Monday, April 27, 2009

Project Parade Day One: It's A Girl Thing

Welcome to the first day of the April release Project Parade. This month's theme is:


It's a Girl Thing: Celebrating The Women in Our Lives

I am kicking off this Project Parade with a project made for Mother's Day. If you want to participate (details at the end of the post), please note that your project does not have to focus on Mother's Day. You can celebrate any woman in your life: friends, aunts, step-moms, grannies, teachers...the sky is the limit!




There is no doubt that times are tough right now and making our dollar go farther is what it is all about. With this in mind, I chose to do a project that would cost a minimal amount of money, but would be something that my mom would cherish for a long time. I started with a $1 frame from Michael's, which I painted white and then dry brushed light pink on to create a slightly distressed look. For the center of the frame, I stamped the "Because of You" sentiment on patterned paper and matted it with Chocolate Chip (SU!) cardstock. For added detail, I stitched around the edges and then matted it again (with dimensional glue dots) on Old Olive (SU!) cardstock that I had embossed with the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder. The word "Mom" was also stamped on patterned paper and then punched out and matted with Chocolate Chip and Old Olive, as well. I used flatback acrylic accents to embellish around the frame opening.




For the flowers, I used a combination of paper flowers cut from my Slice Noteworthy design cartridge. These could very easily be cut by hand, if you do not have the Slice machine. I gave the flowers texture by crumpling them up several times. Finally, I topped the paper flowers with Prima flowers, rhinestones and buttons. The swirls were also cut from my Slice Machine (Basics 3 Design Cartridge). To finish the entire project, I wrapped Olive grosgrain ribbon (SU!) around the edge of the frame.

We can't wait to see what you come up with for this month's Project Parade! To play along, just make a project or card that fits your style and celebrates a woman in your life. Then just add a link to your creation to the Mr. Linky form below before 8PM Mountain on Thursday, May 14. Two random participants will be chosen and win a $25 gift certificate to the Verve Store. Have fun with this and good luck!



Links are now closed. Thanks to everyone who played along with our It's A Girl Thing Project Parade!

18 comments:

Charmaine (CharmWarm) said...

Jen, this is just gorgeous!

Jackie Pedro said...

Beautiful, Jen! Love the olive and pink combo...

Ravengirl said...

What a cute project! I can't wait to cook up something for my mom!

Linda Beeson said...

That decorated frame is just so beautiful! LOVE the flowers.

Kayla D said...

I love this! Great job!

Sassy Scrapin' said...

This is so sweet! Great job!

mustangsarah said...

Jen, this is so gorgeous.
I can't wait to try something for my MIL.

Michelle (aka mybelle101) said...

WOW! This is gorgeous, Jen! So elegant and beautiful...I love the dew drops around the opening!

Jeni said...

This is beautiful! I love the color combo too.

NinaB said...

I have a project to link, but I don't see the usual Mr. Linky list. Am I at the wrong place? I love all your cards, ladies. You are some of the most talented paper crafters I know.

KanataNewf said...

Beautiful! I've added my link with Mr. Linky to the card I made for my Mom. There you can also see the Memory Book project I made for her for Mother's day.

Teresa Kline aka va.sunshine said...

this is gorgeous, fabulous color combo! *~*

Mimi H. said...

All the projects have been absolutely beautiful. Thanks for the inspiration. I made a card for my mom and linked it here.

PaperTree Designs said...

I think I put the link to my blog rather than the link to my card...sorry girls. Here it is...

http://papertreedesign.blogspot.com/2009/04/more-antiquing.html

Deb
x

SusanR said...

Have been loving all the projects - finally had a chance to post mine. The pic has been stuck on my camera. By the way - Mom loved it! :)

SusanR said...

Finally posted my project - looks like my comment got lost though. Really impressed by everything everybody came up with - great challenge for this time of year!

Michelle said...

Great projects - very inspiring. I made a little card for my daughter with the Circular Sayings - she is the most important woman in my life...always will be.

Michelle said...

...I made a Mother's Day card too - with a Verve scripture that I thought my MIL would love. We don't have the greatest relationship she and I, however, she is my husband's mother...and my children's grandmother, so I swallow my pride and hold my tongue often - for the sake of my family... ;)