Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Birthday Wishes for my Wonderful Mom!

Hi again! Time for post #2 and a little bragging about what a fantastic mom I have! She really is the greatest mom a girl could ask for. She dedicated her life to raising me and my 4 brothers and little sister and for that, we are forever grateful! It's nice now that we are older, we can give back just a smidgen of what she gave to us all these years :) Below is my favourite pic of my mom and I on the Stanley Park train :) and also a couple pics from my convocation two years ago and a shot from a mother-daughter photo shoot we had last fall:

I know it is safe to post this card a few days before my mom's birthday (it is on Saturday) as I know she does not read my blog and isn't on Facebook! *lol* The card I made fit two challenges perfectly, Colour Q and The Paper Players:

My mom is an avid lover of the ocean. She grew up in Victoria, BC. I remember as a child that every chance we could, we went to Vancouver Island to visit relatives and comb the beaches. I have seen the island from the most northern point accessible by vehicle right to the most southern point, as well as east to west :) It really is a beautiful place to explore! Keeping all things ocean in mind, I made this card for her special day:

Love it! And so will she I am sure :) Since my stampin' stash doesn't contain any certainly celery or soft sky, I substituted pear pizzazz and pool party. I used a window sheet to emboss the coral, giving it that nifty transparent look. Shells and seahorses are so ocean-y, that I can practically smell the salt water waves from here. I made the second tier of the stair-step (instructions from this lovely lady's blog) card into green and gray waves. This reflects the ever changing look of the ocean. And the large panel on the last tier of the card was perfectly made into a lighthouse. Mom LOVES lighthouses and I know she will love this too.

Here's a view of the stair-step:

Thanks for stopping by! :)

Supplies used:
Stamps: By the Tide, Uncharted Territory (ret), Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Pool Party, Island Indigo, Very Vanilla, Pear Pizzazz, Michael's Gray
Ink: Basic Grey, Pool Party, Island Indigo, Pear Pizzazz, Versamark
Tools: Scoring Board, Cloudy Day Embossing Folder, 3/4" Circle Punch (mask), Cropadile
Accessories: Blender Pen, Linen Thread, Dimensionals


  1. What a great card! I'm sure your Mom will love it :) A very Happy Birthday to her! Have an awesome weekend celebrating!

  2. Beautiful card, Karly, love how you used the colors, perfect for your sea scene! Your mom will love the card, wish her happiness for her day from me. I raised four children as well and it is an accomplishment to be enjoyed! Thanks for joining in the fun at the colourQ this week, hope to see you back!

  3. Karly, this is STUNNING! Every detail is perfect--the different colored waves, the seahorse and the coral embossed on a window sheet is divine! A card your mom will, no doubt, treasure. Thank you for sharing it with us at The Paper Players!

  4. Karly, I LOVE Vancouver Island. We spent a week there and traveled as far north as we could. GORGEOUS place. Thank you for evoking those memories for me. I love the photo of your Mom and you created a card that she will definitely treasure. So glad you joined the Paper Players this week

  5. What an awesome card and what awesome memories you have of your mom and the beach. Great card for her, I'm sure she loved it. I especially love the coral embossed on the window sheet. Thanks for sharing your creation with us at The Paper Players!

  6. Wow what a beautiful card and amazing memories. Thank you so much for joining us this week at the colourQ!

  7. What a cool step card...your mum will love it! It has so many interesting facets, from the seashore elements to the ocean waves, to the lighthouse...just amazing! Thanks for playing with the CQC colors this week!

  8. Beautiful step card! So intricate with all the layers, so well designed and put together!

  9. How beautiful!! Thank you for sharing with us this week at the ColourQ!

  10. Your mom must have loved the card, even more so because you have made it yourself. My dad’s birthday is this week and we’ve all organized a wonderful party on the occasion at one of the popular event halls for rent. Mostly going to be attended by family, and a few of dad’s friends. I’ve also made a card for him too, not as good as yours but not too bad either.