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Go You!

Hi there!

It's Graduation Season.  A pretty amazing time of the year for the graduates and their very proud families.  In my family, we have a few graduations this year and I've been making some cards for these awesome students.  The first one I'd like to share with you is another commission from my sister-in-law for her youngest granddaughter who will be graduating from her private school and entering High School.  A pretty important transition.  As with the cards for the 16 year old twins, I was at a loss for ideas and decided to do some blog surfing for something fun and unique.  I found it at Dawn Olchefske's blog--with a video tutorial!!  Dawn used a stamp set that has since retired, but Stampin' Up! made that stamp set available as a digital download for My Digital Studio.  Hooray!  So here's my card, using the graduate's school colors of Navy Blue (Night of Navy), Red (Real Red) and White (Whisper White).

McKenna
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We begin with a card base of Night of Navy, scored and folded as shown in Dawn's video tutorial.  As mentioned previously, I downloaded the stamp set that Dawn used, Go Graduate Plus Stamp Brush Set (121069), into My Digital Studio.  I began with the "CONGRATULATIONS, GRADUATE!", row of graduates shoes, and the tossed mortar board images, decided where the images needed to be on the Whisper White cardstock, and placed them on a digital piece of Whisper White cardstock.  I left the row of graduates shoes and tossed mortar board images in Basic Black outline and changed the "CONGRATULATIONS, GRADUATE!" image to Real Red.  After the images printed, I colored the tossed mortar board with the pen tip of Night of Navy and Real Red Stampin' Write Markers with a dot of UniBall Signo Gel Pen for the cap button.  The heeled sandals at the left end of the graduates row of shoes was colored with the pen tip of Night of Navy and Real Red Stampin' Write Markers.  The cardstock was cut to fit the home plate shaped area of the card base, matted with a piece of Real Red cardstock and adhered to the card base.

McKenna_Open_Bottom
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A hidden inside message is also part of this card and was also printed on Whisper White cardstock.  I placed the "go you" image below the owl image, leaving them in the Basic Black default for the line images.  I colored the mortar board on the owl with the pen tip of Night of Navy and Real Red Stampin' Write Markers and a dot of white UniBall Signo Gel Pen for the cap button.  The Whisper White cardstock was cut to fit the diamond-shaped opening, matted with a piece of Real Red cardstock, and adhered to the card base.

McKenna_Open_Top
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The diamond-shaped area at the top of the card was decorated to look like the top of a mortar board.  A Whisper White 5/16" Neutrals Brad was placed at the center of a piece of Real Red cardstock [I made the tassel with DMC Embroidery Floss (color #336); however, you could use a piece of Whisper White 1/4" grosgrain ribbon as Dawn demonstrated in her video tutorial] with the knot of the tassel hanging loop tucked under the hood of the brad.  The Real Red cardstock was matted with a piece of Whisper White cardstock and adhered to the diamond-shaped area on the card front.

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This fun fold card fits into a Medium Whisper White Envelope.  However, to add to the special occasion I decided to make the envelope using the Simply Scored Scoring Tool with the Diagonal Plate .  A piece of Night of Navy striped paper was pulled from the Regals Designer Series Paper Pack, cut and scored using the instructions included with the Diagonal Plate for this size envelope.  Note that the stripes are vertical in the Designer Series Paper Pack; however, because the envelope is scored on the diagonal plate, the lines on the completed envelope are diagonal. 

McKenna_Envelope
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I printed another tossed mortar board image on Whisper White cardstock, leaving the image in the default Basic Black, and colored it with the pen tip of Night of Navy and Real Red Stampin' Write Markers and a dot of white from the UniBall Signo Gel Pen.  I die cut the cardstock using the Big Shot and the Labels Collection Framelits.  Then I die cut a piece of Real Red cardstock using the next larger size of Labels Collection Framelits.  These pieces were adhered at the center of the envelope front.

Here's another card--this time for a young man who will be graduating in a couple of weeks using his school colors of Deep Red (Cherry Cobbler), Gold (Brushed Gold), Black (Basic Black), and White (Whisper White).  When I finished the card I realized that this card was just a little too lighthearted for a High School graduation and went with another design (you'll see that card in the next blog post). 

Ronnie

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It's made the same way as the first card, but it's amazing how the different colors change the "feel" of the card.

I'll be back soon to show you the graduation card I made for the High School senior.

Robertssiggy

My Digital Studio Digital Download:  Go Graduate Plus Stamp Brush Set; Stampin' Write Markers:  Night of Navy, Real Red, Cherry Cobbler; Cardstock: Night of Navy, Real Red, Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, Brushed Gold, Basic Black; Designer Series Paper Pack:  Regals (Night of Navy, Cherry Cobbler); Embellishments:  5/16" Neutrals Brads, Gold Brads; Adhesives:  SNAIL; Tools:  Paper Cutter, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Simply Scored Diagonal Plate, White UniBall Signo Gel Pen, Paper Piercing Tool, Mat Pack, Big Shot w/Standard Cutting Plates, Multi-Purpose Platform, Labels Collection Framelits; Non-Stampin' Up!:  DMC Embroidery Floss (#336-Blue, #782-Gold), Galaxy Marker Supernova Gold (Medium Point), HP Photosmart C6280 All-in-One printer


Extreme & Grunge 16 (for Him)

Hi there!

As I mentioned in my previous post, my sister-in-law asked for birthday cards for her twin granddaughter and grandson who are turning 16.  I thought I'd use the same stamp set for both cards; but change the tone of the cards to reflect a masculine or feminine feel.  You've seen the feminine card--now here's the masculine card.  As I did with the feminine card, I did some blog searching to find design inspiration.  This card uses design elements from cards by Angela McKay and Annette Elliott.  I really like how this card turned out!

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This card begins with a card base of Not Quite Navy, the edges sponged with Not Quite Navy ink.  A panel of River Rock cardstock was adhered to a panel of Cajun Craze cardstock; the edges of both pieces of cardstock sponged with their respective ink colors.  The argyle pattern image from the Grunge Rock stamp set was stamped all over the River Rock cardstock using River Rock ink.  A piece of Well Worn Designer Series Paper was adhered to the top area of the River Rock cardstock leaving 1 3/4" of River Rock cardstock exposed at the bottom.  The group of stars image from the Extreme Elements stamp set was stamped across a piece of Very Vanilla Seam Binding ribbon and adhered across the transition between the Well Worn Designer Series Paper and the River Rock cardstock with the ends folded over and adhered to the back of the Cajun Craze cardstock.  This panel was adhered to the card front using Stampin' Dimensionals.  A piece of Early Espresso cardstock was embossed with the Houndstooth Textured Impressions embossing folder in the Big Shot, the 1 1/4" square punch was used to create the banner tails, and the cardstock adhered to the center of the panel with the right edge flush with the right edge of the Well Worn Designer Series Paper and the end of the banner tails approximately 1/4" from the left edge of the Designer Series Paper.

The focal point begins with a piece ofFirst Edition Designer Series Paper die cut with the 3" circle Originals die and the Big Shot.  Stamp images from the Extreme Elements and Grunge Rock stamp sets were randomly stamped on the circle using Early Espresso, Cajun Craze, and Not Quite Navy inks.  The edges of the die cut cirle were sponged with Cajun Craze ink.  The die cut circle was adhered to the center of a piece of Cajun Craze cardstock die cut with the larger of the two scallop circles on the Scallop Circle #2 Bigz die and the Big Shot.  The scallop circle was placed on the Paper Cutter and 1/2" cut away.  Then the edges of the scallop circle (and its straight edge, too) were sponged with Cajun Craze ink and adhered to the card front using Stampin' Dimensionals with the scallop circle centered over the Early Espresso banner and the straight edge lined up with the right edge of the River Rock cardstock.  The "Happy Birthday" image from the Grunge Rock stamp set was stamped below the scallop circle, centered across the River Rock panel, using Early Espresso ink.

The argyle image from the Grunge Rock stamp set was stamped on a scrap of Very Vanilla cardstock using River Rock ink.  The "NO. 1" image from the Grunge rock stamp set was stamped on a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock stamped using Cajun Craze ink.  The "NO." part of the "NO. 1" image was punched out with the 3/4" circle punch, the edges of the punched cardstock sponged with Not Quite Navy ink, and adhered near the left bottom area of the scallop circle using Stampin' Dimensionals.  The "1" and "6" numbers were die cut from Cajun Craze cardstock using the Big Shot and the Timeless Type Junior Alphabet Medium Sizzlits dies and adhered to the right of the "NO."  The guitar image, from the Grunge Rock stamp set, was stamped with Not Quite Navy ink on Very Vanilla cardstock, cut out with Paper Snips, and adhered at the top of the "16" using Stampin' Dimensionals.

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The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock matted with a piece of Cajun Craze cardstock, the edges sponged with Cajun Craze ink.  The Very Vanilla cardstock was randomly stamped with images from the Grunge Rock and Extreme Elements stamp sets using River Rock, Cajun Craze, and Not Quite Navy inks along the bottom edge and extending up the left edge of the liner.  A piece of Well Worn Designer Series Paper with the top edge punched with the Scallop Edge Border punch and the scallop edge sponged with Not Quite Navy ink was adhered to the bottom edge of the liner.  The stamp images were randomly stamped across a slightly smaller piece of First Edition Designer Series Paper with the top edge punched with the Scallop Edge Border punch using Cajun Craze and Not Quite Navy inks and the scallop edge sponged with Cajun Craze ink was adhered to the bottom edge of the liner on top of the Well Worn Designer Series Paper.  The edges of the Very Vanilla cardstock were sponged with Cajun Craze ink.  A piece of Very Vanilla cardstock was randomly stamped with images from the Grunge Rock and Extreme Elements stamp sets using Cajun Craze, Not Quite Navy, and River Rock inks.  The "REAL" image was stamped on top of these images using Early Espresso ink, punched out with the 1 3/8" circle punch.  The circle was matted with a 1 1/2" circle of Early Espresso cardstock and adhered near the lower right corner of the liner using Stampin' Dimensionals.

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The left edge of the Medium Very Vanilla Envelope was randomly stamped with images from the Grunge Rock and Extreme Elements stamp sets using Cajun Craze, Not Quite Navy, and River Rock inks.  The "NO." part of the "NO. 1" image was inked with the brush tip of the Early Espresso Stampin' Write Marker and stamped near the lower left front corner of the envelope.  The numbers "1" and "6" were inked with the brush tip of the Early Espresso Marker and stamped to the right of the "NO.".  I found these numbers in a stamp set that retired many years ago.

Like the birthday card for this young man's sister, this card has a bit of work in it, but I think the results were well worth the time invested.

The Extreme Elements and Grunge Rock stamp sets, the Well Worn Designer Series Paper, and the Timeless Type Junior Alphabet Medium Sizzlits dies are all retiring in just a few days.  If you find that these items should be an essential part of your paper crafting stash, now's the time to order them!

Have a great Memorial Day Weekend.  I hope that in the midst of your picnics and outings with family and friends on this first weekend of Summer that you'll take some time to remember those that have made the ultimate sacrifice to ensure the lifestyle and freedoms that we seem to take for granted in the United States.  I'd also like to recognize those that dedicated their careers to Military service and the families that supported them.  Finally, I'd like to thank the men and women who will spend this weekend "standing the post."  Military life is a choice that can be difficult for the service members and their families, but you won't find one that will tell you that they are anything but PROUD to make the sacrifice every single day.

Robertssiggy

Stamps:  Extreme Elements, Grunge Rock; Inks:  Cajun Craze, Early Espresso, Not Quite Navy, River Rock; Stampin' Write Markers:  Early Espresso; Cardstock:  Cajun Craze, Early Espresso, Not Quite Navy, River Rock, Very Vanilla; Designer Series Paper:  First Edition, Well Worn; Embellishments:  Very Vanilla Seam Binding ribbon; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools:  Paper Cutter/Scorer, Paper Snips, Bone Folder, Sponge, 3/4" circle punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, Scallop Edge Border punch, Big Shot w/Standard Cutting Plates, Multi-Purpose Platform, Timeless Type Junior Alphabet Medium Sizzlits, Scallop Circles #2 Bigz die, 3" circle Originals die, Houndstooth Textured Impressions embossing folder; Other:  Medium Very Vanilla Envelope; Non-Stampin' Up!:  1 1/2" circle punch


Extreme & Grunge 16 (for Her)

Hello!

One of the commissions from my sister-in-law included making birthday cards for her twin granddaughter and grandson who will be turning 16.  These are always difficult for me to make, so I decided to do some blog surfing for ideas.  I really liked the look of these cards by Dawn Olchefske and Tiffany Bauer.  These cards use the Extreme Elements and Grunge Rock stamp sets that will be retiring in a few days.  Using design elements from both these cards, here's the card I designed for a lovely young lady who will be turning 16.

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I like the bright, fun 2011-2013 In Colors of Pool Party, Wisteria Wonder, Lucky Limeade, Island Indigo, and Calypso Coral "grunged" down with the images in these two stamp sets.  We begin this card with a panel of Whisper White cardstock.  The images from the two stamp sets were randomly stamped on this panel using the In Color inks.  The "NO. 1" image from the Grunge Rock stamp set was inked with the brush tip of the Island Indigo Stampin' Write Marker for just the "NO." and stamped near the upper right area of the panel.  The numbers "1" and "6" were die cut from Island Indigo cardstock using the Big Shot and the Timeless Type Junior Alphabet Medium Sizzlits die and adhered to the left of the "NO."  Strips of Island Indigo, Calypso Coral, and Lucky Limeade cardstock were punched with the Dotted Ribbon Scallop Border punch and threaded with the corresponding color Baker's Twine.  The strips were adhered horizontally along the bottom half of the Whisper White panel with Mini Glue Dots.  The Island Indigo Stampin' Write Marker was inserted into the Color Spritzer Tool and the ink spritzed over the panel.  The panel was adhered to the Pool Party card front using Stampin' Dimensionals.

The guitar focal point begins with a panel of Whisper White cardstock randomly stamped with images from the Grunge Rock and Extreme Elements stamp sets using Wisteria Wonder and Pool Party inks.  The "U ROCK" part of the "U ROCK {my world}" stamp image from the Perfect Words Hostess stamp set was inked with the brush tip of the Lucky Limeade and Island Indigo Stampin' Write Markers and stamped at the top of the panel.  The guitar image from the Grunge Rock stamp set was stamped on the panel using Calypso Coral ink.  The Island Indigo Stampin' Write Marker was inserted into the Color Spritzer Tool and spritzed over the panel.  The panel was matted with Wisteria Wonder cardstock and adhered along the left edge of the card front using Stampin' Dimensionals.  The guitar was stamped again on a second piece of Whisper White cardstock and the sound box of the guitar punched from the cardstock using the 1 1/4" circle punch.  A 1 3/8" circle was punched from Lucky Limeade cardstock to mat the 1 1/4" circle and adhered over the guitar on the panel using Stampin' Dimensionals. 

Rachels_BD_Inside
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The inside sentiment area  was lined with a panel of Whisper White cardstock randomly stamped with images from the Extreme Elements and Grunge Rock stamp sets using Pool Party, Calypso Coral, Lucky Limeade, and Wisteria Wonder inks.  The "Happy Birthday" image from the Grunge Rock stamp set was stamped near the upper center of the panel using Island Indigo ink.  A strip of Wisteria Wonder cardstock was punched with the Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border punch, threaded with Wisteria Wonder Baker's Twine, and adhered near the bottom of the panel using Mini Glue Dots.  The Island Indigo Stampin' Write Marker was inserted into the Color Spritzer Tool and the ink spritzed over the panel.

Images from the Extreme Elements and Grunge Rock stamp set were randomly stamped on a scrap piece of Whisper White cardstock using Wisteria Wonder, Lucky Limeade, and Pool Party inks.  The crown image from Grunge Rock was stamped over these images using Calypso Coral ink and punched out with the 1 1/4" circle punch and matted with a 1 3/8" circle punched from Island Indigo cardstock.  The circle was adhered to the left of the "Happy Birthday" stamped image using SNAIL.  The "REAL" medallion from the Grunge Rock stamp set was stamped over the randomly stamped images using Island Indigo ink and punched out with the 1 3/8" circle punched and matted with a 1 1/2" circle punched from Calypso Coral cardstock.  The "REAL" medallion was adhered below the crown with Stampin' Dimensionals.

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Images from the Grunge Rock and Extreme Elements stamp sets were stamped near the lower left front corner of the Medium Whisper White Envelope using Pool Party, Calypso Coral, Lucky Limeade, and Wisteria Wonder inks.  The "NO." part of the "NO. 1" image was inked with the brush tip of the Island Indigo Stampin' Write Marker and stamped over the randomly stamped images.  The numbers "1" and "6" were inked with the brush tip of the Island Indigo Marker and stamped to the right of the "NO.".  I found these numbers in a stamp set that retired many years ago.  The Island Indigo Stampin' Write Marker was inserted into the Color Spritzer Tool one more time for some spritzing over the stamped images at the lower left front corner of the Medium Whisper White Envelope.

I'll admit that there's a bit of work in this card, but I was having so much fun making it, I just couldn't stop!  I'll be back soon to show you how I used the same two stamp sets to make a birthday card for this young lady's brother.

Robertssiggy

Stamps:  Extreme Elements, Grunge Rock, Perfect Words Hostess; Inks:  Calypso Coral, Island Indigo, Lucky Limeade, Pool Party, Wisteria Wonder; Stampin' Write Markers:  2011-2013 In Colors; Cardstock:  Calypso Coral, Island Indigo, Lucky Limeade, Pool Party, Whisper White, Wisteria Wonder; Embellishments:  Calypso Coral, Island Indigo, Lucky Limeade, and Wisteria Wonder Baker's Twine; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Mini Glue Dots, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools:  Paper Cutter/Scorer, Paper Snips, Bone Folder, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border punch, 1 1/4" circle punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, Big Shot w/Standard Cutting Plates, Multi-Purpose Platform, Timeless Type Junior Alphabet Medium Sizzlits; Other:  Medium Whisper White Envelope; Non-Stampin' Up!:  1 1/2" circle punch


Hot Pink Zebra

Edited to include a forgotten blog post link.  Oops!

Hi there!

It's a busy time of the year.  Lots going on with the end of the school year, graduations, and preparing for the Summer fun season.  What's not to like?  Recently I was commissioned to make a few cards for my sister-in-law for some important events in the lives of her teen grandchildren.  Here's the first one:  a birthday card for her youngest granddaughter who will be turning 14 in July.

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When you think of young teen girls these days, you immediately think of bright colors and lots of bling.  When I asked my sister-in-law what colors her granddaughter preferred, she mentioned that her bedroom had hot pink and zebra print in it.  I quickly realized that this card was going to need some special attention--My Digital Studio to the rescue!  What is My Digital Studio, you may ask?  It's not something that I've blogged about before, but it's Stampin' Up!'s digital paper crafting software.  I've been using it since it was released and I just love it!  So where are the projects you've completed, Mickey?  Well, I've been focusing on the techniques up to this point and don't really have any completed projects to show you until now.

Unfortunately, Stampin' Up! hasn't released a digital download with animal prints, so I put the search term "Digital Animal Prints" in my internet browser and found a digital download with not only a Zebra print, but a HOT PINK Zebra print!!  Woohoo!  So I purchased the download and added it to my My Digital Studio/Components/Backgrounds/Designer Series Paper folder.  Isn't it cool that you can use other companys' digital products in My Digital Studio??!!  I added two photo blocks to a blank 8 1/2" x 11" page and sized one to 3 3/4" x 5" and a second photo block to 3" x 4".  Then I selected the hot pink Zebra print as a photo, added it to each photo block, and printed the page from my color printer on glossy photo paper. 

The 3 3/4" x 5" photo block was cut from the glossy photo paper, double matted with Basic Black and Whisper White cardstocks, and adhered to the Basic Black card front.  Pieces of Basic Black and Whisper White cardstock were die cut on the double scallop of the Tasteful Trim Bigz XL die.  I used the Whisper White die cut as drop shadow for the Basic Black die cut and put the two strips vertically side-by-side on the left side of the hot pink Zebra print.  Then I added the two long strips of Basic Rhinestones end-to-end down the center of each of the Basic Black double scallops.

The sentiment comes from the Word Play stamp set.  The stamp was inked with the brush tips of Basic Black and Melon Mambo Stampin' Write Markers and stamped on a piece of Whisper White cardstock (remember to "huff" on the stamp to remoisten the ink before stamping).  The stamped cardstock was punched out with the Decorative Label punch and then double matted with Basic Black and Whisper White cardstock.  You can find information about how to use the Decorative Label punch to make the mats by going to this blog post.  The sentiment was adhered to the card front with Stampin' Dimensionals.  A large Basic Rhinestone was placed over the dot on the "i" in "wish".

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The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  The 3" x 4" photo block of hot pink Zebra print was cut from the glossy photo paper and then cut into two 1 1/2" x 4" pieces.  [You could also add the print to the double scallop image from the Tasteful Trim digital download from Stampin' Up!; however, I haven't purchased that download--yet.]  These pieces were die cut on the double scallop of the Tasteful Trim Bigz XL die and adhered near the top and bottom edges of the liner.  The number image from the Bring on the Cake stamp set was stamped at the upper center of the liner using Melon Mambo ink.  The numbers "1" and "4" were colored in with the writing tip of the Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker.  The "th" was circled using the writing tip, also.  (You don't see the actual coloring because the card I photographed is the sample I made for myself.)

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The sentiment from Word Play was inked up one more time with the Basic Black and Melon Mambo Stampin' Write Markers and stamped at the lower left front corner of the Medium Whisper White Envelope.  Since this card wasn't going to be mailed, I added a large Basic Rhinestone to dot the "i" on "wish" here, too!

The cards I made reached California over the weekend and I spoke with my sister-in-law yesterday.  She was so tickled with how all the cards for her grandchildren turned out.  I hope they enjoy them, too!  I'll be sharing more of the cards I made for the teens in the next couple of weeks.

I'll be back soon with a project from this weekend's SASS Stamp Club featuring some products that will be retiring on May 31st.

Robertssiggy

Stamps:  Bring on the Cake, Word Play; Inks:  Melon Mambo; Stampin' Write Markers:  Basic Black, Melon Mambo; Cardstock:  Basic Black, Whisper White; Embellishments:  Basic Rhinestones; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools:  Paper Cutter/Scorer, Paper Snips, Bone Folder, Decorative Label punch, Big Shot w/XL Cutting Pads, Tasteful Trim Bigz XL die, My Digital Studio; Other:  Medium Whisper White Envelope; Non-Stampin' Up!:  Animal Prints Digital Download, Glossy Photo Paper, Computer & Printer


2012 Mom's Lunch

Hi there!

Welcome to a new week.  Whether you're a Mom, a Godmother, a doting Aunt, or have some other important role in nurturing children, I hope that you had a wonderful Mother's Day weekend.  On Saturday, my sister, sister-in-law, neice, and my Mother all gathered at a local restaurant for our annual Mom's Lunch.  It's so nice to get together in this way every year.  I'd like to share with you the gifts I made for each of them.  Here's the gift bag.

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I found these cute brown paper lunch bags at a Big Box department store and loved how the ribbon handles would match the gifts that would be placed inside the bag.  The medallion for the bag was created with stamped images from the Delicate Doilies stamp set using Elegant Eggplant, Melon Mambo, Pretty in Pink and Wisteria Wonder inks on Whisper White cardstock.  The cardstock was die cut using the Labels Collection Framelits along with a piece of Wisteria Wonder cardstock die cut with the next larger size of framelit.  The two die cuts were adhered together with SNAIL and then to the front of the gift bag with Stampin' Dimensionals.  The monogram initial, from the Broadsheet Alphabet stamp set, was stamped on a piece of Whisper White cardstock stamped with a doily image using Pretty in Pink ink.  The monogram was stamped with Elegant Eggplant ink.  The Whisper White cardstock was punched with the large oval punch and placed at the center of a piece of Melon Mambo cardstock embossed in the Big Shot with the oval Designer Frames Textured Impressions embossing folder and die cut with the corresponding size of Labels Collection Framelit.  The monogram was adhered at the center of the larger die cut frames using Stampin' Dimensionals.

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One of the items that went inside the gift bag was this cute little purse.  It was die cut from Melon Mambo cardstock using the Big Shot and the Petite Purse Bigz L die (available on June 1st in the 2012-2013 Stampin' Up! Idea Book & Catalog).  A piece of Flirtatious Specialty Designer Series Paper was also die cut to cover the purse flap and back of the purse.  A Filigree Brad was added to the front of the purse flap to add a bit of shine.  The die cut purse handle was adhered to the center of a piece of Pretty in Pink cardstock punched with the Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border punch.  Inside each purse was a pretty charm.

Also inside the gift bag was a set five of monogrammed note cards.  All of the cards were made using the process I described in this post except that this time I used the Delicate Doilies stamp set.  Here are the card fronts for the first two cards.

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The doilies on the card base for the card on the left were stamped with Whisper White craft ink.  The doilies on the Whisper White cardstock with the monogram were stamped with Pretty in Pink ink.  A piece of Whisper White 3/8" Taffeta ribbon was wrapped around the center panel and knotted on the front.  The doilies on the card base for the card on the right were stamped with Pretty in Pink ink.  The doilies on the Whisper White cardstock with the monogram were stamped with Pretty in Pink ink.  A piece of Whisper White 1/4" grosgrain ribbon (soon-to-be Retired) was wrapped around the center panel and knotted on the front.  Now we'll look at two more cards.

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The doilies on the card base for the card on the left were stamped with Melon Mambo ink.  The doilies on the Whisper White cardstock with the monogram were stamped with Pretty in Pink ink.  A piece of Pretty in Pink 3/8" Taffeta ribbon (Retired) was wrapped around the center panel and knotted on the front.  The doilies on the card base for the card on the right were stamped with Elegant Eggplant ink.  The doilies on the Whisper White cardstock with the monogram were stamped with Wisteria Wonder ink.  A piece of Elegant Eggplant 1/4" grosgrain ribbon (Retired) was wrapped around the center panel and knotted on the front.  And here's the final card.

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The doilies on the card base for the card front were stamped with Wisteria Wonder ink.  The doilies on the Whisper White cardstock with the monogram were also stamped with Wisteria Wonder ink.  A piece of Whisper White 1/4" grosgrain ribbon (soon-to-be Retired) was wrapped around the center panel and knotted on the front.  The center panel for all the cards features a piece of Flirtatious Specialty Designer Series Paper matted with the two colors used for each card.  The same process was used for the cardstock mats for each monogram.  The inside sentiment area of all the cards was lined with a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  Doily images were stamped using the two colors for each card and a piece of Flirtatious Specialty Designer Series Paper (the same piece as used for the card front) was punched with the Scallop Trim Border punch and adhered to the liner.

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The bottom left front corner of each Medium Whisper White Envelope was stamped with doily images using the ink colors used for the note card.  The monogram was stamped with the darker of the two colors.  On some envelopes the monogram was stamped near the lower left front corner of the envelope and on others the monogram was stamped at the center of the envelope flap.

The best gift I received at the Mom's Lunch was the opportunity to share an afternoon with these very special people in my life.

Robertssiggy

Stamps:  Broadsheet Alphabet, Delicate Doilies; Inks:  Elegant Eggplant, Melon Mambo, Pretty in Pink, Wisteria Wonder, Whisper White Craft; Cardstock:  Elegant Eggplant, Melon Mambo, Pretty in Pink, Whisper White, Wisteria Wonder; Designer Series Paper:  Flirtatious Specialty; Embellishments:  Filigree Brads, Elegant Eggplant 1/4" grosgrain ribbon, Pretty in Pink 3/8" Taffeta ribbon, Whisper White 1/4" grosgrain ribbon, Whisper White 3/8" Taffeta ribbon; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools:  Paper Cutter/Scorer, Paper Snips, Bone Folder, Large Oval punch, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border punch, Scallop Trim Border punch, Big Shot w/Standard Cutting Plates, Multi-Purpose Platform, Labels Collection Framelits, Designer Frames Textured Impressions embossing folder, Petite Purse Bigz L die, Standard Premium Crease Pad; Other:  Medium Whisper White Envelope; Non-Stampin' Up!:  Gift Bag w/ribbon handles