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Sarahfleming1 Hello! My name is Sarah Fleming, and I'm a paper addict living in central Texas. I'm an independent demonstrator for Stampin' Up! and love to teach others how to make lovely paper projects. I always have ink-stained fingers (I'm okay with that). I also knit. If you're in the USA, I'd love to be your demonstrator!

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40th anniversary card and matching gift wrap

40th anniversary gift wrap with matching card - Stampin' Up! - stampin up - ruby anniversary - handmade cards - creped paper flower - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye

I made this set for someone for their 40th anniversary. The reason the sentiment on the card is “sweet, sweet moments” is because one of the spouses has passed away, and this was for the surviving spouse. We wanted to commemorate the anniversary with a gift and a card, but “Happy anniversary!” didn’t really seem appropriate. I was going to use “Thinking of you”, but I had the Happy Day stamp set out so I could use that beautiful medallion, and when I noticed the “sweet, sweet moments” sentiment, it seemed like the perfect thing to use.

The 40th anniversary is traditionally the ruby anniversary, so I decided to make the card and wrapping mainly in Real Red. I actually wrapped the gift first and then made the card to match, instead of the other way around.

40th anniversary gift wrap - creped paper flower - Stampin' Up! - stampin up - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye

I used the Real Red fan pattern from the Brights Designer Series Paper stack to wrap the gifts. I stamped the medallions on the Whisper White bands (not very well – I should have centered the medallions! I don’t know what I was thinking) in Smoky Slate ink.

creped filter paper flower stampin' up! stampin up - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye

There are a number of ways to make these beautiful little creped paper flowers. I used the Blossom punch to punch out eight flowers from the Creped Filter Paper, then sponged Real Red ink on each one. The paper is a little strong for poking a brad through, so I punched a 1/16″ hole in the middle of each flower, then attached the eight flowers together using the Antique Builder Brad (retired). I attached the Vintage Faceted Designer button to the brad using Glue Dots, for extra elegance and sparkle. Then I bunched up each layer of the flower to give it extra 3D volume.

40th anniversary card - Stampin' Up! - stampin up - handmade cards - handmade anniversary cards - ruby anniversary

I made the card using only Real Red and Whisper White, again to symbolize the ruby anniversary. I used the same designer series paper and the same medallion stamp, only this time I used Real Red ink for the medallion.

Stampin' Up! - stampin up - Blossom Punch - 40th anniversary card - Happy Day - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye

I stamped the medallion five times, then punched out the flowers, centering the medallion in the Blossom punch each time. So each layer of the flower is stamped. After I put all the flowers together with my tape runner, I folded up each petal of each flower, then attached the button using Glue Dots.

After I stamped and cut out the sentiment, I curled the ends of the paper. I kept looking for a small tool to curl the ends around (and didn’t think of my paper piercing tool until just now!), so I just kind of rolled it with my hands. I think the piercing tool would have done a better job.

This was an easy wrapping job with an easy card to match. I also stamped a red medallion on my envelope. Red, red, red. You can buy all the products (except the brads) to make this beautiful gift set in my Stampin’ Up! store.

Stampin’ Up! supplies used:
Paper: Real Red and Whisper White cardstock; Brights Backgrounds Designer Series Paper stack; Creped Filter Paper
Ink: Real Red, Smoky Slate
Stamps: Happy Day
Tools/Accessories: Blossom punch, Stampin’ Trimmer, Stampin’ Sponges
Embellishments/Adhesives: Vintage Faceted Designer buttons, Antique Builder Brads (retired), Glue Dots

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