Hydrangea Hill Mothers Day Card PP532

by Joanne James14. March 2021 09:00

Today it's Sunday and time for this week's new challenge over at The Paper Players! It's my turn to host this week and I have a colour challenge for you to work with:


Today is Mothering Sunday or Mother's Day here in the UK and I chose my colour palette this week based on the products I wanted to use on the card that I was going to make for my Mum to celebrate this special day, specifically the Hydrangea Hill Mercury Glass Acetate which I was keen to incorporate into my card. I've lots of photos for you today and two versions of my card too, so get ready! Here's the first and original version of my card:


Here's the low-down on today's card:

Hydrangea Hill - My Mum is not particularly precious when it comes to flowers or gifts on Mother's Day, but she does appreciate a special card, so her card was the perfect opportunity to showcase the Hydrangea Hill Mercury Glass Acetate in Highland Heather, alongside other elements of the Hydrangea Hill Suite. I love the idea of these coloured foil acetates, but often find them trickier to use in practice. I think they make great frames or backgrounds though, so that's where I started with today's card. Measuring 21cm x 14.9cm (a sheet of folded A4) my card is larger than usual. I created an open window for my stamped sentiment (more on that below) and layered my frame with a scallop-edged border and a beautiful diecut hydrangea. Whilst the card above is my original card, and could actually be used for a special birthday too, I knew my Mum would want to see the words 'Happy Mother's Day' front and centre on her version - ever happy to oblige, I added an additional diecut sentiment in Highland Heather using the Word Wishes Dies to the front of my card:

Layers, Layers - Despite its rather simple appearance, there are lots of layers to my card: the mercury glass acetate and framed sentiment window, along with the layered diecut elements to my flower, cut with the Hydrangea Dies. I also added a twine bow and tag to my floral stem using other elements in the set:

How beautiful is that hydrangea die? I cut it out of Balmy Blue and sponged the edges in the same colour to add depth, then lifted the petal elements and carefully sponged the tips of the petals with Highland Heather to create that two-tone look so often seen with this type of bloom. The suite has some beautiful coordinating pastel pearls, but they were too large for me to decorate the centre of my flowers. Instead, I used my dark Highland Heather Blends marker and coloured some small basic pearl jewels that were just the right size - aren't they so pretty?

All About The Paper - I couldn't pass up the opportunity to use some of the beautiful Hydrangea Hill papers on my card today. The outside of my card only features the colours of my chosen palette, with a little of the Balmy Blue DSP visible through the window aperture, but the inside of my card also includes a little pink and some Gorgeous Grape on that hydrangea border paper; this paper is so perfect for additional hidden detail on the inside of the card, including my stamped message:


I also made a custom envelope from a whole sheet of 12" x 12" DSP, featuring the hydrangea flower heads and with a Highland Heather striped border on the flap:


This paper is simply too good not to use! I added a simple stitched scalloped rectangle to the front of the envelope to address it:


My card is going in the mail, so I packed it in a plain white envelope for mailing; I know my Mum will appreciate the extra pretty detail when she opens it though, so the double envelope is so worth it! I haven't seen my Mum in person for 15 months, due to ongoing restrictions in lockdowns and travel between Wales and England, however with the increasing rate of vaccination here in the UK, we shouldn't have too much longer to wait until we can all meet in safety once more.

Here is the visual summary of the key products used on today's project for you to pin for easy reference:


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I am looking forward to a special lunch cooked for me by my nearest and dearest, along with an afternoon bike ride if the rain holds. This is one of those days of the year that can mean many things to different people, so whether you are with your Mum or your offspring today, or whether you are missing your Mum because of Covid or other reasons, and for those who have perhaps lost a child or for whom motherhood is still to become a longed-for reality, I am thinking of you all and I hope you spend the day in a way that is meaningful to you.

I'll be back tomorrow with another project. Until then, happy stampin'!


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Comments (13) -

LeAnne Pugliese
LeAnne PuglieseUnited States
3/14/2021 1:59:33 PM #

Oh, you have used this hydrangea bundle to its fullest, Joanne!  What a gorgeous ensemble!  The pearl-embellished flower is just gorgeous and I love all the layers to your card.  The envelope is smashing too!  Your mom will really love it!  So sad you haven't been able to see her in such a long time, but hopefully this card will let her know you're thinking of her a lot!

Joanne James
Joanne JamesUnited Kingdom
3/14/2021 7:47:17 PM #

Thanks LeAnne! My Mum loved it, including the envelope - I think it meant more than the gift I sent!

Deborah Wheeler
Deborah WheelerUnited Kingdom
3/14/2021 5:39:25 PM #

Fabulous card!  Can you believe neither of my boys gave me a card...!?  I did get some lovely goodies from them though 😍 Hope you've been properly spoilt today as well xx

Joanne James
Joanne JamesUnited Kingdom
3/14/2021 7:46:32 PM #

Oh no - I think it's a man thing Deborah; Jason has had plenty of years when the children were small that he deemed 'Every day is Mother's Day' and I've not received cards either!! And then today I got 3 and a lovely lunch of Beef Wellington - so no complaints! Glad you got some lovely presents though - at least they didn't forget completely!

3/14/2021 8:08:07 PM #

Absolutely gorgeous card😻🐱 congrats πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ’
Have a great week

Laurie Schmidt
Laurie Schmidt United States
3/14/2021 10:32:37 PM #

Beautiful!!the layers and textures are gorgeous!

Amanda Mertz
Amanda MertzUnited States
3/15/2021 2:42:38 PM #

And now I'm kicking myself for not getting this suite!!  This is absolutely fantastic!  I love all the details; from the extra sponging on the blossom and custom colored pearls to the multi-layered peelaboo frame!  So good all of it!  Thanks for an awesome color challenge and Happy Mothers Day to you!!  

NancyUnited States
3/15/2021 3:30:52 PM #

Joanne, This card and envelope are both so beautiful. I found myself in a trance just staring at all the elements you put into it. It is amazing! That designer acetate is pretty as well.  You hit a solo homerun this week!

Debbie Crowley
Debbie CrowleyUnited States
3/15/2021 8:50:15 PM #

A beautiful card, Joanne.  CAS perfection with amazing detail.  Love the frame and acetate background. It's everything stunning!  I'm with Nancy... you definitely hit a homerun this week.

Ann Schach
Ann SchachUnited States
3/16/2021 1:52:21 AM #

Beautiful, Joanne! I love the layout...and of course, all of those pearls. This is a special card inside and out, and I know your mom will LOVE it! What a great challenge this week!

VickyUnited Kingdom
3/16/2021 4:01:13 PM #

What a pretty colour combination Joanne and you have really pulled out all the stops for your mum's card! I love the matching envelope and the inside of the card could be a card on its own! Glad you had a lovely mothers day. I am lucky to have one of my sons at home so I was spoilt by him and was zoomified by the others!! Vicky x

Claire Broadwater
Claire BroadwaterUnited States
3/19/2021 8:00:52 PM #

Joanne, this is gorgeous!!!!! I love hydrangeas and this card is beyond spectacular.  The inside is as pretty as the outside and that envelope steals the show!!!!!!  Your Mom will cherish this beauty!  Made me get a little teary eyed.  Have a great weekend, My Friend!

Anne Marie Hile
Anne Marie HileUnited States
3/20/2021 5:43:29 PM #

You know, I bought everything in this suite with the exception of the stamps and dies. But your card made me fall in love with them! Wow! I love the shaded detail and the pearls really take that gorgeous hydrangea to the next level. So beautiful!

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