I just finished completing an order for a customer who wishes to give one-of-a-kind, handmade gifts, but just doesn’t have the time to make them herself. She wanted to give the gift of a Stationery Set. I can’t believe how much fun I had selecting the papers and the stamps that I would use. It took awhile because I had to consider some guidelines that the customer gave me as well as stock I had on hand (she wanted them as soon as possible). Among the guidelines was that there had to be two of each card; there had to be a birthday card, a thank you card, and a general note card. While she didn’t specifically say that they should be coordinated, I felt that I needed to make the cards look like a set and not like 3 different cards just haphazardly put together into a set.
This is what I came up with. There is an interesting mix of colors. The greens are either Old Olive or Kiwi Kiss; the reds are either Real Red or Robin Hood Red. The pink is Pink Pirouette and the blue is Baja Breeze. The striped ribbons are all "In Color" colors (Pink Pirouette, Kiwi Kiss, and Robin Hood Red). The stripes in the papers made mixing and matching the various colors very, very easy!
Two of the papers are from the Level 3 Hostess Set, Holiday Happenings Bundle. I may just have to see if I can put together another order this month to grab some more of that luscious paper!! The other stripe is from the Ski Slope Designer Series Paper set (112994). The stamp set throughout is Pocket Silhouettes (111672). I used the Wide Oval and Large Oval Punches (112082 and 107305) for the cards
When the cards were finished, I realized that the folio that I had wanted to make to hold the cards wouldn’t work as I had that nice knot in the ribbons that took up a lot more space than the folio provided.
Canadian Demonstrator Extraordinaire, Andrea Walford, to the rescue! Last Spring I had purchased a class planner from her, and the box for the stationery set in that planner was just the ticket! So a big Mahalo (Thank You) to Andrea! For decorating the box, I used the 1-3/8 Circle Punch (104401), Scallop Circle Punch (109043) and Scallop Edge Punch (112091), along with the stripe paper and some Old Olive 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon (109054). Hmmm. Now that I look at the picture, I think I’m going to put a knot in that ribbon!. That should tie it all together, don’t you think!
If you’d be interested in my making some gift cards for you, it’s not too late to get an order in! I have most of my own Christmas Cards and gift already made (though I seem to keep making them up to Christmas Day itself!). So my time could be yours! Visit the "Cards" tab to download my Cards by Robin brochure.