Thursday, April 28, 2011

A Celebration of Women....

We're rapidly approaching the month of May!

May typically reminds us to celebrate Mother's....women!

Today's projects are both wonderful ways to celebrate that special woman in your life! Designer Patti Milazzo has a special plaque for Mom! How beautiful of a gift to have sitting on a stand in a special place in your special someone's home. Consider adding a photo to it for a personal touch! Designer Leslie Ashe is celebrating a special someone in her life...her daughter! This layout can be adapted for a special "she" in your life!

Patti and Leslie's projects offer a reminder of how beautifully Maya Road and GlueArts products complement one another and provide the perfect tools for your special gifts and memories!!

Decorative Plaque for Mom
Designer: Patti Milazzo

Glue Arts:
Glue Glider Pro with
1/4 High Tac Cartridge Refill - Pro
Mini Adhesive Squares
Adhesive Squares
U-Cut-It Adhesive Foam
Glue Gun
Glue Gun Stick Refills
Extreme Adhesive Squares

Maya Road:
Chipboard Shapes; Pins; Canvas Heart

Other: Crate Paper Restoration pattern paper and stickers; chipboard; buttons, beads, pearl and crystal gems; ink spray; hemp

1. Cut an 8” x 8” piece of chipboard and a piece of pattern paper the same size for the background of the plaque. Ink and distress the edges of the pattern paper. Machine stitch around the paper twice – do not adhere to the chipboard just yet.
2. To frame the Maya Road canvas heart, cut a 4 ½” x 6” piece of pattern paper – trim a scallop edge on one end, score 1” past the scallop and fold over. Add a strip of contrasting pattern paper and machine stitch across. Adhere this to the bottom left corner of the pattern paper square.

3. I selected a variety of the Maya Road small chipboard pieces to use on the plaque, including pieces to create a small banner as well as use a mix of flowers, hears and the label chipboard oval. I painted each of these pieces with a warm white acrylic paint and let it dry. Then I lightly sprayed the chipboard and the canvas with ink as well as inking the edges. I then set it all aside and to dry thoroughly.
4. Next, I attached the canvas heart near the bottom left of the square with Mini Adhesive. I used just a few pieces since I planned to do a little stitching across the heart.
5. I also die cut a scroll shape from yellow pattern paper. I used the Glue Glider Pro to apply small amounts of High Tac Adhesive to a few of the wider parts of the die cut and adhered the scroll over the heart. I machine stitched over the scroll.

6. Now the embellished pattern paper square (with the scallop frame and canvas heart) can be adhered to the 8” chipboard square with High Tac Adhesive using the Glue Glider Pro.
7. To create the banner, I strung together 3 Maya Road banner chipboard shapes along with a few coordinating beads on a piece of hemp.
8. I punched circles for the center of each banner shape, punched a small heart to fit inside the heart shaped chipboard and die cut 2 – M’s. I layered these pieces and adhered the circles to the banners with the U-Cut-It Adhesive Foam.

9. Once I had the banner positioned correctly – not too low or strung too straight – I tied knots through 2 holes that I punched in the corners of the plaque square. Then I applied small U-Cut-It Adhesive Foam squares to the back of each banner flag to give the banner more dimension.
10. For the flowers, I layered the chipboard flowers with similarly shaped flower punches using the Mini Adhesive Squares to adhere the pieces together. Also, I traced a heart chipboard frame onto the chipboard oval label, doodled a scallop border and then adhered the heart frame onto the oval. I adhered a small heart shape punch inside the frame and filled it with a crackle medium. Once the crackle medium dried, I attached the chipboard oval label to the lower left corner with an Extreme Adhesive Square and mini brads.
11. I also used the Extreme Adhesive Squares to adhere the flowers to the canvas heart. I embellished the flower centers with cut out paper flower shapes, buttons and pearl accents by securing them with Mini Adhesive Squares.
12. I added additional beads to the Maya Road Pins and inserted them just behind the larger paper/chipboard layered flower. I tucked stickers under the flower petals and adhered a 3 layer butterfly just below the flower.
13. For the final part of the plaque, I created 2 scallop pleated flower circles from pattern paper. I secured the accordion folded flowers onto punched paper circles using the hot Glue Gun. The Glue Gun sets the accordion folded circles securely without worry that they’ll come undone. I added a chipboard flower and a pattern paper covered chipboard circle along with a Maya Road floral accent and button to the centers of the pleated flowers.

14. Finally, I completed the project by adding a bit of glitter glue.

She Layout
Designer:  Leslie Ashe

Glue Arts supplies: 
3D U Cut It foam adhesive, Glue Glider Pro w/ both Fabric Tac & High Tac, Micro Extreme Adhesive Squares, Extreme Adhesive Squares

Maya Road supplies:

flowers, canvas dress form, canvas (I cut butterflies from), acrylic flowers, chipboard banner pieces


cardstock, patterned paper, ribbon, letters - American Crafts
paint - Jenni Bowlin, Claudine Helmuth, Adirondack
pen - le pen by Marvy

-using different patterned paper strips, align them along the bottom of layout, layering right above each other (you can use a border punch, if desired.)

-paint a background stamp with green paint & stamp over canvas dressform

-paint butterfly stamp turquoise & stamp onto canvas then cut butterflies out
-paint bottom part of chipboard banner (the scallops) turquoise & let dry
-cover top part of chipboard banner in patterned paper. Distress edges if desired

-place letters spelling "she" on top of chipboard banner
-tie a ribbon around waist of dress form then use Fabric Tac on the back of the canvas dress form & adhere to layout
place the banner "she" right under ribbon

-place canvas butterfly on bottom left of layout & add buttons.
-place smaller punched butterflies just above canvas butterflies
-add flowers to centers of canvas butterflies and ribbon, as well as to the bottom of layout, to left
-then add photo, journaling & enjoy your layout!

Would you like a chance to win some of these products?

Today we have two ways! First...leave us a comment here for our blog! We'll enter you to win the Maya Road goodies and a collection of GlueArts products that are sure to make your crafting a pleasure!

Then go visit the Maya Road Facebook page! Give them a friendly GlueArts hello and if you don't already "like" them...well we'd love you to love them..okay like...but love is better! Maya Road will be offering a giveaway to our GlueArts fans who come give them a shout that gives you another opportunity to win and a great way for you to show another of our partner's just how amazing you ...our GlueArts fans truly are! 


  1. Thanks for such great inspiration on the blog!

  2. Fabulous layers and details in the decorative piece and I LOVE the colors in the She layout.

  3. More wonderful projects using Maya Road. I have been inspired this week!!!

  4. Fabulous layouts and AMAZING details. Thanks so much for the great inspiration!

  5. Gorgeous projects ladies and I love seeing all this dedicated to Mom :)

  6. Beautiful projects! thanks for sharing details.

  7. These are both so awesome! I love that plaque especially for my mom - she would love that for Mother's Day! thanks so much for the inspiration and for the instructions! I can't wait to try this :)

    rebeccadunham at hotmail dot com

  8. SUPER amazing projects today!! LOVE it! And I went over to FB to leave some love!!!

  9. What a great gift for a mom! Love the tutorial that goes with these. TFS!

  10. Love the dimension in those projects!

  11. Love the little banners, the butterfly, the flowers... all of it. Both projects came out so beautiful.

  12. I always enjoy seeing what Patti has up her sleeve. Wonderful card and love the layout by Leslie, too!

  13. More fantastic projects! Thanks for the inspiration!!

  14. love all the details, thanks for inspiring.

  15. Beautiful plaque and sweet layout! Love all the inspiration!

  16. Love both projects! there great. want to thank you for sharing all these wonderful projects with us!!

  17. Beautiful projects you have featured!

  18. Both of these are gorgeous - love all the dimension!!

  19. Wonderful, beautiful projects!! Such an inspiration.

  20. Love the projects they are so beautiful! Thanks for the chance at the MR goodies ;)

  21. Patty is an amazing crafter and always inspires me!

  22. love all these creations- Women deserve to be celebrated

  23. Great projects, ladies! The attention to detail is amazing. :D

  24. I love both of the projects. Who wouldn't???

  25. Love it! Thanks for showcasing such fab products with your awesome projects!


  26. Wonderful projects love love the plaque. Keep up the great work!

  27. Once again, some fantastic projects!

    Carol B

  28. Gorgeous projects, once again. Where is the well of imagination you guys have hidden and why aren't you sharing?

  29. OMG!! These projects are too stinking cute! Love it, love it, love it!!

  30. Love all the inspiration I find here. Thanks

  31. I love May Road chipboard. Your projects are so cute, and I love the step by step instructions.

  32. Karey said...
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  33. Gorgeous projects!! Love all of the fine details and up close pictures. Both are a labour of love for sure! Great job!

  34. I love the plaque for Mom, simply gorgeous! The layout is beautiful also! Thank you for the chance to win such a wonderful giveaway - I heart Maya Road!

  35. How gorgeous! I'm loving this partnership.

  36. Wonderful inspiration all the projects.......................thanks for the chance to win, I love glue arts......and Maya Road.

  37. Love the projects ladies. I so {heart} Maya Road and Glue Arts.

  38. Great projects--I really like the banners.

  39. Wow, so many ideas! Love the embellishments.

  40. Great plaque and also loved the "She" layout. the colors are so vibrant and cheerful, love the banners!
    LizW in TX
    awest424 at att dot net

  41. Yea! Working with Maya Road, wee! :-P

  42. Gorgeous projects!!
    Love all the inspiration!!
    What an awesome giveaway!!
    Thanks for the chance!!

  43. Love your products and maya road and thanks for the great uutorial and ideas for Mother's day. Sure hope I win! thanks for the giveaway also

  44. Absolutely awesome projects. This week is so great here at glue arts :)

  45. I love these ideas and especially the use of the flag banners. I am inspired to go make some of my own. Thanks! Love your blog.~Colleen B.

  46. Who doesn't love Maya Road?! Great projects as always!

  47. Gotta love Maya Road! These are gorgeous projects!

  48. Gorgeous projects!! great inspiration for banners!! Thanks for sharing!

  49. What inspiration!! Love it!!

    Love, Tracy G