Wrapping Paper to Match

I wanted to follow-up yesterday’s post with one about wrapping paper because gift tags and wrapping paper are things I never seem to have or at least the kind you get at the store. It seems like a waste of good money to spend as much as some of the bags and cards cost at the store.  What I do have at my house is a roll of white paper that I got for free.  I don’t know where my husband got it but it is the end of a roll used for some kind of printing (a roll of freezer paper would work just as well). I usually start by wrapping the present with usually a double layer of paper. I don’t like wasting effort stamping an area that won’t be seen and I am not a good judge of where the design is going to be on the package once it is wrapped. Since I make the wrapping and the card it is easy to get them to match.

The project I am going to show you is one I made this summer for a wedding. I really liked the fact that I could coordinate my wrapping paper with the colors of the wedding which were teal and brown. I used my Very Vintage Jumbo Stampin’ wheel and rolled the background in a teal(I don’t remember the exact colors I used it was a while ago). I just inked the wheel on my ink pad and then rolled it across the paper the short way so I didn’t run out of ink mid roll. I then used a couple of stamps that say “congratulations” and “Welcome to the wedded bliss club” both sets are retired now. This is another project where I am just sharing an idea not the stamp set. I used brown for the words again to coordinate with their wedding colors.

Sorry about the picture quality I forgot to take a picture at home and my camera was not very on my phone. I have made wrapping paper for a number of occasions and it always seems to go over very well. My kids love personalizing the wrapping paper for their friends. The kids and parents alike love the personalized touch. I actually typed this post twice once in the truck on the way down to Adrian and now sitting in the trailer listening to it rain. I am praying it stops so that we can have a nice day for the craft show and steam engine show tomorrow. I am excited to meet some new stampers tomorrow.

I hope you enjoy making wrapping paper as much as I do. See you tomorrow.


Teacher Appreciation Gifts

My kid’s school has a teacher appreciation week and the kids and parents are given the opportunity to let the teachers know how much we have appreciated all they have done over the last year. My kids have a number of teachers even though they are only in elementary school because they have separate gym, art, spanish, music, resource center, library, and of course you can’t forget the principal and school secretary.  So we had a number of teachers to thank so we needed a simple project my 2nd grader and kindergartener could help with, something mommy could finish without pulling an all nighter, and something that would not break the bank.  I thought of the matchbook sticky note projects that were in the May Stampin’ Success Magazine were the perfect project.

I actually ended up creating two versions one for the female teachers and one for the male teachers.  I used a combination of current paper colors and accesories and retired paper colors.  My daughter was able to use the Stampin’ Wheel to apply the background design to the card stock.  She was also able to help punch the flowers and circles out.  I chose the For All You Do stamp set as I thought the sentiment was just perfect to give to their teachers.  The baker’s twine in the 2011-2012 color was a fun addition.       The version for the guys we used the school colors and the school logo.  We wanted to give them something they would be willing to have on their desk and not feel awkward and I think this design achieved that.

Vintage Vogue Class Preview

I was saddened by the retirement of one of my favorite stamp sets. This inspired me to offer a class using that stamp set before it is retired. I am still looking to do this class and would love to get a group together yet before the end of May and spend some time making these beautiful cards inspired by the Vintage Vogue stamp set by Stampin’ Up. 

The first card is very different from a traditional card it does not open but is more 3-D. The card stands up and gives a shadow box effect showing off the designs through the holes.

The next card is more traditional and elegant. The very delicate crocheted lace and vine stamp with tiny pearl accents make this card a lady’s card perfect for Mother’s Day sentiments.

The third card also use the vintage vogue set but also features Butterflies made using Beautiful Wings Embosslits Die.  This is a favorite of mine.  It also has pearl embellishments and a small ribbon bow at the top.

If you like these cards contact me for more information on how to attend a class or you could even host a private class with your friends.  For specifics on the cards and what was use to make them from the Stampin’ Up Catalog check out my Stampin’ Up Website projects page at http://www.stampinup.net/esuite/home/jennyoneal/distPages/projectList.soa?easyTemplatePageType=1

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