Friday, August 7, 2009

Medallion for a Friend

I have a dear friend that means the world to me. Her name is Johanna, and I couldn't love her more if we shared the same blood. Sometimes, I think it is true, that you do pick your family. Johanna is certainly family to me. We have been friends for almost 20 years! She's been so great to me during my recovery from the back surgery. She calls me just to say hello, she brings me food......stuff she knows I love that no one else thinks to bring :) She is always there to lend an ear and give a hug. So I wanted to make her a little something, just to let her know how much she means to me. I think she is one of the last few people on this planet that actually hand writes letters. She doesn't email, or tweet, or blog. I would consider a handwritten note from her to be a precious gift. So with that in mind, I made up the box of note cards for her. There are 4 note cards, matching envelopes and envelope seals. I tied them all up with a pretty black gingham ribbon. I used Crushed Curry for the bottom of the box, and Rose Red for the top. I stamped the En Francais background stamp on the Rose Red layer, then a mat of Basic Black and then the Medallion stamped with Versamark ink on Confetti White cardstock. Then I used my Stampin Pastels and a sponge dauber and added the color to the medallion. This is called the Popping Pastels technique. It was really fun to do! I added a clear rhinestone brad from the Pretties kit to all the Medallion centers. A little discovery I found while doing the pastels technique, is that More Mustard chalk looks exactly like Crushed Curry ink.

This is the outside of the box. It's really soft and feminine looking.

Here is one of the note cards I did in Crushed Curry

And this is the inside of the card.

This is one of the Rose Red note cards.

And the inside again.

These are the envelope seals I made. I stamped the Medallion stamp and punched out the center part with my Scallop Circle Punch. Then I used the letter "J" from the Lovely Letters alphabet set. I typically don't buy alphabet sets, but this one was a must have for me, I love it!
I ran them through my Zyron to add adhesive to the back. All Johanna needs to do is peel off the paper covering and stick them on the envelopes.

This is the whole set in the box, tied with the ribbon. I easily could have put at least 2 more cards and envelopes in there.

And last, but not least, these are the envelopes. I just stamped a corner of the Medallion on them with Rose Red and Crushed Curry inks.

I hope Johanna loves the cards, I know she will. She is the Mom to 4 grown boys. So I also want to make her some more masculine type cards. Her boys would certainly have a giggle or two if they got these in the mail!
I'll have another Medallion card soon. I cased one I saw from the Late Night Stampers shoe box swap at Convention the other day. It's a rare thing for me to see a card online and then go immediately and make it myself. I just thought it was so pretty! That will be coming up soon, I promise! I'd love to hear what you think about my Medallion Note Card set.


pink said...

Sooooooooooooo pretty!! I love how you used the center of the medallion for a seal! :) You are so creative......

Linda F. said...

Oh, Lyn! These are beautiful!!

Allison said...

Stunning set of're gonna make me buy this stamp, aren't you?

kris said...

WOW.. you are so smart! those are beuatiful!!

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