Saturday, April 23, 2011

Mother's Day Blog Hop!!!

Welcome to our Mother's Day blog hop!  I'm am soooo excited to be participating in my first blog hop ever!!!  Thank you so much to Jamie for putting all of this together!  If you came here from Tiffany at then you are in the right place. If not start at the beginning at Jamie's blog for all the wonderful projects lined up for you today.

For this blog hop I wanted to make some fun Mother's Day Decorations that can be on display for more than just the day.  It is amazing what you can do with paper and I had so much fun racking my brain to come up with these two different decorations...

This first one is for my Mom who loves pinwheels!  As soon as I saw someone make their own pinwheels out of paper on youtube I knew I had to try it... lucky for me when I was looking through my cartridges I came across a pinwheel cut out on the Mother's Day Cartridge, how perfect is that?

I used only 8 sheets of Colorbok paper (2 per color ) for both projects, and still have some left!  I wanted to keep it all color corresponding, plus it means that I didn't have as much waste at the end of it all. I'm also happy to report that the containers used for these projects were re-purposed to fit my needs, woo-hoo go recycling!!!hehehe. The banner for the pinwheel container was made using the Mother's Day Cartridge as well, while the lettering came from the Storybook Cartridge.  The ribbon used to connect the banner was from my stash.  The beautiful flower cut out on this container was also made using the Storybook Cartridge.

I used cooking sticks ( usually used when making cake pops or cookies on a stick ) that I wrapped around with silver sparkly pipe cleaners and also thread through the pinwheels themselves.  Another cool fact that I'd like to point out is that the pinwheels actually work when you blow on them!!!  To five my pinwheels that "wow factor" I used pink stickles!  You can also find small dots of white stickles on the end of each banner flag as a quick way to make faux pearls.

Now onto project #2:
This decoration is for my Mother-In-Law whom I thought this would be perfect for her to display in her scrapbooking room...

 This is a view of the back.

I started out by making two of these "flower balls" as you can see up above, by cutting flowers out from the Create a Critter at 3 different sizes.  I then spritzed them with Perfect Pearls Mists, perfect pearl by Ranger, and let them dry.  They were attached to a small Styrofoam ball by using very thin dressmaker pins with clear white pins threaded through at the ends.  I then attached the balls to green floral wire at the bottom, that I twisted over twice for extra support, and pushed through the Styrofoam that was placed inside the little container.  I matted the picture with plain white paper and added "leaves" to the top to tie in with the flower balls.  I used the flower balls as picture frame holders of sort and through some extra flowers in the back and front to tie it all in.  I then added some pearls ( found in the dollar bin at Joann's ) around the outside of the container for some added sophistication, and there you have it!  Whew!

Thank you so very very much for taking the time to look at my creations! I hope these ideas have inspired you to get your paper crafting on and ways to celebrate your Mom or special someone too!
Now you are to hop over to the wonderful Meighen, whom I'm already a huge fan of and I know you will be too! Here is the line up in case you get lost along the way!

Lisa   <-- You are here!
Meighen   <-- Your next hopping stop!
Dee Dee

As a way to celebrate my participation in my first ever blog hop I want to give a little "bouquet" of thanks to one lucky winner that will be chosen Monday April 25th on my blog!

All you have to do is leave me a comment, and if you want I would love for you to be a follower but I'm not going to make it mandatory, thank you all again!!!

Happy Crafting!


Jenn said...

These are such sweet and adorable projects! Love the flower pinwheels, TFS!

DIANA L. said...

great idea. They will both love them.!

Jamie said...

These are wonderful. I love the pinwheel behind the flower. I have never thought of that. Thank you for joining the hop.

Shawnee said...

I love all of your wonderful projects. I can't wait to try the pinwheels and flower topiary. Great job!


kricketts said...

You are amazing! I love your pinwheels and the banner is amazing. I LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!!

Thank you for sharing!

rickettscricuts at yahoo dot com

shersl84bed said...

Fun projects. Love that photo, too cute.

Smiles Sher

mbchoj said...

Pinwheels are always fun! Love your projects!
mbchoj at aol dot com

- said...

So cute... and the picture is adorable:P

ROBIN aka thecricutscrapper

rlj 547 at comcast dot net

Shelly said...

This is so very cute! I became a follower and hope you will stop by my blog and have a look.

kathlee said...

Great project! Congrats on your very first blog hop! Its so much fun isn't it? TFS

Lisa said...

These are so fun and creative and I love the flower balls! Awesome! I'm a new follower...if you get a chance, I'd love for you to stop by my blog and follow as well :)

Barb said...

Those flower balls are beautiful, but sure sound like a lot of work! Thanks for sharing and for the chance at some blog candy!

Lisa R. said...

Wow, creative thoughtful gift ideas!!!! I love pinwheels. Thanks for sharing. joy4umetoo at hotmail dot com (follower)

Tracey ~ GardenOfGrace said...

Those pinwheels are so sweet. What an adorable project! Thanks for the hop! I'm a follower

Have a wonderful Easter!

Jennifer said...

Wow!!! Love both the projects!!! The pinwheels are so cute & the flower balls are adorable!!!!
Craftycardgallery at gmail dot com

Tere said...

Both projects are adorable, the flowers are gorgeous!!!

thekolbes said...

How creative I want to lift them both. Thanks so much for sharing,
krazykcrafters at msn dot com

Anniebee said...

Both of these are just adorable! The moms who get these are going to love them! Love your blog and just became a follower.

anniebeescraftroom at gmail dot com

Lillian Child said...

So very lovely! And I just found your blog and am now a follower. So nice to meet you! Stop by my blog sometime and say hello!

Thanks for sharing and Happy Easter!

Tiffany said...

Adorable projects! I also love that we chose similar blog candy. So glad I got to participate with you in the hop. TFS

sweetlilscrapper said...

love your work!
sweetlilscrapper at hotmail dot ca

iluvkatie74 said...

That bucket is sooo cute!!! I love it.

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Kris Dietz said...

I love your projects - especially the pinwheels! TFS.


DeeDee said...

What a neat idea! I really enjoyed hopping with you! :)