Saturday, May 9, 2009

{I love you} Mom

Here it is Monday night and I'm writing up this post in advance so that I won't spoil it for my mom by posting her Mother's Day card now. I'm soooo excited because she and my dad are on their way here and should arrive about lunchtime tomorrow!! But that wonderful gift means that I've still got some cleaning up to do around here, so I need to make this short and sweet cuz I'm not quite done yet. lol
My mom's absolute favorite flower is the iris (she grows them and they're all so pretty!), so I bought this Siberian Iris stamp set planning to use it for her card last year. However, I ended up switching gears at the last minute and doing a card with a little Southwestern feel, mostly because I'm not the best at coloring and this image requires a LOT of coloring. And so it's been staring at me ever since, so this Mother's Day I decided I'd have to be brave and give it a only took me over a month of looking at it almost daily to get up my nerve to actually sit down with it, and I'm sure I would've put it off longer had I had the time to spare. lol

Since Chloe and I had our 'Mommy and me' weekend last weekend (well, it was cut a little short due to bad weather, but that's another story), I made this card on Saturday while she sat at the other end of the table making a Mother's Day card for me. I know what you're thinking...either Chloe's terribly slow at making a card or I sat there for a few more hours after she'd finished (you decide) ;)

So based on the length of time it took me to make this card (yep, you were right to choose the latter of the two choices), I'm not ready to say my mojo's back, but with a little futzing around with the image and Jenn Balcer's fun sketch, I think it worked out nicely. I think the biggest challenge I faced was trying to match the color as closely as possible to that of my mom's favorite iris variety (with a box of only 48 pencils, and none to match), and then try to find the right patterned papers from my stash to coordinate. I think I spent at least an hour on that last decision alone (ridiculous, I know -- but when making a card for someone as loved and special as my mom, it had to be just right, ya know?).

Anyway, here's what I came up with: The butterflies have some glitter on them, but it doesn't really show in the picture. The iris looks a bit too "blue" the picture here and actually looks fairly close to the color of the Lilac Mist cardstock I used, though definitely not as pretty as the soft lavender color of her favorite iris (but as close as I could get to the picture I was referring least with my limited supplies and for my first try). I'm hoping that I can find my box of 120 pencils in the basement one of these days and then I should have a lot better luck with my color matching. And I couldn't get the charm to hang perfectly straight, so after many failed attempts, I finally gave up. I know it's possible because I've seen several others do it, so I'm gonna have to work on that one some more.

Regardless, I think my mom will like the card, and I can't wait to give it to her. But more than that, I can't wait to get to spend time with her (and my dad too). It is such a blessing to be able to spend Mother's Day with my mom, especially since we live a thousand miles apart. Now if only my older kids could all be here too, then this Mother's Day would truly be perfect.

The kids are just as excited as I am that my parents are coming to visit, and so is my hubby (seriously! -- he even suggested and got approved to take Friday off so he could spend more time with them). We've got some yummy meals planned and we girls are looking forward to our big shopping day...hubby also informed me that he would have to lead the guys on their own shopping day to even things out. lol Fun times ahead to be sure! ;D

I hope you all are celebrating a Happy Mother's Day...whether it's with your own mother, your kids, your MIL, your grandma, or maybe someone special who's like a mother to you.

Thanks so much for the visit (sorry it wasn't the 'short and sweet' post that I intended -lol), and I hope you'll stop by again soon. Until then, many blessings to you!

Economy Boosters (just doin' my part -lol!):

Cardstock: Lilac Mist, White Daisy (CTMH); Patterned Paper: LilyKate collection (BasicGrey); Stamps: Siberian Iris (Flourishes); Ink: Jet Black Staz-On (Tsukineko), Antique Linen Distress Ink (Ranger); Other: Prismacolor pencils (Sanford), odorless mineral spirits (Mona Lisa), blending stumps (Loew-Cornell), white gel pen (Signo), Stardust clear glitter pen (Sakura), organdy, sponge (CTMH), pewter charm (Watch Us), classic butterfly punch (Martha Stewart), scalloped scallop border punch (EK Success), embroidery floss (DMC), sewing machine, white thread, foam mounting tape, glue dots


Barb said...

Your card is just beautiful! The colors are gorgeous and your coloring on the iris is perfect. Sounds like you've got quite a week coming up! I know you will have a fantastic time with your mom!

Happy Mother's Day!


Jeanne said...

Oh my dear, wonderful Christi, you are just TOO hard on yourself. This card is absolutely, delightfully perfect in every way. Your coloring is terrific and the love that went into the making of it shows.

I think sometime this week you went to or are going to Michaels (the fun one) and I hope it's all you want it to be!

Happy Mother's Day to a truly special Mom. Hugs!

Mary Ellen Harrison said...

That is GORGEOUS Christi and I know your mom is going to love it!!! You did a fabulous job coloring it and the layout is the little butterfly! I use glue dots behind my hanging stuff and that is the only way I can get anything straight! Ü I bet you have had a wonderful time with your mom. Happy Mother's Day!!!!

Mary Ellen

SamieVt said...

This card is absolutely gorgeous! The colors are perfect. Your mother is sure to treasure it! Enjoy your time together!

Jeanette - said...

Christi -
Your card is GORGEOUS! Your coloring is GORGEOUS!! Your Mom is lucky to have you as her daughter, you're so thoughtful! Sometimes I add a jump ring to my charms to get them to hang right :)