Saturday, May 10, 2014

Mama Mia Blog Hop - Honoring our Moms

Welcome to the Mama Mia Blog Hop

Connie Wallenbrock's photo.
We are here to honor and cherish our Moms this weekend the best way us crafters know how, with a blog hop showcasing some amazing projects either for a special mom or about a special mom in our lives.. We hope that our projects will show Moms everywhere just how special they are to us all.
I am the second stop on this fun Hop, so if you are just joining me here and wish to start at the beginning,
Connie Can Crop is the first stop on this Blog Hop.

This is a one day blog hop and we appreciate your leaving a comment for all of these talented friends who are here sharing their ideas and creations. 
We have an awesome sponsor and giveaway for this hop!

here's our sponsor!! A new stamp company with matching SVG files! They are so awesome!!

Please be sure to visit their site at, and their Blog at

Pink & Main has graciously donated this adorable Super Mom themed Stamp Set as our blog candy.

So what do you need to do to win? Easy... become  a follower of each of the fabulous blogs in this hop and leave each of them a comment letting them know what you like best about their projects. Then stop by our sponsor's Facebook page at and give her a "Like."  You will have until 12:00 am Monday to finish the hop and leave your comments.  Winners will be announced on Wednesday at Connie Can Crop.
This is my gorgeous Mom, Dot, in a picture taken at a most memorable occasion -- the wedding of my daughter, Emily. Believe it or not, in this picture in 2010, my Mom was 80 and I think totally stunning.
Just a few months after this picture, Mom had a massive brain stem stroke and the prognosis was grim. The four of us kids flew to Tampa General Hospital where she was on life support. Much as we couldn't bear to see her in that state, we also were not ready to give up on her.
We agreed to try an experimental surgery where the doctors implanted a cardiac stent (narrow but straight) into her twisting but fully clogged basilar artery. The stent didn't deploy as it should, but the skillful work of the surgeons was enough to restore blood flow to the brain stem.
Mom's recovery has been nothing short of miraculous. Where most doctors thought she would die, she lived. Where they surmised she would be vegetative or severely compro-ised, she has rehabbed back to greater than 100%!  This is Mom today (left), just last week at the Country Club with Dad, in Naples, FL.  Standing, walking without assistance, driving, beading, fully cognitive and conversant -- loving!  I am TRULY blessed to still have both of my parents alive and well, living happily in their 62nd year of marriage!
Mom deserves so much more than I can give her or make her, but here is the card I made for her to celebrate her 60th year of Motherhood:

To make this card, I followed a template that I developed to cut the base on a paper trimmer. I share it here, for your personal use:

For the papers, I used Close To My Heart's Ivy Lane collection. I trimmed the flowers by hand, from the paper, and adhered them to the center support ("strut") using glue on acetate. I also stamped the sentiments on Bamboo paper, using CTMH Cranberry ink. The stamp set is called "Perfect Fit - Mom" (# C1543, $13.95).  The small dark red carnations are made from mulberry paper by Wild Orchid Crafts.
I hope you enjoy the Pop Up cards as much as I like making them. They're really not difficult to do, and offer a great deal of pizzazz!
Now, back to the Hop you go!

Here is our complete line up in case you get lost along the way:
2. Ellen/Cardmonkey- {YOU ARE HERE}
3. Alicia- {GO HERE NEXT}
7. Elizabeth -
Thanks for stopping by!


Golden Goddess Designs said...

lovely story! I have had a health scare with my mother, too. I am so glad we both have our mothers happy and healthy today! Your mom is gorgeous! Happy Mother's Day!!

Sarah Biswabic said...

Your box card is gorgeous Ellen! Your mom is beautiful and from your story one tough cookie! Thank you for sharing your wonderful story of your wonderful mom and being in this hop with me.

Unknown said...

I love your card. My Dad lives in Naples, Florida. Your mom looks so good. What a wonderful good news story.
I am meeting my mom fir lunch today. Happy Mother's Day weekend

Unknown said...

You mom is gorgeous Ellen!!!!! I see where you, Emily and Charlotte get your beauty from!!! You are blessed indeed to have your mom!! I can tell by her eyes and her smile that she is a wonderful person!! The card you made her is so pretty - she will love it!!!

Happy Mother's Day tomorrow my friend!!!

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful story. Your card box is a beautiful story, too. I love every detail.

Sue's Paper Crafts said...

BEAUTIFUL project, what Mom wouldn't love to receive this? Thank you for posting the box templete, I've been wanting to try my own pop-up box, this templete will really help me. Glad to hear that your Mom had such a miraclous recovery. Happy Mother's Day.

Salnclts said...

What a beautiful story!! Thanks for sharing! I'm glad your mom survived and am sure she will love your card! I'm a follower and might just come back to try to the paper box template! :)

Cards and Crafts by Sheree said...

This is just gorgeous! Your Mom is going to love it! God is so good! So happy she is still with you! Amazing story!

Unknown said...

beautiful card! i absolutely love it! happy mother's day!