Lauren Conrad Inspired

It is simply beautiful today.  Most of my fruit trees are in bloom.  And the sun is bright.  These things make me happy.  Thank you!

I don’t recall whether I have mentioned it here before, but I do a lot of looking.  Today in my looking, I was wandering through Lauren Conrad’s blog.  If you don’t know, she is one of the current style mavens.  I was curious to see what she had posted for Easter.  I know, it’s over.  But, some ideas/treatments transfer.  I loved her color combination in one post and the use of sequins in another — no real surprise there.  I had been working through an idea in my head and these two posts finally made the green light come on.

I wanted to make something for Mother’s Day.  You know it’s not too far away.  Here’s what I came up with:

Mother's Day Plaque from




I thought it would be fun to create something with a little more permanency.  I have visions of this on a wall, mantle, table for at least a couple of weeks.  Doesn’t Mom deserve at least as much time as we give to decorating for a few other holidays?

I took one of the charger plates that you can find around and embellished it.  First, I wrote “Mom” in hot glue and attached some Gold Sequin Trim.  Then, flowers were added in the lower right.  Using the Spiral Flower Die (can’t get enough of it), I made three roses from Bermuda Bay cardstock.  Next using the Banner framelits, I created a flower out of Coastal Cabana cardstock.  That flower has been floating around in my head for weeks!!  I’m glad it finally came out.  Here’s a closer look:

Banner Framelit flower created by



After cutting several Coastal Cabana banners, I curled them slightly with my Bone Folder.  Then, using my Silicone Craft Sheet and hot glue I assembled the “petals”.  The center of the flower is a 1″ Circle punch of Champagne Glimmer paper.  The cool twist accents are Bermuda Bay leftovers.  These are two of the remainders from cutting the roses with the Spiral Flower Die.  I love the airy dimension and non-traditional shape.  The Coastal Cabana diamonds are bits left from cutting the banners for the flower.  They work as a nice way to extend the design without clutter.





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