Queen Mum Mother’s Day Gift Ensemble

Authentique Flawless Queen Mum Mother's Day Gift Ensemble by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Authentique Flawless Queen Mum Mother’s Day Gift Ensemble for Authentique Group Post

Hello, Friends!  Mother’s Day is literally just around the corner.  Moms should be treated like royalty on this special day, so I created this Queen Mum Mother’s Day Gift Ensemble with the Authentique Flawless Collection.  I had my own precious mother in mind while creating these paper pretties.  Her favorite color was pink…so I think she would approve.

I know Mother’s Day is not always a happy day for every woman out there.  For those of you who find it hard to get through this day because of bad memories, grief over the loss of your mother, or sadness at never having been able to become a mom, I offer you a gentle hug.  My own mom passed in 2015, so it’s been a long time since I’ve been able to celebrate with her.  My goal each year is to spend some time remembering her and celebrating her life.

A Tribute to My Mom…the Queen of My Heart!

My mom had every reason in the world to be a real “stinker.”  Born into very humble circumstances, her parents divorced and gave her away when she was only 4 years old.  She was sent to live with a very cold and aloof aunt.  She was never hugged, never tucked in at night, never told she was beautiful or smart or loved.  Yet she did not become bitter or inflict her sad life on the life of her 5 children.

My mother was joy personified.  She was always singing, always ready for a good laugh, always ready to lend a helping hand, always quick to embrace us, praise us, encourage us and sacrifice for us.  Her heart was open to those who needed a mother’s love, even if they were pretty unlovable.  A brilliant mind, creative soul and adventurous spirit made her into a remarkable mother.  So I celebrate her on this special day.

Queen Mum Shaker Trinket Box

The first item in this ensemble is the Queen Mum Shaker Trinket Box. This is 5″ x 7″ altered book box with an acrylic shaker frame on top.

TIP:  Cover the foam adhesive sides of the shaker frame with 1/4″ strips of patterned paper.

Because my mom was an avid letter writer, I designed a set of simple note cards and matching envelopes to go inside the box.

And because my mom loved to make lists, I created a little matching note pad to tuck inside, too.

Mom would have loved all this pink!

Queen Mum Easel Shaker Card

Use the same image on the easel card.  This ties it together with the trinket box and makes for a lovely presentation.

Die cut a border from the black damask pattern.  Then back it with pink cardstock to create a stunning border.

Here’s a look at the inside of the card.  All of these quotes make me think of my mom.

I had just enough room to add a box style treat pocket on the top of the easel.

Create a 3″ x 3″ envelope for tea and chocolate with an envelope punch.  Then tuck in a special demitasse spoon to complete the trio.

Years ago I found a quote from Pearl S. Buck, one of my mom’s favorite authors.  I think of it every Mother’s Day because it is so true.

“Some mothers are kissing mothers and some are scolding mothers, but it is love just the same, and most mothers kiss and scold together”

May you all be treated like a Queen on Mother’s Day!




14 thoughts on “Queen Mum Mother’s Day Gift Ensemble

  1. Beverly Jordan

    So many pieces to love!! The Queen mum on the front of your gorgeous box is so perfect!! I miss my mom and this would be great to keep memorabilia in it including putting pics in those little note card holders! The folio is great too and would make a great gift for the woman in our lives that is so special!!! Thank you for your terrific inspiration!! You always help me see all the possibilities with your beautiful creations!!

  2. Teresa Igo

    What a wonderful tribute to your mom. Any mother would love this as a gift! Always love your projects. Happy Mother’s Day to you! Thanks for sharing. tigo

  3. Isabel Borrero-Gonzalez

    Oh Kathy, what a lovely, heartwarming story of your mom! Your tribute to her is exqusite!!! I am positive she loves it from up above! My was exraordinary too! I miss her soooo much!!! I wish you the happiest Mother’s Day my friend!!! It’s so ironic, my mother died four days after Mother’s Day in 2005 and even though I have my daughter, I can’t spend it with her either because of this pandemic. Unfortunately, though, I’m not in the boat alone. Thank you for sharing your beautiful story with us.

  4. Helen Budz

    What a lovely tribute to your mom, Kathy. Remembering all the wonderful stories you’ve shared about your mom, I would never have imagined her sad childhood. Thanks for sharing her story. Your altered box is truly delightful. Too late for this year, but I think I’ll start soon to create something like this for my sisters as a gift for next Mother’s Day in memory of our mom…using her favorite colors and incorporating some of her favorite hobbies, like bookmarks for her love of reading, some fine crocheted elements on cards etc. for her lace-like crocheting…I’m sure I’ll have a few more ideas before It’s finished. She was great at sending birthday cards to everyone so…enough said. tfs-Hugs. Stay well.

  5. Martie Rollin

    A lovely gift ensemble…but that easel card is really drawing my attention!!! LOVE this card! Beautiful floral clusters in all the right places. You have a real gift for sharing your life stories, Kathy. Thank you! And Happy Mom’s Day across the miles!

  6. Charlotte

    This is very special and oh-so-fab. I shall use this as an inspiration for a card for my mom. Thank you! Charlotte

  7. soozyb2013

    This is truly a lovely gift for mom’s. I miss my Mum, she passed in 2005, but some days it feels like yesterday. She was an amazing Mum, showing me all I needed to know to be able to live on my own. She was a great seamstress even tho’ she would say she wasn’t, she would say “I know enough to get by, but there is always something more to learn”. She was 84.
    If you still have your mother’s give her cuddles when you can. Thank you Kathy for sharing a bit more of yourself on your blog, you are so clever at what you do.

  8. Gena L Krannig

    OMG, Kathy, what a gorgeous gift ensemble for Mother’s Day. The top of the box is absolutely stunning. I love that crown embellishment and the image of the queen surrounded by those beautiful flowers. And what a pretty card to top it off! Your story about your Mom really touched me. I would love to have known your Mom, what a special lady she was. Mine has been gone almost 26 yrs. but there are still no words to describe how much I miss her. Someone will cherish this beautiful box forever. Thank you for sharing your story and your lovely creation! Hugs!

  9. Sherry Somers

    Wow, just Wow. I am in awe of this project AND your story. You are a seriously amazing blogger and I love your page. Your Mother sounds very much like my Mother. Right down to the singing and poetry. My Mother wasnt adopted but I was. They had 6 of their own children and adopted me on top of it.. So much love in our family. My Mother passed in 2016 and 3 months later my oldest sister passed. It was a rough time but I remember the good stuff daily. I love saying, “I am my Mothers daughter”. lol Is this box going to your daughter?

  10. Susan Steele

    Oh my goodness …Your Mother’s Day gift ensemble is gorgeous! And such a tribute to your own little mother. Thank you for sharing her …and talk about rising above adversity! Wow! It most definitely can be done! My mother too …losing 3 very young children in a fire while 5 months pregnant with me, became divorced …and could’ve given up …but …she rose up and lavished me with so much love, and remarried and gave me a spoiled rotten little sister! Sooo …it can be done. ….Your cards inside are all just gorgeous also! Especially luv that easel card! Thank you so much for sharing today! Happy, happy Mother’s Day to you! Hugs, Suzy Q

  11. Claire Gagne

    What a lovely gift idea for any Mom, especially in these times. It would really mean so much more.Be safe & TYFS

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