Crafty Embellished Notebook

DYI Embellished Notebook

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Crafty Embellished Notebook

DIY Embellished Notebook

Dorthy is helping us again! This notebook would be a great present for any occasion, depending on the paper you choose. Make one for every holiday and season!  An inexpensive, easy craft for teens, girls-day-out activity, a wonderful birthday or Mother’s Day gift – so many uses for yourself, or as a gift!  Mix and match papers from scraps you have and add a fun patterned pencil to make it even more special. 

DIY Covered Notebook

The complete supply list and detailed instructions follow, however, here are some pictures for a tutorial to help you along making your own covered notebooks.DYI Embellished Notebook 1Cut out the paper pieces as directed.DYI Embellished Notebook 2Cut one piece of printed ribbon 6: long.DYI Embellished Notebook 3Cut the remaining length into 4″ long pieces.DYI Embellished Notebook 4

Take the 6×6″ piece of paper and lay it face down against the wire rings

Mark each hole with a pencil mark.DYI Embellished Notebook 5Draw a line 1/8″ from the top of the paper at the pencil marksDYI Embellished Notebook 6Using a small hole punch (not the regular size), punch holes at each pencil mark.

Make a small slit with scissors from the edge of the paper to the the hole you punched. Continue across the paper.DYI Embellished Notebook 7Using a glue stick glue the paper to the front of the notebook, making sure the holes match.  Glue around the edge of the entire piece of paper.DYI Embellished Notebook 8

Carefully put in place, matching the holes of the paper to the rings on the notebook.DYI Embellished Notebook 9Use a pencil to push the paper down between the rings. DYI Embellished Notebook 10

And from the inside also.DYI Embellished Notebook 11Glue the 3.5″ x 6″ paper to the bottom of the notebook.DYI Embellished Notebook 12

Glue the 6″ piece of ribbon over the seam between the papers DYI Embellished Notebook 13

Press down to secure.DYI Embellished Notebook 14Glue on embellishment.
DYI Embellished Notebook 15Fold a 4″ piece of ribbon in half DYI Embellished Notebook 16

Slide the ribbon over the ring DYI Embellished Notebook 17

Forming a knot by pulling through the middle,DYI Embellished Notebook 18

Pull tight.DYI Embellished Notebook 19Arrange the ribbons so there is a bit of each ribbon pattern all the way across the top.

It is very useful to use a toothpick DYI Embellished Notebook 20

And put a small dab of glue under the ribbon knot to ensure they stay in place.

DYI Embellished Notebook 21Now you have a terrific gift for really any occasion!DYI Embellished Notebook 22

The supply list and complete instructions follow.

Thank you Dorthy again for another great craft!

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


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


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
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)  


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
Father's Day Card 7

            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

Recognize a blessing and be a blessing today.

DIY Wedding Card

DIY Wedding/Bridal Shower Card

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DIY Wedding Card

DIY Wedding Card

With the wedding season upon us, here is a beautiful card you can make up quickly and very economically.     Easily make a few at a time to keep on hand for the next wedding reception or bridal shower you are invited to. 

Homemade Wedding/Bridal Shower Card

Supplies and directions listed below in an easy to print form, but here is a tutorial to help you with your project:DIY Wedding Card 1Cut out the paper pieces as instructed.Trace the heart from the pattern below onto your choice of patterned paper.  Though shown in red, adapt for wedding colors of your choice.DIY Wedding Card 2Fold the 4×11″ cardstock in half.

Center and glue the 3.5×5″ printed paper on the front of the card.

Glue the .5×4″ red cardstock, 2 inches from the bottom.   NOTE: Use care to ONLY glue the very sides of the band to the card.DIY Wedding Card 3

Glue the jewels on the edges of the band or brads.DIY Wedding Card 4With a small (not the regular size) hole punch make an opening in the top of the pattern.DIY Wedding Card 5Fold the ribbon in half and push the folded edge from the back to the front.DIY Wedding Card 6

Slide the heart through the band and glue the heart into place. EASY, economical and personalized.  DIY Wedding Card 7

DIY Wedding Card

Thank you Dorthy for sharing with us this very versatile card!

Here are the complete instructions, including the heart to trace:


Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2014

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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


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


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


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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Better Skin DIY Facial

BEST All Season Natural Homemade Facial

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Better Skin DIY Facial

No Harsh Chemicals, only the BEST for your Skin!

Hoping to avoid expensive products and harsh chemicals on your skin? 

Looking for a way to tighten and make your face glow?

Need a pick-me-up?

Would you like to brighten your face and clean out the every day pollutants?

Want to use only natural ingredients on your skin?

I have the solution to all of these problems for you!

It’s my ‘Do It Yourself Facial’  It can pamper you on a budget while reducing wrinkles and improving elasticity while rejuvenating your pores.

It’s a year-round treatment!



BEST All Season Natural Homemade Facial

Do It Yourself Facial – Right At Home!

Winters that are cold, full of smog/pollution, and maybe a tad bit dreary.

Summers can clog our skin with sunscreens, repellents and sweat.

This homemade facial is a GREAT solution for any time of the year and the ingredients are readily available; making it easy and quick to put together.

Try this once a week or so before bed.  That way, after rinsing it off, it can continue to replenish the moisture that vanishes due to stress, the environment, make up – you know……..


 Here’s some information about the ingredients in this facial:

  Did you know that OATMEAL is amazing for many reasons?

  • It has properties to cleanse
  • It is a natural exfoliate to slough off the dead skin cells.
  • It cleans out pores which invigorates your skin to make it look bright and fresh.
  • It also reduces inflammation which is a primary cause for premature aging skin.


HONEY is excellent for your skin because:

  • It helps with acne to treat it and prevent it because it is a natural antibacterial.
  • It opens pores for deep cleaning of toxins
  • It slows down aging of the skin because it is full of antioxidants

It helps with acne to treat it and prevent it because it is a natural antibacterial.


OLIVE OIL is reported to make your skin softer and smoother and is a natural moisturizer.  A quality product (such as my links claim) will not leave a residue on your skin to clog pores.


Now, here is my recipe for this amazing DIY Homemade Facial

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1 Tbl. Honey

1 Tbl. Olive oil 

1 Tbl. Milk   (use water if you have allergies to milk or dairy products)

2 Tbl. Oatmeal, ground – you can use quick or regular oats, it doesn’t seem to matter the type 



In a small bowl combine the honey, olive oil and milk.

Mix together well.

Pulverize the oatmeal to a powder in a blender. DIY Facial 2

Till it looks like this:

DIY Facial 3In your small bowl, add to the liquid mixture,  2 Tbl, of the ground oatmeal and combine.DIY Facial 4Allow  the mixture to sit for 5-10 minutes so the oatmeal can soften in the liquid combination.DIY Facial 5

Apply mixture generously to the face and neck.

Rub gently in circular motions to massage; making sure to do all of your face and neck.

I like to also put a bit on my lips to exfoliate them.

DIY Homemade facial

Homemade Facial with natural ingredients

Now rinse your skin really well with warm water.  The water needs to be warm enough to dissolve the oil and honey, but not so warm it burns your skin. Pat dry and use your normal skin routine, or allow to sit and rejuvenate your skin. 

This is a terrific way to moisturize and soften your skin on a budget in all seasons.

Copyright of Carrie Groneman, 2014. 2018

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Disclaimer: Try a bit of the mixture on a small area of your skin first to make sure you will not have a reaction, or any skin/or other problems. I am not responsible for any issues that may come from trying this homemade remedy, or complications related in any way as I am not a physician or dermatologist.