Sunday, May 8, 2011

Mother's Day 2011

Hello! Happy Mother's Day to all you mothers in blogland. I wanted to share the card I made for my Mom; I had hoped to post it earlier, but I finished up the gift box at the last minute today. Do any of you do things on the fly? I always seem to be running 2 steps behind....
The idea for this card came from the May/June issue of Paper Crafts Magazine; it was on page 72 and designed by Betsy Veldman. I just love her beautifully shabby-chic! I do have to admit mine doesn't look a whole lot like hers, but my Mom loved it and that's what counts. I figured with the pink flower and bling, it was a sure bet! I did some sponging and used some dies and felt to make my embellishments.
Sentiment: Papertrey Ink Quilter's Sampler
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Palette Burnt Umber
Paper: PTI Lemon Tart, 7 Gypsies DP (double-sided)
Embellies: PTI Button, MAMBI Bling
Extras: Fiskars Border Punch, PTI Dressform Die and Felt (Raspbery Fizz, True Black), MFT Die-namics Rolled Rose Die and Felt (green), The Cat's Pajamas Cutup Die (leaf), Needle
I had bought my Mom some jewelry and decided to make a gift box to hold the card and the jewelry. I took a few photos and will give a brief description of the steps to make the box.

I like to make my box 1/8" bigger than the card. I wanted it to be 1 1/2" deep, so I added 3 1/8" to the dimensions of the card to make the base. The top is 1/16" larger. After cutting both pieces, I scored on all 8 sides with my Scor-Pal and then creased the score lines.

Next I snipped each corner to the center of the square of the scored lines, and then cut 1/2 of the square away. I used a tiny amount of glue to adhere the triangular portion to the inside of the box.

This photo shows the assembled box and embellished lid. I line the bottom of the box with Warm and Natural batting; cut the batting to fit and adhere with a bit of glue. I decided to make a compartment to hide the jewelry (top left), so I cut a piece 1/16" smaller than the base and added 3/4" for the sides. Score all 4 sides, fold, and this time cut out the entire square in the corner. I pierced a hole in the center and used some floss for a pull loop (the floss is knotted on the underside).

Here's the finished box with the extra layer. I made the extra layer so that I could include the jewelry in the box, while having the card lie flat. The top is embellished with some sponged DP, a monogram, a button and some bling.

Here's the finished box with the card...I have to say my Mom really liked the box! I have made quite a few of them and it really dresses up the presentation of the card. She liked the jewelry too; so much that she immediately put on all 3 pieces! I don't think the necklaces were designed to wear together, but they looked nice all the same.... I had bought some Monet earrings and a necklace a couple of months ago. I went back to the same store a couple of weeks ago and found another coordinating necklace...on clearance. It was $6.99; the original price was $48. I couldn't pass up that deal, so now she has options!
I hope you had a fabulous Mother's Day today and were able to spend time with your loved ones!


Linda Palmer said...

Beautiful gift box and love the card. I'm sure she did love the set, it's wonderful. Hope you had a great day!

Kathy said...

This is so pretty! I can't believe the needle, brilliant! Never would have thought of that, and it is perfect with the dressform, quote and buttons. Wow, your mom must have been blown away, the presentation here is over the top gorgeous! So glad she liked everything!

Bradley said...

What a lovely gift set. I love your rolled rose--need to check out that die. The extra layer in the box is genius!

Magento Themes said...

wow...Great card!!! I just love this card. This flower is looking awesome and great. Those presentation and the box are really great idea. Thanks for this great post.Magento Themes

femke said...

hi angela,

lovely card!!!

sorry that I'm late answering your question. the stamps I used around the images are from stempelglede and here is the link where you can find all the shops who sells them around the world: the set I used is called "the grunge collection"

hope this answer helps you.
greetings femke

Anonymous said...

What a neat idea for a gift - I love the box and your card, well - totally to die for :) I love the image and the sentiment and that flower - oh my!

Another winner Angela!

Chris said...

what a very nice gift for your mother! i'm sure she loved it, your card is beautiful too!! hope you had a great MD!!