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3D Pumpkin

Unique 3-D Pumpkin Centerpiece

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3D Pumpkin

My friend Dorthy has the most incredible paper 3-D pumpkin I have ever seen.   

This CENTERPIECE will be a show-stopper and the possibilities are endless!  Dorthy has picture tutorials to help you every step of the way. 

Also, if you’re  looking for ideas for Thanksgiving  to make it more special click HERE

 

Unique 3D Pumpkin Centerpiece

Supplies:

10 – 12 X 12 orange cardstock (I used Kraftcore shattered by Core’dinatons)
1 – 12 X 12 dark green cardstock
Aleene’s tacky glue original or fast drying
Glue stick
1 wooden skewer
Small hole punch
Green wire (opt)
Scoring mat and scoring tool (opt)
2” Circle punch (opt)

Directions:

1 – Cut out all pieces:
From 2 pieces of orange cardstock cut: 2 – 4 ½ X 12 & 1 – 3 X 12
From 1 piece of orange cardstock cut: 4 – 3 X 12
From 4 pieces of orange cardstock cut: 2 – 3 ½ X 12 & 1 – 4 X 12
From 1 piece of orange cardstock cut: 3 – 4 X 12
From 1 piece of orange cardstock cut: 2 – 3 X 12 & 1 – 4 X 12
From 1 piece of orange cardstock cut: 9 – 2” circles
From I piece of green cardstock cut: 1 – 2 X 12 strip & 2 leaves (I googled pumpkin leaves)


2 –lightly mark each orange strip on the wrong side in 1 inch intervals or use scoring mat and tool so that there are 12 sections on each strip.

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3 – Fan fold each strip being as exact as possible. (fold half of each width of strips by folding the first section toward the back and fold the other half of the strips by folding the first section to the front.)

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Punch a hole in the center of 7 of the 2” circles.(to find the center, fold one circle in half and then again in fourths.

Punch the hole where the folds meet and use this template to punch the other circles.)3D Pumpkin 44 – Bottom layer: glue 4 – 3 X 12 strips together to form a circle (I had to cut about 1/16”from each short end) making sure to use 2 strips folded to the front first and 2 strips folded to the back first.

Flatten into a circle and glue a 2” circle to the bottom keeping the center as tight as possible. (This is really easier to do with two people, so have a girl’s night to do this project.)

Insert the skewer in the center of the folds and glue.

Hold until the glue is set. Take a 2” circle and generously spread glue on one side.

Slide it down over the skewer and use to help hold the layer in place.

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3D Pumpkin 85 – Repeat the process with each layer.
2nd layer –4 – 3 ½ X 12 pieces
3rd layer – 4 – 4 X 12 pieces
4th layer – 4 – 4 ½ X 12 pieces
5th layer – 4 – 4 X 12 pieces
6th layer – 4 – 3 ½ X 12 pieces
7th layer – 4 – 3 X 12 pieces3D Pumpkin 9

3D Pumpkin 106 – Place one last 2” circle on the top.3D Pumpkin 11


7 – Cut the skewer to 1 ¾ “high reserving the cut part of the skewer. Roll the 2 X 9 piece of green cardstock around the cut part of the skewer to form a stem and glue to hold its shape. Remove from skewer.
8 – Cut 2 leaves from the green cardstock
9 – Wind 3 – 9” pieces of wire around the cut skewer and then remove to form curly vines.3D Pumpkin 1210 – Place the stem on the skewer end and glue. Arrange the leaves and curly vines on top.
TADA

This is not a hard project but it is a little time consuming. Be patient- it’s WAY worth it for this AMAZING centerpiece!3D Pumpkin 13

Centerpiece by Dorthy, Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2014

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Masculine Birthday Cards

3 Masculine Birthday Cards

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Masculine Birthday Cards

Masculine Birthday Cards

My good friend Dorthy has THREE perfect cards to make for men that is not fluffy or feminine.

These are economical, personal and easy to make up a few while you’re at it.

Thank you Dorthy for sharing with us once again!


Manly Birthday Card

Supplies:

1    8 ½” cardstock

18 – 20    1  5/8” X 1 ¼” printed and solid papers to coordinate *

Paper glue (glue stick is fine for this project)

Paper cutter or ruler and scissors

Printed greeting or purchased sticker


Directions:

Cut out all pieces. Even though this card is easy, it looks better if the pieces are cut evenlybday card 1

 

Fold card stock in half

Choose nine pieces of paper and arrange them on the front of the card being careful to space them evenly. You may have to trim a little bit here or there. Glue down. At this point you may have to cut the card to make it even.

Choose three or four more pieces of paper and cut them to 1” X 1 3/8” and place them on top of the bottom layer.

I did three and did a diagonal from top to bottom. You can do whatever you wish. Glue these down centering them over bottom layer.

Choose three or four more and cut them to ¾” X 1 1/8” and place them over the second layer. Glue down.

Print your greeting (I used Jokerman 22) and glue on the front of the card or place your purchased sticker on the front. I tore mine instead of cutting it.bday card 2


Tada…Easy peasy!

Here are 2 more ideas for a birthday card for the man in your life.Man b-day card 2Man b-day card 3

Copyright A Mother’s Shadow, 2014

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Happy Fathers Day

DIY Father's Day Card

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Happy Fathers Day

Father’s Day Card


This is a terrific Father’s Day Card and very unique!    My friend Dorthy made this tutorial and it will make your Father’s Day sentiment very appreciated.



Father’s Day Card
 Supplies:
1 – 4” X 11” cardstock scissors or paper cutter
1 – 3 ¾” X 3 ½” printed paper* paper glue
1 – 3 ½” X 3 ¼” printed paper ruler
1 – 4” X 6” printed paper (for shirt)
Score Pal (opt)**
1 – Printed greeting 1 – 2” X 3 ½” paper (from scraps)  


Directions:

Cut out all piecesFather's Day Card 1Fold cardstock in half (the fold will be at the top)

Glue on 3 ¾” X 3 ½” paper at the top of the card leaving an even edge on three sides

Glue on 3 ½” X 3 ¼” centering it over the other paperFather's Day Card 2Take 4” X 6” paper and fold down 1” on both long sidesFather's Day Card 3




Fold down ½” on one edge (toward the side with no folds) crease well. This is the top

Place fold side up and fold in the top in to meet in the middle with a diagonal fold (about 1 7/8” down) Father's Day Card 4
Father's Day Card 5             Bring bottom up and tuck under collar. Crease well and then unfold for the next step Father's Day Card 6
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            Fold out bottoms at an angle starting from the center fold that you just made Father's Day Card 8
Father's Day Card 9             Fold the bottom up and tuck under the collarFather's Day Card 10Glue shirt on the card at an angleFather's Day Card 11


Make a tie and knot from scraps about 3/8” X 2”. Father's Day Card 12Glue both onto the shirtFather's Day Card 13
Father's Day Card 14


Print a greeting and cut to 1 ¾” X 3 ½” (I used Brando 26) Glue onto 2” X 3 ½” paperFather's Day Card 15Glue onto bottom of the card centering it. Easy peasy!Father's Day Card 16
 
Dorthy’s Notes: *I used Glasses, Staches & Ties paper pack by the Paper Studio (This is great for manly stuff!) This card has been “floating” around for lots of years. Kudos to whoever created it!!! **The Score Pal makes folding and creasing easy, but if you can’t beg borrow or steal one then you can do it the old fashioned way!
Copyright Carrie Groneman,  A Mother’s Shadow, 2014

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Graduation DIY Card

DIY Graduation Card

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Drink Graduation Card

Drink Graduation Card

Have you been bombarded by graduation announcements? Need something inexpensive, unique and fun? I have the perfect solution for you!!! 

My very good friend Dorothy took a creative twist on the Sweet Thinking of You card and made a GRADUATION CARD out of it!  YES she DID! Inside the tube you can either put a PROPEL Drink Mix, then write inside: I know YOU will Propel to the TOP.  OR if you want to do something more, you can roll up MONEY* and slip it inside the tube!

It’s not complicated or hard, and Dorothy walks you through step-by-step, so click on over and let’s get started!


Graduation Gift Card

Supplies:

1 – 8 ½ “ X 5 ½ “ cardstock

2 – small brads

1 – 4” X 5 ¼” printed paper

Small hole punch

These measurements are for a PROPEL DRINK MIX or money:

1 – 3 ½ “ X 11” cardstock

1 – 1” X 3 ¾” cardstock

1 – 3” X 5” printed paper

1 – 3’ x 4 ¼” coordinating printed paper Scissors or paper cutter

1 – PROPEL drink mix packet or Money* to roll up and place in the tube

Ruler  

Directions:

Cut out all pieces.

Fold cardstock in halfDrink Graduation Card 1Glue 4” X 5 ½” on front of card centering it.Drink Graduation Card 2On the back of the 4” X 5” piece of paper mark the center on the 4” sideDrink Graduation Card 3




Use the round punch and make a small notch on the center markDrink Graduation Card 4Run glue down the 5” edge. (only about ¼” wide)Drink Graduation Card 5Overlap the other side and glue into a tubeDrink Graduation Card 6Flatten the tube so that the notch is centeredDrink Graduation Card 7




Run glue down the center back and then one on each side. *If using money I would suggest gluing the BOTTOM end of the tube (without the rounded circle punched cut) so the money cannot fall out. Drink Graduation Card 8Glue on the card at an angle. Drink Graduation Card 9Slide PROPEL drink mix into tube OR the rolled up MONEY*Drink Graduation Card 10Print your greeting and glue onto 1” X 4” cardstock (I used catsup 18)   Shows wording for sweetens your day, but change it as directed for a graduate as shown at beginning of tutorial.Drink Graduation Card 11




Hold the paper over drink mix or money in the tube and punch holes for the brads.Drink Graduation Card 12Drink Graduation Card 13You will need to use an awl on the left side, as it is difficult to reach with a paper punch. Drink Graduation Card 14Put the brads in place, easy peasy and ready to gift! Drink Graduation Card 15

Place in the PROPEL drink mix OR rolled up money*, write in the card to personalize it, and there you have a very appreciated and unique gift!

*If you choose to put in money, I would secure it with a fancy paperclip, or glue the bottom of the tube so it will not fall out, as I mentioned above.

Graduation DIY Card

Graduation DIY Card


Created by Stan Groneman, Adapted by Dorthy for a graduation card, Copyright Carrie Groneman,  A Mother’s Shadow, 2014, 2016

Click HERE for the original post featuring drink mixes to cheer someones day. 

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Drink Card 1

Sweet Card of Encouragement

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Drink Card 1

Sweet Card of Encouragement

My husband Stan created this card for me a couple of years ago, to give to friends and neighbors when they were having a difficult day.  Occasionally we all need a little something to urge us along and know that someone is cheering for us.

I wanted to do a tutorial so you could make your own, and Dorthy was incredibly accommodating to help me with measurements and instructions.

Thanks again Dorthy for helping me and THANK YOU Stan for making it up in the first place!



Thinking of You Drink Mix Card

Supplies:

1 – 8 ½ “ X 5 ½ “ cardstock 2 – small brads

1 – 4” X 5 ¼” printed paper small hole punch

Scissors or paper cutter 1 – drink mix packet

Ruler

For SMALLER drink packets, use the following measurements:

1 – 3 ½ “ X 11” cardstock 1 – 1” X 3 ¾” cardstock

1 – 3” X 5” printed paper 1 – 3’ x 4 ¼” coordinating printed paper

 

For LARGER drink packet, use these measurements as it is larger than the other types:

1 – 4” X 5” coordinating printed paper paper glue

1 – 1” X 4” cardstock round 7/8” punch (opt)

 

Here are examples:

The SMALLER Crystal Light drink mix – the generic types would be in this category also would use the smaller measurements.

The LARGER lemonade and fruit punch drink mixes would use the larger measurements.Drink Card 1


Directions:

Cut out all pieces

Drink Graduation Card 1Fold card stock in half.  Glue 4” X 5 ½” on front of card centering it.Drink Graduation Card 2On the back of the 4” X 5” piece of paper mark the center on the 4” sideDrink Graduation Card 3Use the round punch and make a small notch on the center markDrink Graduation Card 4


Run glue down the 5” edge. (only about ¼” wide)Drink Graduation Card 5Overlap the other side and glue into a tubeDrink Graduation Card 6Flatten the tube so that the notch is centeredDrink Graduation Card 7


Run glue down the center back and then one on each sideDrink Graduation Card 8Glue on the card at an angleDrink Graduation Card 9Slide drink mix into tubeDrink Graduation Card 10Print your greeting and glue onto 1” X 4” cardstock (Dorthy used catsup 18).Drink Graduation Card 11


Hold it over drink mix and punch holes for the bradsDrink Graduation Card 12You may need to use an awl on the left side.Drink Card 2

Drink Graduation Card 14Put the brads in place. Easy peasy!Drink Graduation Card 16

Drink Graduation Card 15Voila!   Now make someone’s day a little sweeter and you will be amazed what it does for YOU!Drink Card 3Drink Card 2Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2014

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Hand Made Thank You Card

Hand Made Thank You Card

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Hand Made Thank You Card

Hand Made Thank You Card

My very good friend Dorthy is back with a perfect Thank You card. This card is easily made, as it is  really quick to put together, and you probably have most of the supplies on hand already.

I hope you will make this very creative and ideal card for someone special and a few extra to have on hand.  A handmade card speaks volumes to express gratitude and appreciation.

Thank You Dorthy for sharing this excellent idea with us at A Mother’s Shadow.


Hand Made ‘Thank You’ Card

Supplies needed

1- 4 ½” x 11” plain piece of cardstock

1-3 ½” x 5 ½” print piece of paper

1-1 ¼” x 5 ½” contrast piece of paper

2- Solid colored tags cut out of cardstock (1-1 ½” x 1 5/8” 1- 1 ¼” x 1 3/8”)

1-embellishment of your choice

12”- coordinating ¼” ribbon

Stamp and ink for sentiment (or handwrite it or print on computer)

Scissors Ruler Hole punch Paper glueHand Made Thank You Card 1


Instructions

1-     Cut all pieces according to directions

2-     Fold 4 ½” x 11” cardstock in half

Hand Made Thank You Card 23-    Glue large print to the front of the card on the right side (fold is at the top)Hand Made Thank You Card 34-    Glue smaller contrast to the front left side (it will overlap slightly)Hand Made Thank You Card 5


5-    Cut 5 ½” of ribbon and glue over the paper seamHand Made Thank You Card 46-    Trim ends even with card

7-   Cut corners on tags on one end (make it look like a tag)

8-   Put sentiment on the small tag and glue to larger tag. Hole punch through bothHand Made Thank You Card 69-     Thread remaining ribbon through hole in tag. Tie in a knot and trim ends

10-  Glue tag over ribbon on the card approximately 1 ½” downHand Made Thank You Card 711-    Add embellishment to bottom right corner. Ta Da! Hand Made Thank You CardRecognize a blessing and be a blessing today.




DIY Get Well Soon Card

DIY Get Well Soon Card

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DIY Get Well Soon Card

DIY Get Well Soon Card

THIS is a perfect card for anyone who is sick or in the hospital.  My very good friend of many years, Dorthy, makes cards that are treasured by all lucky enough to receive one from her.  She shares a simple, yet thoughtful card we can all make.  Prepare a few to keep on hand for ready use.  You can send, or deliver the card alone, or include a few useful items such as pictured here:  lotion, lip balm, hand sanitizer and maybe a little treat.  This easy to make card will make anyone feel a bit better because of you! 


Make it Yourself Get Well Card

 Supplies:

3 pieces of contrasting scrap paper

Scissors

Paper

glue

Glue tape is best option if available

Colored marker Rubber stamp with sentiment OR easily print one on your computer or hand write.

***Complete pattern to print out at end of post***

Instructions:

Cut 3 pieces of contrasting paper –  One:  4×11″     Second:  2×2″      Third:  1  1/2 x 1  1/2″ Lay your FOLDED paper down and trace the pattern on top Cut pattern out, still keeping the paper FOLDED at the TOPDIY Get Well Soon Card 1Holding the cut pattern still FOLDED, cut up the middle on ONE side. This makes the back opening of the hospital gown.DIY Get Well Soon Card 2Stamp the small paper with your stamp with sentiment, or write on it. Do this first so if you happen to make a mistake you can use the other side.    Glue the small paper to the next sized paper, centering. DIY Get Well Soon Card 3

 

DIY Get Well Soon Card 4 Using the pattern piece or other paper to avoid ‘bleeding’ through of the marker.

Draw a bow tie, mimicking the tie on the back side of the hospital gown. Including your initials makes the card personal and meant for the recipient.

Copyright by Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow

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