May 2, 2010

OCC: Mother's Day Card

Hi everyone, I hope you're having a great weekend. It's time for our weekly OCC challenge - and this week we're making Mother's Day cards with a twist - no flowers!!!

It was only as I started trying to choose my focal image for this project that I realised just how many floral sets I have! In the end I went with this awesome bird silhouette and built my vintagey card around it.

There's a LOT of stamping in this gift set! To start with, I made my own background paper for this weeks Crafty Creations challenge.
To make my paper I stamped the Linen Background in Baja Breeze on Baja Breeze card. I then stamped the Medallion image in Versamark and embossed with clear embossing powder. I brayered on more Baja ink, sponged the edges and took the caramel sponging over the medallion to make it "pop" off the background. I then ran the leaf prints wheel over the piece and lastly stamped the french text background from Rustic Rooster in a few places. Whew - with me so far?!

I've used the Mojo Monday sketch for this week - flipping the positioning of the circle and scallop elements to suit my card. All the layers are sponged with Creamy Caramel, Close to Cocoa and Chocolate Chip ink. I have distressed the bird layer, and also added some light stamping with the text background.

I over stamped on the designer paper for the inside strip and carried over some of the trim and rhinestones from the front of the card.

I used the same emboss resist technique to create the main paper layer on the matching pillow box as well as stamping the bird again, cutting it out and adhering it with dimensionals.

Head on over to the OCC Blog to see all the fantastic design team creations - I hope you'll play along with us this week!

Stamps: Linen & Medallion Backgrounds, Teeny Tiny Sentiments, Occasional Greetings, Leaf Prints Wheel, Rustic Rooster
Paper & Card: Chocolate Chip, Baja Breeze & Very Vanilla Card
Creamy Caramel, Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip, Taken with Teal, Versamark & Baja Breeze
Punches: Word Window & Eyelet Border punches
Big Shot: Pillow Box Die
Sponge Daubers, Cutter Kit, Dimensionals, Clear Embossing Powder
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Stamps: Birds Galore - Inkadinkado, Wonderful Wishes Remixed - Verve
Paper & Card:
Marakesh - Basic Grey
Other: Trim, Rhinestones


  1. Sarah this is BEAUTIFUL!!! I LOVE your background paper!!!

  2. Stunning Sarah, love everything about this....

  3. Sarah, I can't tell you how much I LOVE this card. It is drop-dead GORGEOUS. The color combo is totally yummy. It is so rich and vibrant looking. Now that I read how you made the DP I am doubly impressed. I would have to leave it on my desk to enjoy it for at least a month before I could give that one away!! AMAZING WORK!!!

  4. These are so gorgeous! Ruth x

  5. Oh my this is just Gorgeous, love the papers and all your shading is terrific, so Love it!

  6. So pretty! Love the stamping and rich colors! :)

  7. Love the colours, embossing and attention to the details (and the no flowers!) TFS!

  8. This is just so amazing - what a work of art! I hope your mum enjoys it. I'm sure she must be seriously proud of you. As your work always inspires me to go OHHH - I've nominated your blog for the Beautiful Blogger Award & would be honoured if you collect it from

  9. Hi Sarah - this is genuinely beautiful. It might've taken quite a bit to build it up but it is soooo worth it - love it!

  10. Wow - have just discovered your blog as I am new to stamping - your work is amazing, just gorgeous stuff - keep it up, I am inspired! Thank you :)

  11. Hi Sarah - it's your day for awards! I'm passing you the Sunshine Award - thank you for your inspiration. I've come away from your blog several times now to try something new, especially love Project Tuesday. Thank you!

  12. Hi Sarah, your work is such an inspiration. I’m awarding you with the Beautiful Blogger Award. Please check out my blog to pick it up. Thanks for all your inspiration.

  13. Drop dead gorgeous, Sarah! Man! This is sooooooo yummy! And ... soooo worth the effort! My fingers are just itching now to CASE this one! Thanks for sharing! Hugs, Andrea xxx

  14. Fabulous card and pillow box Sarah!!! Love this design and colors!!! Perfect take on the challenge!!! Hugs ~S~


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