Monday, May 6, 2013

Flowers for Mother, the kind that last!

Pin It Now! I always tell my husband, please not to buy me flowers for holidays.  They are overpriced and are gone in a flash.  Pretty, but not for long!  He asked what I want...I said MONEY, of course!  Or a foot rub.  He asked how much money :-O Haha.  Enough for my first SU order from the new catalog will do!  But I digress...
I made this little paper flower bouquet to send to my MIL in Florida.  It will pack easily, won't be a bunch of money to send, and will last for a long time.  She is wonderful to us, and she always brags about my papercrafts!  Awww!
A combination of flowers, butterflies, and elegant backgrounds create this little gift set.  I'm using the color combo in the current Hand Stamped Sentiments challenge #159 - Use colors Real Red, Summer Starfruit, Bashful Blue, and Basic Black.
The card is stamped in Summer Starfruit with the big background Ex Libris stamp.  What an elegant stamp!  The top window portion is a separate piece of Vanilla, stamped with En Francais, hand cut and adhered.  The butterfly is layered with a Boho Blossoms flower in Real Red and embellished with a Bashful Blue glimmer brad.  "Mother" from Delightful Dozen, is punched and finished with tiny brads.
The mini milk carton is also stamped with En Francais in black, and a bunch of paper flowers are formed with the Boho Blossoms punch and 2-3/8" scallop circle punch.  They're hot glued to unfolded paper clips, and floral tape is wrapped around the base of the flower and the metal stems. A little more decorating with the Elegant Butterfly punch and Summer Starfruit stitched satin ribbon, and it's ready to ship!  

What do you think of the color combo?  It's another grouping of colors that I would never, ever have chosen on my own, but I think its fabulous!  LOVE the challenges for breaking out of my bubble.  Won't you join in?  Click the pic below...
I was inspired by The Paper Players challenge for my project theme, too.  Give them a visit, their design team samples are just beautiful!
A blessed Mother's Day to all mothers, those who care for others like mothers, those who love their mothers, and to those who miss theirs as well.
STAMPS: Ex Libris, En Francais, Delightful Dozen, Petite Pairs, Papillon Potpourri

INK: Summer Starfruit, Bashful Blue, Real Red, Basic Black

PAPER: Very Vanilla, Real Red, Summer Starfruit, Bashful Blue

EMBELLISHMENTS: Tiny Brads, Sponges, Summer Starfruit stitched satin ribbon, Real Red Stitched grosgrain ribbon, Glimmer Brad in Bashful Blue, Mini clothespin

PUNCHES / BIG SHOT: Boho Blossoms punch, Elegant Butterfly punch, Bigz Mini Milk Carton die, 2-3/8" scallop circle punch


  1. Speechless. Just speechless. You are amazing, and I can see why the MIL brags about your work. Ps. I'd love to know how much it would take for the want list. Mine is bad, seems this catty is finally my style! Happy Mother's Day!

  2. Love this card and matching bouquet!! The butterfly adds the perfect touch and also qualifies for our Butterflies are Fun theme at SU-Only Challenges (if you care to join us :-)) Thanks for sharing your talent with us and I am sure that your MIL will love this as well :-)

  3. WOW!! This is just wonderful! I totally bypassed this background stamp in the catalog and I haven't seen it much in blogland, but I am really loving what you created with it! The little box of flowers is nice too! Lucky MIL! Thanks for playing with the Paper Players this week!

  4. Whoa girl, this is absolutely beautiful!! I love all the detail and that adorable milk carton flower arrangement! Love it!!

  5. I LOVE this card! So much in fact, that I had to case your beautiful, bold butterfly in my card. Thanks so much for sharing!

  6. Very Pretty!!! Love the accented butterflies- so pretty!!! Love your flowers- so cute!!!
    Perfect Bouquet!!!

  7. SOOOOOO COOL!! I love the idea of using that milk carton as a vase! The flowers are amazing and that card is to die for!! Great job your MIL will be thrilled!

  8. You rocked it!!!! Great mother's day gift ensemble. The roses are beautiful and your card is fabulous. You've convinced me I need the Ex Libris background stamp. Great job and thanks for the inspiration!

  9. Wow! What a great gift ensemble. I love all of it! Thanks for joining us at the Paper Players this week!

  10. Fabulous card and flowers! The library stamp is perfect for your card! Thank you so much for joining us at the Paper Players!

  11. Absolutely GORGEOUS, Erika! You really showcased that background stamp and have made me wonder why I have never bought it after seeing this. What a fun little "bouquet" too. Thanks so much for joining us this week at the Paper Players! :) Happy Mother's Day! Hope you get that foot rub...and lots of new stampin' goodies.

  12. Great Mother's Day project! Love the little milk carton with flowers in it.