Wednesday, April 15, 2020

A Card For Mom

Sara Emily Barker Mixed Media #distressembossingglazes #prima #prettymosaic 1

Hello friends! I hope that you are staying safe and healthy where ever you are in the world. With all that's unpredictable in the world, you can be certain that it's time for a new challenge at The Funkie Junkie Boutique blog. As this challenge's host, I've chosen the theme, 'A Mother's Love'.

A mother's love can mean so many different things to different people. With this challenge I invite you to take some time to reflect on what it means for you and create a vintage or shabby chic project for your mother or a special woman in your life to let them know how much you love them. Be sure your project has the word "love" somewhere on it where it will be noticed.

As always, the winner will earn a chance to be a Guest Designer at a future date at The Funkie Junkie Boutique blog, and everyone who enters and follows the rules will go into the draw for the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique. There are also Top 3 Badges for three additional outstanding entries, chosen by the Design Team. Please see the blog for details.

My Mom is almost 90 and lives independently in her own home hundreds of miles from me. I am concerned about her staying safe, engaged and healthy, so I call her each day to help relieve her isolation and check in on her. She says she looks forward to my calls; although she gets lots of text messages throughout the day, she loves hearing a real voice. I'm learning so much about my Mom, and I always enjoy our chats. Recently, she voiced her concern that she might never get to see her family or hug them again.  At her age, it's a valid concern, but to encourage her, I decided to make her this card.

If you saw this past Saturday's Showcase featuring Distress Embossing Glaze, you might recognize the cup and saucer (Tim Holtz Tea Time Bigz die) from that post. I thought it worked perfectly with the Tim Holtz quote and these papers from Prima's Pretty Mosaic. The Butterfly is from the Pretty Mosaic Ephemera pack, and the flowers/centers are from my stash. I colored the flower petals with Spun Sugar and Seedless Preserves Distress inks.

Sara Emily Barker Mixed Media #distressembossingglazes #prima #prettymosaic 2

I cut the teabag freehand  from a scrap of the same Pretty Mosaic paper as the oval to accommodate the size of a portion of a Wendy Vecchi quote from an old release Messages for Art. I stamped just the word 'love' from the quote in Ground Espresso Distress Archival ink and used the Distress bullet embossing pen and Cracked Pistachio embossing glaze to 'color' it in. I used my splatter brush and Seedless Preserves Distress Paint to add a bit more interest to the back and oval panels.

Sara Emily Barker Mixed Media #distressembossingglazes #prima #prettymosaic 3

The quote from Tim Holtz Ponderings is stamped on a Stitched Oval die cut from one of the papers from the collection in Ground Espresso archival ink, then embossing dabber using the Stamp Platform. It's heat embossed in clear ultra fine detail powder. I blended the die cut with Evergreen Bough ink and Cracked Pistachio oxide before splattering with paint.

Sara Emily Barker Mixed Media #distressembossingglazes #prima #prettymosaic 4

To make the quote fit, I stamped a portion of it on a tag (Gift Tags). I tucked a bundle of string dyed with Frayed Burlap ink under the inked butterfly. A panel from an old Tim Holtz paper stash provides contrast behind that beautiful mauve paper from Pretty Mosaic.

Sara Emily Barker Mixed Media #distressembossingglazes #prima #prettymosaic 5

Sara Emily Barker Mixed Media #distressembossingglazes #prima #prettymosaic 6

That's it for me! Now it's over to you! I hope you'll take some time to make a card, tag or other vintage/shabby chic project to show your mother/mother figure how much you love her. We'd love to see you play along with our challenge to be in for a chance to win one of the prizes. Don't forget to add the word LOVE somewhere where it can be clearly seen!

Happy crafting and stay safe!
 Sara Emily

I support these challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Monday ‘E’ is for? Encouragement and embossing
These products were used on my card and can be purchased at The Funkie Junkie Boutique:
Prima Marketing Pretty Mosaic -  A4 Paper Stash, 6 x 6 Paper Stash, Ephemera
Tim Holtz Distress Embossing Glaze - Cracked Pistachio
Tim Holtz Distress Embossing Dabber
Tim Holtz Distress Embossing Pen 2pk
Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 12PK Gift Tags by Tim Holtz
Distress Archival Ink - Ground Espresso
Distress Ink -Frayed Burlap, Ground Espresso, Weathered Wood, Spun Sugar, Seedless Preserves, Evergreen Bough
Distress Oxide - Cracked Pistachio
Distress Paint - Seedless Preserves
Distress Crayon - Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain
Ranger Embossing Powder - Clear - Super Fine Detail
Tim Holtz Distress Splatter Brush
Tim Holtz Stamp Platform by Tonic Studios


  1. Sara Emily what a beautiful card! your mother is going to love it. I think now is the best time for us card makers to share our love via mail. With everyone staying home getting some mail from someone you love is fun. Tell her to keep strong!

  2. Oh my -- I love that sentiment! Love the color combo, teacup, those pretty flowers (with super cool centers), and just everything!! Your mom will love it!

  3. This is such a gorgeous card. I'm sure your mom will love it!!!! You are such a blessing to her calling every day. A wonderful time for both of you!!! ((Hugs))

  4. Oh gosh Sara Emily what a fitting way to let your Mom know how much she's loved and how big a hug she will be getting when you are reunited, hopefully soon. In the meantime I'm sure she will absolutely love receiving this beautiful card with that clever mosaic teacup that fits perfectly with the Prima papers. Sending huge hugs to you and your Mom xx

  5. Oh my, I so love this and that quote is so wonderful!! This is perfect for your Mom. I love your color scheme too, so very pretty!!

  6. this is SO beautiful! it took my breath away, then brought tears to my eyes!

  7. Gorgeous!!! I love seeing your work with the glazes! Since I just got mine as a bday gift, you are totally inspiring me!!! This combined with your Saturday showcase post and I am good to go!!! Thanks for sharing your wonderful beautiful work!

  8. This is such a gorgeous card and the sentiment is fabulous. I used to call my Mother three times a week before she passed away and 27 years later there are still times when I pick up the phone to call and remember that I can't do that. I feel so sad for your Mom right now because the distance and lock down must weigh heavily on her even though she knows you love her and vice versa. Sending Cyber Hugs!

  9. A beautiful card and a wonderfully uplifting sentiment. Gorgeous soft colours, lovely layers and fabulous added textures.
    Thank you for joining in with our April challenge "Anything Mixed Media Goes" at Creative Artiste Mixed Media. Good luck x

  10. What a perfect place to use the teacup you made. I am sure your Mum will feel your hugs your warm embracing personality always comes across even from a distance. This card will be such happy mail for her. Great idea for a challenge for the current challenges we are all facing these days. Thanks and stay safe x

  11. Beautiful card and sentiment, Sara Emily! I know your mother will love it. These days are difficult for everyone especially the elderly. Let's hope and pray we will get back to some semblance of normal soon.

  12. Sara, you are one of the kindest, most loving people I know. How precious that you are having a daily chat with your mom. I did the same thing when, after living with our family for 11 years, my mom moved back to Vermont. It was our daily check in, and I learned so much about her that I did not know in those conversations. And my mom and I were close! I love the sentiment you chose for this gorgeous card...and that amazing chippy cup! You are so very talented...and I just love you to bits! Hugs!

  13. What a lovely card and just perfect for our challenge. That sentiment is wonderful!! So happy to see you linked up to the DRU "Spring Flowers" challenge. Best of luck to you!

  14. What a lovely card for your mum - and a wonderful story about her - I can just imagine how she is feeling during this time. It's so nice that you can speak to her every day to help ground her and know you are all out there thinking about her... xx

  15. Oh my, what a wonderful card for your mum! I had tears in my eyes about what she said about family and hugs, and I'm sure this card will bring her cheer and happiness like it did me 😁. The colours and design are just gorgeous - perfect! Wishing you and your family well! Take care and sending you and your mum big hugs! Jo x

    1. ... Thanks so much for joining us at Creative Artiste with your beautiful card! Hugs, Jo x

  16. I love the colours here and that fabulous cracked tea cup - what a wonderful, thoughtful card for your amazing mother. It must be so hard for her feeling that way - we'd all so love to hug our families and friends to reassure them, and that's the last thing in the world we can do if we want to keep them safe. But I'm sure this card will lift her heart - it's absolutely lovely.
    Alison x


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