Ladybug Hugs

With a butterfly kiss and a ladybug hug,
sleep tight, little one, like a bug in a rug.
      ~ Unknown


How's your Mother's Day weekend going, Moms? Yes, I started milking the holiday on Friday night. My girl's in Costa Rica (I really miss her!), but my boy and Mr. Catered Crop have these Cheshire Cat smiles on their faces. When I ask them why, they just tell me "You're gonna really like you're bird." (It's a McClain-ism you'll have to read about here.)

Meanwhile, my sister and brother are posting memories of Mom on Facebook, and friends and family have been adding their two cents all day about what a dear woman she was. Oh my, they're helping me remember her is so many sweet ways, but, dang, it's hard to finish a card with teary eyes, people! I'm a blubbery mess.


Isn't she gorgeous?! (And isn't that baby on her right adorable?)  

Now, before you all start adding comments about how wonderful your Mom is, just let me warn you . . . when I was in Kindergarten, I asked my brother (then 11 years old) to teach me how to fight. Dude taught me some good moves, too. He taught me how to wrap one leg around my opponent while grabbing around their neck so I can toss 'em to the ground, defenseless! I practiced my moves real hard, so I could trounce on that blondie up the street who dared to suggest her Mom was prettier than my Mom. Now them's fighting words!

Mother's day weekend (or what I like to call "bring-on-the-pampering weekend") just seems like the perfect time for a card about hugs.


Ah, that feels better already.


Catered Crop Follow the Recipe

Have you joined our Catered Crop Follow-the-Recipe #11 party, yet? You can find all the details and link up with us here: FTR11. It's crazy easy to play. Just use any of the ingredients from Moriah's inspiration card. I used Moriah's polka-dot patterns, Kraft paper, Copic markers, Nestabilities die cuts, and all-occasion theme.

Here's the recipe of my recipe:

  • Stamps – My Favorite Things Pure Innocence Ladybug and Typewriter Alpha sets
  • Paper – Neenah, Kraft, Prism, and October Afternoon (Modern Homemaker)
  • Color Mediums – Copics, Memento, Stampin' Up! pastels
  • Fibers – DMC embroidery floss (black)
  • Tools– Nestabilities, EK Success 5/8" circle punch, My Favorite Things Fishtail Banner Die-namics, sewing machine
  • Embellishments – Stampin' Up! buttons and brads, black wire and black seed beads for Ladybug's antennae
  • Miscellaneous – Simplicity pattern, My Favorite Things Wednesday Stamp Club Sketch (MFTWSC18)

To make the antennae, I used some wire I colored with a black permanent marker ('cause I didn't have any black wire on hand, honestly, not a stock item for me). I added some black seed beads to the end of the wire with just a smudge of clear-drying liquid adhesive, like Diamond Glaze.

Thank you, Megan Lock, for the inspiration to make the banner out of a sewing pattern. I adored her banner on this card, so I thought I'd try it and I love how it turned out. If you want to try it, you can find Megan's tutorial here: Pattern Embellishments Tutorial. My only additional tip is to sew your layers of pattern tissue to your bottom layer of cardstock before you cut them out with the die cut. That will hold everything together nicely. Otherwise, it's frustrating to sew onto such small pieces with so many layers.


Here's sending extra special hugs to all you who'd tackle anyone who says their Mom's better. Put 'em up! 


Sweet Comments

  1. How gorgeous is this card!!

  2. i cannot describe how much i am in LOVE with this card! linda, you totally out did yourself. i love the colors, the sketch & that banner is to die for! i just may totally have to CASE your card!! big hugs girl!

  3. This is a STRIKING card Linda. I love how bright and cheerful it is. The paper piecing is perfection, especially those little shoes. You just ROCK!

  4. Hey, good post. You always have good content. Completely agree with every little thing you just posted.

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