" I am a dreamer. I am , indeed, a practical dreamer. My dreams are not airy nothings. I want to convert my dreams into realities, as far as possible. "

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Four Step Card for Mom!

   I've been working on a birthday card for my mom. Her birthday is coming up and we are all getting together to celebrate her day. I started by playing with some of the "goodies" I got recently at the Manchester Creative Keepsakes Convention in N.H.
   I was anxious to try out the new Spellbinders Labels die. I don't know what number it is, though. I used dimensionals to lift them a little. Pearls were added to give it a regal touch. I also, tried out Spellbinder's poinsettia nesting die cuts. I love them... They looks great as a regular flower. ( I bought the stamp that makes them looks like a poinsettia.) A mini punch from McGill that looks like a "splat" helped to make the center more interesting. I used Tim Holt's Worn Lipstick distress ink to give the edges of the flower more depth. Dimensionals were used here to again lift the layers.
Gotta love that flower.. My first one!!!
Inside the "four-step" card.
   I made my leaves because "Hello", I didn't have a large enough leaf punch. I will be rectifying that soon.. Anyway, I punched out an oval and used my ragged scissors to make the leaves more lifelike. The edges were distressed with peeled paint ink from Tim Holtz.
   The inside of the card is a "four-step " card. I had seen my sister's three-step card on her blog and absolutely loved it.. She has great directions for hers at Calla Lily Studio Blog. Be sure to check hers out.
   Well, I wanted to try out this fold,but didn't want my card to look exactly like hers, so I began to browse through some blogs. I found this "four-step card" on Smiles, Laura's blog. She has great directions with a visual to go along with it. You can find her directions here: Smiles, Laura .  Her directions give you a card that is 4x5 inch card. I wanted mine to be a little bit bigger, so I kinda added a cover to the front and back to enlarge it. I had to be creative in doing this and was a little worried it might not look right, but I think it looks great. It even give the steps a back when you look at it from the side. Not bad...
   The inside of this card took a little time to embellish. The flowers are from that poinsettia die cut. I just used two of them instead of the whole set. The fern leaf is a punch from McGill. The stem of the large flower is a die cut from Sizzix. I used mini peg stamps for the flowers and mini leaves around the Hero stamp that says "Mother". These stamps can be found at Outlines Rubber Stamp Company  . I bought the oval stamp that the word "Mother" is on at JoAnn's fabric store in their dollar bin. Gems adorn the top and bottom. The butterflies are from Martha Stewart's punches collection.
Happy Birthday, MOM
   The poem I found online, but it says so much that is true for us.
   I have already made another flower to use on another birthday card. They are fun and easy to make. I am also playing with an Outline's stamp where you add gems all over it.. It's really quite the bling...
   Hope Mom enjoys this card. I had wicked fun making it..


  1. Very pretty! Mom will love it! The flower is beautiful. Can't wait to use some of the stuff I bought at the convention!

  2. I love the 4 stairs inside your card! I will have to try it, too! Man, the poem made me cry! It really rings true for Mom. I think she will love it!

  3. OMG, this is a work of art/labor/love!!!!!! So many details, inside and out! Love it! TFS :)

  4. What a fabulous design...your step card looks awesome and I just love the layered flower...beautifully done!!!!!!!

  5. Connie,

    OMG! This is stunning and I love your blossom. A four step card is way out of my league.