Sunday, March 18, 2012

Apron Strings across America

Happy Mother's Day to all my readers across the Pond!

This week's challenge at One Stitch at a Time (OSAAT) is Girly, to celebrate Mother's Day. 

We don't celebrate Mother's Day in the U.S. until May 13th this year, but I went ahead and made this for my mom. I chose a bright/funky color palette because that's her kind of "girly"!

I made a mini dresser easel card depicting Mom's apron strings crossing the country, featuring the Apron Strings digi stamp set by Stitchy Stamps/Trina Clark

From now on, to win our main prize entries must be made using a product from StitchyBear Digital Stores. There are freebies available, and every month there are great deals on digis from all the artists.

This week's main prize is a a £10 gift voucher to Bunny Zoe Crafts!

Entries using none StitchyBear products will be entered into a draw to win $3 to spend at our store.

Hope you'll join us!

I'm entering this into several Easel Card challenges, and although it is a box it's also a card:

I plan to write a message when I send it to Mom. The inside features "vines" cut from 2 flourish Sizzix die cuts, and plastic 3D poppies by Donna Downey Studios. The little knobs are from 7 Gypsies (love love love these!!!)

Each drawer contains a notecard that I also plan to write something in:

The sentiments on the front are heat-embossed, but the one on the inside is simply stamped with chalk ink. They're all from the For Every Mother stamp set by SP&Company.

This uses no store-bought DPs: it's all created with Vintage Vine digital papers by Mel Stampz (thank you!) printed onto white linen cardstock. I created the map background in PhotoSHop, using digital paper piecing. This is a great way to make the most of your digi papers, and Snappy Stampin' with Arielle has an excellent tutorial on how to do it with the free online editor Pixlr.

I totally had an Ah-Ha moment while making this... I had planned on using real spring-action mini clothespins to attach the aprons to the bakers twine, but they were too bulky. So I folded some kraft paper scraps in half and free-cut some teensy old-fashioned round-top clothespins. I literally clipped them on, adding just a drop of glue to the inside.

Thanks for visiting, and I'm looking forward seeing your projects for this week's challenge at One Stitch at a Time!

I'm entering this into the following challenges:
Craft Your Passion: Easel Card (2nd entry)
Delightful Challenges: Someone Special


  1. it is absolutely adorable!

  2. Awesome creation love the way the flowers prop up your easel!

  3. Such a fun project, i love it!!
    Hugs Nat

  4. Gorgeous card, really like this, Happy mother's Day, thank you for joining our challenge at MMCS, good luck, hope to see you again, Gaynor DT xx

  5. What a cute Mother's Day gift for your mom... Love this easel dresser drawer.. Thank you so much in joining in MCS first challenge and good luck too you!

  6. this is absolutely striking and beautiful!

    thanks so much for playing along with us at Ruby’s Rainbow Challenges!

    hugs and kisses from germany,
    silvi xoxo

  7. This is to cute :) very creative you are, your Mum is gonna love it, I know I do ;)


  8. wow this is amazing project and perfect for us challenge ! thank so much for playing with craftyourpassionchallenges - hugs joanna

  9. It's beautiful and a super idea. Your mother will love it. Hazel x

  10. Oh wow the amount of work you've put into this is amazing and its worth it because this is fantastic! Your Mum will love it! Thanks for joining us at Glitter Geeks this week, Paula :))

  11. oh my such a lovely creation and great styling on the easel too, thank you for joining us for our Easel Card Challenge at the Emerald Faerie Garden
    Hugs Kate xx

  12. This "card" is great. Like the bright colors.
    Thank you for playing with us at Craft your Passion.
    LG Michelle

  13. Beautiful project, great idea too! HUgs Julie x

  14. Fabulous creation, love the drawers, so pretty :) Thanks for joining in at The Glitter Geeks this week, Carol xx

  15. What a beautiful keepsake for your Mom, she will treasure this for a long time. Jennie xx

  16. Beautiful!Love all the colors and details.Love the little drawers such a fun 3d card.Thanks for joining us at Milk Coffee Stamps first challenge.Hope you can join us next time.

  17. Oh CG this is so fun and pretty and creative. I LOVE the drawers, love the pretty cards. You have done a fantastic job with the more than one fold card challenge, thanks so much for sharing this with us at Hooked on Craft.

    Liz Weber
    Hooked on Craft Design Team

  18. what a lot of works you did on it friend, so pretty.

  19. Such a wonderful creation - thank you for joining the glitter geeks challenge this week x

  20. wow what a wonderful Creation. Thanks for joining us at The Emerald Faerie Garden, good luck, and hope to see you back again.

  21. simply stunning - looks so gorgeous.
    Many thanks for joining us at Glitter Geeks this week

  22. such a sweet adorable card, love the drawer design too!! thanks for joining in with the Glitter Geeks, Nelly x

  23. Wow, that is so amazing honey! Thx for joining our very first MilkCoffee Stamps challenge and I hope to see you again!

    Mary J x

  24. How beautiful. What a special gift you've created.Thanks for joining in with us over at Ruby's Rainbow for the lace challenge.Good luck.Hugs Debbie x

  25. Gorgeous card!

    thank you for joining in the fun with us at Ruby's Rainbow for our "Lace " challenge

    Hope you will join us again soon

    Hugs Shaz x

  26. A very good utilization of cards I must say..Keep it up!

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