I have to tell you that Mother’s Day is always a little bit hard for me. My mom passed away suddenly almost 30 years ago. She was in her early 60’s; I was in my 30’s, a young mom with an 8~year old, a 6~year~old and a 20 month old. I thought that my mom would be around to see all her grandchildren (I had a 12~year~old nephew.) grow up. We saw her the day before we left on summer vacation. I kissed her good~bye, thinking that she had the softest, most beautiful skin. Little did I know that would be the last time I saw her or touched her. My mom ~ memaw ~ never got to see her grandchildren grow up and they were denied the joy of having her in their lives. So when I send Mother’s Day cards, I send them to my daughters. This year, with my Cricut Explore Air in full tilt creating mode, I decided to make cards for my grandkids to give to their moms. Here is how to make Mother’s Day cards to celebrate mom using a Cricut.
The irony of making DIY cards is that my mom was the queen of DIY before anyone used the term DIY. She made shadow boxes with intricately cut paper and purses from wooden boxes, covering them in torn paper and decoupaging them, adding the hinges and handles herself. She would have loved Jo~ann’s, Michael’s and Hobby Lobby. She was an expert seamstress, making clothes not only for me, but my dolls, too. She had the greenest thumb ever and always had a beautiful garden. Martha Stewart would have had some real competition in the hostess and food categories from my mom. She knew how to set a beautiful table, plan and cook a delicious meal, and she could charm the pants off of company without trying or knowing that she was being charming. She was the sweetest person who would cry at a Hallmark commercial and I only saw her get “riled up” if she thought someone (especially my brother or I) was being mean, rude, or inconsiderate. I’m pretty sure that she could have been a successful DIY and lifestyle blogger, although I’m also sure she would have been hesitate to put herself out in the public eye ~ women of her generation just didn’t do that in those days. But I’m positive of this: she would have loved making these Mother’s Day cards and had the most fun doing it.
How to Make Mother’s Day Cards to Celebrate Mom
In addition to a Cricut, you’ll need a ruler, glue and adhesive. Sometimes it takes both to make sure that your papers are adequately stuck together. I found this clear Elmer’s Glue and I like that it’s a thinner consistency than regular glue, but you do have to use it sparingly. The adhesive tape is easy to use, but sometimes isn’t strong enough. You need a ruler to measure the size of your cards if an envelope doesn’t come with the card and you have to make a separate one.
I have 2 granddaughters and 1 grandson and I wanted cards that I thought would fit their personalities to give to their moms. I searched Cricut Design Space and found the just~right cards. Here was my inspiration.
Let’s start with my grandson. He is 9 and loves super heroes so I was really excited to find this card in the Cricut Make It Now. His mom is super. She juggles a full time job and is raising an awesome little boy by herself. The only change I made was from pink to blue. A blue and white color scheme was perfect. I’m learning the ropes of following the Cricut Design Space instructions, loading the paper onto the mat, hitting the load button and the Cricut button as indicated. This card required 2 cuts, one for the inner liner and one for the outer card with the cut out.
For my youngest granddaughter, who just turned 3 in April, I wanted something pink and sweet. She is our little princess with big blue eyes and blonde hair. I know she can’t read the card yet, but I’m hoping she will think it’s pretty for her mom. Like the first card, this one required just 2 cuts, 1 for the card and 1 for the liner.
Neither of these cards came with an envelope, so I searched in the Create It Space for an envelope, sized it to fit the cards and cut it out. I was pretty darn proud of myself for figuring this out. Here is the Design Space screen and envelope style I used.
For my older granddaugther I wanted something a little unique. She will be 6 next week (I shared the Happy Birthday banner that I made for her.), in kindergarden, is reading, and is fearless. When I saw this card I knew it was perfect. Annabelle is well aware that her daddy went to Alabama and she can yell “Roll Tide” with the best of them. She wears a houndstooth skirt I made her on game days. In all fairness, her mom, my older daughter, went to Texas A & M and has taught Annabelle to yell “Gig ‘Em.” They are a house divided on SEC game days. For those of you not in the know, Alabama’s mascot is the elephant. Annabelle actually had an elephant mobile over her crib. That’s why this card was just right. A mama and baby elephant.
There were several cut outs for this card and the envelope which takes a bit of time. The only hard part was figuring out how they all fit together. The few spots you see on the card are where I used too much clear glue.
After I finished the cards for the grandkids to give to their moms, I decided I wanted to give the girls cards from Sweet Shark and me. I found this design and used different color paper to change them up a bit. It’s great when all the little cuts stay on the mat. You can remove any pieces that are still attached to the card using a tool called a weeder.
Paper that sticks to the mat is removed using this scraper tool.
The insert piece is attached to the card using the adhesive tape.
I’m so pleased how the cards turned out. As always, I learned new techniques and ways to do things on the Cricut just by making things. I can’t wait to show the little ones their cards and have them sign them. And I can’t wait to give the cards to my daughters. This will be a special Mother’s Day because I will be in Atlanta on Mother’s Day with my girls which hasn’t happened in a very long time. Of course, there is one very special person who won’t be there, but will be in our thoughts. But I feel certain that she’s watching and would be proud of the children I raised and how they are raising their children. I know she would have dearly loved her great~grandchildren. Thanks, mom, for the love, the lessons, the hugs and smiles.
Happy Mother’s Day to all you moms, grandmoms, and moms to~be. Have a wonderful weekend.
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