Friday, May 9, 2008

Blogger's Challenge: Mother's Day Cards (x3)


I had a coupon to Michael's yesterday and it was burning a hole in my pocket. So of course, I went shopping... and out of that whole entire store, I only bought a few things: First, the butterfly image from Stampendous that is featured on these cards, and second, a really cool border punch from Martha Stewart (not featured here, it will be in another blog post soon). I also bought ribbon, because I simply cannot go to Michael's and not pick up a spool or two when they are only a dollar. I intended to use some of that ribbon for this challenge, but ended up keeping everything clean and fairly un-embellished.

So, I made three cards for this challenge. Since my Mom passed, I have had a hard time making Mother's Day cards. I do have a wonderful Mother-in-Law who I call "Mom", but the last three years I have given her cards that do not actually have "Happy Mother's Day" printed on them anywhere. I just couldn't do it. This year, I am emotionally free from that for some reason. I am sending her the "to MY mother" card. After being with her son for over 20 years, she is my mother.

Enough blathering. I used different techniques on these cards. All three of them feature the butterfly stamp I bought yesterday combined with a set called "Wonderful Favorites" from Stampin' Up!.The first uses the Burnished Watercolors Technique from the August 2007 issue of the Technique Junkie Newsletter. The second uses the Modern Grid Technique from the April 2007 issue of the Newsletter. The third uses one from way back...the Pencil over Ink Technique from the February 2005 issue of the Newsletter.


So why did I make three cards? Well, one will go to my MIL, one to a SIL and one to one of my sisters. I guess I just kept going on a theme yesterday. I was actually task-avoiding something else, too. I have a 4th one started, but I was called away from my studio yesterday and never made it back.
It is fun to see how the same stamps can turn out so different, isn't it?


I hope your Mother's Day is great!

23 comments:

Connie said...

All three are wonderful, Pat, and so different! Great job!

Chrissy D said...

Each one of these are adorable. I like that butterfly stamp! Love the different techniques. TFS!

Lisa Bohler said...

Pat! These are wonderful! My favorite is the modern grid...I just love that tech!!!

Lisa Somerville said...

Glad to see you were inspired by your recent purchase! All 3 cards turned out great - gotta love that Modern Grid Techique!

Robin Merriman said...

They are all beautiful, but the butterfly on #3 is my fave.

Lynn Mercurio said...

Oh bravo Pat...these creations are just fabulous. Isn't that an adorable butterfly! You're a real inspiration with all of your different techniques. Could you possible make so that there are 36 hours in a day so I might have more time to stamp??? Wonderful job!

MJ said...

Great job showing the how versatile that stamp is! All different techniques all different layout yet the same stamp -- you rock.

Barb Hardeman said...

Three delightful cards, Pat. The image is so pretty and I love that in each card you did something different. Beautiful job....

marciad said...

Beautiful cards. I, too, have fun with the grid. Haven't used it lately and know I want to get back to it. Even have a new butterfly, never used, that should work well with the grid.

Nikki Bond said...

What a wonderful whimsy butterfly! I love how you did all 3 differently...there all wonderful! {SMILES}

Basement Stamper said...

Wow! Girl you were on a roll with those cards. Great job, I like that butterfly. I'll say I haven't been in a Michael's in probably a year. I'm BAD about going out to shop!

Ida said...

How fun to see the 3 different cards using the same image. They are all very pretty. I think my favorite is the 2nd one.

KimberlyG said...

These are all so lovely! That butterfly stamp is such a great find! Beautifully done! :D

amycara said...

Great cards, Pat! Gorgeous butterflies...so lovely for this time of year!

Kathie said...

Wow Pat, these all turned out amazing! I love to see one stamp used in different ways. Great job.

Lori said...

These are great, Pat! You really showed how versatile the butterfly image is.

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Connie Paxman said...

I have yet to take part in bloggers challenge..you gals are truly an inspiration. Love the cards and cute butterfly.
Connie paxman

Leonie Schroder - TotallyAddinktive said...

Pat ...just love these cards and that butterfly ... oooo I think you've been tagged - http://www.totallyaddinktive.com/2008/05/trifold-pocket-and-a-tag-or-two/

dasimonds said...

Simply Beautiful!
I love to keep it simple
sometimes...
Beautiful Butterflies!
Wonderful techniques!

miss beth said...

Hi Pat, enjoyed seeing the three cards. I think I liked the third one best....really made that butterfly stand out. Being the "MOM" of all techniques, I just wanted to wish you the very best for Mother's Day. Hope you get to do a lot opf fun and memorable things.

Beth

Tammy Hershberger said...

All 3 are very sweet! Happy Mother's Day!

Karen said...

definitely a great stamp - love it and all 3 are beautiful!!