Friday, September 21, 2012

Bridal Shower Gift

My very dear friend is getting married at the end of the year.  Her bridal shower is tomorrow!!!  I have made stationery gifts before for brides-to-be and I believe that is all because of this friend!  Twelve years ago (gah, 12 years already?) she co-hosted my bridal shower.  One of the (many) gifts she gave  me was a pack of Thank You cards and envelopes which she had addressed and stamped for each guest who attended my shower.  I remember thinking how clever and thoughtful that gift was.  All brides write tons of thank you cards before, during and after the big day.  It seems like a never ending task as there is always a thank you note to write.  Every little bit helps!   I knew right away I'd love to repay her for the kind, thoughtful gift she gave to me!  

Along with other gifts from her registry, I will be giving her a Thank You card care package.  First I ordered a custom stamp from The Stationery Studio with their name and address on the stamp.  I've purchased from this site in the past;  they are super quick with processing orders.
I made 20 very clean, one layer cards using Botanical Silhouettes stamp set on Vintage Cream card stock, included 20 Vintage Cream envelopes and packaged them in a 4 inch deep clear box.  For the label, I  stamped the background with Background Basics: Text Style in Fine Linen ink on Vintage Cream card stock cut from the Layerz Mat Stack 4 Die and knew I just had to use the Handmade Stationery stamp with this project, which was layered on top of Classic Kraft card stock cut from the Mega Mat Stack 4 Die.  I wrapped the clear box with Classic Kraft satin ribbon (all Papertrey Ink except for stationery box).

I used a Gable Box from Uline to hold the care package.  I use them when ever I can, it appears I have a never ending supply since their minimum order is 100!  I covered the box with Fine Linen Stripe paper and wrapped Classic Kraft grosgrain ribbon around it.  I then cut Classic Kraft card stock with the Mat Stack 4 Die, Vintage Cream card stock with the Layerz Mat Stack 4 Die and layered them.  I cut a 2 1/4 inch circle and used a circle border stamp from Simply Stationery in Classic Kraft ink.  In the center of the circle I placed their new monogram using Fresh Alphabet and Simple Alphabet stamp sets (these are my go to stamps when creating monograms).

Finally, I made a card that I can give to her at the shower using the design created by Nichole Heady using the Sweet Life and Think Big Favorites #5 stamp sets.  I love the way the envelope turned out for that card!

I'm so excited for my dear friend.  I wish her nothing but love and happiness.

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