Monday, June 20, 2011

"Farewell to a Wonderful Secretary" Gift

Tomorrow marks the end of another school year for my kids -- at 11 a.m. tomorrow, Chris will be entering the 8th grade and his last year of Middle School, and Lyndsey will officially be a sophomore at the high school! Yikes!

The secretary in the high school has been wonderful to Lyndsey this year (they all have been wonderful, to be honest!), and she is retiring at the end of the school year. I want to share with you my Saturday morning project that I made for her, to let her know we appreciate her kind, caring, thoughtful manner with the kids. No matter how involved this project looks, I did complete it in 4 hours total. Mind you, I had in mind what the cards and tags would look like, but still, for a project of this size, that's something! The tutorial can be found on Jackie Topa's blog, Addicted to Stamping, found here.

I used the Brights DSP stack for most of this project -- I think the only exception was a small amount of Sunny Garden (also in Daffodil Delight) DSP for the 4 tags which you'll see in another photo.

You hopefully recognize the stamp set used as Bold Blossom from the spring mini catalog -- this set is being carried over to the new catalog so you can certainly purchase it on July 1st! It pairs so beautifully with the Bouquet Blossom punch -- my 3 colors that I consistently stuck with is Poppy Parade, Pumpkin Pie, and Daffodil Delight. I "threw in" the occasional Old Olive card stock as well.

Above, you see a closer photo of the inside of the box -- the tag on the left is from Vintage Vogue -- I used my marker and Poppy Parade to color just the "friend" sentiment from the large "F" image in that stamp set -- I layered it on Pumpkin Pie. The right pocket in the first photo holds the stamps -- I used Rhinestone brads on both flowers from the Bouquet Punch -- the left flower is all 3 layers of that triple punch -- I used only the smaller 2 layers of the punch for the postage stamp pocket flower. The brads were the Circle Fire Rhinestone brads -- I believe they're being discontinued (and may already be out of stock!).

In the bottom photo above, you see the outside of my completed box. I punched the flowers, stamped the stems from "Bold Blossom" and matted on Old Olive card stock. This box is really neat! You just fold up the bottom and put the lid on to close the box! It stays put!

Well, my favorite color of all time right now is the Daffodil Delight, and I finished the lid of my box with the wide 1 1/4" Daffodil Delight striped ribbon. I'm thrilled to say that this ribbon isn't leaving us yet!

Too much detail?! I have more pictures for you -- these may speak for themselves!

A full-size card that fits in the back pocket of the stationary holder. I included 4 cards and envelopes.

A 3x3 card -- there are 4 cards with envelopes in the left middle pocket of the photo on top.

I made 4 tags to complete the ensemble. Sunny Garden DSP coordinates well with the Brights stack. I stamped just a part of the stem from Bold Blossom. The "leaves" are the remainder of the triple Bouquet Blossom punch when I punched out the smallest, most detailed flower in Old Olive -- cute, huh?! Pumpkin Pie 3/8" taffeta finishes the tag off nicely. You can see the tags peeking out of the right middle pocket in the very top photo.

That's all for today! I have more gifts to make before tomorrow so I need to get going! Thanks for stopping by!


1 comment:

Jamie Adcock said...

Beautiful! These are so much fun to make and you did a bang up job with this one.