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Mother’s Day Instagram Giveaway with Yen Chee Design

Since becoming a mom to our daughter, Sylvia, a little over three months ago, I’ve gained a new-found respect for all the mamas out there. Being someone’s mom is truly one of the toughest jobs in the entire world. And as a first-time mom, no one can prepare you for the ride ahead. It’s demandingly grueling and thankless at times. It fills you with self doubt and feelings of inadequacy as you’re navigating this new, uncharted territory in your new role,  but at the same time it’s so incredibly rewarding as you watch your little one grow and blossom from week to week. You find a depth and capacity for love you never imagined existed and have a stronger understanding for the devotion and sacrifice your mom gave to you.

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Needless to say, Mother’s Day is taking on a stronger meaning this year as a first time mom, so I’m teaming up with my friend, Yen of @YenCheeDesign to host a Mother’s Day Instagram Giveaway. We’re giving away a matching 14K gold necklace and earrings set from Yen’s stunning quartz crystal collection! Quartz crystals have been known for centuries to promote harmony and balance, and what mom couldn’t use a little more of those two things?

I’ve been wearing Yen’s quartz jewelry for years, and its so versatile! My favorite is to pair it with jeans and a tee for a casual, but pulled together look.

Win the set for your mama or yourself! The giveaway ends on Saturday afternoon, 5/13, so head over and enter before it ends!   CLICK HERE TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY.

 

✨GIVEAWAY CLOSED✨ Drumroll Please…Congratulations @anikabratt ! You're our winner. 🏆Thank you to everyone who entered! // Coming up is my first Mother's Day (!!) so to celebrate I'm teaming up with my longtime friend, Yen of @yencheedesign to giveaway earrings and a necklace from her luxe quartz crystal jewelry collection! I've been wearing Yen's pieces for years, and they seriously go with everything. Dress them up, dress them down. Win this 14k gold set (over $150 value) for your mama or yourself! Swipe over to see more detailed shots of these beauties. TO ENTER: ➕Like this photo. ➕ Follow both @yencheedesign & @francoisetmoiblog ➕ Tag two friends in the comments who deserve a bit of jewelry eye candy. Extra tagged friends means extra entries for you! That's it! Winner will be announced at 3pm on Saturday. Open to US only. Shop more of Yen's pieces with the link in my bio.

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Enter my Mother's Day Instagram giveaway with Yen Chee Design and win some quartz jewelry eye candy for your mama or yourself! Enter my Mother's Day Instagram giveaway with Yen Chee Design and win some quartz jewelry eye candy for your mama or yourself!   Enter my Mother's Day Instagram giveaway with Yen Chee Design and win some quartz jewelry eye candy for your mama or yourself! Enter my Mother's Day Instagram giveaway with Yen Chee Design and win some quartz jewelry eye candy for your mama or yourself! Enter my Mother's Day Instagram giveaway with Yen Chee Design and win some quartz jewelry eye candy for your mama or yourself!

Shop more of Yen’s pieces HERE!

Enter my Mother's Day Instagram giveaway with Yen Chee Design and win some quartz jewelry eye candy for your mama or yourself!

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3 Ways to Personalize Store Bought Cards for Mother’s Day

This post has been sponsored by Hallmark Gold Crown. Thank you for supporting the brands I love that help me keep the inspo flowing directly to your inbox! All thoughts & opinions are my own.

When it comes to Mother’s Day, I leave the card-making to the experts at Hallmark Gold Crown. However, as a DIY’er to the very core, I find it hard to resist adding my own personal stamp on the card so that it’s 100% uniquely tailored to my Mom!

With May 8th just around the corner, I thought I’d share some mini DIY ideas for making store-bought cards extra personal for Mother’s Day, as well as thoughtful gift pairings from Hallmark Gold Crown to round out the celebration. (Hallmark’s Mother’s Day Gift Guide makes it easy!) If you, too, are looking for fresh and simple ways to help Mom feel the love this year, these store-bought card hacks are for you! Let’s get crafting… 3 Ways to Personalize Store Bought Cards for Mother's Day | Francois et Moi

3 Ways to Personalize Store Bought Cards for Mother's Day | Francois et Moi

DIY #1: Add a Patterned Liner to the Card’s Envelope

Pick up some pretty patterned gift wrap along with your Mother’s Day card (I’m really loving this Sugar & Cloth Happy Banner Card!), and make a fast and simple liner for the envelope. Then pair the embellished card with a bouquet of flowers and a beautiful lattice tray for Mom. Easy, pretty & thoughtful!

 

3 Ways to Personalize Store Bought Cards for Mother's Day | Francois et Moi

1. Gather Materials: Hallmark Signature Card, Polka Dot Gift Wrap, Envelope Liner Template, Double-Sided Tape, Scissors, Pencil, Printer

2. Print & cut out the envelope liner template. Position the template on the gift wrap and trace.

3. Cut out the liner.

4. Apply double-sided tape along the flap edges on the backside of the liner.

5. Insert the liner into the envelope and carefully line up the flap edges. Press liner down to adhere to the envelope.

3 Ways to Personalize Store Bought Cards for Mother's Day | Francois et Moi

3 Ways to Personalize Store Bought Cards for Mother's Day | Francois et Moi

DIY #2: Include a Printable Gift Voucher in the Card

Invite Mom to a Girls’ Day Out activity such as mani-pedis with a printable accordion-style voucher, and round out the spa theme with artisan-made soaps, candles and hand creme from Crafters & Co (which smell amazing BTW!).

3 Ways to Personalize Store Bought Cards for Mother's Day | Francois et Moi

1. Print and cut out the Mother’s Day Voucher. For the striped backing, before cutting out the voucher, flip the paper over and run the backside through the printer with the Striped Backing Printable.

2. Fill out the activity you’d like to treat Mom to. Then fold accordion style and tuck into your card. I love the way the voucher clips right in to the Sugar & Cloth Signature Clipboard Card!

3 Ways to Personalize Store Bought Cards for Mother's Day | Francois et Moi

3 Ways to Personalize Store Bought Cards for Mother's Day | Francois et Moi

DIY #3. Address the Card Envelope with Fancy Calligraphy

Take Mom’s gift to the next level by addressing the envelope with scripty font. (It’s easier than you think!) Then set Mom up with a journal and calligraphy nib so you guys can practice your technique together!

3 Ways to Personalize Store Bought Cards for Mother's Day | Francois et Moi

1. Gather Materials: Calligraphy Pen & Ink, Hallmark Greeting Card, Practice Paper, Pencil, Ruler

Draw horizontal pencil guidelines about 3/4″-1″ apart on practice paper.

2. There are two main strokes to master when writing calligraphy: a thick, downward motion stroke achieved by applying ample pressure on the calligraphy nib as you move the pen down across the paper, and a thin, upward motion stroke achieved with very light pressure on the nib as you move up across the paper.

Dip the nib in ink deep enough to cover the hole on the top of the nib. For right-handed folks, hold the pen so the hole on the nib is facing upward and slightly to the left. Vice versa for lefties.  Remember that you do not change the position of the nib, only the amount of pressure you apply as you move the nib up and down across the paper.

Start by practicing a row of thick, downward strokes on the practice paper guidelines. Apply ample pressure on the nib as you move from the top guideline to the bottom guideline.

3. Next practice a row of thin strokes. Apply light pressure as you move the nib from the bottom guideline to the top guideline.

4. Now combine the two strokes together! Begin practicing Mom’s name and address on practice paper by lightly marking out the details in pencil to work out any spacing issues.

5. Then go over the pencil lines with ink, and as soon as it dries, go back and erase any visible pencil lines.  Practice the name and address on practice paper several times until you feel ready to move to the card’s envelope.

6. Repeat steps 4 & 5 on the actual envelope.

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Mother’s Day Card & Gift Sources:

Latticework Wood Serving Tray  //  Happy Banner Mother’s Day Card  //  Polka Dot Gift Wrap (In-store Only)  //  Crafters & Co Refreshing White Citrus Hand Creme, Grapefruit & Fir Candle, Verbena Soap Gift Set  //  Clipboard Mother’s Day Card  //  Gold Heart “Mom” Gift Bag (In-Store Only)  //  “Happy Is the New Perfect” Journal  //  My Heart Goes With You Mother’s Day Card

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5 DIYs to Try // No. 14

Hey Guys and Happy Monday! The apple and cherry blossoms were all abloom this weekend in the North Loop and the scent was incredible, not to mention stunning! So this week’s 5 DIYs to try are very much Spring inspired–plus 2 ideas for Mother’s Day at Continue Reading →


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