I’m not sure we should really refer to this event as a service project because it’s more of a pleasure. Vising our local nursing home, Riverbend, is something we all look forward to. We get to spend time with twenty of the most lovely, sweet people I’ve had the privilege of getting to know. I’m always reminded of a quote about service that really touches my heart.
We visit the nursing home on a quarterly basis to create a project with our friends. To make it even better, I group of dedicated volunteers join me to make this day very special. This time, I designed a sweet little framed piece they can place on their bedside table. Hopefully it will remind them that we are thinking of them and that they are near to our hearts.
I started this project by visiting my local Dollar Tree to get some inspiration. I needed to prepare 20 kits and design a project that isn’t too challenging for our friends at the Nursing Home. I noticed the 5 1/2″ x 7″ frames and my creative wheels started to turn. I remembered the sweet sentiment in the Hold on to Hope stamp set and thought I could design a bedside frame featuring that sentiment. I knew the beautiful stitched frame from the Stitched Labels set would make a great focal image.
The background for each of the frames will be a little different because I used the the beautiful papers in the Garden Impressions DSP stack. This helped to bring some color to the project. Then I knew I wanted to accentuate the focal image. The beautiful large flourish from the Flourish Thinlets set was perfect. That is one of my all time favorite sets and I use it all the time. I also cut the frame accent piece using the same set.
To make it a little easier for our friends to adhere those intricate pieces, I backed the cardstock with our Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets. That way, it’s just like a sticker.
Everyone there loves flowers and little bling. So, I broke out my new Four-Petal Flower Punch and my Leaf Punch to start creating flowers from the Garden Impressions DSP. The leaves, punched from Shaded Spruce CS, needed some texture, so running them through the Big Shot with the Petal Burst Embossing Folder did the trick. The flower center was cut from the die from the Springtime Impressions set. And of course, I had to add some “diamonds” as the ladies at the home call it.
Would you like to create these with some friends at your local nursing home? I sure hope so. Just in case, here is an easy how-to video to help you out. If you decide to do this, I would love to hear about your visit.
Here’s how the magic happens.
- Inside Frame – Night of Navy CS – 7″ x 5″, cut the center out using the cardboard template that comes inside the purchased frame.
- DSP – Garden Impressions – 6″ x 4 1/4″
- Sentiment – Whisper White CS – 3 3/4″ x 3 1/4″, cut with the die from the Stitched Labels Framelits. Stamp the sentiment in Night of Navy Ink. I did use my Stamparatus to do this step, since we had to prep 20 kits.
- Fourish – Blushing Bride CS – 4 3/4″ x 3″, back the cardstock with the multipurpose adhesive sheets, cut with the die from the Flourish Thinlits set.
- Heart – Blushing Bride CS – use a scrap – cut the small stitched heart from the die in the Stitched Labels Framelits set.
- Frame Accent – Melon Mambo CS – 5 1/4″ x 1″, back the cardstock with the multipurpose adhesive sheets, cut with the die from the Flourish Thinlits set.
- Flowers – Garden Impressions DSP – punch four images with the Four-Petal Flower Punch.
- Leaves -Shaded Spruce CS – punch four images with the Leaf Punch and run them through the Big Shot with the Petal Burst embossing folder.
- Flower Centers – Blushing Bride CS – use scraps to cut two of the small flower images with the die from the Springtime Impressions set.
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Thanks for stopping by, until next time, Create Something Beautiful!