I attempted to make them special Valentine's cards this year. Both love flowers and more elaborate cards so I tried to make sure both cards had some type of pretty flower and other elements on them.
The top card is for my MIL, Nonie. She loves bright flowers so I added lots of rich purply/pink flowers made with the Martha Stewart Hydrengea punch. I added gold bead centers. I learned to make these from a quick tutorial done by Pat Smethers where she details out a technique developed by her friend Tosha (a great artist)- here is the link. I also made some smaller little flowers to add into the spaces that needed a bit more. I use the Martha Stewart leaf punch for the greenery (not exactly sure of the real name for this punch - looks more like a group of leaves or a frond). I used the Splitcoast Stampers Sketch Challenge as my sketch base - it is a wonderful sketch this week. Other details include: SU! Chocolate Chip ink (sponged around the papers for aging), lace (a gift from Pat Smethers I have been hoarding a long time), ribbon from Hobby Lobby, designer papers from Hobby Lobby (The Paper Studio), bling from Michaels ($1 bin), and cardstock from SU!(old olive and I think rich razzelberry, but I am not sure).
The long card is for my Mother. I was inspired by Karola Witczak who is the Muse at The Case Study Blog. She is a stunning crafter and artist and makes lots of beautiful flowers and collages. The inspirational card is long and had an amazing collage of fun flower petals and other design elements including a butterfly. I tried to capture that collage look on my card as well. I visited Karola's blog and it was full of tons of handmade flowers. It inspired me to make the center of my flower (I used the curling and cupping techniques for flower making to make them cutting one layer by hand and using the EK Success 5 petal flower punch for the center).
My Mother loves the Charity Wings Image done by LilyPink Designs and available at Can You Digi It? (All proceeds from the image go to support the Charity Wings organization - a group of crafters who support worthy charities). I altered the image by just using the wings - I hope the artist won't mind but it seemed to work. I used my embossing stylus in a circular pattern all over the wings (front and back) to break down the paper fibers enough to make them curl). I cut out a couple of hearts and layered them on top of the wings.
Other items on the card include GCD Paris Nights designer paper, SU! Very Vanilla Seam Binding (my new favorite thing for cards), Spotted Canary and Real Life Stickers, and some black MS Branch punch sprigs.
Hope you have a great day and thanks for visiting my blog. A special late Birthday wish to my friend Samir Paul who I know always looks at my blog!
Hugz to all!