Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day to each and every Mother out there! Please allow me a moment to *GUSH* about my Mom. :) This holiday has great meaning to me, not as a Mother quite yet, but I feel so incredibly blessed and grateful that I have the Mom I do. She is kind, understanding, loving beyond measure, and everything I could aspire to be in a Mother. I always make it a point to tell her how special she is to me often, not just on Mother’s Day, but I love that there is a day to pay tribute for the blessing that she really is to me.

The amazingly talented (and super Mum!) Debby Hughes is on our blog today sharing a couple special card ideas that your Mother would be so pleased to receive in our monthly creative uses post!

Be sure to give an extra big hug and kiss to the special women in your life! :)


Hello, Debby here with a look at stretching your supplies just that little bit further! Before I jump in though, in America it’s Mother’s Day so today’s cards both have a Mother’s Day/Mum theme. If you are a Mum I hope you get spoilt rotten and equally let’s all show some appreciation for the special women in our lives :D

With each new release I scan over the goodies, just letting my eyes roam and seeing what springs into mind when I see the stamps and die shapes; trying not to think about what they are intended for but just if anything pops into my head. When I looked at the new Lovely Spring set one of the flower heads reminded me of a butterfly wing. This was such an easy one to work with; stamped singularly it was a butterfly viewed from the side and when doubled up it looked as if in full wings open view. I’m still on my watercolour kick so stamped the butterflies in Versamark on watercolour card and clear heat embossed. After applying a wash of water over the panel I delved into the rich colours of the Gansai Tambi paint palette, dotting the colour on and letting the water blend and create interesting patterns. I just made sure there was plenty of colour around the butterflies so they stood out from the background. Once the panel was dry, I went back in with a fine paint brush and deep brown paint and carefully drew in the butterfly bodies and antennae.


I love seeing a stripe of contrast down the side of a card and am delighted at the new Diagonal Stripe stamp with it’s 6×6 size this is going to be a firm favourite in my book. I used Versafine Onyx Black ink to stamp the stripes to try and help cover that lump bumpy watercolour card, then cut a strip and adhered it to the back of the watercolour piece. The sentiment from Mother’s Day is stamped in Versamark on Bazzill Vellum and White heat embossed.


While the Lovely Spring set was on my table I couldn’t help pulling out a variety of the images to stamp a circle focal point for this second card. I used the ‘love you’ from the Circle Sayings set stamped in Smoke ink, then tucked in the Lovely Spring sentiment in Hot Lips, the flower stem in Beanstalk Green, the flower in Sunshine and finally the ‘butterfly’ in Sea Glass all stamped on a circle of White card cut with one of the Nested Circles dies. I drew the butterfly body with a fine Copic Multiliner and embellished with sequins. The Mum sentiment from We’re Expecting is stamped in Versamark and White heat embossed on a banner from Hearts For Lila cut from Black Card. The circle die cut is then foam mounted on a White panel with another Diagonal Stripe piece and a banner of patterned paper added.

Phew, still with me? Well I hope I’ve given you a nudge to get out your supplies and look for different ways to use them. Now I’m going to call my Mum and let her know I love her :D


Thanks for reading today, and thanks to the amazing Debby Hughes for being our guest today!


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  1. Both cards are really nice. I admire your thinking outside the box and using the flower as a butterfly – I wish I had vision like that!

  2. Both cards are so beautiful. I love the colors of the butterfly card, so very pretty! Thanks for sharing and happy belated Mother’s day to all the moms out there! =)

  3. Two very lovely cards. The butterfly card is so vibrant, it really makes the images stand out. Thanks for sharing.

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