Whew….what a week!  I had so many good intensions this week only to have them sidetracked by a lovely illness that took over our house.  I was busy working on my Stampin’ Up! Regional swaps for the Milwaukee Regional that was held yesterday and it literally took me all week to make 50 swaps!  I guess that’s what happens when you have to work on your swaps in between taking care of sick kids.  🙂

The swap I decided on used the Mixed Bunch stamp set from the Occasions Mini Catalog.  I LOVE it when Stampin’ Up! releases a stamp set and a coordinating punch!  It makes my life so much easier.  I know I would have never chosen to hand cut all of these pretty flowers on my own.  You might notice the edges of the flowers are in inked Soft Suede.  I achieved that look by doing the “rock and roll” technique on each flower.  All you have to do is stamp your flower in a lighter shade (in this case I used Pool Party, Daffodil Delight, and Poppy Parade) and then roll the edges of the stamp in a darker color.  It creates this beautiful two toned effect on each of the flowers!  I just love it.  The paper on this card is the Attic Boutique Designer Series Paper, also from the Occasions Mini.

While I was working on my cards I whipped up a few of these cute little sour cream containers, filled with chocolate of course, for my downline gals!

Very easy to make with a piece of card stock that is 4 1/4 by 5 1/2. Then sealed on each end and on the side with sticky strip and crimped with the Crimper Tool.  I added some of the Mixed Bunch flowers to the from of these as well and tied them with the Soft Suede Bakers Twine.

Here is a close-up of one of them.

These would make adorable gifts for baby showers, birthdays, just about anything!  You can make them with any size of paper or DSP as well.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed my card and little gift ideas!  Kristin

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