It wouldn't be a birthday without a card, so that was the first item that I worked on. I started out by picking out the stamps, papers and color scheme. I used one of my favorite stamp sets; Damask Designs to create the entire ensemble. I also used the "birthdays are the best" sentiment from Blooming Button Bits. All of the paper is from Papertrey Ink; I used Raspberry FizzBitty Dot Pattern Paper and everything else is just Perfect Match Cardstock in True Black and Raspberry Fizz. The base is made from Stampers Select White Cardstock that is a necessity in my opinion!!!!
I also used one of my ribbon slide Nestibilities that I used to stamp the "birthdays are the best" sentiment. Of course I had to add a matching button and a few rhinestone gems to the design. I am in love with the "Recollections" rhinestone packages that you can get at Michael's. Everytime I am there, I purchase a few new ones to add to my collection.
Rather than pick out a gift that she may or may not like, I opted for a gift card. I created the gift card holder before I went out and purchased the gift card, but I knew that it would be the standard size, so I cut the width 4 1/2 inches. The inside pocket is 2 inches. Unfortunately I don't remember any of the other measurements, but if you wanted to create one, simply measure the gift card to get your dimensions.
The gift card actually came in a pretty nice package itself, so instead of throwing it away, I filled in the "to-from" and amount of the gift card and tucked it under the entire gift so that she could put it back into it's original packaging. I told her once she was done opening everything to look under the silver tray that I packaged everything up in. I hope that wasn't tacky, but it is what it is!! LOL!
I always like to add something "sweet" to my gift ensembles, so I created this little box to house some Dove chocolates that I know she likes. If you are interested in creating this box, I made a tutorial that you can view here. Once I was done with everything, I packaged it all up onto a silver tray that I purchased at "Dollar Tree". I have been using them for years for assorted projects and I love them. Everytime I see them, I buy quite a few to have on hand.
I was running behind when it came to package everything up, so I quickly printed out a large "L" from my computer(L is her initial), grabbed my Raspberry Fizz Ink and stamped a crown and called it good. While I was at the dollar store, I purchased a bundle of flowers that were the perfect fit. I wrapped the entire tray up in cellophane, tied the ribbon, added the tag and flower and headed out the door. This was one of those gifts that was not to be stuffed into the backpack and left to my daugther's devices to get to the teacher; this was one that needed to be hand delivered. She was very appreciative and gave me a big hug. Have I told you lately how much I love stamping? It is moments like those that are the reason why I started all of this in the first place!!!!
Also, I want to apologize for my lack of posting. My computer has been going at a snail's pace these last few weeks; so slow that at times I want to smash the whole thing to bits. It is really frustrating to actually have projects to show, but not have the computer working. Technology is such a blessing and a curse at the same time! LOL!
We finally put the crib up and Rowan spent his first night away from my side. I asked the doctor at his appointment yesterday if he should be able to sleep through the night. He gasped and said absolutely not, that I shouldn't even be thinking about that until 6-9 months. I told him that both of my other kids slept through the night by this time. I also asked him if my husband's snoring could be to blame. He told me that I might be on to something and that it might be waking him up. Guess who slept from 9:30 p.m.-7:40 a.m.? That's right; my little angel Rowan! I couldn't be more excited. I am not saying that he will do it every night, but it was still exciting. He had his first set of shots yesterday, so I was thinking that maybe that tuckered him out and that could be part of his long sleep. Who knows? We shall see! Thanks for fluttering by!!!