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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

A Girly Girl Birthday Card and Matching Gift Bag

My friend Linda's birthday was coming up the beginning of August and I knew I had to get busy and make her a card and gift bag suited to her personality. Because she's a real "girly-girl" I wanted to design a card that was femine and sweet, had a touch of bling and something to do with clothes or shoes.  I remembered seeing a ballerina card on Tammy Q. Howell's blog Tarheel Stamper so I went through my "samples I love file" and had a look at her design.  She used a clever combination of the Round Tab (119864 pg. 209)) and Blossom Petals Builder (121808 pg. 213) punches to make a ballerina dress.  You can check out her post here to see what she came up with.  I really liked the Round Tab for the top of the dress but decided to change mine up a bit with a smaller skirt cut from the Two Tags (115954 pg. 222) Bigz Die.  Here's what U came up with:

I'm in love with the new Wisteria Wonder (122926) cardstock and decided to use that along with some Concord Crush DSP from the 2010-2012 Paterrns Designer Series Paper Stack (117158) and one of  the small floral designer papers from the Cheerful Treat Designer Series [(DSP) #122381 - Hostess Idea Book and Catalogue (IB&C) pg. 11] and layer it on Whisper White cardstock that had been texturized with the Elegant Lines (119277) Embossing folder.  I used the Eyelet Border punch to create a ruffled edge along the Wisteria Wonder layer. 

For the inside of the card I decided to stamp the little girl silhouette from the Easter Blossoms stamp set  and the Happy Birthday sentiment from the Perfect Punches set, in Wisteria Wonder Classic ink.

I needed a little gift bag to go along with the card so decided to use the same designer papers and cardstocks and the part of the Two tags that was left over from the dress.  Here's a close up:

I repeated the sentiment on the tag to compliment the inside of the card and tied some melon mambo, green and purple (non SU) ribbons on the handle. 

Linda loved her birthday gift - some beautiful white chandelier earings that suit her oh so much!  She also loved the birthday card and matching gift bag.   I'd love to hear your comments too!


Jean Addis said...

Fabulous gift set! Your friend is going to love it.

Shari Winterstein said...

A-DOR-A-BLE! I love the little dress on the card and the bag is a definite keeper! Thanks for blessing my day and inspiring my art. :)

Dale Morin said...

How cute!!! Love how you made them match. The dress is adorable. The two are perfect together.

www.AvenueofArt.com said...

Super cute! Love the inside of the card, too. Very creative, Penny! Thanks for sharing - Micki (Avenue of Art.com)

Debbie Martin said...

So very cute! She will love the gift.

Lisa Kmiec said...

Very Nice! I love the idea of doing a matching card and gift bag set.

Patti said...

Sooooo cute!!! Definitely girly girl; great colors. I'll be she loved it.

Penny Hanuszak said...

Thanks for all the great feedback ladies........ you're awesome!

Boni said...

That is soooo cute! I love how it coordinates! : )