Saturday, May 7, 2011

A "Deer" Mother's Day Card: Using Fabric to Make Card

I've already given my mom one Mother's Day card, but I don't think she'll mind receiving another!  I was playing around at my craft table this afternoon when I came across a fabric remnant I had used in a lap quilt several months back.  You may recognize the fabric if you have visited the fabric craft page of my blog.  I decided to cut out a scrap and see how it would work on a card.  I ran the fabric square through my Xyron sticker machine and then adhered it to a piece of layered cardstock. I used a nice evergreen tree pattern from the atd Great Outdoors Scrapbook Kit as the background for the rest of the card.  I added some brown ribbon from my scrap drawer and then attached some tiny bronze brads from Recollections.  I accented the other side of the card with a metal tree from Darice's Rustic Accents and glitzy brown stickers from K & Company.  The card was put together using Glue Dots. I think the fabric piece made a nice card.  Hope everyone has a wonderful Mother's Day!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Mother's Day Cards with Wild Mountain Ivy and Dogwood Blossoms

I've incorporated some of my recent photographs into cards again.  My mother just loves what she calls "mountain ivy".  She is quick to correct me that it's not "laurel" it's "ivy".  Mountain laurel blooms later in May she is quick to explain and grows on a much taller, woody bush.  The road leading to my little cabin is just loaded with mountain ivy, so I snapped some shots and included one in a card for my mom.  I also created an additional card for a friend with a recently taken photograph of mountain dogwood blossoms. 

The wild mountain ivy card uses distressed maroon background paper from the Wild Asparagus collection by My Mind's Eye.  I also used a frame from the Cricut Spring Holiday Cards cartridge, cut at six inches, using forest trees paper from the atd Great Outdoors Scrapbook Kit.  I used olive green cardstock to cut out the word "Mom" using my Cricut Mother's Day 2010 cartridge.  I highlighted the word with some pink glitter glue found in that wonderful dollar bin at Michael's. I had a little scrap of shear, maroon ribbon that I thought matched this card perfectly.  I think mom will really like this card.

The second card uses a light pink cardstock as the background and includes an overlay from K&Company, from the Susan Winget collection.  I just love these overlays.  They come with pre-punched borders and contain such beautiful nature-themed designs.  I adhered my picture with pale pink brads and added a nice brown bow.  I, again, cut the word "Mom" from my Cricut Mother's Day 2010 cartridge using a brown shadow and pink overlay.  I just love how the birds and nests in the background accent the photograph of the dogwood blossoms.

Hope you have a great week and a very Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there!
Thanks for viewing!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

A Morning of Making Cardstock Flowers with a Mother's Day Card...without Mom!!

This morning I showed my mom how to make cardstock flowers.  We used the Cricut Mother's Day Bouquet cartridge and paper from Me & My Big Ideas Specialty Cardstock and Pressed Petals Tropical Life cardstock pack.  The flowers were cut ranging in size from 3-5 inches and glued together using a hot glue gun.  We then added floral wire stems.  I plan to make more of these to decorate for Memorial Day at the cemetery were my grandparents are it is tradition in the south to decorate the cemetery on what we call "Decoration Day".  I have a link on an earlier blog (see archive: February) to a YouTube video that demonstrates how to make these flowers. 

This weekend, I also created a Mother's Day card.  I found these nice, little, chipboard embellishments appropriate for Mother's Day (they came from a seasonal chipboard collection that can be found at Hobby Lobby).  I used layered red cardstock with print cardstock from the Wild Asparagus pad from My Mind's Eye.  I used a scrap of brown ribbon from a box of chocolates I had received as a recent gift and I also glitzed up the card with some red sequins.  I used the Cricut Spring Holiday Cards cartridge to cut the background for the card (cut at 6 inches) and I also made small 2 inch and 2.5 inch backgrounds and layered them for my "Wishing You A Very" embellishments.  I finished the card off with some matching brown, metal brads.....Hope you like the card and the I am off to eat lunch with mom.