greeting cards

Hollyhocks and gem

Mothering Sunday card with hollyhocks around a green gem in a copper setting.

Flowers for Mother’s Day seems a bit predictable, but Power Poppy flowers are always beautiful and enjoyable to colour. And I always seem to leave starting work on cards until just before the deadline and rarely give myself time to come up with anything innovative, so I am super grateful to Marcella Hawley for sharing her gorgeous illustrations.

And if you are in need of some floral loveliness, Power Poppy is currently having a sale.

I normally try and squeeze a furry critter onto cards for my mum, but I really didn’t give myself enough time to edit one in this year. Though I did fussy cut out a tiny mouse from my stash of coloured images and add it inside the card. And then forgot to take a photograph of it… I hardly ever do anything inside cards so autopilot takes over when I’m doing photos for the blog and I only remember about it when I start writing it up…

And, as usual, I had to brace myself and add my handwriting to the card: it’s Mothering Sunday for mum, not Mother’s Day, and I don’t have any suitable sentiment stamps.

Mum liked it — and the real flowers I sent — and that’s the important thing.

Close-up shot of the card focusing on the sentiment "on Mothering Sunday" across the green gemstone.

Copic markers:

flowers – RV66, V05, V01, YG00
flower centres – YG00, Y17
large leaves – BG96, G46, YG63
smaller leaves – G46, YG63, YG25
berries – RV69, RV66, V01
buds – G46, YG63, YG25, glazed with V05
gem – YG23, YG01, YG0000
gem mount – E37, E08, YR27, E97, E21
background – B000


  • digital stamps:
    Power Poppy – shimmering flight
  • pens:
    EK Tools – elegant calligraphy pen
  • embellishments:
    Ranger glossy acents
    Wink of Stella – clear
  • paper and card:
    Neenah Solar White 216gsm
    Hunkydory Adorable Scorable
Card displayed on a mini easel.

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