DIY Mother’s Day Card – Tear Away Coupons

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Guys, Mother’s Day is just around the corner! I’ve got a fun little card project for you today that will be just perfect! You can check out my YouTube video below (and give me a follow – I’m just getting started, but there will be more to come!). If you’re more of a step by step type of learner, you can follow the tutorial below the video.

Mother’s Day Tear Away Coupon Card

This project incorporates the idea of the classic Mother’s Day Coupon book into a fun card that features perforated tear off strips for the coupons.

You will need a sheet of light colored cardstock, a scoreboard, scissors, adhesive, a paper cutter, a stamp and stamp pad of your choice, and a perforating blade. If you don’t have access to a perforating blade, a sewing tracing wheel will work in a pinch, although your strips will be harder to detach.

We’re going to start with a sheet of card stock and a sheet of coordinating scrapbook paper cut to the following dimensions.

Place your 5.5 x 8.5 cardstock on your score board and score the short side at 4.25” (the halfway point) and again at 1.5”. Then rotate the cardstock 90 degrees and score from the edge up to the 1.5” score line every 1/2 inch.

At this point, you can fill in your coupons. I handlettered one card that I made, and stamped several others.

After filling in your coupon words, use your perforating tool to perforate the line you scored at 1.5”, above the coupon words. If you are using a handheld perforator rather than a paper cutter with a perforating blade, your scoreboard works wonderfully well as a guide. Just scoot it away from the side edge of the scoreboard so that your blade can roll onto one edge of the cardstock and off the other.

I did not add this step in the video, but if at this point your perforated piece seems like it may tear off too easily, which may happen if your cardstock was very thin, you can stabilize it across the back with a piece of coordinating washi tape. This should not prevent the tabs from being torn off when they need to be.

Now you will fold your card base at the 4.25” score mark and adhere the 5.25” x 4” coordinating paper to the front center.

Now take your 4.75” x 3.5” piece and score it all the way around at the 1/4” mark and the 1/2” mark. I like to score one side, flip it around to do the opposite side, then rotate it 90 degrees and score to connect the lines.

Stamp the center with your sentiment, then add foam dots to the back and adhere to the center of your patterned piece. If you would like to emboss your sentiment, do so before adding the foam dots.

Now use scissors to snip the score lines between the coupons, up to but NOT into the perforated line. And you’re done!

I left the inside of the card blank other than the coupons to leave plenty of room for a handwritten message. Add a pretty coordinating envelope from your patterned paper, and you have a really special and unique Mother’s Day Card! You can shop the supplies used in this post below.

If you make this DIY Mother’s Day card, I’d love to see it, so please link it in the comments!

My Favorite Crafting Tools

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I have a few tools that I absolutely use all the time. They make crafting and creating so much easier!

Sizzix Big Kick:

This is exactly the same thing as the Big Shot machine. The only difference is the color. I LOVE this machine. The Sizzix plastic backed dies will cut through tons of material, including fabric, felt, leather, paper, cardstock, chipboard, and even aluminum. And the Big Kick is super compatible with almost any brand of die out there. In fact, I’ve yet to find one that won’t work, although the thin, metal only dies do not cut through fabric or eco-felt very well.
I’ve made tons of hair clips using the shapes cut with this machine, as well as even some jewelry. I also have a Big Shot Plus. This is a bigger version of the classic Big Shot/Big Kick. It does all the same things as the smaller machine, but it will accommodate some larger dies, as well as a full 9×12 sheet of felt or paper.
My glue gun:
This is the glue gun I use on a regular basis. I’ve got several of the little low temp $3 models, but this is my workhorse. I almost always use it on the high temp setting. I have found that working with the high temp setting will allow you to get a very strong bond on most materials, although of course, as with all glue guns, you should be very careful not to burn yourself or anyone else. Keep out of reach of your kids if it’s hot!
Sewing Machine:
My first sewing machine was a Brother LS-30.

My mom got it for me for Christmas one year, and it sat in the box for almost 2 years before I had the nerve to try it. It is a very basic machine, but it worked great and never gave me any problems.

A couple of years ago, right before Sawyer was born, I upgraded to an embroidery machine, the Brother SE400.

This is an excellent sewing machine. It might even be an excellent embroidery machine, but I don’t know. To try to make a long, infuriating story bite size, when I bought this, Sawyer was about to be born, then was in the NICU, then was a very tiny baby brought home with us. The SE400 sat in its box in the closet for many months. When I finally had time to open it, I had an unpleasant surprise. Someone had previously purchased this machine, used it for a while, then boxed it back up with only part of the pieces, and taken it back to Walmart. I mean major things, like the foot pedal, and the front of the accessory box that goes on the front when the embroidery arm isn’t there. Plus it was working funny.
I took it to our local Sew N Vac, and they fooled around with it a bit, got it to working, and sold me a couple of parts, like a foot pedal and a bobbin case. Walmart refused to help at all (even though they had sold me a machine with missing pieces) because it was over 90 days since my purchase date, and Brother (who was not actually at fault here) could only offer to waive the shipping on the parts that were missing.
Sew N Vac got the embroidery portion up and running, but after a few days I was having no luck with it. So for me, it’s just a sewing machine. I rarely have any problems out of it in that function (and if I do, it’s user error). Someday I may try to get the embroidery part of it serviced again, but for now it’s not worth the cost to me.
This is my current sewing machine, the XR9500PRW Project Runway™ Limited Edition Computerized Sewing Machine. It has all the things I love about my SE400, like the drop in bobbin, and the start and stop button, and plus many more built in stitches.

Silhouette Cameo 3:
It’s hard for me to imagine not having my Cameo. This is the 3rd Silhouette machine I’ve owned, and I use it all the dang time. I cut paper, vinyl, heat transfer vinyl, foil, faux leather, and more. Having a Silhouette machine absolutely revolutionalized my crafting and making.
Heat Press: If having a Cameo revolutionalized my crafting, having a heat press revolutionalized my Cameo use. I cannot overemphasize how crucial a heat press is if you want to ever sell your heat transfer vinyl projects. This is the model I have. My parents purchased it for me as a birthday gift, but it was very reasonably priced, and I have made the price of it over and over in sales.
Woodburning Tool:
I use this for wood burning, but it’s the perfect tool for working with ribbon. I use it to cut and seal my ribbon at the same time when making hair bows, and it works great for things like cutting a curve (just use a large coin or other round metal object as your edge). I’ve also used it with Hotstamps to brand leather. This is definitely an after the-kids-are-in-bed sort of tool though. It gets crazy hot, and you don’t want to risk burns on curious hands!
Heidi Swapp Minc Machine: This awesome machine both foils and laminates, and I’ve done many projects with it. Most recently I made awesome foiled Valentine’s cards for my kids’ classmates/friends. While you can foil with a regular laminator, you won’t get the consistent results you get with a Minc machine.
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Sawyer Ford Home

Hello. I started this blog about 5 years ago, and boy was I an amateur! I was very active on it for a couple of years, but then we moved, and then we had a kiddo go through months of medical issues, and well, it got pushed to the back burner. But I want to start things back up, and I want this to be a whole new place. I’m leaving most of the archives intact, but there will be a few old posts polished off, revamped, and republished. I’ve rebranded as Sawyer Ford Home, and I hope you will join me on my journey!

Sawyer’s Gallery Wall

This is the current view on Sawyer’s gallery wall. I have one more giant chipboard S, but it needs to be painted, and I think I may put it on another wall.
Everything on this wall is handmade, thrifted, or purchased on major sale.

The Imagine canvas came from the thrift store in brand new condition, but it was originally from Hobby Lobby. I think I paid $4.99 for it.

The moose and elephant were likewise from the thrift store, but originally from Target. I think they were $2.99 each.

The letters spelling his name were half off at Michael’s and I added the scrapbook paper.

The wood slice S, the burlap S, the blue foam S, and the little orange S with the arrow were all clearanced at Hobby Lobby. All were between $1 and $2.

The owl painting I think came from Hobby Lobby on clearance, but I’ve had it for several years so I can’t be sure.

The scratch art at the top was a VBS project this year with materials from Michael’s. I laminated the scratch board before adhering it to the frame to preserve the picture.

The pinwheel I made with my We R Memory Keepers Pinwheel Punch Board. I just pinned it straight to the wall with a ball push pin. The paper was from the same stack I used to cover his name.

The woodburned pieces are all made by me. They were all wood blanks purchased at either Walmart or Hobby Lobby &1.47-$2.99 for 6-8 pieces. The very center round piece with father and son hunters was the part of a wooden spool that originally held the twine and clothes pins in Lily’s room. The image was a stamp that I stamped in brown ink and then went over with my wood burning tool.

The truck on the Sawyer’s Salvage Yard was also a stamped image that I burned over, although I did add the FORD to the tailgate.

The Sawyer the Brave piece is clay art made by me.

The Oh Darling Let’s Be Adventurers is my version of one done by Addicted to DIY.

The white rectangle is impossible to photograph, but looks awesome in person and is a Heidi Swapp cardstock piece that says Be True and was foiled in silver using my Minc. It was part of a set I got on clearance at Joann.

The bear oval and fox oval were drawn by Nick from artwork available at Hobby Lobby. I burned over his drawings and painted the accents.

All of the other wood pieces were original pieces free handed by me. I’m so not an artist, but Sawyer loves that I made them for him.

Lily’s Gallery Wall

In the old house Taylor and Lily shared a bedroom for sleeping. Lily and Sawyer shared a bedroom for clothes and toy storage. So none of them really had a space that belonged completely to them. I knew that in the new house I wanted to do some personalized decor for each of them, especially since for the year we were on the market the house had to be very neutral and generic. Taylor has decorated and redecorated her room a dozen times, and I’m happy to let her do that. At 15 she’s old enough to know her own style. But in Lily and Sawyer’s room I’ve done gallery walls. Sawyer’s is pretty much done, and I’ll show you his in another post, but this post is about Lily’s. 
It’s still very much a work in progress. I need to spread it out a little more and raise her art display twine some. The roll of twine with mini clothes pins came from Target via Bargain Hunt, but it would obviously be very easy to DIY. She is very artistic and constantly drawing, painting, and crafting, and I wanted her to have a place to display her creations. She also has some of her school awards up there. 
The Be Kind banner was made by me. Semi-tutorial here.
Taylor did the pineapple painting, and the flamingo and party dress artwork are my very tentative forays into the world of watercolor. The dress is my very poorly executed version of a gorgeous free printable offered by Lisa at Mabey She Made It. If you have mad watercolor skillz like me, well, you should probably go get hers. But I wanted a pink dress, plus our printer is still buried somewhere in a box, and Lily is ridiculously affectionate toward things that I make just for her, so for now anyway she gets my version. 
The little orange L with arrows was a clearance find at Hobby Lobby that I painted. The floral pieces are all clay flowers Lily and I made using oven bake Sculpy and (mostly) Martha Stewart molds. I just hot glued them onto wood plaques and hung them with adhesive Velcro dots. The woodburned pieces are all made by me. The Lily the Lovely piece is clay art made by me

Scroll Saw Bowl

Last month Nick’s cousin Katelyn got married, and we made this cool wood bowl for her wedding gift. The was our first time using a scroll saw, and we followed the tutorial over at The Kim Six Fix. I think it turned out so awesome, and we got tons of compliments on it! Nick did the sawing and gluing and I did the sanding and glue cleanup. I can’t wait to make another one for us!

Custom Creighton Tumbler

My brother-in-law Scott’s birthday was last month. He’s a proud Creighton University alumnus, so Nick and I sandblasted the Creighton logo along with his initials onto a 30 oz Rtic tumbler for his gift. I cut a vinyl stencil of the logo and monogram, and we masked off the rest of the cup with painter’s tape. Nick did the etching in his blasting cabinet. I hope he likes it!

I Got A Heat Press!!

Okay guys, I have big news! I got a heat press!!! I’m so excited! My mom and dad got it for me as a birthday/Christmas gift, and this has been such a game changer for me with shirt making! This is the one I got:

It came with attachments to also do hats, 2 sizes of plates, and 2 sizes of mugs. This thing is so awesome! Not only is it crazy faster than applying heat transfer vinyl with an iron, the quality of the finished product is miles better! What really surprised me though was the fact that you can re-press old projects that have maybe started to peel a bit and fix them! I’ve been playing with htv for about a year now, and I’ve loved working with it, but I’ve always been a little disappointed that it didn’t seem to hold up very well in the wash. Well this has been the answer to that for sure. My new projects as well as old ones that I repaired are now holding up perfectly in the washing machine! And I have LOVED being able to rescue some ragged favorites that seemed destined for the trash. I had just assumed that once an item had gone through the laundry there would be no way to make the htv stick. Not that every single project I did with an iron started to peel, but well, a good percentage of them eventually did. So if I’ve made you a gift with htv in the past and it’s starting to come off, bring it back and I’ll fix it right up!
My nephew Levi’s birthday party is this Saturday. He’s going to be four, and he looooves superheros, Batman especially. I made him this t-shirt, as well as a pillow with Superman fabric on one side and Batman fabric on the other. I also added his name to the pillow in htv. The Batman decal below is actually a 3D rubber applique that I found at Walmart for $3.97. The instructions included were for a household iron, but I took a chance and applied it with the heat press, and it turned out amazing!

Lily wanted a superhero shirt for her birthday to wear to Levi’s party. She originally wanted a Wonder Woman shirt, but then she saw a pink and black Batman shirt online and wanted it instead. So what’s a mama with a brand new heat press supposed to do besides make them both? The Batman shirt she saw had a matching bow, so I made one to match each shirt. I even used the heat press for the bows! I don’t know why the Wonder Woman set looks pink in the picture below, but as you can see in the shot with her wearing them they are red. Both shirts were the basic $2.97 boys tees from Walmart, and I had the ribbon and htv on hand, so this was a really inexpensive gift.

The gold HTV on this shirt was in an Expressions Vinyl grab bag that arrived on her birthday, and it was perfect for this project. I mentioned when I shared this picture on Instagram, isn’t it neat how God loves on us in little ways as well as big ways?
Sawyer wants a superhero shirt too, but he keeps going back and forth on what kind, so I will be making one or two for him as well. 
I plan on offering some items in my shop soon too.
Heat press for the win!

Teachers of Good Things Craft Meeting: Fall Blocks

Our quarterly Ladies Craft Meeting at Church was last month, and we made these fun wood blocks with scrapbook paper and vinyl decals. We painted the blocks first and then added scrapbook paper to the front if we wanted. I precut the vinyl on my Cameo. The cut files for the decals were purchased from Etsy shop Lilly Ashley

There are 8 different designs in the set, and it comes with a commercial license! I also created a fun name block for one of the kids’ teachers, and it was a big hit.

A Birthday Banner for the Birthday Girl

So this girl turned SEVEN on Wednesday! I can’t even handle this. She just got out of diapers, I swear.

We had a simple family get together at the house on Tuesday, and I made this Happy Birthday Banner to hang in the dining room. I used 4 sheets of kraft cardstock and 2 sheets of scrapbook paper. I cut the cardstock in fourths (I had 3 extra fourths), and cut the scrapbook paper into 3″x 5″ pieces to use in my Alphabet Punch Board. I ran the letters through my Xyron Creative Station to adhere them to the cardstock and strung it all on baker’s twine. I think I’m going to take the BIRTH off now that we’re done so that it just says Happy Day and hang it in her room.
Man, I love banners! This is one I made a couple of weeks ago for a baby shower at church. I cut the flags using my paper cutter, the letters using my Alphabet Punch Board, and the deer using a paper punch. I ran all the letters and the deer through my Xyron Creative Station to turn them into stickers which made the assembly super quick. Colton’s mom is doing his nursery in an outdoorsy theme, so hopefully she can use it in there too.