Friday, April 29, 2011

Mother's Day, Inspired by Royalty

I happened to wake a little early today, so I turned on the Royal Wedding.  I'm so happy for that young couple!  My eyes well up when I see a bride, whether I know her personally or not. 

I need to make several Mother's Day cards, so I began with this one yesterday.  Only a few more to go!

I love the color purple and fleur-de-lis images, and they sure are fitting for royalty.  I noticed a golden fleur-de-lis panel behind the priests this morning, during the Royal Wedding. 


The Curly Label punch, behind the fleur-de-lis punch, started as white cardstock.  I sponged the heck out of it with some Distress Inks to help it match the patterned paper at the top of the card.  And the purple fleur-de-lis also began life as a white punch-out.  I used Milled Lavender and Dusty Concord Distress Inks to color it.


I adore my Martha Stewart Iron Gate punch, and it looks very appropriate here.


The crown from Stampin' Up!'s Artistic Etchings was stamped in Frayed Burlap Distress Ink, then touched with gold Smooch Ink and small pearls.  The sentiment is from SU's Something to Celebrate, in Walnut Stain Distress Ink.

I'm entering this at City Crafter Challenge Blog:  'Mother May I' is the challenge.

An update on my daughter:  she has gained some much-needed weight, but her mind remains stuck in her anorexic thoughts.  She still thinks she is fat, and longs to be 'skinny'.  I pray that she will, in time, see herself the way we see her:  a slim, beautiful creature who has the world at her feet.  It will take months of therapy for her change the way she sees herself.  We feel we have the best team of doctors, therapists, nutritionists and are on the right course.  It makes me sad that she is so desperately unhappy.  She said she feels hollow inside.  :(  We've been using The Maudsley Approach to help her get well.  You can read about it HERE

Thanks for joining me today.

Colleen

Stamps:  Artistic Etchings, Something to Celebrate - SU
Paper:  purple from My Mind's Eye 'La Paperie', tan floral from DCWV 'Once Upon a Time' stack, white by PTI
Ink:  Milled Lavender, Dusty Concord, Frayed Burlap, Tea Dye, Walnut Stain, Old Paper, Antique Linen Distress Inks
Punch:  Martha Stewart Iron Gate, Fleur De Lis by Martha Stewart, Curly Label by SU
Other:  crochet trim, pearls from Recollections, Big Shot, Gold Smooch Ink, Spellbinders Fancy Labels, sponge, lavender gems from Queen & Co., dimensionals

21 comments:

Vicki Dutcher said...

Oh gorgeousness!!

Marisa said...

Loving the fleur de lis you used all over this card and the touch of a crown is perfect :) Glad to hear your daughter has gained some weight and will continue to hold her and your family in our prayers for a complete recovery. (((Hugs)))

Bonnie said...

This is definitely fit for a queen, or princess! I keep Haley in my prayers, you too.

~Tammy~ said...

Royalty for sure! Love the crown, but the soft color pallet is perfect! The perfect Mother's Day card!

Maria said...

Another regal card...so lovely! Gorgeous paper, lace, labels, and pearls. And, a Mother's Day card...truly precious...so sweet! Take care, Colleen, hugs!:-)

Maria said...

Am very happy to hear that your daughter has gained some weight! I continue to keep your daughter, you, and family in prayer. Keep strong. It's a process. I have faith that you all will do well. Take care and hugs!:-))

Andrea Ewen said...

Another stunning mix of colors, Col! Love the soft purple with the tan accents, especially that dreamy trim! A gorgeous, elegant card...I love it!

Kay said...

I absolutely love all the details of your card. The label die for the sentiment even matches the MS iron gate pattern! And yet with all the yummy details, your card it not cluttered, rather very elegant. Beautiful!

TFS good news about your daughter. Positive thoughts and prayers are there for you.

Ros said...

Oh my I love this ... so elegant and beautiful ... just like our new princess ... thanks a bunch for playing along with us at CCCB

Paper Boutique said...

Colleen this is so elegant and feminine, love it to pieces!

Anonymous said...

The crowning touch, priceless! I really love this card - gorgeous colors and that crown!!!! That punch is amazing too! Hugs and prayers still coming your way....

Chris R. from Iowa

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

That is so sweet, thanks for sharing it with us at CCCB!

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Michelle said...

Beautiful, Colleen!
I love the colors and mix of papers! Great border punch!

Emily Keaton said...

This is absolutely beautiful, Colleen! A Mother's Day card fit for a queen!! So glad that you were able to have some normalcy--fitting in royal wedding and card making. Sounds perfectly normal to me!!

Linda R. said...

WOW!! What an amazing card.. I just love those beautiful colors. Thanks so much for playing along with us at CCCB!

Amy said...

This is such a beauty!! That iron gate punch was perfect here!! Hugs to you and your family!

Cheryl Nelson said...

Oh so lovely! Thank you so much for playing along at CCCB this week!

Benzi said...

This is truly a royal card and beautiful for a Mother. So glad your daughter is improving. I know it takes patience and so much time.

Jinny Newlin said...

Oh, my gracious, Colleen! Check out all that scrumptious detail and in purple, no less! Such royalty! Still praying for your sweet girl! Hugs!

Stacey G.- 2 Craf-t-4u said...

This is beautiful Colleen! Love the regal look! The crown, the colors the punches! Gorgeous! Glad your daughter is improving. It is a long road, but very encouraging positive steps are happening. Still in my prayers.

Maria said...

Thank you for sweet comments on my cards! Congratulations to you on your deserving win for this card, Colleen! Yes, I did enjoy Mother's Day! My son gave me a "mushy" beautful card. Usually he gives me a funny card. It was really sweet! Am glad you enjoyed yours with stamping. Have a great week...take care...hugs!:-)

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