Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Grandma Knows Best

Hi everyone, it's Audrey! Today I have a sweet project to share that celebrates Grandma using our new and beautiful Cherish collection.

I truly have an amazing mom. She is loving and supportive, and is a wonderful grandma to my kids. I knew with Mother's Day coming up soon that I wanted to make something very special for her, and as soon as I saw Cherish, I knew just what to do. Grandma does know best, and now she has a little hanging sign that hopefully will remind her everyday how much she is loved.

 I am a huge fan of recycling, and one of my favorite materials to use on my projects is old corrugated cardboard, like the base of this hanging here. You can cut it to any size or shape you wish, and it's light-weight and flat for mailing. And better yet, it's completely earth-friendly, too.

To get started, cut a 6" circle from recycled cardboard. If you don't have a circle template, look around your home for a circle you can trace, like a cup, a plate, or a lid. Cut two layering circles from the patterned paper. I used both the front and back side of the Cherish One 12x12 paper for mine. Then trim the "Grandma knows best" label from the Enhancements Cut-Apart 12x12 paper.


 Peel the top layer off the cardboard, exposing the corrugated board beneath. If you like things a little aged and worn, like I do, then edge the cardboard and papers with ink. I used both brown and rose pink inks to coordinate with the papers. I also distressed the edge of the papers using my fingernail. Adhere the papers together with the circles a bit skewed off-center, and machine stitch the edges.


Adhere the paper to the cardboard with a strong adhesive.

Punch holes at the top of the hanging and thread with a ribbon hanger. I like to add my hanger first before adding the decorative elements, so that I can be absolutely sure my plaque will hang how I want it to when I'm finished.

Adhere lace trim to the bottom edge of the Grandma knows best label and affix label to the center of the plaque using foam adhesive for dimension. Add a Grandma tab sticker from the 6x12 Components Sticker Sheet to the top of the label.

I wanted to place a hanging tag to the left side of the label, which I knew would add a lot of visual weight on that side. By skewing the circles to the right, you can create the illusion of extra space, and keep your design looking balanced.



After the tag, add detail with buttons, die cut branches and leaves.


Enjoy!
Products Used:
Authentique- Cherish Collection: Cherish One 12x12 Paper (front and back), 6x6 Bundle (pink die cut branches), Enhancements Cut-Apart Sheet, 6x12 Components Sticker Sheet
Tag: Avery
Stamps: Stampin'Up (French script, Love)
Die: Sizzix (branch)
Punch: McGill (leaf)
Ink: Clearsnap, Stampin'Up
Buttons: vintage
Trim: Craft Supply
Recycled Corrugated Cardboard

15 comments:

  1. This is amazing! Just beautiful. Hope you will visit and link this up at Craftin Desert Divas "Button" Linky Party.


    Tara
    www.craftindesertdivas.com

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  2. OH my!!!This is beautiful,Thanks for the tutorial...

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  3. Love this idea Audrey...gorgeous!

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  4. So, so pretty...love all of the little details that you added to this! Beautiful work!

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  5. THIS is so adorable and what a great tribute to your mother. Love the recycling of cardboard. Great job.

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  7. what a pretty wall hanging i think i might scraplift (if you dont mind) i like what you did with the cardboard very clever and the colors are so pretty and cheerful to. thanks for sharing God Bless. thats a great mothers day gift.

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  8. this is darlin, thanks for sharing!

    enjoy *~*

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  9. Oh wow I really want that collection, this project looks so beautiful.

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  10. I love this. The design is amazing.

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  11. So sweet! Love the leafy bow and the contrast of the brown ribbon with those soft colors. I love the shabby chic-ness if it all!

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  12. I love the way you made this. The papers are gorgeous!

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