Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Do You Have the Gift?

Greetings, stampers!  Welcome to The Classic Card... so glad you stopped by today! 

So I'm wondering... do you have the gift?  "Gift, what gift?" you might ask.  Well, I'm pretty sure all of you have the gift of creativity, but do you have the gift of making others feel special and loved?  With Valentine's Day coming up, we should all be thinking of ways that we can make those we love feel special on this day that is devoted to love.  And I'm not just talking romance here!  Why not spread a little love around to mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, and our friends that are sometimes even closer than family? 
I've got a fun project for you today that you can customize for anyone and give as an extra-special gift on Valentines's Day.  Check it out...

This is a sweet mini-album that is so very easy to create.  While the one I'm showing here isn't done in a Valentine-y color scheme, you could certainly make this in Real Red and several shades of pink to give it the look of a Valentine.  Another great Valentine's Day color scheme, especially for a man, is Real Red, Basic Black, and Whisper White.  One of my favorite color schemes for Valentines' Day is Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso and Very Vanilla.  The album I'm showing here uses the FREE Sale-a-bration Designer Paper, Everyday Elegance.  I love the colors in this collection: Lucky Limeaid, Pool Party, Peach Parfait, Calypso Coral, Poppy Parade, Very Vanilla, and Soft Suede.   The front cover features a new stamp set in the Occasions Mini called Apothecary Art, and I've also used the new Label Framelits(also in the Occasions Mini-catalog) to cut out both the focal image and the mat behind it.  The pretty organdy ribbon that ties the album closed is also a  FREE Sale-a-bration item (You get two rolls of ribbon plus 30 printed brads!)  You earn one free Sale-a-bration item for each $50 you spend from now through March 31st! 

Here are some ideas you could use to make this into a special Valentine that anyone... male or female... would treasure.  First and most obviously, you could make this a mini-photo album with photos of you and your spouse (or mom, sister, friend).  But I think it would be more fun to list a quality that you love about that person on each panel.  Who wouldn't enjoy reading about their good qualities??  Let's face it... we're all well acquainted with our faults and many of us remind ourselves of them daily.  How refreshing to see what others appreciate about us!  Another fun thing to do would be to add a small strip of card stock along the bottom of some of the panels, then tuck in a little certificate or coupon for things like a home-baked pie, a favorite dinner, or whatever treats you can dream up.
You could also put in a gift card for a manicure, pedicure, movie tickets,  or gift card for a restaurant or Starbucks.  This is a gift that is only limited by your imagination (and perhaps your pocketbook). But it doesn't take a lot of money to show your love and appreciation, so this Valentine's Day, let's go for it! 
If you'd like the directions for creating this mini-album, please email me sjrstamps@gmail.com and I'll send them along.  I hope I've inspired you to start working on some special gifts!
Don't forget to come back tomorrow for another classic card!
Happy creating!

1 comment:

  1. Susan, I love this mini album and how you've decorated it. But even more I love your ideas about how to fill it. Very imaginative and certainly great giving ideas that I will use for friends and family! Thank you for sharing!