Sunday, 24 April 2016

Multi-tasking for Mother's Day

It's all happening today!  A day that started with a mild panic turned into a great, creative day. I'm surrounded with mess in my craft room - too much mess to create. Panic lead to a coffee and a list. I had a few challenges I wanted to enter and some cards that I needed to make - how could I do everything? Energised by coffee my solution emerged. I created a huge mound of 'to be sorted' items out of sight and realised that I could make 1 card for 3 challenges and it would also be for my Mother-in-law for Mother's Day.

First things first - here is my card.

This card fits perfectly with this week's challenges at TGIF (#tgifc52) .....

...............and Just Add Ink (JAI #308) - Just Add M. I also now have a card ready to send to my Mother-in-law. My list was soon getting smaller. Of course my eyes remained averted from the mound.

I have also been itching to play with some of the new stamp sets that I was lucky to receive at OnStage last Saturday where we got to see the new catalogue from Stampin' Up!. You'll be able to order from it from June 1st. I think that is what caused my panic this morning - the ever present struggle between what I want to do and what I need to do! Being a grown up is hard sometimes! I have used one of the new stamp sets called Mixed Borders. It is really great and I think you'll love it. There are border strips with a gap for you to stamp your sentiment, of which there are 4 in the set.
Mixed Borders was perfect to use with the Crazy About You stamp set and Rose Garden thinlits so that I could participate in a 3rd challenge - Global Design Project #GDP032 - Case the designer.
Krista Frattin has designed this great card from which I have taken lots of design elements to create my card.
  • The stripes made using Mixed Borders
  • The colour pink
  • The layout with the main element bottom right
  • Bits poking out from the main element and
  • Something shiny.
The inside of the card is really simple and uses elements from the design on the front.

So ........ I was on a roll (who wants to clean up a mound of stuff) so I used those same products and design to create a card for the one-for-one card swap that Kylie Bertucci is running. It's not too late to participate - just remember to add the priority mail stamp so that Kylie receives it my Friday April 29th.

I used my favourite colour combination of Crushed Curry and Night of Navy for a unisex card. Because Mixed Borders is photopolymer it is so easy to line up to make a pattern. The card is for someone I may not know and the theme is Encouragement so I have added 'For being you' from Crazy About You. Mixed Borders also has great little stamps like these brackets. I can see me using them a lot.

Such a super quick card that I hope someone will like to receive. I can't wait to see what lovely card I will receive. This is my card inside but it would also make a nice card front if you were pushed for time.

So 2 cards and 4 purposes. After much back patting and another coffee to boost energy I think I can tackle some of the things I need to do!

Now on to that mound - if I squint it looks smaller. Better get to sorting - squinting causes too many wrinkles!

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  1. Oh wow! Your JAI card is gorgeous Lou and l'm loving the sneak peeks too..:0) Such a pretty combination of colour and products. Well done on culling your to do list..:0) Thanks for sharing at Just Add Ink.

  2. These are both lovely cards Lou :-) Your JAI card is beautiful and I love the soft colours and mix of Rose wonder and the new border stamps...looking forward to getting these soon. Thanks for joining us this week at Just Add Ink :-)

  3. Beautiful cards and wonderful sneak peeks! Thank you so much for playing along with this week's Global Design Project challenge!

  4. It sounds like you've had a productive day, Lou. Good for you. I love both of your cards - particularly the soft sweetness of your Mother's Day card. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Just Add Ink this week. x

  5. Lou, I am so jealous that you have this new stamp set. Your cards are great. Thanks for joining us this week at Global Design Project.

  6. Lou these are great cards! I did not get to convention and I missed that set in the catalog - guess I have to look it up! You certainly made a lovely mother's day card with it! THanks for joining us at TGIF!

  7. What a stunning Mother's Day card Lou! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE IT! I love the borders across the bottom and then the rose in the space. Gorgeous colours and a beautiful layout!! Thanks for playing along at TGIF Challenges. Rochelle xo

    1. Totally agree with Rochelle! Stunning! Thanks for sharing in our fun over at TGIFC!

  8. Both these cards are gorgeous but I particularly love your Mother's Day design. Your Mother in law is sure to love it! Thanks for sharing with TGIF challenges this week.


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