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!