Wednesday, May 8, 2013

What's Up Wednesday: Mother's Day Flowers

Happy Wednesday peeps!  Its Shay here and I was so inspired by last weekend's May Flowers blog hop and the awesome design team's projects that I decided to go floral for today What's Up Wednesday!

Please excuse me for a brief public service announcement ;-):

Before I go further though I need to say how flat-out fantastic the design team is and how inspiring I find their projects!  Dana just made this stunning tag.  Norma made any princess swoon with these pretty-as-a-princess projects.  Carrie wowed with this alcohol ink tutorial.  Amber made this adorable card.  Tara tantalized with this terrific crayon resist technique.  AND don't miss out on Nesting Components, May's incredible mixed media kit...see more about it HERE!

Now back to our regularly scheduled programming....

My late grandma was also an avid lover of flowers of all kinds so I like to honor her memory with making Mother's Day cards featuring flowers.  Mother's Day in my mind (and I don't think I am at all alone) is a natural fit with the blooming flowers of May.

I found myself trying to stretch my conception of some of the Paper Wings Productions stamps to create interesting flowers due to the innovative and clever uses of Paper Wings Productions stamps by the design team for our Paper Wings Productions' May Design Team Blog Hop.

Card No. 1

The sacred heart from Milagros put my mind to petals of a flower so I stamped it 7 times with Versamark and heat embossed it with white embossing powder.  I sprayed yellow, orange and pink mists on it and then colored in sections of it with Copic markers.  I cut each heart out.

I nested 6 of the hearts together and added the 7th to the center.  I adhered the flower to a piece of patterned paper that seemed destined for this card and then onto a piece of pink cardstock.  I finished it off on a 5.5" x 5.5" white card base.

For the sentiment I stamped the double ended banner from Tabs and Banners and for you from Thankful with Versamark and heat embossed it with white embossing powder.  I sprayed the same mists over the banner, cut off one end and adhered it to the patterned paper.

Card No. 2

This may be the wildest idea I had for a flower.  I stamped the outline of Texas from Lone Star State in royal red ink with the panhandle facing the middle and then I stamped it over and over rotating it in a circular fashion until it looked more like a flower.  I sprayed pink mist over it and cut out the flower.  To make it more flower-like I colored it with Copics from the center out in a spikey sort of motion with the darker colors in the center.  I added a button to the center of the flower.

Next, I adhered the flower with dimensional adhesive onto the gorgeous floral frame from Dia De Los Muertos Mujer I had stamped onto patterned paper and cut out.  I adhered this all on a white cardstock layer.

For the card base I created a patterned paper using the lovely stencil like floral border from Muertos using the same royal red ink and pink mist.

Card No. 3

For a more traditional take on flowers I turned to my go-to floral stamp set: Flower Power.  My mom's mom loves purple so I went purplicious with the largest flower from Flower Power or Half Flower by stamping a border of 3 of them using purple Distress Inks that I misted with water before stamping on a piece of white cardstock.  I cut out the flowers and leaves (I later cut off the leaves to put behind the flowers).

On a piece of white cardstock I stamped with lighter purple Distress Inks using the handwriting from Writings Backgrounds or Writing.  With darker purple Distress Inks I stamped celebrate and time to from Celebrate.  I wrote in mother's day using the dusty concord Distress Marker and inked the edges of the panel.  I adhered the floral border to the writing background that was adhered to a patterned paper card base.  I finished this off with a border drawn in with the dusty concord Distress Marker.

Card No. 4

I went with a little honky tonk with my last card.  I stamped the boots from Lyrics or Walking in brown ink on white cardstock and then overstamped with the roses from Dia De Los Muertos Hombre with Versamark.  I then heat embossed in gold.  I cut the boots out.  I pressed the brown ink over the boots image to make the gold stand out more.  I inked the edges. 

On a piece of patterned paper I stamped a pattern using the roses from Dia De Los Muertos Hombre.  I then stamped happy from Happy and spelled out mother's day (stamped in brown ink) and cowgirl (embossed in gold) from Perfect Alphabet.  I stamped the boots again on the yellow panel and placed the embossed boots over that image using dimensional adhesive.  Lastly, I adhered the panel to a dark brown card base. 

I hope you have enjoyed these cards and enjoy a glorious Mother's Day weekend!

We would *love* to see what you make with Paper Wings Productions stamps. Add your projects to Facebook, our flickr group, to Pinterest, comment with a link on this post or even email pictures to us!

Take flight,


Stamp not shown: Happy
Inks: Versamark, Tsukineko; royal red, pale tomato, bubble gum and soft cantaloupe shadow inks, Hero Arts; mulled lavender, victorian velvet, dusty concord and seedless preserves, Tim Holtz Distress Ink by Ranger; dark chocolate, Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: white, Georgia Pacific; hibiscus burst, Papertrey Ink; chocolate chip, Stampin' Up!
Patterned Paper: Yes, Please 6x6 paper pad, Amy Tangerine/American Crafts; Love You Madly and Color Me Happy 6x6 paper pads, Glitz; plum wine, Basic Grey
Other: opaque white and detail metallic gold embossing powders, Judi Kins; heat gun; Inkssentials ink blending tool, Ranger; tender pink (RV13), begonia pink (RV14), light prawn (R22), cadmium red (R27), lipstick red (R29) and cardinal (R59) markers, Copic; dusty concord, Tim Holtz Distress Marker by Ranger; pink balloon sprinklers, October Afternoon; buttercup and sherbert Mister Huey's color mists, Studio Calico; button, sassafras


  1. Fabulous cards Shay! I LOVE how creative you got with these stamps! All your flowers are beautiful! =) Thanks for the inspiration.

  2. Stunning Shay! Love how creative you got with the different stamps. These are all gorgeous. Thanks for the sweet compliment:) I find you truly creative too!

  3. Wow, all of your cards are absolutely gorgeous!! I love the designs and the creative use of stamps!! So inspiring!!

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  4. Wow oh Wow Shay, love how you used the stamps to create flowers!! I would have never guessed that the flower on card #2 was TX, so cool and I would proudly sport those boots! Thanks so much for the wonderful inspiration!!

  5. All of these are fabulous! Love how you used the hearts to create a flower and the purple Power Flower card is gorgeous!

  6. Well done Shay! So many different ideas of using and creating flowers. I especially love the purple card as purple is one of my fave colors too. Great job!!!

  7. Beautiful cards, Shay! Such creativity found in each card, and so colorful,too. I love to absorb your inspiring ideas of usings the Texas state shape as the petals of a flower. Keep up the good work!
    p.s. I like the purple card, too!


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