Friday, December 10, 2010

SSNOTIME #169 - Quick and Easy Gift Sets

Hi everyone!  Most of you are familiar with Sharon's weekly Stamp Simply challenge?  Well, last week she announced some changes to her weekly challenge and now us gals on the DT for her store will be playing in the challenges! 

This week the challenge is to make Quick and Easy Card Gift Sets!

Who doesn't love to receive a gift set of cards all neatly packaged up?  The team was challenged show you samples of some quick, easy, but still FAB cards in coordinated sets presented in a Clear Box for a real WOW factor!  Tie on a bow, add a belly band -- whatever strikes your fancy! 

I started out by making a quick and easy Christmas card and then used THE SAME layout to make a trio of birthday cards.  You know as stampers, we like to make all kinds of cool "go where life takes you" kind of cards, but let's face it, when friends and family ask for cards -they are always BIRTHDAY!  Aren't they?!? 

Here is the Christmas card.  The cutie Christmas paper is by KaiserCraft, Be Merry, sentiment from JustRite Stampers, Christmas Nested Frames, silver cord and rhinestones and a poinsettia prima to top it off!

Each of the birthday cards uses the same layout, I just changed the flower accent and pattern paper.  The birthday sentiment is from Clearly Wordsworth, Everyday Greetings.  This card uses Basic Grey, Curio, Prima Fairytale rose in Coral, 1/8" silk ribbon and rhinestones.

This one uses Basic Grey, Marjolaine, Prima Trellis Rose in Fontaine, silver cord and rhinestones.

This one uses Cosmo Cricket, DeLovely, Prima Trellis Rose in Fontaine, silver cord and rhinestones.

Here is the pic of them all packaged in a clear box!  You can dress these up as elaborate or simple as you want.  If sending to a crafter, I use all kinds of ribbons and flowers, but to a non-crafter (where the packaging will likely end up in the trash) I go with some simple silver elastic cord.  The poinsettia flower matches the Christmas card.

I have to admit, the prima flowers I used on these cards are REALLY poofy!  Here is a side view of them stuffed in the box.  It bulges a bit, but who cares?  lol!
Everyone is welcome and invited to play along!  For those uploading on SCS, the keyword is ssnotime169.  There is no time limit. You can play this challenge anytime at all.  The point is to keep it simple, quick and have fun!!!  And when posting to your blog, be sure to link up to Mr. Linky at the end of this post. Please link the direct post, not your blog URL, so we can easily find your project!

This week Deb and Barb are also playing along this week.  Be sure to check out their blogs to see what gift set they created!!
Deb Saaranen:  Dream in Color 
Barb Schram:  Explore.  Dream.  Discover (will post on Saturday)

All items in bold/italic are available from The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.

To order just email Sharon at with your list and your state/zip OR country so she can calculate postage and she will get back to you with an invoice. 
You can see all KITS here.
You can view all ribbons available here.
You can view individual paper pads, supplies and JustRite stamps here.
You can view the Just Rite Cling stamps in stock here.  This link also includes some super sell-out prices of many JustRite sizes she will no longer restock.
You can view all tools used here.
You can view Odds-N-Ends for sale here.
You can see/read about the CLEAR BOXES here and here.
You can view Verve stamps here.
You can view Wordsworth stamps here.
You can view Primas here.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

I have added this set of 3 birthday cards to my Etsy store if anyone is interested.



  1. Fresh and oh so pretty Michele! Loving these adorable designs!!!

  2. Have this fun mental image of you stuffing those prima flower cards in to that box ;-) Lovely array of cards. The second one is my fave as I love leaves and those colours. Amazing how switching up the DP can change a card so much. Great job as always ((hugs))

  3. Your cards are fantastic, I LOVE the simplicity of them and the fact that they seem very complete...what I mean is that they don't look as if something is missing. Great work and TFS.

  4. Great set!!! i need to sit down this weekend and make some for my Grandma, thanks for the inspiration!!

  5. The cards are all so gorgeous Michelle! A wonderful grouping of birthday cards!

  6. total eye candy!!!! All that dp makes me swoon :) Gorgeous flower details :) hugs!

  7. Fabulous set! You do such amazing work with just sentiments! Those flowers are so perfect...but I've never even considered mailing a card with one on it LOL!

  8. Hi Michelle,

    These are very nice cards, simple, but so lovely! The flowers you used are gorgeous and with pretty paper with it, and a lovely sentiment, they are just perfect!

    Hugs, Wendy

  9. Michelle, this set is totally my style! Love the changing of the seasons or event. i am going to make a bunch of these, thanks for the inspiration.

  10. So beautiful! I always love how you embellish your cards! So pretty! :)

  11. Oh wonderful little sets, the flowers really set them off.

  12. You are SO right, it's always birthday cards!!! What a beautiful collection you've made here and the box is a great way to protect them!!!

  13. gorgeous set, very nice designs!