Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Mother's Day or Mothering Sunday?

     Here in Canada we will soon be celebrating our Mother's Day.  But did you know that in the U.K. mothers were recognized on Mothering Sunday back in March?
     In my opinion, no matter when we celebrate, "Mothering Sunday" seems to be a more appropriate name for this holiday.  I am very fortunate to have a mother with whom I have always been close and, she would agree, with whom I have rarely if ever quarreled.  However, this isn't true for everyone and unfortunately many of us are now without our mothers.  This Mother's Day acknowledge all of the women in your life who have a mothering influence - sisters, friends, aunts, teachers, neighbours. 

photo cubes

     Whomever they are we need to thank them for the love they show us - what better way to do that than with a craft project!  

     These quick and inexpensive photo cubes by Tara Dennis are a perfect way to showcase these special women.

     Click HERE to link to Tara's blog for complete photo instructions.  Empty boxes, black paint, photos and just a short amount of time are all that it takes!
     If you are a regular reader of our blog posts you will recall this card that we made as our make-and-take project at our Mega Crop Weekend.  One of the techniques we were featuring was to create an ombré - a colour graduation from light to dark.

    To create our ombré we used one of our favourite Impression Obsession background stamps inked with Versamark Ink.  We then rubbed chalk pastels across the stamped image - the stickiness of the Versamark grabbed the chalk.  We then rubbed the image with scrap paper to burnish the chalk and remove any excess.

     Just days after our Crop Weekend, Hero Arts featured this same look on their blog!  The watercolour resist technique used by Hero Arts would require a few extra minutes simply because of the time involved in heat embossing and drying time.


  Click HERE to link to their blog and watch a great video tutorial.  Even if you would prefer not to heat emboss, this video is worth watching for the watercolour tips.  (what were the chances that both our card and theirs would be in pinks!)

     So now you are all set!  You have both a gift idea and a card to create for the one who mothers you.  Too bad my mother chose to be away for Mother's Day!

Happy Crafting!



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