Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day to all you mom's out there! And an especially Happy Mother's Day to our mom back home. This is (sadly) her first mother's day without any of her kids around in 32 years.
Here's what we made for her special day. There are a handful of pictures of this project. It was our first attempt at an explosion box (but now not our last! Think of the possibilities...) I think for our first attempt it came out pretty well. We felt like this was a good project for her. It's not a card, so she can leave it out for as long as she wants (even though it does say "Happy Mother's Day", you can't tell if it's closed.) And we added a little something in it, so she can treat herself to something nice!
If you've never seen a box like this, it looks like an ordinary box. The top here is probably my favorite part of the project.

...and then (in this case,) you tug on the ribbon and take the top off...and:
It opens up to reveal the inside! This box has  2 1/2 layers on the inside. The pictures only show the "crafty" areas. The layer on the bottom is here we each wrote our own little note to mom. No one needs to read that...;) The other two blocks were cut with Celebrate with Flourish)
The bear was probably the hardest part of it. We weren't sure that he would stand up on his own, but he showed us wrong. He's made from only ovals and circles- who knew?? (George & Basic Shapes) He could use some work, though. He's not nearly chubby enough. Luckily, you can't tell from the front!
We were going to go with the traditional flower route, but decided that with our past experiences with flower deliveries, that wasn't such a good idea. (one time they only gave us half of the flowers we were supposed to get, and the other time, the vase was broken in a hundred pieces when it got to the door.) So we made our own flowers for her! Since our best medium is paper, we made her some paper flowers on top of the box! Now her flowers won't die like they usually do. These are handmade flowers, with inked edges. The two light pink flowers actually started yellow, but e inked them and they look amazing (if I might say!!) And, as if she didn't know it was for her, there's a tag with Mom's name on it, in the shape of a heart, what else?!
That's all for today's project. I did enter it into some blog "challenges", because I'm just really proud of it!!
Cooking with the Cricut- Mother's Day Gift Ideas
Fantabulous Cricut - Mother's Day
Stuck on You Sketches - In Celebration of Mothers


  1. Oh wow! At first glance I thought, oh what a pretty, pretty box!! That pretty,pretty box is just full of adorable little details! This is really an adorable, fun, sweet gift! I'm sure your Mom will love it! Thanks for sharing it with us over at FCCB this week.

  2. I am sure your mother is going to love this. This is such a nice idea. I love that your wrote her little notes. This will probably be cherished the whole year. Great job on the details. Thanks for joining us for the challenge over at the FCCB.

  3. Oh, wow! I dearly love explosion boxes and seriously need to do another one soon! Your mom will love this! That little bear is simply adorable! And the flowers .. omigosh .. love them! I am so glad that you entered this in our Celebration of Mother's Die Cut challenge at Stuck on U! Hope to see you back soon!

  4. So gorgeous. I love the flowers and the cute little bear. Great combo for the explosion box and a beautiful gift. Thanks for joining us at CWC this week.

  5. This is fabulous - inside and out! The box is gorgeous and has such a fun surprise inside. I'm sure your mum was delighted!
    Thanks so much for playing along with us at Fantabulous Cricut!

    Small Bits of Paper

  6. Adorable box.......your flowers are so pretty and I love the little bear:)Thanks for joining us at SOUS:)

  7. Really really cute!
    Ok, so you guys have me you craft together? Design and put things together? Just curious!
    I have a friend that I sometimes craft with, she's newer at it so we make a double of whatever for her. Its just fun to craft w/ someone, for sure!
    I had fun poking around your blog...cute cute projects!
    I'm so glad you shared this also at SOUS! What a neat project and yes, those flowers
    turned out great!

    Hugs, Leah

    1. Thank you for taking the time to look around! To answer your question, my sister and I do just about everything together! (We're twins). One of us is better when it comes to sewing, the other is better at working with paper,and we both spend time in the kitchen. It's definitely better (in my opinion) to craft with someone- to have another person's advice on something. Thanks again for looking!

  8. Thanks for the compliments, ladies! They mean so much to us! You all do amazing work, as well. I look forward to checking the different blogs out and seeing all of the wonderful projects you create! You're all so talented! Thanks again for the kind thoughts!

  9. This box is just TOO CUTE!AWESOME job with it,Thank you for joining us over at FCCB this week!

  10. That is BEAUTIFUL. I really need to learn how to make these types of projects!

  11. WOW!What a Gorgeous Box!!!Beautiful Flowers!!!!TFS

  12. You did a great job with this! That bear is darling and SUPER creative!!! Congrats for making our Top 5 at FCCB! :) You have gained a new follower as well. ;)

    XO ~ Amy Jo (FCCB DT member & New follower)
    amyjrockstar at gmail dot com

  13. That is such a great gift idea and Leah is right about the flowers, they turned out amazing.. Plus, I'm loving that cute little bear of yours, the facial expression is priceless..
    thnx for sharing your project with us girls over at SOUS

  14. Is fabulous !
    Thanks for sharing your talent.