Welcome to Cards by Amy K.

I am SO GLAD you stopped by to check out my blog!!! Here I will be posting my current projects for you to see. PLEASE feel free to leave me a comment. I would LOVE to hear what you think about what I'm working on. I have been a scrapbooker/paper crafter since I first caught wind of this wonderful hobby in 2006. I am lucky enough to get to spend my days doing something I love so much and which brings so much joy into my life. I first started scrapbooking as a way to pass the time as I found myself at home alone all day suddenly, now I can't imagine life without it. Too bad I don't get paid for it, then I really would have it all!!!

Friday, May 30, 2014

Mother's Day card share

Every year I have only two Mother's Day cards to make.  Thank goodness, I wouldn't ever want another one. I love the two Mothers that I have with all my heart. They are seriously two amazing women.  Both my mother and my mother in law have shown tremendous strength in dealing with death and divorce and suddenly being thrust into life and find themselves alone and having to bear the weight of the world alone.  I can't imagine what it has been like for each of them but Mom is doing alright after my Dad's death and mother in law, Judy has sense moved on to find happiness with a new man and they've just celebrated another anniversary this month and still say they've yet to have a fight.  Isn't that amazing? I mean, my husband and I don't really fight but I can't say that we've NEVER had a fight.  I mean, come on, we're only human and we've been together like 16 years.  A person is bound to have one bad day in that amount of time, right?  I can believe they've never fought because they are so respectful of each other.  My mom has had to take on a second job to support herself but she's also in the middle of renovating her basically whole house and only with the help of my husband, a close friend of ours and one contractor and her brother helped a bit.  It's taken us a while to get it done but we're slowly seeing progress and hopefully will have it done by the end of the year.  Finger's crossed.

I also want to say to all my family that read this either here or on Facebook, that due to the amount of cards that I'm now making for the church, I will no longer be able to send hand made cards to each of you for birthday's and anniversaries like I've been doing for several years now. I'm sorry but I just don't have the energy with my being disabled and all.  I have loved making cards for each of you and I appreciate you letting me get my practice in on you guys.  From this new month of June forward, the only way you will be receiving a hand made card from me will be if you attend Fishers Chapel or maybe for Christmas.  I haven't decided about that yet. . I will also be making Mother's day and Father's day cards for you guys. Once again, I am sorry that I've had to make this very hard decision but I wanted to give you some explanation as to why you no longer receive cards instead of you just not getting them.  

Okay, on with the cards for today.  I've got the two cards today that I made for both my Mother and my Mother in law, Judy.  This first card was made for Mama Judy.  I used my new Anna Griffin die cuts and embossing folders for this card.  I just love the way both of these cards turned out by the way.  I think the both of them are just great and I'm not one to sit around bragging about the projects that I make.  I just love the products that I got to use for these cards.  I started off with an Ivory card base of 5.5" x 6".  I used the fuax letterpress technique for the front of the card and I used my Hero Arts ink and placed it one the debossed side of the embossing folder and then ran it through the cuttlebug.  I then used my bundled sage green distress ink to color up a sheet of white card stock and then I used one of the dies from Anna and cut out the scroll/flourish piece.  I adhered it straight to the card front.  I also used the Hero Arts ink to color up the pink label and then die cut it using my Spellbinders die called, Fancy Tags Two.  I used a Studio G stamp set for the sentiment and used Hero Arts India Ink in black (love that ink).  I added some bling to the label and adhered it with foam dots.  I used that same piece of bundled sage green colored paper to die cut the boarder to go across the bottom half with the Anna dies and used the coordinating embossing folders for that.  I adhered it over a piece of gathered lace from my vintage stash. I then adhered a Prima flower and recollections leafs and some dew drops that I've been making from Pony Beads. (you can find videos in many places on You tube so I haven't done one). 

This is the card I made for my Mother.  I used some patterned paper by K & Co. for the background.  I die cut the top note label shape from a Sizzix die called Ornamental.  I stamped the image on the left side using a Hot off the Press stamp and used my Copic markers to color it in.  The sentiment stamp is by Hero Arts and the burlap trim is from Hobby Lobby.  I frayed the edges of that trim and cut off the wired edges.  I used to flower by The Paper Studio and a Recollections wooden owl that I also used Copic markers to color.  The heart is a die cut from Cricut. The bling is also from Recollections and on the background I used a metallic red Dollie cut down to size.  To finish the card I used dew drops that I made.

That is all for today.  Hope you enjoyed my Mother's Day cards.  I will be back tomorrow with another card. Hope to see you then.  Till then, I hope you have a wonderful day.  Much love and hugs, Amy k