Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mother's Day - Spoil Yourself Silly!!

Today is Mother's Day here in the U.S., and I want to wish a happy one to all my blog buddies! I hope everyone has a fabulous day! I'm just enjoying my day by relaxing and doing a little crafting. My DH is making one of my favorites for dinner - BBQ! Yum - can't wait!

I thought this card was an appropriate wish for Mother's Day. I'm also taking care of three of my favorite weekly challenges with this one - Penny Black Saturday Challenge, Sketch Saturday Challenge, and Simon Says Stamp Challenge.

This week's Penny Black challenge was to use black, white and one other color. This is one of my favorite color combinations, and I love it with pink, red, yellow, green and on and on. For this one I chose blue. I thought it was going to be a pretty easy challenge until I tried to figure out what image I wanted to use. It was very difficult to use only shades of black or blue on any of the images I have. For almost all of them, I needed at least one other color besides the three I was supposed to use. I finally got as close as I could with this one by coloring the cat and mouse in shades of gray and using the blue for the tub and bowl. I still had to use a tiny bit of pink for the ears and noses, but not as much as I would have had to use of other colors on the other images I have. I do have some images that I could have left uncolored, but nothing was really coming together for me on those, so this one will have to do.

The image above is this week's Sketch Saturday sketch. I pretty much followed it to the letter this time. For the circular elements, I created flowers using my punches and the different papers from the card.
For the centers of the flowers I used buttons, which leads me to the third of my challenges - Simon Says Stamp. This challenge was a 3-2-1 recipe, which called for 3 buttons, 2 papers and 1 ribbon. I'm never quite sure if the 2 papers is supposed to include the cardstock or it means 2 different patterns of designer paper. I interpreted it as the latter and used the black and white leafy swirl paper and black with white polka dots. I also used white, blue and black cardstock, so if I was only supposed to use two total, I blew it. :) Hopefully they'll still like my card.
Thanks for stopping by. I hope all the moms out there have a wonderful and joy-filled day!!
Stamps: Image (It's Your Day) and sentiment (Penny Black)
Ink: Onyx Black (VersaFine)
Paper: White cardstock (Georgia Pacific); black cardstock (scraps); blue cardstock (DCWV); DP (Me and My Big Ideas)
Embellishments: ribbon (Hobby Lobby); buttons (from my stash); flower punches (EK Success); square and long rectangle Nestabilities (Spellbinders); scallop border punch (Fiskars)
Technique: Prismacolor pencils blended with mineral spirits
Finished Card Size: 5 1/2" square


a portland granny said...

I'm always amazed at how often you are able to post new and beautiful cards! I have decided you are a great time manager!

Anyway, this card is quite elegant and your attention to details really adds to the total picture!

I really like the three colors only.

Kath said...

gorgeous card Judy and I love the colour combo....great colour work on your image and love those gorgeous flowers
Hugs Kath xxxxx

Lynne in NI said...

Beautiful card Judy! Your designer paper is stunning and I love your button flowers too!

Beth said...

Wow, I love this! It's such a pretty shade of blue and the papers are fab! Thanks for joining the PB challenge this week!
Beth xx

Lorraine A said...

This is just gorgeous Judy :-) I have this image and the sentiment and they're fab :-) You used them perfectly ! Lovely colour scheme too, blue's my fave colour !! :-)

The Simon Says Challenge asked for 2 patterned papers, you could use as much plain as ya liked lol
Thanks for adding us to your fave 3 challenges !! :-) wow !!
Lorraine x x

GiftsByHeidi said...

This is adorable! Love your flowers! Happy Mother's Day! said...

Really beautiful! Thanks so much for joining our challenge, we are honored to showcase your work!


Iris said...

Your card is so gorgeous, absolut amazing, love the Papers wow.

Thanks for joining the Simon Says Challenge.


debby4000 said...

Gorgeous card, wonderful cute image and love those flowers.


this card is absolutely gorgeous
fabulous colours and wonderful image
such a professional finish too
just beautiful

Crafteresa xx

Susan said...

Really pretty!

Janice W. said...

Fantastic card Judy! I love it!!!

Sanne said...

Omg, what a wonderful card! It is so beautiful, can't stop looking at it. I'm really delighted!
Sanne :o)