Welcome Little One

The past few weeks have been busy for me! Getting our routine settled after a 6 week holiday is no mean feat! I also found myself arranging for my elderly mom to go into a safe, affordable Frail Care unit in South Africa (I have never been so grateful for technology!). After countless e-mails and even more phone calls our prayers were answered and we found a friendly environment for her where she will be under 24 hour care. Mom has been suffering from Rheumatoid Arthritis for many years and has now become very frail. I haven’t seen her in a while and December 2020 our planned visit had to be cancelled. During this past week we had to make very hard decisions as a family (Mom, my brother and my husband and I). I am so thankful for all the help I received from family in South Africa. My brother juggling work and trips to the rehab center my mom is temporarily at, cousins in the health sector sharing all their valuable information, my mother-in-law made all the necessary purchases yesterday (we had a long list of to do’s) and she and my sister-in-law will be labelling everything today! My mom will be isolated for 20 days before meeting her fellow ‘inmates’. Who knows when she will be able to receive visitors again.

Why am I sharing this very personal part of my life? Just to let you know that there is always HOPE and that there is always someone ready to help – you just have to be brave and ask! Also to remind you to be kind to another.

Well that’s that! Let’s move on to cardmaking! Welcoming a new baby, it doesn’t even have to be in the family, has always been one of my favorite occasions! I was inspired by the theme challenge over at Global Design Project this week.

This type of theme always makes me think of babies!

Click on the image below for a cart/supplies list!

Wondering how I created my background…?

I don’t keep the negatives of my rubber stamps, so a quick cut and there you have it!

Quick tip! For a distressed look I stamped off once! This is also great if you want to create a pastel look with your Bright ink pads!

I created a striped background with Night of Navy ink using my ‘new’ DIY stamp. I kept it monochromatic by stamping my images with Night of Navy on Basic White cardstock, before layering onto the cute patterned paper from the Paper Blooms Designer Series Paper (FREE with a purchase of $90.00, see our SALE-a-bration brochure, only valid until 28/02/2021). For embellishment I used the Night of Navy ribbon from the Playing with Patterns Ribbon Combo Pack (page 161, Annual Catalogue) and the stunning Opal Round from our Mini Catalogue. Create a Pink version with the Rococo Rose ink and patterned paper from the same DSP stack!

So cute!
Add a small baby gift! The Love You Always Treat Boxes are the perfect size for a small gift!

This card gave me the quick crafty fix that I needed!

Important Links:

Join Stampin’ Up! Join The Very Mellow Stampers! There is never a bad time to join Stampin’ Up! however, for the months of January and February 2021 you get an even better deal!

If you decide to join during SALE-a-bration (the normal deal is choose $235.00 worth of products and pay only $169.00) you will also get an assortment of 5 of the NEWEST 6″ x 6″ paper stacks (worth $20.00 per stack, so $100.00 worth of paper on top!!!).

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Thank you so much for popping in! Take care of yourself and make time for your loved ones!

Melodie XX

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