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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Celebrate The Occasion Challenge #11 -- Celebrating Mother's Day!!

12x12x2 layout :)  Background paper is CM's Delight Tone-on-Tone
Woot-woot!!  One of my favorite things to celebrate is my most spectacular mother!!  For those of you who know me personally or have followed me for a bit, you know that my mom is one of my most important people!!  I feel extremely blessed to have a very close and very wonderful relationship with my mom...  When I am having a bad day, I know that my mom is always there for me...  And when I am having a wonderful day, I know that my mom probably has something to do with it...  It's just who she is...
Fonts: 'like' from Calligraphy Collection, 'Mother' from Cindy Loo
So this week over at Celebrate The Occasion, the challenge is all about Mothers and that special day in May that's just for celebrating them!!  As I thought about what I wanted to make, it's no surprise that my inspiration came directly from my mom...  Sometimes when I'm in a creative rut, I talk to her about what I'm working on or need to finish...  Many times, she'll throw out an idea, and I'll grab it and run with it!!  :)
White 'lace' border cut from Cindy Loo
As I get older and my own children have grown and changed into 'little' adults, I've noticed how many things I have in common with my mom...  On a recent scrapbooking weekend, I found myself tapping my foot and singing along to Doo-Wop music right along side my mom...  On Easter Sunday, I found myself dancing in the aisles (literally) during Mamma Mia (the musical) right along side my mom...  And don't tell her, but earlier today, I thought I might actually look forward to the next sunny day when I could pull out the lawn mower and work out in the yard (which is exactly what she did in her neck of the sunny neighborhood today -- while we had nothin' but rain!)...  So you see, as this Mother's Day approaches, I realize that 'like Mother, like Daughter' really means so much to me...  I'd love to be the kind of mom my own mom is...  Dependable, courageous, and strong...  I might even learn to enjoy making mud pies and playing in the dirt...  But let's keep that our little secret for now, k?
Glossy Accents add dimension and shine...  Sheer blue ribbon creates the border for the 'lace' cut...
So whatever it means to you to celebrate Mother's Day, I hope you'll head over to Celebrate The Occasion and join in on the fun with a card, layout, or project...  You have until Sunday, May 1st at 11:59pm to link up your project...  If you're looking for even more fantastic inspiration, be sure to visit my very talented Design Team #1 sisters...  You'll find their projects over at CTO...  Or create your own blog hop and click on the links below to visit their blogs and leave them a little love (you'll be glad ya did!) ~~ Leave a comment HERE and on each of the DT#1 CTO projects, and I'll pick a lucky winner for some surprise Blog Candy (all entries due by Sunday, May 1st at 11:59pm)!! YIPPEE!!  (but I can promise you it won't be the 1152 jelly beans from my jelly bean jar cuz The-Boy-Child was home for Easter...)

Flowers from CM's Delight Power Palette, leaves punched with SU!'s Build-a-blossom punch

What about that sketch I used???  Yup, my second sketch completed...
LMLC Challenge #35
I'm also entering this layout in the Lasting Memories Layout Challenges: Challenge #35...  I really enjoyed creating something with this sketch...  I might just have to try another!! :)  It's always fun to see what others come up with for the sketches...  I still keep mine pretty close to exactly what the sketch is...  But by changing the colors and papers used, I can see how versatile this sketch really can be!!  To try out the sketch challenge yourself, be sure to pop over to LMLC...

Have you visited Flaunt It Fridays yet?  This week's challenge (challenge #20) is an "Anything Goes" using the Cindy Loo Cartridge!!  I used the beautiful font found on Cindy Loo for my layout...  I also cut that wonderful lace border from Cindy Loo (I used my Gypsy to weld two of the borders together to make it 11.5" wide)...  This is my first time using Cindy Loo, and I'm so thankful that my bloggie friend Jennifer (Musings of a Crafty Mom) introduced me to this font with one of her AMAZING party decoration posts (Hello Kitty on March 12)...

Yippee, skippy (as my friend, Ann, used to say)... I'm so excited to enter my layout into the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge #57 "Mom's The Word"!!  They asked participants to create a special project for mom and include the word 'Mom' (or Mommy, Mother, Mum, etc.) on the finished item...

Over at the Cricut Circle Blog, the challenge is to create a scrapbook page about you and your mom (or you and one of your children) and must have at least 2 Cricut image cuts...

What???  One more challenge???  Yep, that's right!!  For challenge #88 at Paper Cutz Challenge, make a card, layout, or project using pink, green, blue, purple, and white ONLY (you can use a small touch of black too if desired)...

Now get crackin'...  It's time to let that creativity flow and join in on the FUN!! :)  Until next time, I hope you'll find many moments to Celebrate The Occasion-- whatever the occasion may be...

25 comments:

girlia said...

Adorable commentary Amy as well as your LO

Paper Panther and Rayna said...

Amy, this is an amazing piece of art. It is clear all the thought you put into this. Thanks so much for sharing :) -Paper Panther
And I am still so excited to have won :)

Sandra 365 Days Of Cricut said...

That layout is gorgeous! I love that font and that amazing lace border! I thought the lace border was from a border punch! Thanks for flaunting it at Flaunt It Friday's

Rhonda Emery said...

beautiful layout so pretty. I to am close to my mom. hugs my friend.

Tami B. said...

What a sweet post. I thought from the pretty LO this was gonna be all about you & the girl child. I love that it's about you & your mom. (Makes me want to go call mine.)

Paula Bee said...

This is such a pretty layout! I just love the Cindy Loo font! Thanks for flaunting it at FIF!!

Paula said...

I love this layout and your beautiful tribute to your Mother. If you visit my blog you'll find an award for you.

www.pvcreations2010.blogspot.com

Sentimental Scrapper said...

Beautiful layout!! Love the soft colors!

Kimberly
My Craft Spot

Mary said...

Beautiful layout, Great job!!

GiGi said...

Beautiful layout! I love the soft colors and the theme of it!

DIANA L. said...

Great Layout -- Do you have my mother?

http://dianamlarson.blogspot.com

Sarah said...

Love the story about you and your mom and I do love your layout :) Thanks for creating with us at FCCB!

Dilsaver Designs said...

Such a sweet LO and it will get even sweeter when the pictures are put in :)

Karen Wilson said...

This is beautiful. I have that same relationship with both my mom and my Aunt. It's so nice to know that no matter what, they're always there! What a way to celebrate that! Thanks for joining us at Lasting Memories!

jordanbev5 said...

Love your inspiration!!

My Lil' Bits said...

Your layout is just gorgeous! So soft and pretty! Thanks for sharing with us at FCCB!
Lisa C

Marlene said...

Beautiful LO! Thanks for playing with us at FCCB!

Marlene

cdm317 said...

Such a wonderful layout! Good luck in the Circle challenge!
Colleen (gonescrappin mb)

glassgraffitix2 said...

What a perfect way to remember your MOM! My Grandmother was like my Mom, she was very special too. (well I could go on and on) Thanks for joining us at Lasting Memories.

Kristie said...

I love your layout! Great take on the LM sketch, thanks for playing along and good luck with the DT call! Also thank you for joining us at PaperCutz, perfect take on the color challenge!

AmyJRockstar said...

Love the layout! Especially the flowers. They turned out great and thanks for sharing with us!

XO ~ Amy Jo (FCCB DT)

CraftyJAR said...

Lovely layout.
Judy

Lisa said...

What a pretty layout! :o)

Lisa
http://prettypaperprettyribbons.blogspot.com

Lauren said...

Awesome layout! I love the pink. Thanks for joining us at Lasting Memories! We hope to see you again next time!

Lauren

GreenScrap said...

Very pretty and delicate layout!! I love the white lace border!!
Thanks for playing with us @ FCCB!!
TFS!! Take Care!!
Jennie @ http://earthyscrap.blogspot.com/

 
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