Wednesday, September 29, 2010

A Week of Gratitude: Day 3, An OLW Challenge

Today, we're going to be grateful for mothers. To play along with this Week's One-Layer Wednesday theme-based challenge, make a card expressing gratitude to any mom...she need not be your own. It may be your friend who always helps you with parenting problems, your grandmother who raised you, an aunt who gives you that extra bit of motherly attention that makes you feel special, the mother of your son/daughter-in-law, your own daughter or daughter-in-law who is a mom, or your actual mom. Doesn't matter. Just has to be a mother. (And yes, furry babies count!)

My card is for my mother, who loves to sew and made most of my sister's and my clothes when we were growing up. The houndstooth butterfly in the new SU butterfly set gave me the idea by making me think of fabric, then mom, then the stitch-themed Papertrey set sentiment. And that's how this happened:




My dad isn't part of my life, and when I think of my family growing up, I think in threes: Mom, my sister, and me. Those were the constants. My sister and I are butterflies who, as adults, have flitted all over the country, but our mother keeps it all together. So three butterflies stitched together with that awesome stitch stamp from PTI's Faux Ribbon set makes symbolic sense.

Mom will totally get the meaning of this card when it arrives. And for that, I'm grateful.

And as you can see, I'm using that lime and gray color scheme again today. Oh how I love that.



OLW22 Rules

1. A one-layer card is defined as a single piece of cardstock folded in half.

2. Make a card that is inspired by gratitude for a mother-figure in your life. Remember to keep embellishments to a minimum.

3. Please share your creation by posting your card online and then using the InLinkz button in the sidebar of Simplicity to link to it.

4. Most important of all...HAVE FUN!

Remember to leave a comment here and one on Mary Dawn's blog post today to maximize your chances to win the gift certificate to Shady Tree Studio (my order from them has shipped....YEAH!!!!) or a copy of Card Style and two shadow ink pads!

56 comments:

  1. Beautiful Card Susan. Lovely theme for this weeks challenge too!

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  2. I love this card, Susan. My mom's a sewer, too, so I might have to steal the idea. Perfection!

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  3. So pretty! And I love how each element on the card has significant meaning!

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  4. This is a wonderful challenge. I can think of many Moms that I know would appreciate a handmade card. The lime and gray color scheme is really working for you and I would ride it out, if I were you!

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  5. beautiful card, I'm always in awe of your one layer creations.

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  6. Wonderful card with the story on it, Susan.. Moms will always be grateful in accepting cards from their kids.. That's for sure..

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  7. Beautiful card Susan and great to pack so much meaning into such a perfectly simple design, love it!

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  8. Your Mom will be touched! Amazing what this one layer card will do and that is brighten her day!

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  9. again love the colour scheme!!!
    love the stitched butterflys!!

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  10. Susan, I truly enjoy reading your blog daily. I started coming here to look at your beautiful cards, but now I enjoy your your honestly, your insight and your "voice" in writing about real life. Thanks for sharing each day!

    Love the card and the stitching....you always put such great thought into your cards!

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  11. Great card....I love what you are doing this week...wonderful idea to show gratitude!

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  12. I'm glad you brought those colors back again! I love the sweet symbolism of the card, and that you know she'll "get it."

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  13. Special meaning for this card...very nice.
    I miss my mom who was my best friend so much. In a few days it will be 4 yrs of missing her...I am so grateful to be a mom, hopefully I can make as much of an impression on my kids as my mom had on me.

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  14. Very meaningful card. I may join you this week. (Even though my Mom is in Heaven.)

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  15. Susan, I love that many of your cards are symbolic. This one is lovely!

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  16. I love the soft look that the gray gives the lime. It just makes it look so soothing. It goes with the wonderful message.

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  17. The story behind your card is sweet. It's great that your mom will "get" the symbolism behind it. I will definitely plan to play along. This working for a living (and supporting my crafty habits) often gets in the the way of my creative time. LOL!

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  18. What a beautiful way to depict the sentiment in pictures - wonderful card with such meaning.

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  19. How very, very clever. Love the thoughts behind it.

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  20. Simple and elegant, lovely card.

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  21. Blessings on the moms of the world, and on you for honoring yours with this special card. I love howthe butterflies represent the three of you.

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  22. Really, really, like this card-simplicity at it's best.

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  23. Great challenge, moms are a blessing especially mine.

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  24. Beautiful card! The symbolism of the three butterflies and their meaning to you make this card truly special. Thank you for sharing this with us.

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  25. I think I'm going to try the repeat of 3, it's always balanced. We can all never thank our Moms enough, eh? It's such a loving gesture for all that they have done for us.
    Paulette S. in MO

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  26. Yes, I do love those colors. This is a really special card and I appreciate the symbolism.

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  27. Susan, what a beautiful card. And your thought process behind it is so lovely and meaningful. I liked the card immediately upon seeing it, but when I read your reasoning on it, I looked back at it and really loved it. Your mom is going to get it immediately, and she's going to love it. There, ladies, is the perfect example of why we make cards. We put our hearts into them, and then give them to people who have our hearts. You just can't get that at the corner Hallmark. You made my day, Susan.

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  28. oh, i like this card. i saw that butterfly in a su catalog, it didn't necessarily appeal, and now here it is and you did a great job. good for you! and i loved your story; i remember my grandma and mom making so many of my pretty dresses (that i didn't appreciate at the time!), what great memories! thank you.

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  29. Oh, this card is beautiful and has a wonderful meaning. I miss my mother, and wish I could make a card for her. Maybe I'll make one for my aunt.

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  30. I LOVE your card. I'm so lucky to have found your wonderful blog!!! I'm so excited to see all of your wonderful cards. I signed up to get your emails and became a follower. Your work is beautiful!!!
    hugs,jen(jennyscards.blogspot.com)

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  31. Love that butterfly stamp! Really nice card!

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  32. How smart is this...wanna CASE it for sure!

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  33. Wow what a great card. I love how you used the stitching and the butterflies together! Great job!

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  34. beautiful card and here is to all the wonderful mothers in the world....

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  35. Very pretty card, Susan, and I love the story behind it. Such a nice idea to send a thank you card to a mom just because.
    Sharon D. from Canada

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  36. love the card.
    then loved it even more after the story behind it.
    kristen said it perfectly. we love your honesty, and your insights into life, and what is really important.
    thank you doesn't seem quite enough to express our gratitude, but
    thank you.
    marty ferraro

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  37. Beautiful card--I like the symbolism.

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  38. Awesome. That color scheme is gorgeous and the symbolism is so beautiful! Thanks for sharing. :)

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  39. I love how you blended the two sets together so perfectly.

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  40. Such a beautiful card, and a great story behind it to add even more to it.

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  41. You have had me thinking about all sorts of people this week! Thanks for the inspiration - love the grey and lime together too.

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  42. Beautiful! Love the butterflies and the little pearls too!

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  43. this card is beautiful as is your description of why you made it and the fact that your mom will know EXACTLY what you mean when she receives it!

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  44. I love the story that goes behind the making of each card...each card has as history, a story in the making...and that makes it all the more special!

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  45. Love all the meaning in this card with the stitched together butterflies. So lovely.

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  46. Very special card. Thanks for sharing.

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  47. What a beautiful, touching card. Your mom is a very lucky woman.

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  48. Although my mother has been gone many years now, I'm lucky to have a wonderful MIL that loves me nearly as much as my own mother would. Thanks for the inspiration to acknowledge her role in my life. And once again, I love the lime green and soft gray!

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  49. Beautiful card and sentiment! Love the symbolism...

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  50. Gorgeous, but most of all I love the thought process behind it, so cool that your Mum will understand it!

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  51. Beautiful!!! Ahhhh, mothers....such a beautiful thing, arent' they? :) Thanks for the inspiration to use this set, I got it a few weeks ago and haven't "broken" it in yet...today's the day! lol!

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  52. Once again, simply and wonderfully creative ~ TFS!

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  53. Thanks for the challenge! I´ve added mine.

    Hugs
    Birgit

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  54. Thanks for sharing the whole thought process behind this card, which is a beautiful one. I hope to get going on some thank you cards later today.

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