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Happy Greetings!

Edited to remove links for the Stampin' Addicts Summer Mini Catalog Blog Hop, 4/29-5/1.

Hello! Thanks so much for stopping by during the Stampin' Addicts Summer Mini Catalog Blog Hop. 

If you've arrived from Twila Davis' blog, Stamp a Little Longer, I know you were WOW'd by her awesome projects using the Touch of Kindness stamp set.  I hope you'll stay and visit for a while to peruse the projects I've created using the Happy Greetings stamp set.  I'm always drawn to sentiment stamp sets using fun and eye-catching fonts and versatile phrasing that can be used for a variety of occasions and events.  This stamp set certainly fits the bill!

My first project was created for a terrific young man who will be graduating from Florida State University this weekend.  His very proud parents will be traveling to Tallahassee to watch him take his "walk" and I'll be home watching a live feed of the graduation ceremony via webcast. 

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(click on card to see larger image)

The colors used on this card are Night of Navy, Cherry Cobbler, and More Mustard (the red and yellow colors to mimic the Garnet and Gold of the Seminoles).  The sailboat image comes from a lovely single stamp introduced in the Summer Mini Catalog called Sail Away.  I think this image is great for a graduation card because it implies a wish to travel beyond the horizon to find your fortune.  Something that a this graduate is well-equipped to do!  The congratulatory sentiment used for this card was stamped with Cherry Cobbler ink; the word "CONGRATS" filled in with the pen point of a More Mustard Stampin' Write Marker.  Cherry Cobbler and White Baker's Twine (another new item introduced in the Summer Mini Catalog) was wrapped around the top of the card to add a little more nautical flavor to the card.

The next project features a group of All Occasion cards featuring four more images from the Happy Greetings stamp set.  The beautiful floral images are provided by the Beyond the Garden Designer Series Paper.  Isn't this paper just beautiful!  It was hard to decide which side of the double-sided paper to use.  I really love all the bright and vivid colors used in this paper:  Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, Pacific Point, Tangerine Tango and Wild Wasabi. 

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(click on each card to see larger image)

I thought that these cards would make a lovely gift, so I needed to come up with a fun and pretty way to present these cards.

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Pacific Point and Daffodil Delight make such a vibrant statement, don't they?  The folder features two pockets that will hold the four floral cards you see above and their matching envelopes.  Here's what the folder looks like when it's opened.

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(click on opened folder to see larger image)

You can see the satin ribbon hanging from each side of the folder.  These are used to tie the folder closed.  I was pretty pleased with myself after I finished the stationery folder; until I realized that I needed to make a card to give to the person receiving this gift!

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(click on card to see larger image)

Now it's time to continue to the next stop on the Blog Hop, Stitchin' n Stampin' on Paper with Kim Bolzenthal.  Kim is featuring the Strength & Hope stamp set.  This stamp set is truly lovely and as an added benefit, Stampin' Up! will be donating $2 from the proceeds of the sale of each stamp set and digital download to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation

The directional arrows below will help you find your way through the Blog Hop.  Just click on the Previous arrow to visit with Twila Davis at Stamp a Little Longer.  Or you can click on the Next arrow to visit with Kim Bolzenthal at Stitchin' n Stampin' on Paper

I hope you've enjoyed your visit to Paper Conversation during the Stampin' Addicts Summer Mini Catalog Blog Hop.  Be sure to make a return visit in the next couple of weeks for information about how each of these projects were made.  You'll be surprised how quick and easy they are to make!

Robertssiggy


Four Frames & Paisley Petals Sneak Peek (Part 3)

Hello!

There are only a few days left of the 2011-2012 Idea Book & Catalog Sneak Peek, so here's a final card made using the Paisley Petals Designer Series Paper and the Four Frames Stamp Set. 

Paisley_for_you (click on card to see larger image)

As with the first card designed for this promotion, I let the Designer Series Paper do the work.  It's just so pretty and the colors are so vivid that little else is required.  The 3" x 4" piece of Paisley Petals Designer Series Paper is matted with Cajun Craze and River Rock cardstocks.  The edges of the cardstocks are sponged with their respective ink colors and the edges of the Designer Series Paper with Cajun Craze.  These are adhered to the Always Artichoke card base (the edges also sponged with Always Artichoke ink).

The polka dot frame from the Four Frames stamp set was stamped on Whisper White cardstock using Cajun Craze ink and punched out with the Decorative Label punch.  The "for you" sentiment, from the All Holidays stamp set, was stamped at the center of the frame using Old Olive ink.  The edges of the punched frame were sponged with Always Artichoke ink.  A mat of Always Artichoke (the edges also sponged with Always Artichoke ink) was added behind the punched frame (check out this post for more information about how to create the mat).  Two 1/8" holes were punched near the lower right center of the frame using the Crop-A-Dile.  A Clear Rhinestone Brad was inserted into the hole punched nearest the center.  Two tiny tags were hung from the second punched hole. 

The tags were made by stamping the background stamp from the Clearly For You stamp set on Whisper White cardstock using River Rock ink.  The crown image was stamped on the background using Baja Breeze ink and the small flower image was stamped in another area of the background image using Cajun Craze ink.  The tags were punched out of the background image using the Medium Jewelry Tag punch.  Additional tags were punched from scraps of Baja Breeze and Cajun Craze cardstocks.  A 1/16" hole was punched through the top of all four tags.  Blue embroidery floss (DMC 3761) was threaded through the Baja Breeze stamped and Baja Breeze tags and knotted approximately 1" from the top of the tags.  Red embroidery floss (DMC 920) was threaded through the Cajun Craze stamped and Cajun Craze tags and knotted approximately 1" from the top of the tags.  Both ends of the embroidery floss were inserted into the remaining hole punched into the frame so that the knots in the embroidery floss are next to the hole on the back of the matted frame.  The ends of the embroidery floss are held in place on the center back of the frame with a Stampin' Dimensional.  The frame was adhered to the card with the bottom of the frame approximately 1" from the bottom edge of the Designer Series Paper, allowing the tags to hang down.  A half of a Stampin' Dimensional was placed on the back of the Baja Breeze and Cajun Craze cardstock tags to hold the cardstock tags in place on the card front; however the stamped tags are allowed to move freely on the embroidery floss.

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(click on card to see larger image)

The inside sentiment area of the card is lined with a piece of Whisper White cardstock, the edges sponged with Always Artichoke ink.  A strip of Designer Series Paper was adhered along the bottom edge of the Whisper White cardstock.  The bottom, left, and right edges of the Designer Series Paper were sponged with Always Artichoke ink and the top edge with Cajun Craze ink.

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(click on envelope for larger image)

The background stamp from the Clearly For You stamp set was inked with River Rock ink, stamped on a scrap piece of paper, and then stamped at the lower left front corner of the Medium Whisper White envelope (a process called Stamping Off).  The crown and small flower images were randomly stamped on top of the background image using Baja Breeze and Cajun Craze inks, respectively.  The "for you" sentiment was stamped at the center of the background image using Always Artichoke ink.

As a reminder, the Clearly For You and Four Frames stamp sets and the Paisley Petals Designer Series Paper used for this project are only available through April 30th.  After that time, the sales period for the Occasions Mini Catalog ends, which includes the Clearly For You stamp set.  April 30th also marks the end of the 2011-2012 Idea Book & Catalog Sneak Peek; you'll need to wait until July to see these items again AND I should mention that one of these items, the Designer Series Paper, will have a price increase.

If you'd like to order any of these Sneak Peek items or the great items from the Occasions Mini Catalog, be sure to click on the Shop Online button at the top left corner of my blog page.  This will take you to my Stampin' Up! storefront where you can click on the Shop Now button at the lower right corner of the web page.  You'll receive the best on-line prices by shopping Stampin' Up! this way.

I'll be back in a couple of days with some great projects featuring items from the Summer Mini Catalog during the Stampin' Addicts Summer Mini Catalog Blog Hop.  Be sure to stop by to join the hop!

Also, be sure to keep an eye out for the final launch of Space Shuttle Endeavour.  I'll be watching from the Firing Room and it will be a bittersweet moment for those of us who support the Space Shuttle Program.  Currently the launch is scheduled for Friday, April 29th, at 3:47 p.m. Eastern Time. 

Robertssiggy
Stamps:  All Holidays, Clearly For You, Four Frames; Inks:  Always Artichoke, Baja Breeze, Cajun Craze, River Rock; Cardstock:  Always Artichoke, Baja Breeze, Cajun Craze, River Rock, Whisper White; Designer Series Paper:  Paisley Petals; Embellishments:  Clear Rhinestone Brad; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools:  Paper Cutter/Scorer, Paper Snips, Bone Folder, Sponge, 1/16" hole punch, Crop-A-Dile, Decorative Label punch, Medium Jewelry Tag punch; Other:  Medium Whisper White Envelope, DMC Embroidery Floss


Four Frames & Paisley Petals Sneak Peek (Part 2)

Hello!  Thanks so much for stopping by to visit!

[Edited to add a "missing link" that was forgotten in the narrative below.]

Here's another project that uses the Four Frames stamp set, a Sneak Peek item from the 2011-2012 Idea Book & Catalog.  It's only available for purchase during the month of April and then it goes back into hiding until the release of the new catalog in July.  These scrapbook pages also feature two items from the Occasions Mini Catalog; the Springtime Vintage Designer Series Paper and the You're A Gem stamp set.  The Occasions Mini Catalog sales period ends on April 30th, so as with the Sneak Peek items, you only have a little over a week to make your purchases.

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(click on each page to see larger images)

We'll begin our discussion with the left hand scrapbook page.  I really like the banner effect created by "notching" the bottom of the banner.

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(click on scrapbook page to see larger image)

A strip of Springtime Vintage Designer Series Paper was layered over a slightly wider piece of Always Artichoke cardstock.  Wrapped around these is a piece of Chantilly 1/2" Crochet Trim which is knotted on front near the top of the border strip.  Hanging from the Chantilly Crochet Trim are two tags created by "punching apart" a single stamp image from the You're A Gem stamp set.  The stamp image was stamped twice on Very Vanilla cardstock; the first time using Perfect Plum ink and the second time with Always Artichoke ink.  The Medium Jewelry Tag punch was used to punch "love life" from the Perfect Plum stamped image and "live life" from the Always Artichoke stamped image.  The punch was used again on scraps of Perfect Plum and Always Artichoke cardstock.  Linen Thread was inserted through 1/16" holes punched at the top of each stamped tag and its corresponding color cardstock tag was added before knotting the Linen Thread over the top of the Chantilly Crochet Trim.  You'll note that the "love life" tag sits slightly higher than the "live life" tag to add some interest.

Both lengths of a strip of Very Vanilla cardstock were punched with the Scallop Trim Border punch.  Before adhering the paper and cardstock layer, I drew the "notch" on the back.  The space between the punched borders is 2".  I placed a ruler 1" above the bottom edge and made a pencil dot at the center point (also 1").  Then I drew a line from the pencil dot to each corner.  After the paper and cardstock layer were adhered with SNAIL on the unmarked side of the Very Vanilla cardstock, I used Paper Snips to cut along the pencil lines to create the "notch."  The border strip was adhered to the Perfect Plum Textured cardstock base page with SNAIL.

Here's a 3" x 6" card made using the same design.  A different piece of Springtime Vintage Designer Series Paper is used, but the results are identical.  That's the best part about Stampin' Up!'s Designer Series Paper:  you can always count on the color coordination within each pack of paper.

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(click on the cards and envelope to see larger images)

You can see the stamped image is repeated, alternating Perfect Plum and Always Artichoke inks, on the Very Vanilla liner placed at the inside sentiment area of the card and along the left front side of the Small Open End Envelope.

For the right hand scrapbook page, a more traditional page border was created.  This time, the flip side of the Springtime Vintage Designer Series Paper used on the left hand page is revealed.

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(click on scrapbook page to see larger image)

As with the left hand page, the Designer Series Paper strip was adhered to the Always Artichoke cardstock.  Only one long edge of the Very Vanilla cardstock was punched with the Scallop Trim Border punch prior to adhering the paper and cardstock strip.  This border was placed near the bottom edge of the Perfect Plum Textured base page.  The rose frame image from the Four Frames stamp set was stamped on Very Vanilla cardstock using Always Artichoke ink.  A Blender Pen and Perfect Plum Watercolor Crayon (Subtles Collection) were used to add color to the flowers.  The frame was punched out with the Decorative Label punch and matted with Perfect Plum cardstock.  (See this post for more information about how to create the mat for the frame.)  A 1/8" hole was punched near the lower right corner of the frame using the Crop-A-Dile to add a Clear Rhinestone Brad to correspond with the "you're a gem" sentiment stamped at the center of the frame using Perfect Plum ink.

A piece of Chantilly Crochet Trim was added to the back of the frame and the ends folded back to create a "bow" to finish the border.  To do this, place the matted frame face down on the tabletop.  Run a line of SNAIL across the center length of the back.  Fold the Chantilly Crochet Trim in half lengthwise and place the center at the center back of the frame and allow the Crochet Trim to fall open and press along the SNAIL line with your fingertips.  Put a small area of SNAIL on top of the Crochet Trim approximately 1/2" inside each edge of the Crochet Trim and then fold the Crochet Trim back on top of itself so that the end of the Crochet Trim can be pressed into the small spot of SNAIL.  The frame is attached to the border with Stampin' Dimensionals.

This border treatment makes an attractive 3" x 6" card, too.  The Designer Series Paper you see here is the flip side of the paper used for the 3" x 6" card shown above using the design for the opposing scrapbook page.

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Youre_a_Gem_3x6_Inside
Youre_a_Gem_3x6_Envelope
(click on cards or envelope to see larger images)

Again, the inside sentiment area of the card is lined with a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock.  However, this time a slim piece of matching Designer Series Paper was adhered along the bottom edge of the Very Vanilla cardstock.  The "you're a gem" sentiment was randomly stamped on the envelope flap using Perfect Plum ink.

I'm always looking for quick and easy scrapbook page borders that can set the tone for the layout without overpowering the photos or the story I want to tell.  These pages can do just that for a Mother's Day layout or to recognize someone who holds a place of honor in your life story.

Robertssiggy

Stamps:  Four Frames, You're A Gem; Inks:  Always Artichoke, Perfect Plum; Cardstock:  Always Artichoke, Perfect Plum, Perfect Plum Textured, Very Vanilla; Designer Series Paper:  Springtime Vintage; Embellishments:  Chantilly 1/2" Crochet Trim, Linen Thread, Clear Rhinestone Brads; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools:  Paper Cutter/Scorer, Paper Snips, Bone Folder, Crop-A-Dile, 1/16" hole punch, Scallop Trim Border punch, Decorative Label punch, Medium Jewelry Tag punch, Ruler, Pencil; Other:  Page Protectors, Small Open End Envelope


Four Frames & Paisley Petals Sneak Peek (Part 1)

Hi there! 

This month's promotion from Stampin' Up! features a Sneak Peek from the 2011-2012 Idea Book & Catalog (release date planned for July 2011).  For the month of April, you have the opportunity to purchase one or both of these items with a minimum merchandise order of $20 OR (even better) if you host a workshop with total merchandise sales of $350 you can receive both of these items for FREE!  With only a couple of weeks left for this promotion, I thought I should share a couple of projects made with these products.

The first is an Easter card.  With the color palette and vivid prints of the Paisley Petals Designer Series Paper, it's pretty easy to just let the paper do the work for this card.

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(click on card to see larger image)

Now you may be thinking that these colors aren't necessarily traditional Easter colors or even Spring-like and I'd be inclined to agree with you.  However, when I shared this card with my Mom at our weekly breakfast meeting on Saturday morning, she disagreed and pointed out that the colors on this card seemed very Easter to her.  They combine pastels associated with the new growth of Spring with the vibrancy and drama of the Easter Season.  Well, putting it that way, I guess I'd have to agree with Mom.  (Which, of course, is always a smart thing to do...)

This card begins with a base of River Rock (the edges sponged with River Rock ink).  Adhered to the center of the card front is a panel of Baja Breeze (the edges sponged with Baja Breeze ink).  The focal point of the card consists of a piece of Paisley Petals Designer Series Paper adhered to a piece of Bravo Burgundy cardstock.  Along the left edge of the Designer Series Paper a piece of Baja Breeze seam binding was gathered and pressed in place in a couple of spots (using just dots of SNAIL) and then the ends wrapped behind the Bravo Burgundy cardstock and adhered with SNAIL.  The Bravo Burgundy cardstock was adhered to the center of the Baja Breeze cardstock with SNAIL. 

You may be wondering how the Baja Breeze seam binding was gathered.  Well, there are a couple of ways to do this.  The first is to run a basting stitch along the center length of the seam binding (which should be at least double the length of the surface to be covered) and holding the basting thread in place, use your fingertips to bunch the seam binding together moving from each end toward the middle.  The second is to fold the end of the end of the seam binding together and gently pull a couple of the middle threads which will begin to create a gather in the seam binding.  Continue to pull the thread while gently pushing the seam binding against the thread until you reach the middle.  Then repeat the process with the other end of the seam binding.  It takes some practice, but it's a nice look that will lie generally flat for mailing; which is always a plus.  Once you have the ends adhered in place, you can snip off the long threads left from the gathering.

To continue the focal point, stamp the frame with the bird image from the Four Frames stamp set on Whisper White cardstock using Bravo Burgundy ink.  Make sure the ink is dry before punching the stamped image with the coordinating Decorative Label punch; red inks always take longest to dry.  Using Baja Breeze ink, stamp the "Happy Easter" sentiment from the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set.  Using a Blender Pen, add a little River Rock ink to the belly of the bird to add some interest and then cover the bird with Crystal Effects to add dimension to the bird.  Next, create a mat for the punched frame by punching two more Decorative Labels from River Rock cardstock.  Sponge both labels and then cut one lengthwise and the other widthwise.  Cut the sharp nibs off the ends of the lengthwise cut label and the outer humps from the widthwise cut label.  Then adhere the lengthwise pieces to the corresponding lengths of the stamped Whisper White label followed by the widthwise pieces at each end of the Whisper White label.  Each label piece should extend from the edge of the Whisper White label by approximately 1/8 inch.  The focal point is adhered approximately 1/4 inch from the right edge and bottom edge of the Designer Series Paper.

To finish the focal point, stamp the three flower image from the Punch Potpourri Level 1 Hostess stamp set two times; the first time using River Rock ink and the second using Bravo Burgundy ink.  Punch out the flowers with the corresponding Boho Blossoms punch.  Place the small Bravo Burgundy flower at the center of the large River Rock flower, pierce a hole in the center of the flowers, and insert a gold brad into the center of the flowers to hold them together.  Adhere the flowers to the lower right corner of the Whisper White frame with a Stampin' Dimensional.

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(click on card to see larger image)

The inside sentiment area of the card features a liner of Whisper White cardstock (the edges sponged with River Rock ink) with a strip of Paisley Petals Designer Series Paper adhered along the left edge.  The leftover River Rock and Bravo Burgundy flowers punched with the Boho Blossoms punch were adhered to the lower left and upper right corners of the Whisper White cardstock with SNAIL.

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(click on envelope to see larger image)

The "Happy Easter" sentiment was stamped near the lower left front corner of the Medium Whisper White envelope with Bravo Burgundy ink.  The three flower image was stamped along the left edge of the envelope using Baja Breeze ink.

Easter is an important holiday in our family.  After we all left home, my parents were very happy to more actively participate in the prayer and pageantry of the Lenten Season in their church home.  As grandchildren began to arrive, the fun aspects of the holiday were added on Easter Sunday afternoon and some years later, they added a brunch to include their longtime friends.  The brunch was a pretty big deal for my parents, involving weeks of preparation and attention.  As a family, we all pitched in to help on Easter Sunday; arriving after church services and completing the last minute activities while all the guests arrived. 

After the brunch, held in the garden area of Mom & Dad's backyard, family and guests would sit for a while enjoying the Spring weather, watching the little ones play, and listening to the older children strategize for the Easter Egg Hunt.  After a while, we'd herd the children into the front part of the house so that the teens and young adults could hide the eggs.  Then we'd let the little ones out to hunt.  After the hunt, the little ones would bring their eggs to the tables and open them to find the pennies, nickels, and quarters (and sometimes fifty-cent pieces or dollar coins) hidden inside.  I have vivid memories of Dad sitting on the ground with my grandchildren, nieces, and nephews helping them to count their money and discuss with them what they might be able to buy with their change.

Easter Sunday will be very different this year.  I'm thankful for the memories of Easters past.  Over time, I'm sure we'll develop new traditions.  Maybe missing Dad won't be so painful then. 

Robertssiggy

Stamps:  Four Frames, Punch Potpourri, Teeny Tiny Wishes; Inks:  Baja Breeze, Bravo Burgundy, River Rock; Cardstock:  Baja Breeze, Bravo Burgundy, River Rock, Whisper White; Designer Series Paper:  Paisley Petals; Embellishments:  Baja Breeze Seam Binding, Gold Brad; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools:  Paper Cutter/Scorer, Paper Snips, Bone Folder, Sponge, Blender Pen, Crystal Effects, Boho Blossoms punch, Decorative Label punch; Other:  Medium Whisper White Envelope


A Nature Walk for Mom

Hello!  Thanks so much for stopping by to visit!

A few blog posts ago, I posted a card made using the Nature Walk stamp set and promised that I'd revisit that card to present it to you.

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(click on card to see larger image)

Isn't this card pretty?  I wanted to make a Mother's Day card that wasn't pink, or purple, or fussy, or glittery; but still conveyed an important message.  I think this one does just that.

This card begins with a card base of Not Quite Navy; the edges of the card front sponged with Not Quite Navy ink.  A piece of Very Vanilla cardstock was stamped with the bird image from the Nature Walk stamp set using Early Espresso ink.  The bird was stamped a second time on a Post-It Note and cut out to create a mask.  The mask was placed over the bird on the Very Vanilla cardstock so that the foliage could be added.  The foliage image was inked with Old Olive ink and a Blender Pen was used to remove the Old Olive ink from the flowers.  Then the brush tip of the Cherry Cobbler Stampin' Write Marker was used to ink the flowers.  After giving the stamp a "huff" to remoisten the ink, the foliage was stamped right over the masked bird.  The image was immediately stamped a second time, moving the stamp up about 1/2 inch and angling the stamp to the right just a tad.  The Post-It Note mask was then removed from the bird.  The edges of the Very Vanilla cardstock were sponged with Not Quite Navy ink.

For the opposite side of the Very Vanilla cardstock, the edges of a piece of Botanical Gazette Designer Series Paper was sponged with Not Quite Navy ink.  (Note that the piece I used has an all over print of the bird image that was stamped on the Very Vanilla cardstock.  I learned the "hard way" that the card makes more sense if the birds are standing on their feet rather than lying on their backs.  Enough said.)  A piece of Early Espresso cardstock was punched with the Dotted Scallop Ribbon punch and placed under the left edge of the Designer Series Paper so that only half of the punched cardstock is exposed along the paper edge.  The Designer Series Paper was then adhered to the Very Vanilla cardstock and the Very Vanilla cardstock adhered to the card front.

The focal point of the card features the Mother of Mine single stamp.  I love to use these kinds of word collage stamps and this one is extra nice because it's just the right size for a focal point.  The image was stamped first on Very Vanilla cardstock.  The edges of the cardstock were trimmed close to the border of the stamped image and then the edges were sponged with Not Quite Navy ink.  The stamp was cleaned and the image stamped on a scrap piece of Very Vanilla cardstock, this time using Cherry Cobbler ink.  The word "MOM" was cut out of the stamped image using Paper Snips and adhered to the Old Olive image with Stampin' Dimensionals.

A piece of Early Espresso and Not Quite Navy cardstock (the edges of the Not Quite Navy sponged with Not Quite Navy ink) were adhered together to create a mat for the focal point.  Folded around the middle of the mats is a piece of Old Olive 5/8" Satin ribbon with the ends of the ribbon extending beyond the right side of the mats.  (To hold the ribbon in place, run a line of SNAIL along the center of the front and back of the focal point mat.)  then a piece of Linen Thread was wrapped around the ends of the satin ribbon, snugged up next to the cardstock, and knotted.  The ends of the Linen Thread were trimmed close to the ribbon.  The focal point mat was adhered to the card front with Stampin' Dimensionals.  Finally, the focal point was adhered to the cardstock mat with Stampin' Dimensionals.

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(click on card to see larger image)

The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock; the edges of the cardstock sponged with Not Quite Navy ink.  A strip of Botanical Gazette Designer Series Paper was punched with the Scallop Border punch, the edges of the paper sponged with Not Quite Navy ink, and then adhered along the left edge of the Very Vanilla cardstock.

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(click on envelope to see larger image)

The lower left front of the Very Vanilla envelope front was stamped in the same manner as the card front.

My sister and I are currently working on our plans for the annual Mom's Lunch.  We gather with our sisters-in-law and our Mom for a quiet lunch the Saturday before Mother's Day.  I look forward to this time that we spend together; sharing the special bond all of us have as a Mother.  We celebrate ourselves, our family, and the husbands left home for the afternoon with the children.

Robertssiggy

Stamps:  Mother of Mine, Nature Walk; Inks:  Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso, Not Quite Navy, Old Olive; Stampin' Write Marker:  Cherry Cobbler; Cardstock:  Early Espresso, Not Quite Navy, Very Vanilla; Designer Series Paper:  Botanical Gazette; Embellishments:  Old Olive 5/8" Satin ribbon, Linen Thread; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools:  Paper Cutter/Scorer, Paper Snips, Bone Folder, Sponge, Blender Pen, Scallop Border punch, Dotted Scallop Ribbon punch; Other:  Medium Very Vanilla Envelope