The 2014 Occasions Catalog is LIVE today – woo hoo! That means no more sneak peeks at products you can’t buy until Jan 3 – now, I’m showing you products you can buy today. Does it get any better than that?!? To celebrate the kickoff of the Occasions Catalog, I’m sharing a great project that involves a brand new stamp set and five cards in varying colors and slighly varying layouts. You’re going to love this project. Before I share, though, let’s take a moment to “oooh” and “aaah” over the new catalog:
Isn’t she a beauty? I love to mail a copy of new catalogs to any of my customers. If you don’t have a demonstrator and don’t have a copy of the book, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I would love to be your demonstrator and send you your very own copy.
Today’s project is a 5-card and envelope gift set. With the 2013-2015 In Colors and the brand new Just Sayin’ Bundle, I created a collection of easy-to-make cards that you can gift to a special friend. I love to make cards, and I love to give cards as a gift, so this project just makes sense for me. Here are the five cards:
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- Alternating colors and layouts. Did you notice that each of the cards contains two of the In Colors and that the layouts on each were switched up a little? I didn’t want each card to be the same, so I alternated the placement of the ribbon on each of the sides. I used each of the five colors once as a base and once as an accent. This allows each color to really shine in this collection of five cards.
- Card measurements. Each card base measures 7″ x 3-1/2″ and is scored at 3-1/2″ to yield a 3-1/2″ square card. The cardstock border measures 3″ x 3-1/4″, while the Designer Series Paper Stack piece measures 2-7/8″ x 3-1/8″. This leaves just enough room for the ribbon to shine.
- Envelopes. Because the cards are such an odd size (just you wait to see why I chose a 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ card!), I used my Envelope Punch Board to make the envelopes – didn’t see that one coming, did you? To make an envelope for a 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ card, you need a 6″ x 6″ piece of paper. Perfect! I am able to get four envelopes with just one sheet of the DSP Paper Stack. Score!
So, why did I choose to make my cards 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ (instead of the typical 3″ x 3″)? One of my goals when I set out to make this little collection was to use the Decorative Window Gift Boxes that were introduced in the 2013 Holiday Catalog and are carried over to the 2014 Occasions Catalog. Five cards and five envelopes fit perfectly inside the box with a peek-a-boo window to give the giftee a little peek at what’s inside. Yipee!
And here’s what they all look like together:
Stamp sets: Just Sayin’ Papers: Baked Brown Sugar, Coastal Cabana, Pistachio Pudding, Strawberry Slush, Crisp Cantaloupe, Whisper White, 2013-2015 In Color Designer Series Paper Stack Inks: Baked Brown Sugar, Coastal Cabana, Pistachio Pudding, Strawberry Slush, Crisp Cantaloupe Accessories: Word Bubbles Framelits Dies, Decorative Window Gift Boxes, 3/8″ Ruffle Stretch Trim (Baked Brown Sugar, Coastal Cabana, Pistachio Pudding, Strawberry Slush, Crisp Cantaloupe), Stampin’ Dimensionals
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