I was up at 6am today, yes on Mother’s Day. Only so that I could help Mike wake up Colt and get him ready. Mike was taking Colt and his Mother, to the flea market first thing this morning. There was a time that Mike could get Colt up without a screaming fit, but I decided today would be better to not tempt it.
Since I was up any way, I thought I would take this time to make some cards. But those will be for another post. I have actually made a handful of crafty things that I think are perfect for this post. First, gifts. I have spent quite a bit of time on Pinterest and saw these adorable handprint keychains and wanted to make them for Colt’s Grandmothers.
I got Colt set up at the table with his paint smock on. Used a foam brush to paint glossy green acrylic paint on his hand and then pressed it on to some Shrink-Dink plastic. It took a few tries to get the handprint just right, but we managed to get 2 good ones. Of course as I was setting them aside and trying to start cleaning up, Colt dumped the rest of the paint out and started painting his left hand. So I had a little more clean up to do. But he had fun at least. Once the paint was dry, I cut them out, wrote his name and year on the opposite side with sharpie, punched a hole, and then put them in the oven per the directions on the package. And once they cooled, I attached them to the keychains.
Earlier this month, I was able to steal a few kid free minutes to put together the treat
boxes I made using the Lawn Fawn Spring House Add-on for the Scalloped Treat Box. I love all of the detail that Lawn Fawn puts into these boxes. There are tiny window boxes for the windows, with green leaves and little flowers, butterflies, a picket fence, and a cute little tree. Each one has a keychain and a gift card to Joanne’s. Both of my mom’s are crafty and I can definitely see where I get my crafty side from.
Of course I couldn’t resist making them cards too. I wasn’t going to originally but I felt I needed something more. I found some inspiration on Pinterest yesterday, and after checking through my stamps I found a cheap stamp set that I thought might work. I have been so spoiled by how well my Lawn Fawn stamps work, decided to do a test run to make sure they wouldn’t be all splotchy. Well, with really nice paper (Bristol Smooth Koh-I-Noor) and really good ink (Ranger Archival Ink) I was so impressed with how well my test was turning out that I kept going and created two cards.
Cheap Stamps from Joanne’s. Ranger Inks in Forget Me Not, Chrome Yellow, Bright Tangelo, Vivid Chartreuse, Vibrant Fuchsia, and Cactus Flower. The Scripty Sayings ‘Happy Mother’s Day’ stamp, and the ‘Grandma’ stamp from the Mom + Me stamp set, both from Lawn Fawn. I trimmed them down and put it on black cardstock, and then on a white card base. Inside is stamped, “From all of us” from the Lawn Fawn Simply Sentiments set.
And last but not least, I have two friends that have had, or will be having babies soon. I bought the Lawn Fawn Little Bundle set last year not sure when I was going to be able to use it, and I am going to get some good use out of it this year! I stamped the images onto Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor paper (my absolute favorite watercolor paper). I painted them with Distress Inks in Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick, and Abandoned Coral. The hardest part was lining up and stamping out the laundry line so that it could be cut with my Cuttlebug. I even went a little more professional then I usually do, and used clear embossing powder over all of the black stamping. I loved how these came out and I hope the recipients loved them too!
I am truly grateful to have two great mom’s in my life. I never take that for granted because I know so many who no-longer have their moms or never had a good mom. And I am can say that I feel more complete now as a mom and I only hope that everyone can feel that joy. And if for some reason you can’t, please know that you are no less of a person because of it. My heart goes out to so many on this day.
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