My friend Susan Horr, a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator in New York, makes beautiful easel cards, but they look really involved and “worky,” so I’ve admired them on her blog, but I never tried one. She posted another one Saturday, and insisted that they’re easy to make. So I copied the directions and headed to my stamp room. Susan is right. These are so simple!
I decided to make one for my Mom’s birthday. Today is her birthday, so we celebrated yesterday with ice cream (coffee) and caramel cake. Dad likes to take her out to lunch on her day, and I didn’t want to mess that up, so we celebrated early. My parents are so sweet. What a love story they have! They’ve been through all the usual stuff couples go through – business and financial struggles, the tiredness that all parents have after long hours at work and then more hours “parenting,” deaths of parents, the stress of raising children – and some things you hope you never have to go through – the death of a child. But their faith and their love for God and each other have stayed strong, and now they’re enjoying their “retirement” years together. They’re happy, healthy and doing very well. What an awesome example they are for us.
My mom has been my role model in every way. She always made everyday activities an adventure. She sewed most of my clothes when I was growing up, operated several businesses and was a successful career woman. She creates beautiful projects – with paper and with My Digital Studio, cans or freezes everything the garden produces each year, and will never say, “I’m not tech-savvy.” My mom will tear into a computer in a heartbeat to add memory or “futz” with the workings. I’ve never heard her say, “I can’t.” It’s just not in her vocabulary. And she has a beautiful singing voice. It’s amazing that the same woman who could shout, “James Michael!” when my older brother misbehaved (she never had to use my full name, of course!) can sing like an angel. She’s definitely an example of the woman described in Proverbs 31.
So here’s my “easel card” open. The center props up on the “Happy Birthday” punched piece. Isn’t that cute? I clipped a flower from the 5/8″ Flower Trim (in the Stampin’ Up! Spring catalog) and dyed it with Marina Mist classic ink before adding it to the card. You can find the instructions to Susan’s easel cards here.
Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy, and have a wonderful day.
Supplies – Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes, Tea Shoppe; Ink: Marina Mist classic; Paper: Bashful Blue, Very Vanilla card stock; Tea for Two designer series paper; Other: Basic pearls, paper doilies, 5/8″ flower trim, Modern Label punch