Sunday, May 9, 2010

Moments of Brilliance

Happy Mother's Day to you all; those of you who are mothers and those of you who are honoring mothers.  I came across this quote concerning parenthood.

"Parenthood remains the greatest single preserve of the amateur".

-Alvin Toffler

I find that to be true.  I don't think anyone really knows how to be mother.  We love our children, we follow our hearts and hope for the best.  I feel that in the day in day out life of a parent, we have a few moments of brilliance, where you really feel like you have a handle on what your child needs from you.  Other times, I feel like a flat out failure.  In those moments, where my heart is aching and I wish there was somewhere I could turn to get the answers, I think of my mom.  She made lots of, what I would call mistakes in raising me and my brother, but she had her moments of brilliance too, and somehow, even though we had our trials and tribulations, we both grew up to be responsible, caring and happy individuals.  It gives me hope that my children will grow to be the same.

So, here's a card for my mom.  She is 84 years old and suffers from advanced dementia, but when I look at her I still see the mom I've always loved.

Supplies and Techniques: 
Paper:  DCWV, Stampin' Up, Watercolor.
Punches:  Martha Stewart fence and lace border punches, Stampin' Up flower.
Other:  Brads, button, ribbon.
Stamp Set:  Unknown name, SU, Anna Griffin "Mother".

To create this card, I watercolored the image and then popped it up on glue dots.  I added a little fence with an MSborder punch behind the main image.  The fence border was also used as the band in the middle of the card, laced with ribbon.

I know I promised you a gardening post and it will be coming this week.  I just wanted to share this card with you today.

Have a wonderful Sunday!

Smiley from

Til next time,


  1. Happy Mother's Day!! I hope you have had a relaxing day. Your card is beautiful. I love how you placed the ribbon in the picket fence -what a great idea.

    Always looking forward to your creativity,

  2. Hello!

    Love this card - the colors are beautiful and the layout is great! I clicked on the photo to see a larger image and the detail is wonderful!

    We moms keep trying - there is no map to follow - but love is the what holds us together.

    Wishing you a happy week!

    Barbara Diane

  3. Love your card! That's a sweet little image, and I really like these soft colors together. How cute is the ribbon threaded through the fence punch with the little flower/button on top?! :)Kathy

  4. How true your thoughts are... I look back at all the trials I put my Mother through and am still amazed that she Loves me unconditionally. I guess the moral is "don't give up."