Sunday, April 25, 2010

LOC SSIC I am Glad There is You...

It is time for this weeks Stampin' Sister in Christ Challenge - so many of you played along last week and what a treat it was visiting your blogs and seeing your gorgeous work - it is always so inspiring for us - thank you for playing along!  This week;s challenge is one that we can all identify with ......

Randi has chosen this well known scripture from Exodus:
Honor your father and your Mother, that your days may be prolonged in the land which the Lord your God gives you. Ex. 20:12

Our Challenge is to make a Mother's Day Card for your Mum or someone special you would like to honor this Mother's Day.

I have created something special for my Mum and I am giving you a sneak peek, Mum may even see this and I hope it leaves you wanting to see more....

I have created a Paper Bag Album and what a lot of fun I have had doing it, I never considered myself an 'off the page person' but call it 'Altered Art' and I am off and running with it! LOL!  This album is full of images from Layers of Color  (but you know that would be the case - didn't you!) they are just perfect for something like this album, as you can see from this gorgeous bird, ( my favourite image) from the Regal Wings art stamp set

I have cut it out and coloured lightly with SU Chalks and a Blender Pen, I always sponge around the edges of anything I have cut out, so I don't get the white edges, it gives a much nicer look!

I love these clips at the side of the album but sisn't want to have them as the only thing holding it together as there are 10 pages, plus a number of tags - imagine it falling apart!!!  So I punched some holes and threaded some lace through and then knotted some lace and ribbon to each clip.  I added a charm with thin gingham ribbon.  They finished off beautifully.

The frame on the fron is part of a fabulous RAK from Laura of Layers of Color, thanks Laura, that frame got the whole album happening.  The sentiment inside is a Rubon from a Blog Candy and is on a gift tag, I was given a number of them and they are gorgrous for projects like this - I have also used them on some of the tabs!

As you can see there is much more on the inside and I will show this all between now and Mother's Day - imagine if I showed it all now!!! 

Mother's Day - this is one day that we can all relate to, whether we are a Mum or not - we all have one.  My Mum is an amazing woman who has been a fabulous role model for me!  As a parent I appreciate her even more, understanding now those things I had no idea of as a child.  I always knew she was an amazing lady but I did not always understand her reasoning - now, I find myself sounding just like her!  LOL!

Mum was  raised her own children and then fostered 14 others.  We were not affluent, infact it would not be exaggerating to say we were at the other end of the spectrum, I have so many memories of the sacrifices Mum made, without a word of complaint, so that we would not be without - when asked why she took on all of those extra children Mum just commented, 'We have each other and they have no-one!'   How amazing, especially when although she was not a single parent during my childhood, she certainly bore the weight of doing it single handed. 

With Mother's Day approaching I find myself reflecting on what a Mother is and I keep coming back to the example that I have been blessed with in my life, my Mum.  I am so grateful for not only having her as a Mother, but also for the friend she is to me...I don't need a special day to celebrate my Mum...I celebrate her everyday - but I always honour her on this Day....Love you Mum, how blessed I am to have you!!

I am blessed to be a Mum of three fabulous people - it has been a role that I LOVE, I have always been passionate about my family.  Being a mother is a role that can take us to the heights of joy, but it can also challenge us far more than we ever anticipated.  How can it be possible to feel every emotion known to mankind in the short space on one day!  As I watch my children grow and are now becoming young adults, my prayer is that as they mature they will forget the times that are not of any value and those things that are valuable will be etched deeply into their hearts.  My hope is that they will remember this one thing, that is so powerful in any life - they are loved - so very deeply.

A big thank you to our sponsor this week for their generous prize to a random winner!

I am linking this to:
Stamp Something - Charmed Something
Stamp with Fun - Animals
One Stop Craft Challenge - Metal - White Frame
S2G - Spring has Sprung with a Twist - Flowers
Creatilicious - Flowers and Wings
Alota - Mother's Day
Clearly I Stamp - All Tied Up - Lace & Ribbon
ABC - Sparkle
Simon Says - Things with Wings
DCRU - Earth day - Flowers
Paper Cutz Challenge - Mother's Day
Sentimental Sundays - Flowers and Sentiment

Thank you Randi, for this challenge today, I have loved 'where this has taken me' in my heart.  Make sure you stop by my Design Sisters Blogs and see how they have been inspired:

We would love for you to join us this week at Stampin' Sisters in Christ, honouring our Mums. I look forward to visiting you and seeing your 'works of the heart' in honour of Mother's Day.

God bless you


  1. This is such a gorgeous Album Linda!! Wow!! It is so vintage and full of fab details. I just love your bird image, metal frame and all the lace ribbon and charms. What an inspiration you are!! Great take on the Mother's day challenge my friend!! Thanks for adding ODBD Shining the Light Challenge to your list of challenges. I hope you are able to join us again!! Your mom is going to absolutely LOVE this.

    Have a happy Sunday!! I hope you are having a good weekend!

    big hugs and blessings,

  2. Linda this is absolutely yummalisious!!! Your Mum is going to cry when she sees this... it's so special!!! Love the cover... all the little details... I could gape at it for hours! Way to go with all these challenges!!! Fantastic take on the Stampin Sisters challenge, love all that LOC birdie...frame on the front! Have a blessed day my friend!!!

  3. Hi Linda,

    Your album is beautiful (judging by the cover!). Looking foward to your sharing more of your special project in future posts.
    Definately a labour of love - I'm sure your Mum will be happy to receive this lovely gift.

    Sharon x

  4. OMG!! this has to be one of the most beautiful albums I've ever seen. What a creation, I love the colors and the charms, I can't wait to see the rest. It reminds me of Victorian era cards. I love it. Thanks for your lovely comments on my blog
    Happy Creating

  5. What a lovely project! I love that lace! So glad you joined us over at CIC ;D

  6. Oh Linda!
    This really is lovely! We tweeted the link and I am wondering if you would mind if we posted on our blog (giving YOU full credit of course!)

    Heidi & the Simon Team

  7. Linda, this is truly a magnificent masterpiece--a work of Heart!! She will treasure this always. I especially love the stamps you incorporated in to this an the beautiful papers and charms and ribbons--OH MY! *Ü* That little bird on the front is colored so so beautifully and then the touch of glitter is PERFECT! You're so talented Linda. ((HUGS))

  8. What a lovely tribute to your mom, 14 fosters, wow! Bet it was always hoppin' at your house. Oh, how I miss my mom, she was taken way too soon. I love the altered art album! I want to make one, but haven't. May be a tribute to my mom for my daughter and nephews to have. I'll have to CASE you, can't wait to see more! Hugs, Lori

  9. Goodness! What a beautiful and astonishing project, your Mother will love it!

    Thanks for playing along at Shirleys2Girls

  10. What a blessing you have made for your mum! Take pictures of the inside and share with us after your Mother received it, of course. It is a stunning piece of art. Have a wonderful week.

  11. WOW!! This is simply stunning!! Very lovely.. Thanks for joining us at Creatalicious..
    Hugs, Linda

  12. beautiful work !!love it!! thanks for joining in our challenge.
    hugs tina46

  13. Wow!!!! and wow again. This is stunning - you have been blessed by your Mum, and now you are blessing and honouring her wonderfully. M

  14. Linda this album is over the top, oh my word! I can hardly wait to see the interior pages, wowzers! And your mom is just going to love it!!! Where did you find such a large frame for the sentiment, or did you make it? Beautiful!!!

  15. wow hun you have totally blown me away with this oh its just brilliant just stunning hugs cheryl xxx

  16. WOW, this is beautiful, Love all the details!! Fabulous - great album. Tilly scared me, LOL. Hope she has had her shots! Hugs, Jane

  17. OMG, Linda this has to be one of the nicest albumbs I've seen in a very long time. The detail is tremendous. Thank you for joining us at OSCC this week, good luck in the draw.

    Suzi x

  18. omg...did u hear my jaw hit the table!?! this is over the top girl! LOVE IT! GLAD u joined us at S2G!

  19. Ohhh my goodness, I have never seen a more beautiful paper bag album! What a beautiful project you've made here! The papers and embellishments are just wonderful, I love the sweet vintage feel it has to it. Thank you for joining us at DCRU this week!
    ~*Joni DCRU DT

  20. Linda this is beautiful...it just makes my heart sing...such a lovely gift...a beautiful scripture too. ..."that it may go well all the days of your life"...

    Gwen DTC@DCRU

  21. Linda, this is stunning!! Every little detail is just awesome! I hope you have a great week! :)

  22. Wow, an absolutely masterpiece! Love all the embellishments and the colors - everything just goes so well together. Thanks for playing along at Sentimental Sundays challenges :)
    - Ann

  23. Linda this is stunning. I love all the little details you put into creating this. It is an adventure just looking at all the pretty images and embellishments. How lovely.....just like you!!!!

    Bear Hugs,

  24. This is GORGEOUS!! Love all the details you've added. Thanks for playing along with Our Creative Corner this week!

  25. How beautiful!! The lace and ribbon are just the right touches for a vintage project! Thanks for joining us at CIC!!

  26. what a gorgeous album so much detail thanks for sharing it with us at MTTC hugs x

  27. WOW what a beautiful card! Thanks so much for playing along with us at PCC.

  28. Absolutely gorgeous,love the pretty papers and embellishments.........and so beautifully put together!!! Thanks for joining us at Creatalicious!! BTW I have only just got the sound back on my computer and your little puppy scared the life out of me.....lol....
    Hugs xx

  29. Well Linda, you have completed such a beautiful gift for your mum. How lucky she is and what sweet words you have for her. This gift is so precious and the colours so soft and divine. What you said about motherhood is so true. The challenges and emotions, hard to imagine until you are actually doing it!
    I am excited for you and your trip home! I know I have been busy with work (understatement) and it has been a while but I do check in SEE.
    x Chriss

  30. Wow, absolute stunning album! I love everything about it!!Perfect!:)

    Thanks for joining the Simon Says Challenge!

    Hugs, Tímea

  31. Linda, this is too gorgeous! It's completely amazing! I love everything about it!

  32. Wow this looks truley amazing!!! Thanks for joinging us this week at oscc and hope you join in again.
    Hugs Shelley xx

  33. wauw love everything about your project. It´s so amazing.
    Thank you so much for joining us at Stamp Something this week.
    Dorte aka dot-scrap

  34. Oooo the feminine qualities of this are marvelous, Linda! I adore every aspect of it. What a special treasure!!

  35. Gosh, Linda, your project is spectacular... I love your creative hand at the vintage look!!! You are an amazing artists!! I truly enjoyed reading all that you wrote about your mum and about motherhood. What a blessing!


  36. Stunning creation! Thanks for joining us at Stamp Something this week.

  37. Beautiful details! Thank you for joining us at Clearly iStamp.

  38. Beautiful card. Thanks for entering the Alota Rubber Stamps Mother's Day challenge

  39. Gorgeous work!
    Thanks for participating in the Shirley's 2 Girls blog challenge!!!

  40. Hi There L.L.~

    The album you created is exquisite. I love all of the details and the glitter on the bird's wings, and the charms and ribbon, and oh, so many details!

    What I enjoyed even more was hearing you pour out the amount of love, respect and friendship you have for your Dear Mum. I have a feeling she would speak of you in just the same manner...with lots of love, respect and friendship!

    He IS Able,
    Traci S.

  41. Oh what a beautiful album and what a treasure it will be for your mom!


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