April 12, 2011

April Blog Hop

Welcome to the April PALS HOP! This month, we're featuring Wonderful Wedding and Mother's Day projects for your inspiration! You've likely hopped over from Melanie Collins at Oops a Daisy Designs. I'm stop number 11 on the PALS HOP and I'm glad you hopped in! I'll help you "hop along" from blog to blog where you'll find great ideas for paper crafted creations from the Stampin' Pretty Pals! Should you hop off course, simply click on any of the links in the PALS HOP LINE-UP below and you'll be back on track!

Today I'm showcasing cards for Mother's Day for my Mom, my Step-Mom, and Mother-in-Law, three ladies who are as different as can be in style and personality. I challenged myself to use one stamp set to create three different looks that capture their style and here's what I came up with.

DEEsign 1: For My Mom

When she's not working on her sewing projects, or following my brothers on the golf course, my mom enjoys gardening. Her favorite colors are pink and red, so I incorporated them in my card. I stamped the SU! Circle Circus images on Pear Pizzazz card stock with VersaMark and heat embossed them. I punched them out with my circle punched, then lined them up on a strip of Soft Suede card stock. Then I created a pot with some Riding Hood Red card stock. I adhered everything onto some Whisper White card stock, matted with some Riding Hood Red, then tucked a piece of Pear Pizzazz stamped with the sentiment from SU!'s Messages for Mom and punched with the Corner Rounder punch. I tied on some Riding Hood Red Striped Grosgrain Ribbon on my Blushing Bride card stock, and adhered my image onto the card.

DEEsign 2: For My Step-Mom

My Step-Mom loves things bold and bright with a good dose of neutrals thrown in. I stamped various images from SU!'s Circle Circus around the SU! Messages for Mom sentiment on some Whisper White card stock. The ink colors used are Poppy Parade, Peach Parfait, More Mustard, and Soft Suede. I matted the stamped piece with some Poppy Parade and tied a bow with some Stitched Poly Twill Ribbon. Then added a second mat or Soft Suede before adhering it all to my Poppy Parade card.

DEEsign 3: For My Mother-in-Law

My Mother-in-Law thrives on a clean and crisp look, with a touch of country charm. I stamped a single image from SU!'s Circle Circus in three different colors - Daffodil Delight, Certainly Celery, and Marina Mist - onto some Whisper White card stock, then punched them out with a 1 1/4" Circle punch. I lined them up on a piece of Whisper White card stock, matted with Daffodil Delight, and adhered it to a Certainly Celery card. Then I stamped the SU! Messages for Mom sentiment on some Whisper White card stock, punched it with the Corner Rounder and matted it with some Daffodil Delight.

Hop along for more inspiring ideas from Carmen Sublasky at the Creative Stamptuary, stop number 1 on the April PALS HOP! Thanks for "hopping" by!

  1. Carmen Sublasky at the Creative Stamptuary

  2. Martha Stewart at Seasons of Stamping

  3. Stephanie Uzee at Stampin' with Suzee

  4. Barbara Chatzkel at Take Out Paper Arts

  5. Joan Norris at Clearly Creative

  6. Mary Fish at Stampin' Pretty

  7. Sue Bendinsky at My Color Creations

  8. Joanna Munster at Inspired by Stampin'

  9. Mike Funke at Stampin-Style

  10. Melanie Collins at Oops A Daisy Designs

  11. You're Here :)


  1. They are all 3 great cards. You've shown the best part of card making - being able to create something truly personalized for the recipient!

  2. Impossible to choose a favorite card -- they are all so wonderful. Great colors and designs. TFS!

  3. Great projects all - you are certainly getting mileage out of the Circle Circus!

  4. I just love all of your cards. My favorite is the topiary tree! So adorable! Hugs, J

  5. Great cards. It'd be hard to pick a favorite as they are all great cards. TFS!

  6. 3 beautiful cards and very creative use of that set!!!

  7. Lovely cards, all 3 of them. You're lucky to have 3 mom's to make them for. I have only one now, so often times my mom will get more than one if I can't decide on one design. But she doesn't mind. I think it makes her feel special.
    TFS Jess

  8. Nina, I love the first one with the topiary! Very clever use of the circles, one of my favorite sets!