This year, I realized that eventually when we have children, I will get to celebrate mother's day and my birthday all in the same weekend. I think my kids (and Greg) will probably be very happy about this because they will get to knock out two birds with one stone... This year in my birthday card, Greg lovingly wrote, "I can't believe I've survived 6 birthday months over the past 6 years we've been together." I'm not sure if that was a compliment or not?
Last night, we celebrated my birthday, and one of my new neighbors/friends gifted me a bottle of champagne and a hand painted gold mason jar full of strawberries. She said she had looked over my blog and thought it was the perfect gift for me. She also gave me one of the most heartfelt cards I've ever received. I was so taken aback by her kindness because her gift was SO thoughtful. It may seem like a no brainer, but last night, I truly realized that a thoughtful note can mean more than the most extravagant gift.
The point of this story, is in case you missed out on Minted's free shipping, and haven't made/bought anything for mom yet. This card might be the perfect thing for her: it's handmade (meaning she will probably cherish it forever and keep it in a plastic tub for the next 15 years), and made from inexpensive & free materials! The hardest part is coming up with thoughtful words to put into it, because that's what she really wants this mother's day!
- your favorite card stock
- slide cutter (technical term: scrapbook trimmer - a tool I've never used for scrapbooking)
- scoring board
- mother's day words (download mine here!)
- glue stick
- paint chips
- exacto knife
- sewing machine (optional)
Step 1: Print out the text you would like to use. Feel free to use mine (scale down in print settings a bit). Or make your own! Be SURE to reverse the text so that it's backwards when you print it out! I would also recommend using a san serif font, because those little serif pieces are a pain to cut out.
Step 2: Roughly cut out the letters and glue to the back of the paint chips.
Step 3: Using an exacto knife or sharp scissors, carefully cut out the letters. I also cut out hearts and added hole punch poop to my cards. I attempted flowers, but they looked like star blobs, and did not make the cut.
Step 4: Use a slide cutter & a scoring board to create cards out of card stock. Or use pre-made blank cards. If you don't have a slide cutter or a score board, you should add it onto your mother's day wish list asap! I can't tell you how much I use these!
Step 5: Using a glue stick, glue the letters onto the card. I would not recommend purple glue on white paper. Maybe everyone knows that, but it was not my friend for this project.
Step 6: Use your sewing machine to add a decorative topstitch through the words.
I am laughing at myself right now, because my 'a' is upside down in "happy"... I'd like to blame a child for this mistake, but I don't have children, and my dog can't be held liable for those sorts of things. So I will take the blame for it, or should I say I did it on purpose for a rustic look?
Happy Mother's Day to all of you mama's out there, enjoy your special day!
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