Wednesday, May 4, 2011

With Love to Mom.....

from all of us at GlueArts!

I'm always fascinated about history and how things came to be, what led to something we all know coming if you will allow a little background on Mother's Day....

Anna Jarvis of Philadelphia who started Mother's Day celebrations also filed a lawsuit in an effort to stop the over- commercialisation of Mother's Day. She lost her fight. Anna had hoped for a day of reflection and quiet prayer by families, thanking God for all that mothers had done.

Well Anna....I think most modern day Moms still do want the same things you did. A day of quiet and reflection.  Also time spent with loved ones! How do you like to spend the day? 

All week long we're showcasing unique, handmade gifts for you to make and give to that special someone you celebrate Mother's Day with. Might be a friend, Aunt, Grandma, your children or your Mom.

Designer Patti Milazzo has a sweet sweet gift set for her pretty and Designer Jan Hennings has a unique vintage photo frame that would make a truly special gift this Mother's Day!!!!!! 

Cherry Blossom Jar and Card
Designer: Patti Milazzo

I love embellishing jars for gift giving since you can put just about anything inside them. My mom is Japanese and this year I thought I would create a cherry blossom themed gift jar filled with a special Green Tea and accompanied by a card with a paper pieced Kokeshi Doll on the front. 

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

Other: pattern paper and cardstock; 8” ribbon; 10” of black cord or other decorative trim; raffia; pearl gems; white embossing powder; pink/rose colored chalk; flower and leaf punches; crimping tool

Other suggestions to fill your gift jar: Edible treats, gift cards, bath salts, flower seed packets and more.

1. First, I cut cardstock and pattern paper to cover the glass jar and lid. I cut 2 – 2” x 12” strips of cardstock that I crimped and attached together with Adhesive Squares to make the crimped strip long enough to wrap around the jar. I also cut out a circle for the top with two holes in it – where I had removed the original lid handle. And I cut a narrow strip of pattern paper for the side of the lid.

Note: I found that the Adhesive Squares were the easiest adhesive to use on the crimped paper since they didn’t require too much pressure to apply to the paper and they wouldn’t result in flattening the crimped texture.

2. Next, I punched out flowers and leaves to embellish the jar. I used a 5 petal flower that I then notched out each petal. I also punched out small circles from white cardstock for the center of the large flowers.
3. I used the Adhesive Squares to attach the crimped tan cardstock to the glass jar.
4. Then, using the Glue Glider Pro I applied the Perma Tac Adhesive to the narrow pattern paper strip and wrapped it around the side of the lid. Again, I used the Perma Tac again to cover the lid with the paper circle.

5. To attach the flowers and leaves to the crimped paper wrapped around the jar, I used the Mini Adhesive Squares and regular Adhesive Squares. These were quick to apply and made it a snap to add the flowers easily.
6. With the Glue Gun, I applied short, narrow lengths of hot glue to the top edge of the lid and pressed the decorative trim (black cord) into the hot glue. I did this all the way around the lid.
7. I embellished the top of the lid with more punched flowers and leaves.

8. To complete the jar, I wrapped raffia around the jar twice, tied a knot and then trimmed off the excess raffia.
9. For the card, I used the left over crimped tan cardstock across the background of the card.
10. I wanted to embellish the card with a paper pieced Kokeshi Doll (a traditional Japanese doll) using punches and basic shapes. I started by punching out circles from cardstock to create the face, bangs and hair. I rubbed in a bit of rose colored chalk for blushed cheeks. I cut an oval from pattern paper to create the body – trimmed off the bottom of the oval and added a strip of cardstock across the center of the body. I also created an umbrella using the same large five petal flower punches by scoring lines from the center of the flower to the center of each petal and folding them slightly. I layered the two flowers together with an Adhesive Square and then added a small circle punch in the center.

11. I adhered the body to the card with Adhesive Squares – again easier to apply on top of the crimped paper and it adheres securely. I applied U-Cut-It Adhesive Foam to the back of the doll’s head and placed that at the top of the oval body. 
12. Finally, I applied a double layer of U-Cut-It Adhesive Foam behind the umbrella and applied in front of the doll’s body.
13. To complete the card, I added a small butterfly punch and heat embossed my stamped sentiment with white embossing powder.

Mirrored Wedding Photo
Designer: Jan Hennings

GlueArts Glue gun, melt sticks, Perma Tac Adhesive Squares 

Kaiser Craft Wood Flourish Gate and Patterned Paper
Posy Stamps (Heartfelt Creations)
Mirrored Frame (Dollar Store)
vintage photo (Graphic's Fairy)
Crystal Stem (Hobby Lobby
 Gold Metallic Paint (Plaid)
Glass Glitter (Melissa Frances)
pearls (Paper Studio)
sand paper
Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko)


Step 1- Start with a 6.50" x 8.50" mirrored frame.
Step 2-Choose a photo and cut to size.
Step 3-Remove the mirror from the frame. Gently start sanding the gray film on the back of the mirror. Only sand the areas that you want your photo to show through.

Hold your photo in the sanded area to check the progress of the sanding.
Step 4- Once the area has been sanded and you have the desired look with the photo, clean the sanding dust from the back of the mirror.

Step 5- Use .50" Perma Tac Adhesive Squares in each or the corners of the photo.
Step 6- Place the sanded mirror over the photo and press into place.
Step 7- Using Metallic Gold paint, paint the Wood Flourish Gate. Let dry.
Step 8- Use old jewelry or gems and hot glue them to the gate to make handles.

Step 9-Using 2 small posy flower stamps and five different patterned papers, stamp flowers with Tuxedo Black ink. Cut out.
Step 10- Add a bead of hot glue to the centers of two of the small flowers and sprinkle with Glass Glitter. Add pearl centers to the remaming small flowers.
Step 11-Layer the small flower on top of a larger flowers and holt glue into place.
Step 12- Hot glue the flowers to a crystal stem.

Step 13- Place a piece of paper over the area that you'll hot glue the gates. Add a fine line of hot glue to the outer edge of the gate.
Step 14- Position the gate at the bottom of the glass in a semi-open position and press the gate into place. Hold until the hot glue sets. Repeat this for the second gate.

Step 15- Cut out a King and Queen card. (Kaiser Craft P653)
Step 16- Add gold beads to the Queen's crown.
Step 17- Using a Perma Tac Adhesive Square, layer the Queen card on top of the King card.
Step 18- Using a crystal stem that you glued flowers to, hot glue the stem into place on the Queen Card.

Step 19.) Hot glue the second crystal stem on the left gate panel.


  1. Oh that mirror frame is soooo cool! I think I want to try that for a wedding gift! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Wow! Love the projects. The wedding photo one is simply awesome. Thanks!


  3. Wonderful! That set is great and the flowers on that frame are beautiful!

  4. I love the mirror frame! There are way too many projects that I love and want to try. I wish we could have just a nice quiet relaxing day of appreciation for moms.

  5. I love how Patti made the doll out of circles and ovals! I love it!

  6. Beautiful card and two stunning gift ideas. Love how the photo frame was altered especially the mirror frame.
    Kim xXx

  7. everyday I find awesome projects here!!!

  8. Stunning projects! So Creative!

  9. Beautiful projects!!!! Love all the flowers and different accents you added to them!

  10. Love the asian theme and the pic frame!

  11. I love both themes - the flowers are amazing! both are different and beautiful! thanks for posting - I've looked for your products @ Michaels but just can't find them. I'm into crafting with paper right now and sure would love some of you products. will keep looking for them

  12. Great work, as usual! Thanks also for a chance to win!

  13. Such beautiful projects! Love the doll out of circles and those flowers are amazing!

  14. The cherry blossom themed crafts are every so sweet and thoughtful. The frame is different and fascinating. Love both of them.

  15. The cherry blossom on the gate is just lovely! All teh projects are wonderfull and inspiring using the Glue Arts products! TFS!

  16. I love the cherry blosson idea. My grandmother collects cherry clossom dishes and she would just love these. Also thanks for the great giveaway. ~Colleen B.

  17. Gorgeous projects I adore these thank your for the inspiration

    Janie Boots

  18. I love the jar and the doll. Would love to win.

  19. That's so cool, and I have photos of my grandparents and great grandparents I could use. Thanks for the good idea.

  20. I especially love the Japanese inspired project. Too cute!!!! Gosh, I hope that I win the prize, that would be too wonderful...

  21. Such Awesome projects! Thank you for sharing these ideas.

  22. Wow! Any mother would love to receive these gifts!! Absolutely beautiful!!!

  23. Both of these projects are gorgeous! The ladies did awesome step by step tutorials, really appreciate those! TFS

  24. Monica TagabuelMay 4, 2011 at 6:46 PM

    Great project ideas!

  25. I am liking the mirror frame very much. One the finished project photo, it appears that there is a background (including green grass) around the photo of the couple. In the tutorial, it looks like the surround is just showing as black. How was the color background achieved? Thanks for your answer. Linda S. in NE

  26. I really like this decorated jar - I ♥ making creatively embellished 'containers' for gift cards, candies, & other little surprises.

  27. Lovely projects....I like!!!!!

  28. Janet..I was unable to get your link by clicking your name. With the mirror..because it is a mirror, it reflects whatever is around it. My photo was taken outside, hence the clouds in the sky and the green grass. Hope that helps :)

  29. Beautiful project. Love the Glue Glider!

  30. Great job Patti and Jan! These projects are gorgeous!

  31. Great projects! I kind of agree with Anne about the overcommercialization of holidays, wish we could dial it back a little.

    Carol B

  32. More fantastic projects! Thanks for sharing.

  33. Cute projects! The jar is very cute and the mirrored wedding project is nice.

  34. What a great giveaway! You're so swee

  35. While I loved the projects the introduction regarding the overzcommercialism of Mothers Day was beautiful! Bravo. Just love this Wall Decor Cart, fingers crossed!

  36. Very cute cherry blossom gift set and the mirrored wedding project is fantastic.

  37. Ok, Jan, mirror frame is right out of this world. Such a creative mind. Love all the embellishment. Thanks for sharing such a beautiful project with detailed instructions. I think i can make one of these with the support of glue

  38. Absolutely fell in love with the Oriental theme and blossoms. Very beautiful. The card is just so appropriate this time of year, but would make a beautiful thought any time of year.
    I am going to work on a card and page with this theme. Thanks so much for posting the instructions. What a great way to encourage and share your talent. Sharing is all about smiles.

  39. OMGosh, beautiful projects. Fantastic work, thank you

  40. The jar is so pretty, I love the colors. Thanks again for inspiration.

  41. What a great projects!! Love all of them!!

  42. Such inspiring projects here!
    Love them all!
    And how I would love to add the Wall Decor& More cart to my Cricut collection! I have really wanted that one, so thanks a lot for the chance to win it here :)