Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Mother's Day Recap - Flowers Galore

I hope that everyone out there had a great Mother's Day.  I was able to enjoy the sounds of my children's voices at a very early hour as they couldn't wait to tell me Happy Mother's Day.  My oldest (who is 4 1/2) made me breakfast in bed (with daddy's help) and gave me her adorable projects from preschool.  I got to work on photos and planted a raspberry bush in my grandma's memory.  I will get to celebrate with my own mother later but I did get to celebrate that evening with the world's greatest mother-in-law.  It's been so nice having her live closer and my kids are all the better for it!

For Mother's Day, I wanted to make the Build a Bouquet for each of them. But they are hard for my tiny hands and I have a hot glue gun problem - my little fingers just gravitate towards the molten glue.  My husband chose Mother's Day to ask me why I'm always stressed out when I craft if crafting is supposed to be my relaxing time.  Good point.  That happens when I'm working on something outside of my range and these flowers fall into that part of my craft spectrum.  However, if you use our great glue dots, you can put these together much more easily and only use the hot glue gun to glue the base of the flowers on.  I'm happy to report that no swearing occurred during this batch of flowers thanks to that tip and I actually enjoyed making them.

(Notice the catalog that the vase is sitting on?  Yep, the new 2015-2016 catalog that my Mother-in-Law always gets early for Mother's Day!  Isn't it pretty????)

The tags were easy!  :)  I wrapped a small piece of our frayed burlap ribbon around a vase from my grandma's collection and then used the crochet trim to fasten it.  I love Herman Hesse as a writer so it's extra special to me to have that little bit of quotation on there too.

As for the card, here is where it got very relaxing again.  The Painted Petals stamp set is by far my favorite of the moment.  I love the layered flowers and the sayings are so much fun.  I will miss this one when it goes.  I used the Mother's Day stamp from Antique Collectibles, a retired set from several years ago, and accented the flowers by coloring the Basic Pearls with my Crumb Cake Blendabilities (insert moment of silence here for the death of this product line... for now...)

Supplies for the card:
  • Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Soft Sky
  • Ink:Crumb Cake, Soft Sky
  • Stamp Sets: Antique Collectibles (retired), Painted Petals
  • Accessories:  Neutral Buttons, Linen Thread, Fringe Scissors, Basic Pearls, Crumb Cake Blendabilities (discontinued), Adhesive, Scissors
Overall, whether the projects are easy or hard, whether they leave scars or smiles, the process of crafting is a therapeutic one.  Stamping is an art.  Stamping is a release.  Stamping is a way to show people you love that you are thinking about them enough to make them something pretty.  That's why I do what I do and why I love it so much.  Just like my mother and mother-in-law and grandma.  All make me the best version of me and I'll always be grateful.

Have a craftastic day,

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