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Apr 27, 2010

Ridgeview Card Class for Mother's Day


My card class at Ridgeview is coming up soon, so I spent some time designing a card for the ladies (and the odd gentleman) to make. This process usually involves a lot of trial and error, but eventually I come up with something that's do-able. 

Once the design part of the process is completed, I make up the cards far enough that the residents are able to put them together and derive some pleasure and satisfaction at making something nice themselves. I love seeing the pleasure on their faces as the cards come together.

Last time some of the ladies told me that they had sent their cards off to friends and relatives. I was so blessed!! I am so glad they're putting them to good use and that others are also enjoying their creations!

Here is the initial template I made up. The instructions I put on there were written for me, and so they're not too detailed. If you want to try it and you have any questions, I'd be happy to help.

Here is the front of the card

The flower holds the flap down, but as you'll see later, I decided to stabilize it with a small brad. The front of the card was looking a little empty, so I added a stamp...

Since most of these ladies are quite elderly themselves, I thought I'd go for a bit of a neutral greeting, although they'll have a choice of what stamps to use. I also decided to add a punched edge on the top and bottom of the purse. 

Note how the ribbon is taped on before the rest of the inside was attached. In keeping with the outer design, I added another punched edge to the bottom.

And then I stamped the rest of the greeting inside.

Here is the completed card. It was designed so that it's easy to put together, but still something they can be proud of.

Hope you enjoyed it. I loved having you visit! I only wish we could actually have coffee or tea while visiting...and a home baked cookie, of course. :)

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. The card is so cute!! I like to make cards but I have never made anything that wasn't square! You really are a sweetheart for working with these people! :-)


  2. cute! I made a purse on my cricut and could not get the flap to stay down - i am going to try your flower trick - thanks!

  3. oh this is so cute!!!! Love the colours!!
    Thanks for your nice comments...
    hugs, Janiel

  4. This card is so precious!! I love all the details and also the sentiments you have put in it, just beautiful.
    God Bless

  5. As usual Carmen, you have created another masterpiece...I love it! I'm going to try my hand at one for my mom and mother-in-law!

  6. What a great card - such a fun one for a class! And who wouldn't send out your beautiful creations? I sure would!

  7. Cute card! Love that it's a purse! I am sure thy will enjoy it.


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