Thursday, May 17, 2012

Out of the Box for Mother's Day

I am officially on summer vacation!! I can not tell you how wonderful it is going to be to sleep in the next few days!  But enough of me rubbing my good fortune in your faces!!

Last weekend, I needed to make a couple of Mother's Day cards for Mom and my MIL.   I have seen flower pot cards on different blogs, but never saved a link.  I went to Pinterest to see if I could find one with instructions.  *Here's a little background on me... I'm not sure why, but I tend to make most of my cards the standard size.  I've done a some square cards and even a few shaped cards, but I always end up going back to good ol' 4 1/4" x 5 1/2".  And my cards ALWAYS  fit in the envelope (stop laughing, Lisa M, don't you judge me!!).  So I was trying to stay away from any designs that would be too big.  I found the perfect one here and Brenda's step by step instructions were fabulous! Even better, it would fit a standard card envelope!

So I got busy cutting and scoring the pot, making the insert and then the fun part-the flowers!!  I wasn't sure how many I would need and didn't want to stop to make more after I started assembling so I made a nice variety to choose from. Then something incredible happened, well at least for me...  I went crazy! I kept adding more leaves and flowers and absolutely loved how it was turning out.  I finally hit a point where I looked at it and thought 'OK, I'm finished.'  Then it hit me... There was NO WAY this was going to fit in a standard envelope!!!  I had completely stepped out of my comfort zone, had a wonderful time, made a card both Moms would love, and I had no idea how I was going to present it to them!  Luckily after a little digging, I found some larger envelopes, left over from who knows what, and there was enough room to slip the cards in without squishing them.  Problem solved!  I'm just glad I didn't have to mail these!

I decided to use all of the retiring In Colors on this card.  I absolutely love pear pizzazz, but hadn't really used a lot of the other colors.  I'm also hoping I haven't forgotten any of the supplies.  It was a bit of a whirlwind of creativity on this one!

If you would like to recreate this card, I highly suggest clicking on the link above! Her directions and pictures really made this easy to create!

Card Recipe: Cardstock-2010-2012 In Colors, whisper white, Ink-pear pizzazz, concord crush, Stamp set-Fresh Vintage (from SAB), sentiment-unknown, Accessories-bakers twine, Boho Blossoms punch, eyelet border punch, bird builder punch, fun flowers die, floral fusion and little leaves sizzlit dies, square lattice folder, perfect polka dots folder, petals a plenty folder


  1. Margaret, this is SUPER FABULOUS!!! Love the little pot and all the flowers too. Cute idea and really like the twine on here.
    I'm the same way about cards - standard size or nothing! LOL! Glad you found an envelope to fit this as it's lovely.
    Have a great summer vacation!!

  2. Great Mother's Day cards, I haven't made a flower pot card in ages! I do make a lot of "hand deliver" cards now the postage has gone up in the UK though! I bet they went down a storm?
    Hugs xx

  3. Oh, Margaret, this is gorgeous! Loved reading your post! What fun you had getting creative and carried away in a good way!

  4. Woohoo for summer vacation!! THis is just too cute! Love the terra cotta pot! I love making these - they are sooo easy to make and adorable to give! You've done marvelous for your first time out the gate - kudos! 0xoxo

  5. I love flower pot cards and you created such a fab one Margaret-enjoy your summer break and your sleep-in days

  6. What an awesome flower pot card Margaret!! I love it!! I will be featuring this card on My Crafty Picks #64 with a link back to your blog on 5-20-12, which is today. Make sure to stop by to check out all the picks and to pick up your blog badge to display on your blog for being featured!!

    If you wish to decline please email me by responding to this comment to let me know.

    Have a great day!!
    Tiffany Bauer

  7. Oh wow, this is terrific, I've always wanted to try a flower pot card---yours turned out great!!

  8. I love your card Margaret and thanks for the link. Most of my cards require 'protection' due to all of the stuff but I get tired of paying extra postage. This one has style and I am sure the recipient loved it, I know I do! Great color combo too!!

  9. ENJOY summer vacation ! So full of colorful fun blooms. The punched edge detail and twine on the flower pot are cute details. I'm sure your mom and mil loved these. Thanks for sharing =)


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