want to use DSP. So, I made my own.
I inked up the new Fancy Fan letterpress plate with versamark and ran it through my big shot. I then took my clear embossing powder and heat set it. It looks fabulous - well, I think it does. TIP: The letterpress plates work best with craft ink, as classic ink dries too quickly. However, I no longer have craft ink, so realized that versamark is a wet ink. Even if you use versamark without the embossing powder, it will give you a wonderful tone on tone look. So, pattern, without having to invest in craft ink.
With the butterflies, I was inspired by one of our very talented Paper Players - you can check out her card right here. I know she would appreciate it if you visited with her and gave her a little blog love on her fabulous card. So, Nikki, thank you for inspiring me.
I used the wonderful new Beyond the Garden DSP, vellum and Daffodil Delight card stock to make my mult-layer butterfly. TIP: Vellum and the embossing folders can sometimes not be good friends - the embossing folders make too strong an impression on the vellum. So, I put the vellum into the embossing folder, put it on to the floor on a piece of scrap paper, put another piece of scrap paper on top and trod on it. There was the most satisfying crunchy noise as the holes popped into the vellum without cutting.
I then used my new Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border punch on the top and bottom of the sentiment layer. I love that the rounded tops of the scallop echo the round edges of the Fan. I am also madly in love with this sentiment set So Happy for You. It was a sale a bration set and I think one of the best we have made.
Of course, a card for two such wonderful ladies wouldn't be finished without a little bling!
Don't forget to pop along to the 411 crew and see the fabulous design team and submission cards. I know you will find inspiration.
On a personal note:
Another long day today, made worse by the fact that Lou is away again. So, I am rushing around madly tonight trying to get everything done and finished. However, I did stop to watch the turkey today. She was scratching away at our mulch and I couldn't work out what she was doing. She moved a fairly large area into a pile, squatted down, and had a wonderful sand-bath! She was so happy.
Kelly, I am sorry I didn't get to take a picture of it! Missy - I swear you guys NEED a turkey crossing sign :-) Ruth Ann, I am jealous that you have babies... we haven't seen any yet! Linda, yep. 50 species and counting. It's pretty amazing what you can attract in the middle of suburbia. It's really so satisfying. TxJennyWren... you asked who won... the hummer or the turkey. Well, surprisingly, the hummer won that showdown :-)
Prayers for those of you who need a lift or a warm hug. I hope you all have a wonderful Wednesday.
I have to say... Mommy, I miss you!