Thursday, August 20, 2009

Bonjour in Pastel

Nothing like boxes and boxes of silk florals to get me motivated. I had these solid gift wrap papers waiting in the wings and could picture how I wanted to use them. They have matching card stock and I thought they would be perfect for using the Bonjour Rubber Stamp Kit. When the silk flowers that I ordered at the Gift Show showed up yesterday I knew I had found it's perfect finish. This is one of the last Wrap Room Sets that is being added to the almost-launched website ( I have quit saying what day within the next week) and this pastel collection got my flu-fighting head all excited, it turned out exactly as I had hoped it would visually so I thought I would share it with you. I know how you love pretty things.

I admit to not being the best at rubber stamping (I am not nearly as crafty as you would think) so if I can do this, anyone can. I wanted this collection to be easy to do but have a very personal look to it. I also wanted to make sure the collection took advantage of the pastel combination of colours but not be too-sweet if you know what I mean. I opted to add black satin ribbon to this feminine collection as the only ribbon of choice, it adds a bit of sophistication on any of the 3 solid paper choices letting you go in any gift direction you want that day.

These rubber stamps come in different french words and sizes. Stamp on the matching card stock, cut to any size you want and place over the ribbon with double-sided tape. The layered look will make you look like a gift wrap diva. What could be easier? Note that I am cutting the card stock to the size of the stamp and it gives you a different look depending on the french word.

On this papaya solid gift wrap I switched to a wider melon satin ribbon to see the effect of keeping the tone the same. Would it be worth the extra cost of including a pricier ribbon? Though it is lovely, I didn't think so so I'm sticking to my original plan of keeping it simple and easy with the black ribbon. I also left space on the top and bottom of the card stock just so I could place it vertically. This idea can also be used for making matching gift cards. The ink stamp is black but there is no reason you can't stamp in white, silver or gold and if really brave and steady, stamp right on to the gift wrap paper.

This Wrap Room ensemble will include all three solid gift wrap colours, a matching set of card stock for stamping, black satin ribbon, all three silk flowers, and the Bonjour Rubber Stamp Set. As it turned out, the silk flowers varied in size and who's to say you can't mix them up? The celadon green rose on the pink, the pink on the papaya paper, so many creative possibilities. It will be one of the higher-level Wrap Room ensembles because of the silk flowers and rubber stamp kit but I think it might be worth it.

I have been using this card stock even more than I thought I would and it is handy to have ready with your gift wrap supplies. Not every gift card has to be store-bought, a message written on one of these cards and then attached to a gift can often look more personal and less contrived.

All photos by Sande Chase ~ A Gift Wrapped Life


  1. Gorgeous! I love this ensemble and your idea of stamping the card stock and applying it over the ribbon. Who would have thought that plain, solid paper could look so good?!

  2. As always, it's a great treat to come and see your latest giftwrapped offerings!

  3. Stylish and elegant...and do-able even for me!
    Love the stamps!

  4. The colors are absolutely beautiful.

  5. these are lovely! especially the pink + black - such a pretty combination

  6. When I come here I must bore you to tears.

    Beautiful. Amazing. I love it. etc. etc.

    I love it.

    Love Renee xoxo

  7. SO lovely! The colors, flowers, ribbon -- divine!

  8. I really loved this. I wouldn't have thought of the black ribbon ~ the look is so classic, just love it! The flowers and stamp are so pretty too.

    Oh you do inspire me,

  9. Sande,
    These are so intriguing. I just love that little unexpected treat over the ribbon. I'm so inspired.

  10. I just just found your blog and got lost in it! Your wrappings (and gift ideas) are beautiful. I won't ever look at wrapping a gift the same way again.

  11. What a lovely blog you have. Your kind and generous spirit comes through your posts. I have enjoyed reading your previous post.

    I truly know how you are feeling with your adorable dog's passing. Isn't it the strangest feeling to have that constant gone?

    I am so very pleased that you visited my blog, via Lisa. It's always so nice to meet a new blog friend. I look forward to getting to know you better!

  12. What a lovely special touch to an already beautiful gift!


  13. Sande~
    I adore the words and the simplicity of these gifts. There is something about solids that I love. As always BEUAUTIFUL & CREATIVE!

  14. you really do create with sophistication and class ~ one would feel so royal to receive one of your wrappings! the colours so vibrant, yet soft ... so lovely!
    thanks always for sharing your ideas with us sande ~

  15. Sande,
    I have actually been looking for that same stamp set for various crafting projects!
    Love it! Love it! Love it all! Your Wrap Room is going to make us all have heart flutters as we view all of your gorgeous merchandise!

  16. Hi Sandra, you have done it again, love the wrapping & the silk flowers are exquities ;)

  17. Sande these are quite exquisite. Reminds me of your photo of sweet baby Amelia with her flower on her wee head. You are so talented!

    Lovely weekend to you ~

  18. Sumptuous! I adore the papaya ensemble!

  19. oh these are just so pretty! of course you are so good at creating pretty things!

  20. beautiful! What a great idea! love your blog! Please check out my fashion and lifestyle blog Please follow mine as I will yours! xo

  21. What a lovely blog! So many great ideas here! I love the bonjour in pastel, Have a great weekend x

  22. Sande,

    These rose adorned packages make my heart beat so fast! They are so pretty, and the bonjour stamps are the ideal addition!


  23. The stamping is so pretty on those gorgeous colors. I love the simplicity and elegance combined. Enjoy your Sunday, Sande.

  24. Very pretty! I am always looking for a great way to wrap my customers gifts. Anything Paris related always catches my eye. If you get a chance check out my website


  25. I love that black ribbon on the pastel paper. It seems to add a dose of sophistication and elegance. Good luck with your last push towards relaunch of your website.

  26. I love looking at your beautiful creations. I am desperate for distraction from the pain my daughter inflicts on us. I find this is one way becos I so love beauty and blogs give me hope for a happier future. Fiona

  27. The pink on black with the softness of the flower and the classic quality of the stamp is simple and divine! Will copy this idea for sure...


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