Once in a while I like to putz. Saturday was that day. I'd been in the stamp room for about two hours and not produced ANYTHING worth showing you, so I pushed everything I had been working on to one side of the table with a big arm sweep, and set to work on something entirely different.
I NEVER spend this much time on a card! But I do like how this one turned out. It was so fancy I wound up turning it into a Mother's Day card... I know it's early, but I want to give this one to my momma! She makes the world a beautiful place for so many people, including me.
I never really understood the magic of a mom until I became one myself. She is always present, when I load the spoons into dishwasher basket the "correct" way, when I take the vitamins she faithfully sends me, when I brush my daughter's long lovely hair. A mom stays in your heart forever. Mine is never more than a laugh or a whiff of lilac away from me. There is a reason I planted lilacs in our yard the first summer we moved here. My springs always smell like mom.
So, I tend to putz on a card I make for my mom. This one included a fun Big Shot technique and a special opening. I folded a card base in half and ran it through the Big Shot with the Top Note die so that it didn't cut on the hinged edge. Then I added to to a new card base, so it formed a kind of gate fold. Here it is shown fully opened.
Ready to make your own? Here's a complete supply list. Feel free to ask questions, too, if you can't figure something out. I love this stuff and would be happy to talk shop!
- People Like You
- En Français Wood-mount Stamp Set
- Crumb Cake 8-1/2X11 Card Stock
- Crumb Cake 1/2 Inch Seam Binding Ribbon
- Soft Sky 1/2" Seam Binding Ribbon
- Basic Pearls Jewel Accents
- Decorative Label Punch
- Top Note Stampin' Up! Bigz Die
- Gorgeous Grunge Wood-mount Stamp Set
- White Stampin Chalk Marker
- Stamping Sponges
- Early Espresso Stampin Write Marker
- Teeny Tiny Wishes Wood-mount Stamp Set
Wow! That is really beautiful! All your effort really shows. Love the gate-fold element.
Posted by: Jennifer | 02/10/2014 at 09:34 AM
What a gorgeous card and new technique! You sure know how to inspire a person.
Posted by: Nan | 02/10/2014 at 10:27 AM
Beautiful card and loving tribute to your MOM! That's why I love reading your blog, there is always something worth READING as well as the visual stimulus! :)
Posted by: Lori B | 02/10/2014 at 02:04 PM
Lyssa, this card is a piece of art. I am elated to hear that you enjoyed some time "putzing" and enjoying the process. I am also touched by your loving thoughts of your mom. I share the thought of lilacs reminding you of your mom - and when I bought my first house, I also planted a row of lilacs.
Keep enjoying those moments of time to yourself, they keep you strong and tender.
Posted by: Meg M. | 02/10/2014 at 06:41 PM
Posted by: Lucy K | 02/10/2014 at 07:17 PM
Thank you so much for your inspiration Lyssa. Just love this Water Lilies card.
Posted by: Mary Kuligowski | 02/10/2014 at 10:25 PM
I just got my lily stamp a couple of days ago and now I am inspired by you to case your lovely mother's day card!! Thank you Lyssa!! You totally amaze me everyday!!
Posted by: Cynthia Tuttle | 02/11/2014 at 01:26 AM
Such a beautiful card, Lyssa. Great work.
Posted by: Twila Davis | 02/12/2014 at 05:34 PM