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A Card for Mother’s Day

Normally I would show the card I made for my MIL before Mother’s Day, but she reads my blog and I didn’t want her to see it until she got it in the mail.  The idea here can be modified for any holiday or occasion, just change the sentiment. I decided on yellow when I pulled out one of the packs of patterned papers, so I pulled a coordinating yellow base and cut an oversize card to fit an envelope. I had these bird stickers too, and she loves birds.

Mother's Day Card at From My Carolina Home

I wanted a texture look on the inside, and this yellow did well. The green was for contrast for the stamped image.

Mother's Day Card at From My Carolina Home

I took the paper to the computer to print out a nice sentiment as I did not have a stamp that said what I wanted it to say. There is a wonderful website with free verses to print and use – Imag-e-nation.   I selected Mother’s Day from the extensive list of occasions, and scrolled down the verses with DH to pick the perfect one for her card.

Mother's Day Card at From My Carolina Home

The paper with the sentiment was cut to the size of the card and glued down. A goldfinch sticker was added.

Mother's Day Card at From My Carolina Home

Another pretty paper was stamped with a floral image. The green frame cardstock was embossed for texture.

Mother's Day Card at From My Carolina Home

I stamped a flower on the inside, and on the envelope, and colored them using my chalks and blender pens.

Mother's Day Card at From My Carolina Home

The stamped image was mounted on the green embossed cardstock, and positioned at the bottom of the card front.  A little hummingbird sticker was added for extra interest.

Mother's Day Card at From My Carolina Home

The top of the card front looked a bit bare, so these dimensional flowers were added.

Mother's Day Card at From My Carolina Home

A floral and songbird card for a lovely MIL, here is the finished front and envelope.

Mother's Day Card at From My Carolina Home

Naturally, I put my signature stamp on the back.

Mother's Day Card at From My Carolina Home

Linking to Just For Fun May Challenge – A Mother’s Love.

Mother's Day Card at From My Carolina Home

Did you have a nice weekend?  If you are a mom, how was your Mother’s Day?

 

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Memories from Childhood

On the day when we honor our mothers, it is nice to revisit some memories from childhood.  I think that most of our fun memories are those created by our mothers, taking us to special places or making certain days special.  Some time ago, DH and I went to Greensboro, and while we were there we looked up my childhood home.  I was amazed that it hadn’t really changed.  After that trip, DH began wondering about the lake house where his grandparents lived.  Many summer days were spent there while he was growing up, so about a week ago we made a trip to Greenwood, SC to see if we could find it.

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It was a challenge, as an internet search for the property was not fruitful.  All he could find was a survey plat of the property that had his grandfather’s name without any mention of an address, or any other identifying data.  We went to the Registrar of Deeds for Greenwood county to see if they could help us.  Apparently the sale deed from the 1940s has been lost, and we couldn’t find any record of the sale in the 1970s either.  So, we were sent to the tax office to see if any tax records existed.  Searching by his grandfathers name, nothing came up.  There were numbers on the survey, but looking into the huge, musty record books was not successful in finding any information either.  The last thing we tried was to look up another name on the survey of the neighbors property.  And success!  That gave us an address, and that record had their neighbor’s name, the person that bought the property from DH’s grandmother.  Searching for that name found the property address, and amazingly, the survey plat that DH had was attached to the record.  So we had an address.  We put that into his GPS, and drove out to see if we could find it.

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He was very surprised to find the property virtually unchanged from when DH was a kid. Only the addition of a larger deck was different.   The house sits right on Lake Greenwood, and was still the same color too.  The stone fireplace was intact as well. Gorgeous view.

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The next day, we rented a boat and looked for it from the water side. It was a cool and grey day, but we were lucky, the rain held off until much later.

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And we found it again.  Such fun to hear DH talk about the fun times he had as a kid, swimming in the lake, spending vacations there. The old dock with the lift for the boat is still there, and looks like the original one.

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Lovely from the water side as well, I can just imagine the kids running down to the water, splashing and squealing as parents keep watch on those chairs.  The stairs lead to the water, but the platform the kids used to swim to is gone.  Can’t you just imagine making homemade ice cream with an old fashioned hand cranked paddle on that lawn?

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For all the memories that mother’s make for their kids, the best ones usually involve the simple things.  A smile and a hug, fresh baked cookies, holiday meals, a homemade Halloween costume, a summer cookout of hot dogs and smores, and thousands of other small moments that make up our childhood.  For all the mothers out there, Happy Mother’s Day.

Have you ever visited or wanted to revisit a place from your childhood?

 

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Mother’s Day Card 2016

This Sunday is Mother’s Day, and there is time for stamping a special card to send.  Certainly this design could be modified to be any kind of card, birthday or anniversary, get well or just thinking of you.  Since my MIL reads my blog, I’ll ask her to stop reading, unless she wants to see her card early, LOL!!

Mother's Day Card | From My Carolina Home

I started off with her favorite color, purple. Cut the card stock in half to make one card, then fold and burnish the folded edge to make it sharp.

Mother's Day Card | From My Carolina Home

This purple paper with white flowers was in the last order I got from my friend Gail. I cut a piece to fit on the top of the card.

Mother's Day Card | From My Carolina Home

Before I glued it down, I measured and cut a piece of yellow ribbon as an accent color. It is glued to the front of the flower paper, and wrapped to the back to hide the ends.

Mother's Day Card | From My Carolina Home

Then the unit was glued to the front of the card.

Mother's Day Card | From My Carolina Home

I am still having fun with the embosser, so I took a bit of the purple and embossed it.

Mother's Day Card | From My Carolina Home

I punched a flower shape from pink card stock, and stamped “To Someone Special” on it with purple ink.

Mother's Day Card | From My Carolina Home

The embossed piece was mounted on the front.

Mother's Day Card | From My Carolina Home

Then the flower was added.

Mother's Day Card | From My Carolina Home

As usual, my personal stamp went on the back.

Mother's Day Card | From My Carolina Home

But, now I had a problem. I don’t have a stamp that says Happy Mother’s Day. So, I went to the computer and found a great blog with sayings on it for free.  The site is Homemade Gifts Made Easy.  I really wanted to make a small purchase from them to thank them for all the freebies they offer, but unfortunately there isn’t anything in their shop I can use right now. I’ll save the site for later though.  I copied one of the sentiments into a word document, and removed the hearts, then added my greeting.  I put the letters in bold and italic for more impact.

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I printed it out on plain paper first, to check the size and fit. Then I printed it out in purple ink on cream cardstock. I added a rose stamp in purple ink.

Mother's Day Card | From My Carolina Home

Then, I cut it to fit the inside of the card.

Mother's Day Card | From My Carolina Home

I test fit the inside piece, trimming as needed until I was happy with the size.

Mother's Day Card | From My Carolina Home

Voila, inside done and I like having the printed words rather than just handwritten, although handwritten would be just fine too.

Mother's Day Card | From My Carolina Home

All ready to send. I had to put a little purple pansy on the envelope.

Mother's Day Card | From My Carolina Home

It is this time of year that I miss my own mother terribly. She passed away in 2009. I am grateful to have my wonderful mother-in-law who helps to fill that void. She is very special to me, and to her son too.

Are you playing with paper this week?

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