It's time for a new challenge over at Creative Creases, and I'm thrilled to be a guest designer again for Challenge #72. You can join the fun with any fun fold project here: https://wp.me/p4bS0N-bnu. Debbie Mageed supplied me with the cute little tear off monthly calendar from Taylored Expressions for this challenge (thanks, Debbie!), and I wanted to use it to create a card for my youngest daughter who is a Navy "nuke" in San Diego. We miss her so much every single day!
I have recently been seeing a lot of puns with a mushroom theme, so when I saw a Bo Bunny mushroom stamp set at Hobby Lobby, I bought it and paired it with a 12X12 sheet of washi tape with a woodland/mushroom scene that has been in my stash for years. Then I chose a fun fold card base from the Silhouette Design Store that I've been wanting to try out for awhile now. I think it's so fun the way there are flip card panels on both sides of the card base! It's such a unique style!
I chose some dark brown card stock for the card base and then some cream-colored card stock for the panels I stamped with the Bo Bunny mushroom stamps. I also used cream card stock for the heart print and cut layers. I designed the print and cut sentiments with Alitha Christmas and Black Hulk fonts. I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out the base and layers (including the washi tape sheet that came with a backer sheet) and then adhered the washi tape to a layer of cream card stock to give it more stability. After adhering the layers, I die cut some mushroom bases and caps using SU!'s retired Tree Ring dies set and then colored the mushroom caps with my Ohuhu alcohol ink markers to match the colors in the washi tape.
The sentiments are: "Every day of the year, there's so mushroom in our hearts for you" and "we love and miss you so mush!" I divided the sentiments to fit onto 3 of the hearts and then added 3 die cut and colored mushrooms to the 4th heart. I also added 4 die cut and colored mushrooms to two of the inner panels. Then I created a mushroom border for the middle of the card by stamping seven of the mushrooms from the Bo Bunny set and fussy cutting them. I adhered them to a brown panel and used foam tape to give the panel and mushrooms some dimension. I added the calendar to the middle panel above the mushroom border.
I had both sets of grandparents, my husband, my other kids, my sister-in-law and 2 of my nieces join me in writing a little message and along with our signatures on the back of the card to let my daughter know how special she is to all of us. Then I let my other daughter jot a note about her birthday in January on the tear-off calendar before I went through the calendar and marked other dates when there are family birthdays and trips to see our sailor. My hope is that this card will lift her spirits and convey the love and support she has back home.