Friday, April 17, 2015

B.Y.O.P. (Buy Your Own Present) Stampin'Up!

Hello again, stamping friends.
It's my favorite weekday... Friday!  On Friday, the weekend stretches ahead and seems full of promise.  On Friday, everyone seems more relaxed.  On Friday, it's easier to overlook the little annoyances that we might find quite disturbing on a Monday morning.  Yes, there's a lot to love about Friday!  Oh and the fact that we'll be enjoying a sunny weekend doesn't hurt!

There's a lot to love about the stamp set I'm going to showcase today too!  It's called BYOP (buy your own present,  page 33 of the Occasions catalog) and it features sentiments for graduation, new babies, weddings, birthdays, and thank yous.  This set is designed specifically for those of us who put off buying a present for so long that, at the last minute, we end up writing a check or buying a gift card.  With this stamp set in your collection, you'll be able to jazz up that check or gift card and make it more personal and definitely more fun to open.  

Here's a fun money folder I made for a graduating guy, but with a change of designer paper and colors, it could be easily transformed into a girly money folder.  Or, if you happen to know the high school or college colors, you could color-coordinate your gift.
Check it out...

Here's the outside and when you open it up...

here's the inside...

The colors I used are Hello Honey and Night of Navy.  Somewhere I'm sure there's a school whose colors are Navy and Gold.  The striped designer paper on the front is from Lullaby collection on page 187 of the annual catalog.  I stamped the "Congratulations, Grad!" in Night of Navy ink on a panel of Whisper White card stock and cut it out with one of the dies in the Apothecary Accents collection.  Then I punched a hole in each end of the die-cut shape and threaded the Night of Navy Seam Binding through the holes.  This clean and simple look is perfect for a guy and it will easily go through the mail as there are no knots (or bows or bling) to make lumps and bumps in the envelope.  Note: that's "play" money in the pocket and it's quite a bit smaller that a real twenty dollar bill.  

If you'd like to learn how to make the money folder I've shown you today, be sure to sign up for my Gifts of Spring class on May 2nd, when we'll be using this stamp set, among others, to create 6 fun money/check folders and gift card holders for all sorts of occasions (graduation, wedding, baby, Mother's Day, Father's Day, and birthday).  Soon you'll be known for your mad paper-crafting skills!

Have a great Friday, everyone! And may the weekend ahead be as wonderful as your Friday dreams.

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