Mothers Day

Mothers Day is the second Sunday in May in Australia. You can find out more about this special day at this history page

Here's a lovely paper bag card to make for her and fill with photos and/or special tickets, gift cards and notes.

"Being a full-time mother is one of the highest salaried jobs... since the payment is pure love."
~Mildred B. Vermont

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Do you make a special hand made gift for someone's Mothers Day? I am still blessed to have my mother with me so I do try to make her something special and different each year to show her how much I love her.

This first project on this page was a special one. My siblings and I took her out to dinner and a show and then out to a special ocean trip the next day. I needed to store her tickets and itinerary safely and leave space for her to insert photos and other memorabilia later. So I made a paper bag card. The instructions are below.

Another year I made her a handmade humourous greeting card. You can see this second project by scrolling down past the paper bag album and can have the instructions for making that as well.

How to Make a Mothers Day Paper Bag Card

I saw how to make a very sweet paper bag card on a blog and immediately thought how perfect it would be for my project. In this case, the family wanted to give our mother tickets to some special events. A paper bag card would have pockets and flaps, perfect for storing the vouchers and tickets till the time to give them to her arrived.

Here's How I Made The Card

  • I took an ordinary brown paper bag and folded the bottom flap inwards to form a pocket, and paper pierced then hand stitched the edges of the flap down. I used a set of coordinating designer series papers from Stampin' Up! so it was not difficult to create a well put together effect.

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  • Then I folded the whole bag in half and paper pierced then hand stitched down the spine of the card.
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  • I started to decorate by covering the front, middle, flap and back of the card with sturdy cardstock and more delicate designer paper (Daffodil Delight cardstock and retired Greenhouse Gala designer series paper from Stampin' Up!)
  • I scallop punched the flap edge with my Stampin' Up! scallop edge punch (retired) before covering the flap with some Daffodil Delight cardstock.
  • I made some accordion fold flowers to adorn the front and polished them off with some pretty Vintage brads from Stampin' Up!
  • There's still a pocket in the front section formed by the top of the paper bag. I put the vouchers and tickets in that and the journaling tags in the bottom flap pocket. I made a tag for each of my siblings to write their special messages on, too, since this was a joint gift between us all.

    I was not sure I had finished decorating the card. In the end I took a picture of all of us helping her to celebrate and added it to the card the day after Mother's Day. I made some tags for each person at the party to write on so she had a pocket full of cards to read over and over.

    Of course I added ribbon and pearls and a little bling and a sentiment and some loving words in my own handwriting...

    After all, you can't really do enough to celebrate a special Mothers Day now can you :)

    As another idea, you may enjoy making a Mother's Day Hearts card

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    Make a Humourous Mothers Day Card

    Maybe your mother loves jokes? I made a humourous card for mine with the Pun Intended stamp set. It did make her laugh!

    On the card front I made a lighted lamp by laying down a circle of Daffodil Delight ink with a sponge on some Whisper white cardstock. Then I stamped the lamp in Basic Black over the top.

    Next I added a sentiment from the Teeny Tiny Sentiments stamp set and heat embossed it in gold. Some of the embossing powder stuck to the light switch! I thought that was a happy accident and made the lamp look really special. So I added some rhinestones to the neck of the lamp as well to really bling it up.I also coloured the shape under th elight in Melon Mambo ink.

    Now I turned to my card base which I made from Emerald Envy cardstock. I wanted a feature along the bottom so I scallop punched the front, adding a strip of So Saffron behind it to line up with the back of the card. I stamped little hearts along the base in Emerald Envy and used my Paper Piercing tool to add some little holes in a line.

    Next I mounted my image on Basic Black cardstock and then onto the card base.

    The inside of the card has the punchline. I think you can figure out how I made it:

    I thought it was a cute card!


    You can also get inspiration from the Cards For Troops drive. We made hundreds of cards for the military to send home to their Mums!

    If you have a special project you are making for Mother's Day I would love to see it. Please do share.

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