Sunday, May 13, 2012

Mother's Day Challenge! (and a giveaway too!)

Happy Mother's Day!  Today I thought it would be fun to bring you a special guest designer to share her creative talents with us, my mom Shirley Hall.  My mom has always been creative and for many years worked as a miniature artists, hand painting collectable miniature figurines.  For as long as I can remember, our house was full of all types of arts and crafts supplies and really great office supplies.  That environment definitely fostered my love for creativity.  Quite a few years later when scrapbooking really got really big, it was my mom who suggested that I give it a try.

For today's feature, I asked my mom to participate in a challenge with me.  Not so much a challenge as in a competition, but a challenge to see what we each would create if we used the same three dies.  My mom chose the dies and chose the Tim Holtz Tag & Bookplate, Distressed Doily, and Tattered Florals dies.

And here is what we created. . . first up, my mom's tag:

The tag was die-cut from manila tagboard using Sizzix die: Tags and Bookplates, and then embossed with the BasicGrey Sizzix Dots and Flowers Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. The tag was colored with Tim Holtz Distress Stain Spun Sugar and brushed with Blush Perfect Pearls, and highlighted with Tim Holtz Spun Sugar Distress Ink

The Doily was cut from white tagboard using Sizzix die: On The Edge Distressed Doily and inked with Tim Holtz Antique Linen Distress Ink. The doily was attached to the tag for a pocket and hand stitched with two strands of Ecru embroidery floss.  “Loose threads” for left for a worn appearance. 

In the tag pocket is a photo is of my mother and her 3 children. The poem I selected was printed on light card stock so it could be distressed and made to look like it was read many times. It was inked with Tim Holtz Antique Linen Distress Ink

The Poem (author unknown) reads: 

“Dear Mom, 
I said a prayer for you
to thank the Lord above
For blessing me with a lifetime
of your tenderhearted love. 

I thanked God for the caring
you've shown me through the years,
For the closeness we've enjoyed
in time of laughter and of tears. 

And so, I thank you from the heart
for all you've done for me
And I bless the Lord for giving me
the best mother there could be.” 

The Flower was cut from a piece of “icky- yellow” fabric I had using Tattered Florals Sizzix Die. I loved this fabric because it was thin, and fairly stiff--but the color was awful so I misted it with Perfect Pearls Mist Biscotti and then Kiwi.  I added a touch of Scattered Straw Distress Ink to the center to add some depth.  The result was a beautiful color! I dried it with my Heat It Craft Tool and assembled the flower, and placing a pearl button in the center. I cut the leaves from white tagboard using the leaf from Sizzix Build a Lilac Flower Die. I colored the leaf with Tim Holtz Peeled Paint Distress Stain. When dry, I shaped the leaves with a bamboo skewer and attached it under the flower. 

Tag was tied with white silk ribbon, “aged” with Tim Holtz Antique Linen Distress Ink.

Shirley

And my tag. . .

For my tag, I decided I wanted to use two die-cuts from the Distress Doily die to make it look as though a doily was wrapped around the tag and tied in place with ribbon.

To give my doily piece a news print look, I adhered a Tim Holtz Tissue Wrap to manila cardstock before die cutting.  After dying crinkle ribbon, I added small Tattered Florals flowers with brads to the ends of each strand of ribbon.  To create centers for the flowers, I used the small flower shaped discarded pieces from the doily die-cut.

My tag was cut from manila cardstock and colored with Picket Fence, Worn Lipstick, and Barn Door Distress Stains and Biscotti Perfect Pearls Mist.  All elements were edged with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

After untying the ribbon, the tag opens up to reveal the sentiment inside.  To create the center, I layered one of the book plate die-cuts cut from grungepaper with a Mini Heart cut from foil tape.  Before layering, I colored the book plate with Distress Stains and stamped a woodgrain pattern onto it.  I added machine stitching through the heart and book plate for added decoration.  Across the top of the heart, I added a small torn piece of manila cardstock and used Tim Holtz Chit Chat Stickers to add the sentiment.

If you would like a full tutorial from start to finish of how I created my tag, I have one posted on my website today: http://tammytutterow.typepad.com/tammy_tutterow/2012/05/tutorial-doily-wrapped-mothers-day-tag.html.  It is super long but has every step photographed with directions and a full supply list.  It includes some fun techniques so I hope you will take a look!


Finally today we would like to offer a giveaway in celebration of Mother's Day!  For me, the greatest gift my mother gave me was the love of creativity and having a home full of creative tools that allowed me to explore and escape into a world of creativity.  To enter, leave a comment on this post about the the greatest gift your mother gave you or a favorite memory about your mom.  One lucky random winner will receive a prize pack that includes the three dies from our challenge: the Tag & Bookplate, Distressed Doily, and Tattered Florals.  Comments will close at midnight May 19, 2012 (PST).  

Good luck and Happy Mother's Day!



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160 comments:

  1. Beautifil tags,I love the two totally different styles! I think the greatest gift my mum gave me was the concept of trusting in myself and following my heart!!

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    1. Beautiful tags.....wish that my Mom were here to craft with me!

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  2. What a fun challenge! Both tags are gorgeous!! My mom and I do challenges too. The funny part is how much alike they generally turn out. My mom got me started on all this paper crafting and told me to always take a little bit of time for myself. A valuable lesson in this busy world of working full-time and taking care of the house and family too. We live about 3 hrs. apart so it's always a special time when we can craft together.

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  3. WOW the tags are wonderful! Happy Mothers Day Yall!!! Mothers Day to me is just another day because every day I tell my mother how much I love her and dont need one day a year to do that! :) Ever day is mothers day for my mother!

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  4. beautiful tags !! the best gift for my mother was a lot of scrapbooking materials.
    bizz from france
    Soric

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  5. My mom's greatest gift was the example she set for us. Faith has always been foremost and she modeled forgiveness and kindness. My hope is that I can be like that for my girls.

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  6. Your creativity always inspires me, Tammy, and how wonderful your Mom was the catalyst for you when you were growing up! My Mom taught me how to be strong, especiallyl when adversity comes knocking. She was the rock in our family and came through some very difficult times with grace. She taught me to keep going, to persevere.

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  7. You are so lucky to have fun creating with your Mom, both tags are beautiful! Mom bought me craft supplies....tissue paper, glue, pipe cleaners and finger paints at a young age.....to keep me busy, and the fun just grew and grew over the years. Today....I get to craft with my daughter over the internet.....not quite hands on, but good, just the same.

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  8. Great dies!
    The greatest gift my mother gave me is my positive thinking about life even in the bad times!
    I love my mum!

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  9. My Mother was also a crafter. She showed us how to fill in our time by doing little things that left us with a keepsake and memory. She taught us to crochet, sew, cook and we kept scrapbooks from way back we were old enough to paste a piece of paper in a book. My sister and I have many items that we can look at and know that our Mother helped create them.

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  10. I love both tags. You both did such a fantastic job. That would be so much fun if I could do a challenge like this with my mom. I know she would probably win because she is so much more creative than I am, but it would be fun to do. TFS. Happy Mother's Day to everyone!

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  11. Beautiful tags from both of you! Love the story, I hope my children will have fond memories of our crafting time. My Mom gave me life and told me I could do anything I put my mind to.

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  12. Your tags are lovely, I really need to prctice tags, I absolutley love them, but mine are "bland". Happy Mother's day. My moms gone to meet her maker and I miss her so, what she gave to me is a lot of great memories, a strong faith and the love of motherhood myself...nothing more need be said:)
    cathyplus5.blogspot.com
    mexicopetshop at hotmail dot com

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  13. One of the best gifts from my mom is the love of the beach. We spent entire summers on the Lake Erie beach near our home and time on the beach instantly refocuses me today.

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  14. the greatest gift my mom gave me was the freedom for me to choose the life that I want, never criticised me for whatever I chose to be.

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  15. Beautiful tags you made with your mom.
    My mom died 3 years agoo on de same day my son died 10 years agoo.
    But her spirit helps me in all the things i create. She is my special angel, her love, kindness, warmth serounds me in all of my memories of her.
    I wish her a happy mothersday in heaven and for all the mothers her on earth.
    Forgive my bad english, I'm dutch, so i can't write perfect english, but i love all the things you create.

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  16. So beautiful. I wish my mom was still with me, she was one of the craftiest persons I knew. She passed away before the scrapbook and paper craft craze as we know it now, really became popular. If she was around now, I know the the two of us would have enjoyed many hours together creating.

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  17. Those are both beautiful tags! One of my favourite gifts that my Mom gave me is creativity....she used her gift to sew clothes for us when we were little and to provide excellent meals when there was little available and now I'm using my gifts to create, sell and provide for my children...I'm incredibly grateful for the heritage of faith and creativity she passed on to me.

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  18. Hi & WOW ... what beautiful tags !!! The best gift my mum gave me is LIFE!! I wouldn't be here without her having bore me, fed me, looked after me, cared and loved me. I thank her for that always. Cheers :)

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  19. My mom always "embellished" her sewing projects that they were unique--think that's why I am always looking for that little extra to add on! Happy Mother's Day to both of you!

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  20. Great tags! it is so nice to see a mother and daughter doing things together. I never had that growing up so I don't really have a mother/daughter memory to share.
    stamping sue
    http://stampingsueinconnecticut.blogspot.com/

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  21. Happy Mother's Day Ladies!! Your Tags are just gorgeous and perfect for Mother's Day! My favorite memory is of all the days we spent together crafting gifts for the Family, we'd spend weekends crafting from sun up until the wee hours of the night. Thinking of those days still makes my heart smile. We live 17 hrs from eachother now but we still "talk" crafting together on the phone weekly.
    Tammy, I think it's wonderful that your Mom was able to join you on the blog today!!

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  22. GEORGEOUS tags Ladies!
    My mom is the most self-LESS person I know, If only I could be More like her!
    Happy Mother's day!

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  23. My mother's greatest gift was giving me a life, love and support in any case and any situation. I love you Mummy

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  24. Happy Mothers Day and wanted to tell you how beautiful these both are- so wonderful you had your mother as a guest and a wonderful role model.
    Thanks for sharing

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  25. My mom gave me the love of music and art. I'm thankful every day.

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  26. grannyso at yahoo. comMay 13, 2012 at 6:23 AM

    Happy Mother's Day! or in England Mothering Day ( not in May) but I digress. Thanks for the contest and all the inspiration Tammy Tuturial!

    Fav Mom thing is the general craftiness she gave me. I was sewing my first set of PJs at 10 (with the fully lined bloomer shorts!), krewl work, pastels, calligraphy, cross stitch and hardanger, ink sketches etc ( I'm still terrible at drawing)luckily I'm pretty good at most of these but I still cannot draw a decent stick figure!

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  27. Happy Mothers Day!

    Beautiful tags!

    My mother is no longer here and I do miss her. She was always ready to listen and be there when I needed her.

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  28. I don't have one particular memory of crafting time with my Mom, I have MANY! I think my favorites are when we'd shop for silk flowers for wedding bouquets that she'd put together for family members. My Mom came from a family of sixteen children and when her siblings had children of their own, everyone turned to "Aunty Betty" and "Debbie" to create their wedding flowers. We'd search all over town for just the right flowers and then create bouquets for the bride and attendants. It was a lot of work and she'd only accept money for the materials used, nothing more. I cherish those moments with her. She is my rock, my inspiration and my very best friend!
    - DebbieK
    d kaste at wi dot rr dot com

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  29. Isn't it great that with the same "tools" you can make an unlimited number of beautiful things!?!
    The greatest gift my mom gave me was being raised in a loving, christian home. She quietly lived her faith and taught me to do the same. She was ill her last years and never complained and worked hard to do the things that most of us take for granted.

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  30. beautiful tag!

    My mom gave me the love of music and supported my 3 years of piano lessons. She taught me the love of cooking, house keeping, lessons in life and a lot more.

    ~Luanne

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  31. The greatest gift my mother gave to me was "fight"...or drive. She taught me to stand up for myself, never give up, and to get back up when I was down. I watched her pull off miracles as a child & now I can do the same for my boys! ;-)
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    *Mignon

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  32. The best gift my mother gave me was her time. She was always there when I needed her. A precious gift that I will always treasure.

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  33. Love your tag! You always come up with new ways to use Tims fantastic dies!

    The best gift that my mother gave me was a quick wit. My mother has always been able to change the mood in a room with a quick joke to make everybody laugh. I will admit that our sense of humor is very "colorful", but you can always be sure you will smile when you are around us!

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  34. Happy Mothers Day, Ladies! Fantastic tags...both have their own style & elegance. I think the greatest gift my Mom gave me (with help from Dad) was my sister! In a house with 6 brothers, it's incredibly nice to have a sister you can count on for support...even though I am the oldest & bossy. LoL

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  35. Beautiful & uniquely you! Both tags are so feminine & beautiful & so obviously unique to your own style. My mom has inspired me to do just about anything! It took me long into adulthood to realize this, but she has been the biggest power of example in my life. I watched her sew clothing, paint ceramics, plant in the garden, bake, make jelly from old sheers & the grapes from our own grapevine on the patio! I have definitely inherited all of these passions from her (although I have used pantyhose instead of sheers...). But, beyond that I have watched this incredibly creative woman turn around and put in ceiling fans, put up vertical blinds, cut grass and hedges and work to contribute financially to our household income. Even as I write this, I don't know how she was and is able to pull it all off. :`) I realize now as I try to be an example to my own children, that the power in the example is that if my own flesh and blood can do it, then so can I! Every mother's power of example, with love, is transformed into the gift of hope. Thank you mom for giving me more than I could've ever asked to receive and was so blind for so long to see. I love you!

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  36. Happy Mothers day. I miss you mom.
    Nice tags

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  37. Happy Mother's Day to both designers - what a great idea, both tags !! Cannot wait to meet you both in Italy :-)

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  38. I so enjoyed this post Tammy! My mom is my single greatest creative support ever and always has been. She too kept our house well stocked with craft supplies and an old steamer trunk full of fabric. And I still consult with her about my projects now. I hope I am doing the same for my kids. I do know that we have a craft cabinet so full that you have to stay a quick prayer that things don't fall out at you each time you open it :)

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  39. Happy Mother's Day! Two beautiful tags! The greatest gift my Mom gave me was the love of learning. She knew that an education would take her girls places, make them independent and help them appreciate the world and people that they met along the way.

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  40. Happy Mother's Day to you both!
    TFS your creative tags, they are beautiful.
    My Mother has been gone 21 years and I think of her everyday.
    She was a widowed mother with myself and my twin brother and her Mother also lived with us. Not an easy task as a single widow Mom. She always made time for each of us in her busy schedule. She instilled in me the love of family,.

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  41. Beautiful tags! Like the two different styles. The greatest gift my mother gave me was her sense of humor and talent for crafting and gardening.

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  42. Both lovely tags, ladies! My Mom gave me the love of all things artistic and creative. We used to work on projects together, especially at the holidays... those are some of my fondest memories of her. I miss her and wish I could relive some of those precious moments.

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  43. How can you beat the gift of life??? :)
    love your tags!
    Anne

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  44. Loving both tags, can't make up my mind which I like better!
    Happy Mother's Day!

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  45. Gorgeous tags. Both your Mom's and yours. Such happy colors. Impressive.

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  46. The best gift my mom ever gave me was the gift to be creative and showing me that anything I put my mind to I can do. If it weren't for her, I never would've pursued my dreams and gotten the amazing opportunities that I've had!

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  47. My mom taught me it's okay to ask questions; the worst you can be told is "No". Doesn't seem like much, but to a painfully shy child, it really opened up the world to me. Now as an adult, I can ask a question without any qualms. And guess what? Most of the time, I get a "Yes"! She also taught me how to be kind to anyone, no matter who they are or what they had done to me (again, painfully shy child and lots of being picked-on).

    Smiles~
    Marilyn

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  48. My Mom gave me this great gift of being a Lady. She is a real lady even on her late 70s now: always well dressed, make up, everything. So I got some of her looks and some of her brains too- and she is a smart lady, speaking 3-4 languages and taught herself Spanish at 75. m I love you Mom!

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  49. The gift of creativity was just one of the gifts I received from my Mom. Even with 8 kids running around the house, Mom always had time to share her love of crafting. And for that, I'll always be grateful.

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  50. One Christmas mother gave me a blank tablecloth with many skeins of embroidery cotton. I spent months working on each corner embroidery. When she died i found the worn out table cloth The stitches were worn out from use. A neighbor told me that she always used it for afternoon tea and told them all stories about me choosing the colors and stitches. She was so proud of it.

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  51. Both your tags are so gorgeous!!! The best and dearest memory I have with my mom is singing! We had this really big entertainment center that was a radio, record player combination.
    She would put her "45's" on the record player and we would sit there for hours singing in harmony. To this day I still remember the songs we sang together. Happy Mothers day Mom♥. Happy Mothers Day Ladies:)

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  52. What a beautiful tribute to your mother and both tags were gorgeous. My mother wasn't a crafy at all. She didn't even know how to cook when she got married. Dad taught her. Mom's greatest gift was teaching us that we could do and be anything we wanted and to fight for it. The only person who could stop us was ourselves. She also taught us to survive life with laughter and love no matter the odds. Even with breast cancer again, she met life with laughter and humor. I can still see her going to chemo treatments wearing the hats (flowerpots, pumpkins, Uncle Sam, derbys, etc) the grandkids brought her and her hair sprayed purple or green or blue and a joke for the nurses & doctor. I miss her.

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  53. What gorgeous tags!!!!!!!! My mom taught us to think for ourselves and love all people equally. There isn't much better than that... Thanks!

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  54. These tags are so gorgeous! The greatest gift my mom gave me was to raise me to be strong and independent. She taught me that no matter how hard something is, it can be accomplished with hard work. I'm blessed to have her as my mom!!

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  55. Beautiful tag, I also made a tag for my mom. I would have to say my mom taught me to always do my best, no matter what task I was doing.

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  56. I love the tags they are both gorgeous. Your memories with your mom are beautiful. It's hard to pick one memory/gift with my mom but I think the one that means the most for me is when she was with me when I gave birth to each one of my children. Even though I was a grown women that day I wanted my mom more then anyone else.Being there for me whenever I need her is the greatest gift she has ever given me.
    I can't imagine life without her. Everyday is a wonderful day with mom. Happy Mother's Day to all the moms.

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  57. The best gift my Mum ever gave me was 'LOVE'. No matter what she loves me and I always knew it! Love the gorgeous tags, they are just exquisite. x

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  58. My Mum gave me the gift of LOVE, and still does to this day. Love the gorgeous tags they are exquisite. x

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  59. One of the greatest gifts my mother gave me was the love of learning and always putting forth 110% effort. Tammy, I'd like to say that it is very evident that the talent was passed on from mother to daughter....both tags are beautiful! Happy Mother's Day to you both!

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  60. Fab tags...cherish your mums...miss mine everyday especially today!!

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  61. One of the greatest gift my mom gave me was her time,when ever I needed her she was always there.

    Those tags are both so pretty

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  62. What a special bond between you and your mother! Your are both awesomely talented and I love both of your tags! One of the greatest gifts my mom has ever given me, besides her unconditional love, is the knowledge of knowing how to be independent and take care of my personal business, save for the future yet still treat myself and enjoy each day!

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  64. One of the best gifts my Mum gave me was my love of crafts. Happy Mothers day to Mum's everywhere.

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  65. My mom gave me the gift of believing in myself; that girls could be good at math.

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  66. Gorgeous Tags ladies. My mom was a wonderful lady and had a wonderful positive outlook no matter what came her way. The depression, loss of job, illness you name it mom always stayed positive. I still can hear her say, " when life hands you lemons, make lemonade out of it" She taught me how to do more than just survive your circumstances and to live life with a smile no matter what. I miss her smile, her laugh and her phone message saying " Hello Linda, this is your mother calling" as if I wouldn't know the voice. lol:

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  67. These are such gorgeous tags Tammy. Both so sweet. I miss my Mom so much still after 11 years. But I think the greatest thing my Mom taught me was how to be a great Mom. She taught by example, so I learned to listen, to love, to give praise and to scold when necessary. Thanks Mommy!

    Elaine Allen

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  68. What fabulous fun to have mother and daughter tags today! When I was little, my Mom would sew all my clothes, and the clothes for my dolls. I then took over my doll's wardrobes as soon as I could work the sewing machine. That soon progressed to my clothing, quilting, cross-stitch, knitting...and everything else! lol These days my Mom can't create herself, as arthritis prevents it, so I gift her with my creations instead! Thank you for sharing your beautiful and inspirational tags!...Nancy :o)

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  69. Beautiful tags...I would love to make that one with the poem for my mom! So beautiful!

    My mom gave me the gift of hardiness....being able to face whatever life brings and take it in stride!

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  70. I have always done crafts, but when I was little and would be frustrated with a craft and complained "I CAN't". My Mother always responded with "Cain't never could do anything!". It always made me mad, but it always made me want to find that special way to JUST DO IT!

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  71. Gorgeous tags! Love how different and unique they are!
    My mother's gift to me was teaching me how to crochet & knit when I was about 9-yrs old. Now that she is gone everytime I pick up a hook or needles I think of her.

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  72. Love your style. The tags are beautiful! My mother has always been my inspiration to do my best I am truly blessed to have her:) TFS

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  73. Nice work! The greatest gift I ever gave my mother has to put more and do what I always dreamed of! Who knows maybe one day will realize my little dream ...
    Micaela

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  74. Love the Tags. The best gift I received from my mother was life, I am greatful every day that I am alive and get to pass on blessings with my children as well.

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  75. The greatest gift my Mom taught me was about loving unconditionally. It is a wonderful thing to know, that no matter what mistakes we make in life, Mom will still love us. She wears her heart on her sleeve and would rather take the hurts on herself than to see us suffer. What a gift God has given us when He chose this special person to take care of us and nurture us through life. I am truly blessed with my beautiful mother!!

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  76. The greatest gift my mom gave me was the gift of being comfortable and secure with myself. Both my mom and dad also taught me the value of work ethic and the keep pushing through even when things don't go your own way.

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  77. Wonderful tags! The greatest gift my mother ever gave me, was her high standard she set for herself. She always gives the best of her herself...I really respect that!

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  78. Wow, these are lovely! The greatest gift my mom gave me was my creativty and maybe a small fraction of her talent. She was a very talented artist and a loving mother. She is gone now and I miss her.

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  79. Wonderful tags! And how nice that you invited your mother as a guest designer today! Well ... my mother gave me a little bit of creativity and strength and courage to pursue my dreams (Love you Mom!)

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  80. My mother taught me to sew. She was also very crafty and she gave me the love of making one thing into something altogether different.

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  81. some of my favorite memories of my mom is of her sewing or crafting. Unfortunately she isn't around anymore to share my love of papercrafting with. She definitely instilled her creativeness in me.

    Penny
    ronpenny@newulmtel.net

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  82. The greatest gift my mom gave was her time. She was a stay at home mom and always available to me and my siblings. She also was very crafty and so am I. I love the tags you and your mom completed.
    God bless,
    Peggy

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  83. I'm from a huge family (17 kids, I was the oldest girl). (And yes, they were all from the same parents, no twins; and no, we weren't Catholic) lol. :) My mother (and dad) were very hard workers, who never quit, no matter how hard times were, and there were more than a few of those. I couldn't begin to list the amount of creative things my mother could do (I'm thinking back now... she could do everything--she canned food, she plowed the garden with the tractor, she was doctor/nurse almost daily for one child or another...she could even work on cars!) I learned, from her, how to work hard when I am working, how to play hard when I am playing, how to willingly give my time and efforts to others in need, and how to make something wonderful--from seemingly almost nothing. Life doesn't always give us back what we put into it, but the road to success is much less bumpy if we try our best, and don't give up. I thank my mom for these lessons she taught me, and hope I've passed some of those along to my own family.

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  84. Wow, thats awesome to see two totally different projects from the same dies! There both beautiful projects. My Mom is very creative and also let each of us do our own "creative" things while were growing up and she was always so supportive and giving of her time to help us.

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  85. My mother taught me how to make do with what you have and appreciate the simple things in life. It is amazing what you can do with very little :)

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  86. My mom could sew anything, and always had lots of craft stuff lying around for me to get into.

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  87. carol from kiwilandMay 13, 2012 at 3:25 PM

    Lovely tags.I guess the best gift/memory my mother gave me was setting an example.Mum and her mother are/were strong women who faced each day no matter what it might bring and got on with it.Education was a keystone to being and ensured you could do anything.As others have said being set an example to follow and live by is a precious gift and memory to treasure.

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  88. The greatest gift my mom gave me was teaching me how to how to "Make Do", to take pride in anything I made, and not to be embarrassed to have a "do over"!

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  89. Happy Mother's Day to everyone. My mother is a wonderful artist and could always turn odds and ends into something beautiful and she taught me to find beauty in everything.

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  90. Happy Mother's Day! Oh, I wish I could list all the wonderful things my mom did for me or gave me... but I guess the biggest 'present' was when she came to my wedding. She got on the plane the first time, all by herself, speaking no English or other major foreign languages... she came here not knowing anyone and not understanding anyone but me. She just gives and gives every single day!

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  91. Have to say my birth Mother's greatest gift to me was life! My adoptive Mother was best friends with my birth Mother, and she always shared wonderful stories about their friendship. I had the pleasure to be raised by my adoptive Mother, and to meet my birth Mother when I was 39...a real treat for me to have both Mother's named 'Gladys' in my life. Miss them both as they are now in Heaven.
    Happy Mother's Day one and all,
    Jan

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  92. Beautiful Tags!
    The greatest gift that she gave me was teaching me how to sew when the home ec teacher couldn't explain things so I could understand them.

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  93. I love both tags, so different from each other. The greatest gift my mom gave me was the freedom to be creative in what every "medium" I chose. I have done them all, sewing, needlecraft, needlepoint, cross-stitch, art, painting, you name, I have tried it. But I have never been as deeply satisfied with creativity until scrapbooking and paper craft became so big. It has touched something deep in this very tactile soul! I have always seen the world through my finger tips and paper satisfies that desire to touch, hold, manipulate, and do what I want with it and come out with something so beautiful, and many times so ugly!

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  94. Those tags are stunning! My mom was also very creative and encouraged me to explore until I found something I loved to do and was always very supportive of whatever craft project I would attempt when I was growing up. She also shared a love of gardening with me and I grew up to discover I really did have a green thumb.

    Happy Mothers's Day to all!

    KimMJ
    bast830@comcast.net

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  95. first of all both of your tags are gorgeous.

    I was very fortunate to have a mother who was also very creative and had the tools around for us to learn. Of course growing up I wasn't always so interested but as I left home and had a family of my own those creative juices came back. And now that I live close to my mom we are able to share and enjoy those things together. We even get together with another of my sisters and do craft shows together.

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  96. Well, you two certainly prove that 'the apple doesn't fall far from the tree!' Such creativity in your family! Both tags are amazing ... different and fabulous!

    My Mom taught me independence ... she instilled me with the knowledge that I could take care of myself ... and, in fact, should! She truly gave me roots but encouraged me to fly.

    Happy Mother's Day ... and thanks so much for the chance to win!

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  97. I don't have many memories of my biological mom, as she was killed in a drunk driving accident.However, she was very devoted and loving.I was doubly blessed as the Lord gave me another mom. I loved working in the kitchen with her. She taught me how to cook and bake which I grew to love to do myself. As I grew older I developed a love for scrapbooking, which I brought her into and taught her how. We now share those times together as well.

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  98. Beautiful tags!
    A thing that I will always remember about my mother was how independent she was. I acquired the trait.
    happy mother's day!

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  99. For my tenth birthday my mom gave me a book on crocheting and the tools to start. She taught me and I had the book as a reference and for the patterns. This began my adventures in creativity.

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  100. What a wonderful idea! My other gave me support by never missing a single sport, musical, show, concert, recital no matter what the weather, season, time, day or in sickness... I will never forget how important she made me. Thanks for the rememberence!
    Lisa

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  101. My Mom gave me the gift of herself! She was a very selfless person, who put her family above all else! I am so blessed to have had her in my life!
    debpaint16@aol.com

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  102. These are incredible! I have never done much with tags, but holy cow, they are awesome! The greatest gift my mother has ever given me is the gift of friendship. Ever since I was a teenager my mom has been my very best friend and I couldn't get a better gift than our relationship. Happy Mother's Day, everyone! :)

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  103. Beautiful Tags. Will use them as inspiration. The greatest gift my mom gave me was her love and support. Mom was always there to support me through the good times and bad, even when my choices were just plain dumb. I love you Mom!

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  104. Those look fantastic! I love the flexibility of the dies....you both shone in different ways using them! My mom made many sacrifices raising me and my sister but thanks to her both my sister and I have become loving mothers to our own children. Love you mom!

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  105. Great tags. The most important thing my Mom gave me was independence and to trust my own judgement.

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  106. My Mom is very good with sewing on a sewing machine and also crocheting. I remember her making me clothes when I was in elementary school and I had a growth spurt and outgrew them all in a few weeks :) About sewing she says, "As ye sew, so shall ye rip." I'd still like to learn to crochet, but the sewing machine and I are not friends! Happy Mother's Day to y'all--so fun to see your tags.

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  107. Love, love both tags. Thanks for sharing. My Mother gave me the gift of creativity. She is a beautiful seamstress and made both my and her clothes during my childhood. She also knits and quilts. And, at 95, she is still quilting.

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  108. Lovely tags! I have to say the greatest gifts my mom gave me were her work ethic and tireless support. She worked so hard to support our family and gave up so much of her time so that we could have opportunities in our lives. I realize what sacrifices she made and I am so thankful to her! I love my mom! :)

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  109. Happy Mother's Day to you and your mom, Tammy! I love both of your tags! My mom has been into some type of crafting all of my life. I remember every counter in the kitchen being covered with ceramics molds and my mom pouring slip into them. I remember those same counters filled with homemade candle molds curing so that they could be filled with beautiful scents. At Christmas time they might be filled with the 100 dozen cookies that she would make so that she could deliver a plateful to everyone she knew. My mom taught me that it was okay to let dinner go and order a pizza if she was in the middle of something. She taught me that creating was a fun and necessary part of life even though she had a family and a very busy life. I will always be grateful to her teaching me that even as an adult, it was okay to have fun!

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  110. My mom wasn't crafty herself, but always supported and encouraged me in my craftiness. Money wasn't something we had much of, so mom was never able to buy me craft items or sign me up for craft classes. But when my grandmother died, mom was left a little bit of money and with some of the money she bought me a sewing machine. She was a wonderful mom, and I miss her.

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  111. Beautiful tags, each unique and special. Twenty years after her too short life, all eight of her kids agree that we value the roots (values, faith, love for life and education) and wings (confidence, sense of adventure, and knowing that her love was unconditional); made our Mom special and unique.wish I could make her a card with these great dies. Thanks for sharing.

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  112. Love both of the tags. My mom always encouraged my craftiness. She bought me my first Sizzix machine for a birthday present probably 12 years ago. She passed away 7 years ago and I still miss her. I feel her spirit alive in me as I create and in the creations she made for me and my daughters over the years.

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  113. My mother gave me the freedom to be myself and find my own path in life. She also taught me how to sew and gave me the confidence to make my own clothing in high school. She passed on her love of crafting to me.

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  114. My mom instilled in me the power of Faith and how that belief can move mountains...I will ever be indebted to her for giving me the tools to cope in this life and to be content whichever circumstance may come my way. Although we were not a rich family in the financial sense, we were spiritually rich and this was a true gift which made my life exciting and blessed.

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  115. Clearly, the acorn didn't fall very far from the tree...both mom & daughter have the gift of creativity...wish I still had my mom even though she didn't have a crafting bone in her body, she had many, many other gifts.

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  116. LOVE both of the tags.. they are gorgeous..
    I have no doubt that my mother loved me, but I grew up in the era of 'children are to be seen and not heard' 'eyes on, hands off' 'do as I say do, not as I do', etc.. but being a gabby person who loves to craft (and more and more in messy mixed media,) and want to touch everything that has texture, you might say I didn't listen really well..

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  117. Love your tags! The best thing my mom gave to me is her work ethic and a love for cooking! TFS...hugs, Candi

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  118. What a great idea to have a Mother/Daughter challenge. I love how you wrapped up your tag, Tammy!

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  119. Thanks for inviting me to be a guest artist--and thank you all for the very kind comments. Tammy and I live 4 hours apart, so it was fun to do something together.

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  120. The greatest gift my mother gave me was the heritage of a Christian family. She was the one who prayed with me to ask Jesus to be my Savior when I was just a little girl and she is stillthe one at nearly 80 who daily prays for me and my family!

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  121. Two fabulous tags! My mom has always been crafty and she shared that with me. She taught me how to sew and knit/crochet and always encouraged me to try all sorts of creative endeavors.

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  122. Gorgeous tags-both of you.Love your Mom's blog Tammy T-indeed easy to see that talent runs in your family.You are truly blessed.

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  123. Wow...you and your mum are both talented....now that I have seen these dies....the doiley is a "must" have for my collection. I love visiting your blog...it is my inspiration all the way down here in South Africa.

    Best wishes always

    Hugz

    Shamela

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  124. To add to my comment....I am fortunate that my mum is still around, she is not into crafts, but taught me how to sew and think like an entrepreneur....today, I look at anything with a possible business view....not sure if it's good though...I have tried many things, grow bored and carry on, buy my scrapbooks and rubber stamp hobby have remained.....a constant thing in my life...just like mum!

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  125. ...superb work from two very creative minds, thankyou for sharing your wonderful Mothere's Day Tags, loVe your colours, your elements & the Doily Die is now on my wish list!...Mel :)

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  126. I used to craft with my mom and, although she passed on over 11 years ago and the materials available have changed so much in that time, I have returned to that passion and occasionally dip in to the shoe boxes of ribbons and other embellishments that she collected and that remind me of our crafting together.
    It's lovely to share a passion between generations and these tags are great examples of that.

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  127. Hi Tammy,
    What a great idea to "share" a project with your Mom. They're both lovely!
    My Mom's greatest gift to me is a love of all things vintage, and an appreciation for finding uses for old things...we are truly "Jumque" girls!
    Thank you for sharing!

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  128. Gorgeous tags! Love the embellishments and colors on both!

    My mom is unique, what gift she gave me? Just being herself, always just being there, being part of my whole life, from birth until now... there's only one real MOM, mine!

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  129. Oh so beautiful. The greatest gift my Mother gave me was craftyness (new word I know). She could make ANYTHING after seeing it only once.
    claudiamatzke at hotmail dot com

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  130. The greatest gift she ever gave me was the chance to meet her in person once we found each other. I was adopted as a baby but growing up I always wondered who she was and what she looked like etc. The day we met in person was a life changing experience, it was like a wave of calmness and relief washed over me. Thanks MOM for the most amazing day of my life!

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  131. The greatest gifts from my mom are my two sisters and my brother. :)

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  132. Both your tags are very beautiful. You're very talented ladies. The greatest gift my mom gave me is to never give up what ever happens, stay myself. I try to do the same with my girls. Thanks for the chance, Johanne L.

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  133. Sizzix dies are so inspiring, aren't they?? It's amazing how different each project can be! **Kudos to your mom for conquering technology - her blogs are great, too!!

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  134. Tags never looked so good!

    My mother was an artist and crafter, so she provided an endless supply of materials, tools and inspiration for me throughout her lifetime, but the greatest gift she gave to me was the lesson of unconditional love.

    Dee in Texas

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  135. Gorgeous tags. The greatest things my Mom inspired in me are my love of crafts and cooking. Although try as hard as I do I can still not make fried chicken like my Mom could.

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  136. My mother gave me many great gifts that I have with me everyday. The greatest gift she gave me was being raised in a Christian home and her examples of what a christian should be. She also bestowed th ese examples to her Sunday School classes and people in our community.

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  137. Love your tags, girls! My mother left me with a love of crafts...I miss her so!
    Deb, qoq_1@hotmail.com

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  138. Wow! Those are gorgeous tags. Wo elegant.
    Missy K.
    marilyn2222 @ hotmail.com

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  139. Hello Tammy, I love both your mother"s tag and yours, though I must admit that I think yours is the best, don't tell you mum :-). The effect of the doily with the striking heart embellishment underneath is fantastic. Thanks for the give away.
    My most vivid memory of my mum was the last time I saw her standing in her doorway, I had said goodbye and put the kids in the car but something made me turn round and on seeing her there I ran back to her and gave her a big hug. A sad but oddly sweet memory of her.

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  140. How beautiful both tags are! Any mom would love to receive one of those. I didn't start making cards until about the last 10 years of my mom's life and she never quite believed that I really did create and make them because she thought they were so amazing. Although a bit frustrating that I couldn't explain to her, it was also such a high compliment.
    I thank my mom so much for her gift of letting me do my own thing. She wasn't controlling and gave support and compliments. I know some of the ideas that I came up with were pretty awful but she never criticized. And if you can somehow see this, thank you, Mom!

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  141. Beautiful tags! The greatest gift my mother gave me was her time. She never turned any of her children away if we needed her, no matter how busy she was. She has always been amazingly creative and passed that love onto me...always inspiring me, teaching me, encouraging me, and praising me for my creative accomplishments. As a child we had craft hour every day and finger painted on the kitchen floor (she would have us do that before she mopped the floor each day). How totally blessed I have been!

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  142. These are just plain wonderful! I can tell I NEED that beautiful doily die!

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  143. What a wonderful idea, Tammy! You have certainly inherited your Mother's creativity genes! My Mother is almost 85 & has battled cancer twice & has overcome it. She has lost 2 of her 6 daughters to the disease also. She is an amazing woman! She is a survivor & I've learned many life lessons because of her example. No matter what is thrown her way, she overcomes it. She has taught me that attitude is everything! She never lets anything get her down for long. She enjoys life and appreciates each & everyday. She is thankful for what she has & takes nothing for granted. She has shown me by example how strong us women really are & all that we are capable of doing. I'm so very grateful to still have her with me.

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  144. Tammy,
    thank you for a beautiful duet project AND for the opportunity for us to share about our wonderful mothers! My mom has given me so much, the greatest instilling that I am capable of anything I set my sights on. She is still with me at 86 to support me in all my endeavors!

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  145. Love the tags. Cherish our Mothers for every day we have with them. My Mother gave me the ability to love fully and to live life and to be thankful for family and friends
    upnurse at aol dot com

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  146. My moms greatest gift is giving my 4 children the best memories ever. My kids are 21,16, 5, and 4. They all have great memories of thier 81 year old G-ma. Even today she is still is actively involved in their lives. And I love making memory pages for them to cherish forever.

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  147. LOVE both projects!!! So much inspiration and creativity!!!

    The best thing my mom gave me...my life! Without her I wouldn't be here. She is creative in her own way...sewed almost all my clothes when I was young...many years ago. After I left home she started dabbling in lots of different crafts. Somewhere there is a creative gene that I inherited. Thank you Mom!

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  148. I always picture my mother with knitting needles in her hands! She never sat down without picking up her current knitting project and, with 4 daughters and a husband, she never ran out of willing clothes-horses :)

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  149. The greatest gift my mom has given me is "Life". I'm so very thankful. Thank you mom!!!

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  150. The greatest gift my Mom gave me was watching her joy as a grandmother. There was simply no child she didn't love.

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  151. hello, I live in Italy. may I partecipate at the giveaway?
    my mother gave me my life. and she gave me an example of a honest life and the love for the family. bye. marta

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  152. The greatest gift my mother gave me is the love for music in all forms.
    Thank you for the opportunity to win such wonderful dies.

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  153. My mom gave me countless gifts and right after her incredible love and care, a favorite gift from her was a passion for reading books. She also helped me to nurture that love in our sons- from the very start she was reading to them and taking them to the library to check out more great stories, and as young men there is no mistake- they are lifetime readers too! :) Linda Vigil viggie62@yahoo.com

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  154. My favorite memory of my mom was the way she treated holidays, she made them special. So I did the same for my kids. I love to see my daughter doing the same things for her children to. My mom has been gone for 17 years now. Thanks.

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  155. Both your and your mother's tags are beautiful. I can't name the greatest gift my mother gave me, as there are so many to choose from: her love, her tolerance, her examples of courage and faith, her strong morals, her love of life and her devotion to my father . . . all of which I have tried to incorporate into my own life. She is now suffering from dementia and now looks at the world with a sweet, childlike wonder~I love her so much; she is my mother and my friend.

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  156. My favorite memory of my mom is laughing so hard she cried when she came home one day and learned my pre-teen sister had made brownies and stirred them "by hand".

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  157. I absolutely love this tag! The idea of it being 'wrapped' in a doily is beautiful and that it's cut from a book... Thank you for sharing.

    I am thankful for my mom teaching me to stand up for myself. With that I am able to stand up for my son who is special needs. I am his voice and I think without my mom I would not have the courage to stand up for his needs. Or defend him when he can not do it for himself.

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