Share What You Love with Those You Love

Every day I am surrounded by amazing, strong, compassionate women. I work with them, I admire them, and I learn from them. Many of these women are incredible mothers or positive role models for the children in their extended family, community or church. Mother’s Day is a day to recognize ALL of these women and a perfect day for us to remind them how awesome they are. Whether you are celebrating with the ones you love or missing the ones you love, I hope your day is special.

While I am, perhaps, partial to one mother, I celebrate my awesome Mom today. My mother has endured a lot of pain and sacrifice for her children, and she’s always an amazing support for us. There’s no way we can ever repay her for all she’s done, but we try. She’ll be visiting soon, so I won’t get to see Mom today, but I did get to make a beautiful card for her. Here’s her card:

Picture Perfect Birthday, Share What You Love Specialty Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, Mother's Day Card

And here’s the banner for the Freshly Made Sketches challenge by Jen Mitchell that inspired my card:

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  • Picture Perfect Birthday. I absolutely adore the fonts and sentiments in the Picture Perfect Birthday. They are modern, fresh and fun. This sentiment – “Today we celebrate wonderful, brilliant, fabulous you!” – is part of a birthday-themed stamp set, but it works perfectly for a Mother’s Day card, don’t you think? As I perused my stamps, looking for a sentiment for Mom’s card, I was thrilled to land on this one. What a truly versatile and wonderful stamp set – I’m so glad it’s carrying over into the next catalog. Here’s a look at the Picture Perfect Birthday stamp set: Picture Perfect Birthday, Stampin' Up!, 145519I stamped it with Tranquil Tide ink on Thick Whisper White cardstock and cropped it with a Stitched Shapes oval. These dies are a must-have. What an easy way to add lots of umph to this sweet card.
  • Share What You Love. My Mom loves blue flowers – I guess pink isn’t part of your plan when you single-handedly raise three boys. The watercolored Tranquil Tide has some blue tones, which I love. This gorgeous background paper is from the Share What You Love Specialty Designer Series Paper – a pack of 24 sheets of 12″ x 12″ hand-painted designs on heavyweight paper. Four of the designs (including this one) have a translucent, pearlized finish. This GORGEOUS paper is available in May as part of the Gotta Have it All bundle (click here to read more). Here’s a closer look at this paper:Share What You Love Specialty Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up!, 146926
  • Aquas. Tranquil Tide and Mint Macaron are chameleons. One the surface, they look very green, but the blues in both show through when paired with a blue. The blues come out in both of these colors, too, when they are watercolored. I am so happy Mint Macaron is back! I can’t wait to pair it with more of the new colors. If you are inspired by this combination of Tranquil Tide, Mint Macaron and Whisper White, please save this:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Tranquil Tide, Mint Macaron, Whisper White

Stamp Sets: Picture Perfect Birthday  Papers: Share What You Love Specialty Designer Series Paper, Tranquil Tide, Mint Macaron, Thick Whisper White  Inks: Tranquil Tide  Accessories: Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies, Stampin’ Dimensionals

I hope you’ll pop over to the Freshly Made Sketches site to see the cards by the design team members and to play along with this week’s challenge.

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope your day is wonderful! <3


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  1. Maleta Fischer

    Brian, you truly are a class act, inside and out. Your blog post is so touching today and your true inner spirit shines through. I know your mom is BEYOND PROUD.
    I adore your cards and talent. Love how you looked at this set for something beyond a birthday. I try to “take apart” the sets, but this set never grabbed me till now. Another Brian card to CASE. Thank you!
    Happy Mother’s Day to your Mom … without her, we wouldn’t be so lucky to have you and your talents.

    • Thanks so much for your sweet note, Maleta! I really appreciate your kind words. All of my creativity and artistic perspective came from Mom, so I know she’s happy to read your compliments. Thanks! <3

  2. MargaretAnn Hammond

    This is a beautiful card. Hope your Mother has a great day.

  3. Perfect card and layout! Tell Mom hi from me today! Hugs!

  4. Happy Mother’s Day to your mother. She is a dear. Love your pretty card and I’m always surprised when you pull a sentiment or obscure stamp from a set to give it a new life. Have a great day!

  5. I just love the colors, and sentiment for this card. I hope I get to meet your mom one of these days. She definitely inspires a lot of your creativity and your love shows in the results.

  6. What a beautiful card and tribute to Miss Mary! She is a delight and you are a chip off the old block!

  7. Elegant and lovely card. I am sure it’s a hit with your Mom. Splendid color combo!

  8. What a blessing you are to your mom and she is to you, what a lovely card to express those genuine feelings! Happy Mother’s Day to Mary King.

  9. Once again you cost me $…I didn’t love this DSP until the team meeting when you dangled it in front of us . This is a beautiful card, your mom will love it, thanks for sharing. I’m going to add to my wish list now…

  10. Ginger Toivonen

    Lovely card Brian for a lovely lady! Happy Mother’s Day to your Mom.

  11. So beautiful! I love the non-traditional colors and the sentiment is perfect! I am sure your mom loves it!! Thank you for sharing! Annapolis Anne

  12. I love your card and beautiful tribute to your Mother. You are lucky she is still with you so you can show her your love and gratitude! Isn’t it about time for her to shoot a new video? Lol

  13. What a lovely post and how beautifully you honored your Mom. The card is exquisite. I love the colors.

  14. Your mom is definitely awesome! Whew three boys! Something tells me you weren’t the quiet one! Lbe this card….and sentiment!

  15. Brian, a fab card for a fab lady! Your Mom is going to love it! I adore this suite, don’t you? There isn’t a poopy paper in the whole stack!??? Thanks for sharing your beautiful card! Hugs!

    • Ha! Every page is beautifully designed – I have to force myself to create projects without it because I’m so drawn to reaching for it. <3

  16. What a beautiful card and touching tribute to your Mom! You two are amazing:)

  17. Kathleen Artuso

    Beautiful card Brian! Great use of the sentiment! May I ask what size you cut your papers? Thank you in advance.

  18. What a beautiful Mother’s Day card! I am sure your mom loved it! That DSP is so pretty! What gorgeous colours! Thanks for honouring all women in your post! So sweet! Thanks or joining us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!

  19. I love your card layouts & color combos!

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