Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Mother's Day Ensemble

I gave you a Sneak Peek on April 21st... but now that Mother's Day has passed, I can show you what we made at the last Girls Club workshop! I had a whopping 13 girls this time - and because we made gifts for Mom, I had no other adult supervision! Eeeeek! But it went well... here's what we made:

It's a card, a tin box with a window, and both of them fit inside the small matching canvas tote bag. Here are individual photos for a better look:

Using a Vellum cardstock overlay is one of my favorite techniques for a card - it's fast, easy to do, and it looks great! The vellum mutes the overall design, so you can go crazy with bright colors - here, we used Tempting Turquoise, Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose, and Certainly Celery. The flowers come from Ginormous Flowers and are stamped onto Whisper White cardstock. The sentiment comes from All Holidays and is stamped on top of the vellum using Black StazOn ink. Attaching the vellum to the cardstock using matching Brads eliminates the dilemma of how to keep adhesive from showing through. I like to leave the bottom open so the recipient can lift the vellum and get the full effect. The base cardstock color here is Pretty in Pink, and it's finished off with some Regal Rose Wide Grosgrain ribbon (some of you moms got Certainly Celery ribbon because I ran out of the Regal Rose!).

These cute little heart-shaped tin boxes came from Oriental Trading. We covered them with some of the old Petals & Paisleys DSP and Tempting Turquoise cardstock.

The lid was tricky - I gave each of the girls a template so they could make the Tempting Turquoise hollow heart to go around the window. Then we wrapped the edge with some Pretty in Pink Grosgrain ribbon and embellished the top with some little Pretty in Pink and Regal Rose flowers made with the Three For You punch.

The Crop-a-Dile punches through these things like butter, so we added a little loop handle made with Tempting Turquoise Grosgrain ribbon. Inside the tin, we lined the bottom with Pretty in Pink cardstock and added a sentiment from Family Phrases which you can see through the window when it's closed.

Finally, the tote bag came from Hobby Lobby and we just stamped directly on it using Craft inks. Easy! They didn't take long to dry - and if this were something that would find it's way into the wash, then we would've sealed them one way or another. But these were only meant to hold the little goodies for Mom, so we didn't bother with sealing them.

This month, Girls Club will be on Saturday, May 31st, from 2-4pm. I haven't finished the project yet, but it will be a Father's Day gift! Moms, you are welcome to stay at this one. The cost is $10 per child (ages 8-15), or $15 for a Mother-Daughter pair. Drop me a line to hold your seat(s).


Pattie Sykes (psychspa) said...

You must be wonder woman.....not to mention BRAVE!!!! 13 girls without any other adult supervision! My hats off to you for this, and the projects are gorgeous too. But I wouldn't expect any less! TFS!


Jennifer said...

WOW!!! I can not imagine 13 girls. I love this project. Awesome.

Whimsey said...

Very pretty; love these!