Monday 22 October 2012

A Summer Silhouettes gift set

Summer Silhouettes caught my eye the minute I saw it in the new catalogue, but I didn't realise quite how much I'd fall in love with it. It's what's stopping me from making all the Christmas cards I should be making right now! Last Friday, one of my girlfriends was celebrating her birthday and Summer Silhouettes felt like just the right set to use for her gift packaging. Come and have a look:

I love the way you can layer these stamps...

... can you see the way the images glow through each other like a watercolour painting?

I stamped the plant and trellis images directly onto my card base and layered a frame on top, cut with one of my Labels framelits. I adore the sentiment from A Word For You with its flourishing start and finish!

I decorated a length of cream paper to match the card and used it as gift wrap. (The roll of paper Ikea sell for their child's easel is a good shade of cream and a good weight for this.) Stamping gift wrap is great fun and is a great way to get a coordinated look. I tied the gift up with Old Olive grosgrain ribbon - this has retired now, but there's a new and rather gorgeous version in the new catalogue that comes with a line of stitching down the centre for extra texture.

As a finishing touch, I made a matching tag for the gift using one of the Labels framelits and repeating the stamping.

Here's what you'll need to make this project
Stamps: Summer Silhouettes, A Word for You
Ink: Raspberry Ripple, Old Olive, River Rock
Card stock: Very Vanilla
Other: Labels framelits, Big Shot, Itty Bitty punch pack, Old Olive grosgrain ribbon (retired), Lucky Limeade bakers twine, stamp-a-majig
I'd be delighted to order any of these items for you and have them delivered straight to your address in the UK, France, Deutschland, Nederland or Osterreich. I'm committed to providing excellent customer service and am always happy to offer help and advice. To place your order, just send me an email or give me a call on +44 (0) 1280 820593.

While I was getting ready to go out with my girlfriends on Friday, my daughter had disappeared out on a date and the boys were having dinner under the tender care of their father. I was just gathering together my purse and keys when I heard my youngest son say: "I've finished now - I'm just going upstairs." I was very proud to hear that my teachings had not fallen on deaf ears however, because my eldest son was having none of it. "Oh no you don't!" he said. "If you've finished you're supposed to entertain me with interesting anecdotes!"

Enjoy your Monday and I'll see you tomorrow!


  1. Vicky, this is outstanding!!! That card and wrapping paper are so beautiful! Love!!!

  2. This is the prettiest card that I have seen with this set!

  3. Perfection! Lovely use of these stamps, Vicky. The wrapping paper looks too good to tear into (hope your friend carefully unwrapped her gift!).

  4. Oh my gosh! Vicky I LOVE what you did with this stamp set! The colors are great. Love that you did the tag and paper to match.

  5. Gorgeous set Vicky-so very pretty and such lovely colours :) x

  6. So beautiful Vicky, what a wonderful matching set! Those colours are fab too!

  7. Beautiful card Vicky and love the matching wrapping paper you have made....lovely stamp set


  8. Hi Vicky
    Fabulous card.... Love the stamp set ... Not inked mine yet.
    Love the paper great idea....
    Hugs Sylvie xxxx

  9. This is gorgeous Vicky. I love the co-ordinating gift wrap and thanks for the tip about Ikea's paper roll! Hope you're well...will email you soon xx

  10. WOW - I have GOT to get this set of stamps! You've made a wonderful card with them. xxx

  11. Stunning ! This is so beautiful - crisp and fresh colour scheme, great design concept and a lovely personal way to say happy birthday ! Thanks for the Ikea paper tip !!!!
    Jane x

  12. WOW Vicky, the parcel looks so gorgeous especially with the gift card. Great results, pretty colours too

  13. This whole set is beautiful! I can see using it for Christmas cards.

  14. this set caught my eye as soon as i saw it in the catalogue! it's a gorgeous set that would cover the different seasons so easily. love what you have made, wonderful use of colour and a gorgeous set of stamps! hugs karen

  15. Beautiful card,lovely stampset,really must get that in my next order.

  16. With these colours, change the sentiment from birthday to Christmas, and you'll be well on the way to having your Christmas cards made in no time!

  17. I love the idea of the framing for your gorgeously layered stamps. I loved this set too for the outset and have enjoyed using it. x


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