Happy Mother‘s Day & Alles Liebe zum Muttertag
...Spellbinders April 2021 „Big Die Of The Month“
Hello everyone and welcome to my blog!
Am I the only one who thinks that there’s more to celebrate in spring than any other time of year?
With Valentine‘s Day, Easter, as well as birthdays all through our friends list and families I have the feeling that Mother‘s Day is the important ending to the super busy (almost) first half of the year.
I am not a mom, but a daughter and this quote couldn’t be more true - I love it!
“You will teach them to fly, but they will not fly your flight. You will teach them to dream, but they will not dream your dream. You will teach them to live, but they will not live your life. Nevertheless, in every flight, in every dream, in every live, the print of the way you taught will always remain.” - Mother Teresa
For our family, Mother‘s Day means two cards, which leave space for either an English or a German sentiment.
Thinking about these practical issues and looking at the Spellbinders April Kit, I figured that this would be an easy one ;-)
The flowery spring design of the curved boarder set / etched dies is so cute - I just had to use soft spring colors for our mom's cards as well as a Get Well card for one of JB's friends in Indiana who came down with COVID last week.
First up today is a card for JB's mom.
Since the die set screams for a slimline card, I thought that would be a great idea to do - I don't make slimline cards that often.
What I did this time - because there are quite a few dies in the set - is cut different edges from yellow and white card stock as well as flowers in all kinds of colors of the rainbow.
We know that Judy's favorite color is yellow, so I decided to use a light yellow card stock (80lbs Michael's) and layer it with the brilliant white and extra heavy card stock from Neenah for this card.
Cutting and arranging the flowers and leaves is super relaxing to me and takes my mind off every-day troubles and stress (hahaha... this actually sounds like a florist...). I just enjoyed that so much these past days.
Since I don't have a Spellbinder's Hot Foil System (yet ;-)) and didn't want to use ink sentiments on the card front, I decided on the bold and big ALTENEW "Caps Bold Alphabet" Die Set. I cut the letters for MOM in white and pink and layered them so the pink would look like a drop shadow.
I then arranged some more flowers around the word and placed Studio Katia "Arctic Breeze" pearls in the middle of each bloom as well as added some Nuvo "Aqua Shimmer" on the petals.
The card for my mom is going to be sent to Germany and that's a reason why I decided to go back to a regular A2 size card.
If you'd ask her what her favorite color is, she'd answer "all of them" and that's why a rainbow theme was inevitable.
I went for the extra heavy white card stock for all the layers and ink blended the layer with the flowers with Ranger's Distress Oxide Inks.
I then attached the flowers according to their size and color on the rainbow background.
The word MAMA (German for "mom") received drop shadows in the same colors.
I also did as with the first card - I arranged some more flowers and leaves around the word and placed one pearl in the middle of each bloom as well as added some Nuvo "Aqua Shimmer".
"Get well" card
Back to the slimline card size!
When we heard that one of JB's oldest friends got sick with COVID, we knew that another card was in the books.
I used white card stock for the card base and cut a soft pink layer with the ALTENEW "Nesting Slim Rectangles" die set, which fits the base perfectly. I then arranged and attached the different white border dies and added the flowers.
The "Get Well" sentiment is older and unfortunately from a die set that doesn't even have packaging anymore. I decided on a strong purple color for that and layered it on top of two thick layers of extra heavy white card stock for dimension. I added the "hope you feel better soon" stamp (following the curve of the lacy die) from the Mama Elephant "Sending Hugs" stamp set in purple.
The Nuvo "Aqua Shimmer" pen on the petals, as well as color- coordinated pearls in the middle of each blossom finish up the look.
As you can see, I could not get over the spring feeling and soft colors this week.
Maybe at a later time I'll use these dies with bolder and darker colors. Can't wait ;-)
Thank you again for reading my post and I really hope you either have a great Mother's Day - let your kids & husbands treat you like the queen that you are - or treat your mom accordingly (you know what to do!)!!!
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