Happy Mother’s Day!
To all you lovely ladies who are doing the best job of all – being a mum, to those who are step-in mums and care givers and those Dads who take the place of mum. Hope your little ones (or not so little ones) show you the love and appreciation you deserve on your special day.
I am blessed to be mum to my daughter Cassidy. She is a kind and caring lady and amazes me with her compassionate spirit to see the good in everyone. I am also thankful to God for blessing me with a kind, caring, Christian mother who was always there to listen and was always telling us and showing my sister and me that she loved us. My project today is a tribute to my mum who passed away 17 years ago, the day before Mother’s Day. That was a very tough Mother’s Day to go through.
The photo I have chosen for my scrapbook page is one that brings back a beautiful memory for me. I remember this framed photo sat on my Dad’s desk until the day he passed away – they had been married for 39 years and he missed Mum so much when she had gone. This photo shows my mum sitting at a typewriter. This was taken at her workplace but I also remember her typing aerogrammes (who remembers them?) and pages and pages of letters to friends and relatives.
Mum and Dad’s love story began at their joint workplace – Back to the Bible Broadcast. This was a Christian radio ministry. My Mum was involved in the music – playing piano and accordion and administrative work. So I think this photo had special significance to my Dad.
This scrapbook page just had to have orchids because my mum loved purple Singapore orchids. I had the perfect stamp for this didn’t I? The Orchid Builder stamp and die set worked perfectly.
I used a retired 12’x12′ Basic Black cardstock sheet as my base. Then I created the watercolour wash on the Shimmery White cardstock using Highland Heather, Gorgeous Grape, Mango Melody and Calypso Coral. I inked separate Clear Blocks for each colour and using an aqua painter, washed the colour onto the Shimmery Cardstock.
Once this piece had dried, I added the Timeless Textures stamp in Highland Heather. The Sheet Music stamp further captures this tribute, remembering my mum’s love of music. Her ‘other’ job was teaching piano at home and in the early days going by bus to the student’s homes to teach them. Lots of sacrifice was made to help our family.
I inked only part of music stamp by ripping a piece of paper and covering part of it, inking it up and then stamping it. This creates that unfinished look on the stamped image.
The orchids were stamped in Basic Grey and I added Highland Heather, Gorgeous Grape and Rich Razzleberry with sponge dabuers to colour them. These orchids are easy to create with the coordinating dies. The centres have been stamped in Mango Melody onto So Saffron cardstock.
To create the leaves, I water coloured a piece of Shimmery White cardstock with Old Olive and Shaded Spruce ink. Once dry, I stamped the leaves in Shaded Spruce and die cut them. The flowers and leaves have been laid onto a branch from the Seasonal Layers die.
I then incorporated the typewriter from the lovely P.S. You’re the Best stamp set which has a vintage look about it. Some colour was stamped onto it with the Highland Heather, Mango Melody and Pineapple Punch.
The addition of of the Delicate Lace Edgelits and a doily adds a softness which reflects my mum’s character and her sense of style. A few rhinestones coloured with the Dark Highland Heather Stampin’ Blend embellishes this layout perfectly.
I chose this Bible verse because my sister and I were truly blessed to have this special lady as our mum. I have used the Story Label punch, which is available in the new catalogue, to write out my sentiment.
Enjoy your day.
Products used for this Project
Welcome to my blog- Stamping Flair. Today, I am participating in a blog hop with other Stampin’ Up! demonstrators from the Facebook Group ESAD (Extra Special Australasian Demonstrators). We are highlighting some of the retiring products from the Annual and Occasions Catalogues and bidding them a fond farewell. You are going to find lots of inspiration as you hop along with us.
My chosen stamp set is Tuscan Vineyard which has been a favourite of mine.I love the beautiful scene depicted in this set and the accompanying images that carry the Mediterranean theme.
I started off with a piece of Glossy White cardstock and applied a wash with 2 of our retiring In-Colours – Fresh Fig and Tranquil Tide. Once this dried, I stamped the swirl border in Fresh Fig. Then I used the swirl image from another of my favourite stamp sets – Timeless Textures, inked up sections of it with Versamark and heat embossed in gold to create a luxurious feel.Timeless Textures has been well used in my craft room and I love the various textures and distressed looks this stamp set offers.
The images from Tuscan Vineyard have been coloured with several Stampin’ Blends and fussy cut. These combine to create a lovely focal element on the card. I layered all these together on a piece of Basic Black cardstock which has been embossed with one of the Petal Pair embossing folders. You get 2 in this set – one floral and one with leaves of which I chose the folder with leaves as it reminded me of vines.
The Crumb Cake die cut at the back has been a favourite die of mine from the Eclectic Layers Dies. It cuts the image into the cardstock but for this card I cut around it so it could add texture against all those elements.
Hope this inspires you to work with some of these beautiful retiring products which for me, will always be on my favourites list.
Below is a list of all those participating in this Blog Hop. Make sure you stop by each of these blogs to see other beautiful projects. Click on the Next Blog arrow to see what Rebecca Scurr has created for you.
Blog hop participant list:
- Bronwyn Eastley
- Libby Dyson
- Katrina Duffell
- Lou Kitzelman
- Shannon Kissane
- Nicole Wilson
- Delys Cram
- Lauren Meiklejohn
- Cathy Pinchbeck
- Sandra Mastello
- Richelle Fletcher
- Rose Packer
- Siobhan Fitzsimmons
- Jo Weedon
- Peta Stephen
- Lisa Whitehead
- Rochelle Laird-Smith – you are here
- Rebecca Scurr
- Mandy Depiazzi
- Denise Buetler
- Monique Fielder
- Kelly Kent
- Sharon Dalton
- Rebekah Crisp
- Maree McIntosh
Stampin’ Up! Gable Boxes are the perfect box to package all kinds of gifts. Chocolates, guest soaps, bath salts, tealight candles all will look so pretty in these boxes which can be decorated in many ways. You can decorate them with Designer Series Paper, spritz them, stamp them and the list goes on.
These boxes come scored and folded so it’s a matter of just opening it up and putting the tabs in the slots. No gluing necessary. They are on the last chance item list and I wanted to look back at a couple of projects I had done using both the white and silver boxes.
This is the Lustrous White Gable box decorated for a birthday. You could make it a party in a box with party poppers, balloon, little cake, candle and sprinkles. Click on the photo to be taken to the full post with products used.
Here is the Silver Gable box which I decorated and filled with gift tags for teacher gifts at Christmas. So easy to decorate and yet perfect to hold a gift. Click on the image to be taken to the original post which has all the details.
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With the end of the school year not too far away, a lot of us think of what gifts we can give those awesome teachers who teach our children daily. Today I have made a teacher appreciation card. A handmade card would be a lovely addition to a thoughtful gift and I’m sure well received by many a grateful teacher.
The stamp I’ve used is the Picked for You stamp set which has a 4 step apple and some lovely sentiments. I ‘picked’ the one for a teacher.
Stamp the Apple using Flirty Flamingo, Daffodil Delight and Melon Mambo stamped off once.
Add the stem and sentiment in Soft Suede, matching the strip of cardstock behind the Whisper White panel.
To add extra texture to this card, emboss a panel of Whisper White cardstock with the Layered leaves embossing folder. Adhere this to card base. Mount the stamped panel onto Pear Pizzazz cardstock and mont with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
Stamp another apple, fussy cut and layer over the other one on the base.
This card can be enhanced by adding 4 sections of Whisper White cardstock which have been stamped with Bokeh Dots stamp in Pear Pizzazz.
To make the apple look juicy and shiny, emboss it with clear embossing powder 3 times.
I wanted the Sofy Suede strip to show more so I put it above the embossed cardstock and the Bokeh Dots. Layer some ribbon on this.
Your card is now complete to give a special teacher who is part of your son or daughter’s life.
Have a great rest of the week.