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Happy Saturday!

If it’s Saturday, then it must be time for another Ribbon Inspiration post!  This week we’re Mad about Mom!   I suggest you start back on Sharon Johnson’s blog in order to find out how you can be eligible for today’s blog prize.  It is a mystery blog candy, meaning that the winner can be chosen from any of the blogs involved.

I could talk about my mom all day.  She was an amazing person.   On May 26th, it will be the 20th anniversary of her passing.   And then, my Mother-In-Law is equally as amazing!  She is 85 years old and still lives alone.  She travels quite a bit with one of her friends.   I only wish to be as active as she is at her age!

My project today is a gift for her.

My MIL is one of the people that keeps every card I make for her.   She truly does appreciate what I put into them.

She lives 1500 miles away, so we’re going to seek out the perfect gift to put inside this little picnic basket I made for her…

I’m thinking jewelry.  The box is actually sizable.  It is 4 3/4″ x 3 3/8″ and is 2″ deep.   I lined the inside with the designer paper and then added a pink check fabric “bed”.

Pardon the thumb shot :).

Here is the duo together…


Here are my details:

Stamps: LeBlanche English Rose, JustRite Just Because Mini Sentiments, JustRite Happy Everything Mini Tag Kit

Papers:  GP White, Pretty in Pink, Pink Pirouette, Prima Meadow Lark designer paper

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black

Accessories: 1″ double faced satin (pink), Satin String leaves,  JustRite Happy Everything Mini Tag kit, Fairytale Roses – Orchid, Prima Avon Rose – Pixie Glen, Pearl Flourish, Silver heart findings, custom brads, pink checked fabric, sticky tape, scoring blade, hole punch, lattice punch, Oval nesties, dimensionals, Pink/White and Green/White twine, watercolor pencils, paintbrush, scalloped eyelet border punch, foam.

*****  Items highlighted are provided by Stamp Simply Ribbon Store *****


Here are a list of all the blogs in today’s Inspiration Challenge:

Sharon Johnson – The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store

Holly McMillen

Linda Duke

Deb Saaranen



Now it’s time to hop on over to Linda Duke‘s blog to see what amazing creations she has to share!


Thanks so much for stopping by!



102 Responses to “~Ribbon Inspiration/Stamp Simply Store – Mother’s Day~”

  1. on 24 Mar 2012 at 06:13Ellen

    The card and basket are just lovely. I also save all of my cards, handmade or not. But those handmade cards hold such a special place in my heart.

  2. on 24 Mar 2012 at 06:17ColleenB.

    The basket as well as the card are Gorgeous.

  3. on 24 Mar 2012 at 06:23Sharon Johnson

    This is just absolutely darling, Holly! I know your MIL will treasure it – with or without a gift inside — it is a gift in itself! GREAT basket idea!

  4. on 24 Mar 2012 at 06:25rush

    your mother-in-law is sure to appreciate this card and basket combination. love the little roses! thank you for sharing.

  5. on 24 Mar 2012 at 06:30Jan D.

    Love the basket and the colors are so soft and pretty.

    Thanks for the opportunity to win blog candy….love the colors.

  6. on 24 Mar 2012 at 06:36BettyB

    Oh my goodness. What a gorgeous card and basket you’ve made.

  7. on 24 Mar 2012 at 06:39Pam

    This is gorgeous! Your mom is sure to love it.

  8. on 24 Mar 2012 at 06:44Sue D

    What a beautiful way to present a gift!

  9. on 24 Mar 2012 at 06:47Carol R

    Beautiful card and gift basket you have made. I love the pattern paper on the basket.

  10. on 24 Mar 2012 at 06:50Carla Suto

    Gorgeous card and little basket, Holly! I love the papers, stamps and trims you used! Your MIL will surely treasure this wonderful gift!

  11. on 24 Mar 2012 at 06:52Lynda

    Such a perfect gift ensemble for you MIL! I too have a wonderful DIL and we are the best of friends.

  12. on 24 Mar 2012 at 07:00Tammy Gilleland

    My favorite project was your picnic basket for a gift. What a great idea for Mother’s Day or gift for a special person. I can see filling it with bath salts and pampering items for relaxation. A great idea! Excited about an opportunity to win some blog candy. I love…love…love the the Stamp Simply Deluxe Embellishment Kit in Teal.

  13. on 24 Mar 2012 at 07:07Darlene G

    Beautiful Easter projects. Great gift ideas.

  14. on 24 Mar 2012 at 07:13Susan G

    I am sorry to hear that your mom is not longer with you, but happy that you have a great MIL. my mom is 85, and I just got her out of the hospital after 3+ weeks…heart attack, and hemoglobin waay too low. she is doing better and I am staying a few days. My Dad’s anniversary of passing was 3/10 (2005).
    My mom also saves my cards!

    This card is BEAUTIFUL, but the BOX is a spectacle to behold!! gorgeous! Where can I find the template (pattern)? PLEASE

    You did a magnificent job! All the papers and colors you used are just perfect! very sweet and feminine!

    Thanks for the lovely eye candy to view first thing in the morning!
    Great candy, hope I win! Teehee (Then I can make something beautiful for my mom–love to make that box)
    Thanks for the opportunity!

  15. on 24 Mar 2012 at 07:13Ursula Uphof

    This is a gorgeous gift. Your MIL will be so thrilled I am sure.

  16. on 24 Mar 2012 at 07:23Deb Saaranen

    So pretty! Fabulous project Holly!

  17. on 24 Mar 2012 at 07:32carol

    Your work is spectacular! I love the comments about your mom and MIL. My Mom is 88 and still going strong – in mind and body! Thanks for the chance to win.

  18. on 24 Mar 2012 at 07:45Bernice P

    This card is lovely and I especially love that little basket.. what a clever idea!

  19. on 24 Mar 2012 at 07:48Faye

    Beautiful card & love the basket!!

  20. on 24 Mar 2012 at 07:55Renee VanEpps

    WOW!~ Who could NOT love this??!!! Exquisite details, well done 😉

  21. on 24 Mar 2012 at 08:04Barb(GrandmaUpNorth)

    Your card is beautiful – love all the pearls!! And the basket it great too! You are so very talented. Thanks for sharing such great projects!!

  22. on 24 Mar 2012 at 08:21Nan G

    Oh so gorgeous! Love this duo! So soft and pretty. She’lllove it!

  23. on 24 Mar 2012 at 08:32yvonne

    Just lovely!

  24. on 24 Mar 2012 at 08:33Charlotte

    Oh, Holly … your card and basket combo is fantastic! LOVE your basket. What a special gift for your MIL. She’ll adore the basket (even more than what you finally decide to put inside it). My children have each saved every card I’ve ever made for them, too. It’s nice to know how much they appreciate the love that goes into each one.

  25. on 24 Mar 2012 at 08:35Carol E Brooker

    Wow! What beautiful work, love the basket and the card is just stunning, thank you so much for sharing it.

  26. on 24 Mar 2012 at 09:00Regina aka Mrs. Ham

    What a wonderful Mother’s Day gift set. Love it.

  27. on 24 Mar 2012 at 09:04Rebecca W

    Beautiful card and what an amazing basket!

  28. on 24 Mar 2012 at 09:13Toni Storie

    How very sweet! Love that cute picnic basket you made. I’m sure she will love it! It’s so nice when people understand and appreciate the effort that goes into our creations!

  29. on 24 Mar 2012 at 09:14Anita R

    Beautiful card and basket which will tell your MIL how much you appreciate and love her! I had a wonderful MIL, as well, who died last April at age 88, and a wonderful mom who died 7/24/01. Aren’t we double blessed?!

  30. on 24 Mar 2012 at 09:14Bonnie

    Beautiful cards! Thanks so much for the opportunity to win such beautiful blog candy!

  31. on 24 Mar 2012 at 09:14Nancy

    Beautiful set – love the papers, flowers, bling – everything!

  32. on 24 Mar 2012 at 09:25Linda Carson

    WOW! Love the elegance of your card and the gift box is amazing! What a gift of love for your Mother-in-law!

  33. on 24 Mar 2012 at 09:54Shirley Lee

    WOWIE! What a gorgeous gift for your lucky mother-in-law. Love everything about the project and card. Your choice of colors and embellishments are so elegant. I Love the handle on your picnic basket. The whole gift is just filled with love. Enjoy your week-end.
    Shirley L.
    Roseville, CA

  34. on 24 Mar 2012 at 09:56Rosemary D

    wow!!! that is one amazing little basket and the card is just gorgeous!! your MIL is one lucky lady!!

  35. on 24 Mar 2012 at 10:04Karen H

    Such beautiful projects Holly. It looks a bit like a picnic basket to me, so fill it with chocolate???? Yummy! But then it is yummy even empty!

  36. on 24 Mar 2012 at 10:09Laraine R

    Amazing! Just beautiful!

  37. on 24 Mar 2012 at 10:16Mary R.

    Wow! The basket is amazing! Love all your details. The card is stunning too!

  38. on 24 Mar 2012 at 10:25Brenda S

    I’m still picking my jaw up off the floor!!! LOVE the basket and the card…. The basket has so so many possibilities. Thanks for sharing!

  39. on 24 Mar 2012 at 10:37Marisa

    Fabulous card and project Holly!! She is going to LOVE it! Love the lattice handle on the box and the pearls on the cared are gorgeous! Lucky is she to have YOU as a DIL 🙂

  40. on 24 Mar 2012 at 10:37debra

    Holly, what a lovely card and the basket is adorable. You are so creative. The “picnic basket” box idea could fit so many occassions by just changing out the colors. Thank you much for the inspiraton.

  41. on 24 Mar 2012 at 11:13Dotty A

    Oh I’ve got to try making one of these backets…Yours is so stricking! I never expected to see something like that… and the card matches so nicely too!!! Love the Soft, Clean look of them!!!

  42. on 24 Mar 2012 at 11:21Mary Davis

    Your mother-in-law is going to love her card and the picnic basket. Absolutely gorgeous.

  43. on 24 Mar 2012 at 11:27Bobbi Miller

    What a beautiful card and gift basket. I love the colors and designs! This is my first trip to your blog; I’m hooked! I will be following you for sure. How did you make that basket? Do you have a pattern for it? What a delightful surprise for anyone! Thanks for the inspiration!

  44. on 24 Mar 2012 at 11:28Mary Mac

    Wow….what a beautiful set. Your little basket is so beautiful. What a perfect gift box. I’m not sure what I’d put into it, whatever it would be, would be made more beautiful because of the wrapping. Your card is lovely, but your basket…OMG!

  45. on 24 Mar 2012 at 11:40holly aka kopykat

    these are beautiful projects, love them

  46. on 24 Mar 2012 at 11:48Nancy

    This gift set is so beautiful…your MIL is going to love it!

  47. on 24 Mar 2012 at 12:04debbie walker

    Lovely projects, Holly. I especially like the basket with it’s delicate handle. TFS.

  48. on 24 Mar 2012 at 12:08Linda Grady

    What a beautiful gift for MIL; she’ll treasure it! She might enjoy receiving a small set of your gorgeous cards, too, to send to friends and family. That’s what I think I’m doing.

  49. on 24 Mar 2012 at 12:18Bobbie Duran

    What a beautiful basket. Your cards is beautiful. A soft and fresh feel to it.

  50. on 24 Mar 2012 at 12:29Caryn S.

    What a darling set! I love picnic baskets and this is a terrific idea!

  51. on 24 Mar 2012 at 12:41Karen McAlpine

    This card looks like another keeper for your dear Mom-in-law!! It is so lovely. The picnic basket is just adorable. Love the addition of the fabric on the inside. Super projects!!

  52. on 24 Mar 2012 at 12:45Barbara Leonard

    This picnic basket is wonderful! And, the card is beautiful. Love the stamp and the coloring of the roses.

  53. on 24 Mar 2012 at 13:10VeronicaA

    Oh how absoolutely sweet is this duo! I love the pearls and your rose. This ensemble is eyecatching.

  54. on 24 Mar 2012 at 14:03Tina

    Gorgeous card and box! I love everything about them. I am sure your mother-in-law will love them. Very thoughtful of you.

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  55. on 24 Mar 2012 at 15:48Kathy S

    what a beautiful set -such a pretty card and oh so beautiful basket-thank you for sharing and how lucky you are to have a MIL that appreciates you and your work.

  56. on 24 Mar 2012 at 16:19Marion

    What a cute way to send a gift. I love the basket. This is such a lovely set. Thanks for sharing.

  57. on 24 Mar 2012 at 16:43Charlotte Taylor

    A very pretty card and adorable basket. Your MIL will love it.

  58. on 24 Mar 2012 at 17:22Kristine Vencel

    Gorgeous! The love you have for your MIL shows in these 2 very special projects. Your mom must have been someone very special. It shows in how you treat others and in the work that you do.

  59. on 24 Mar 2012 at 18:18lynn legge

    that basket is so gorgeous and the pink card.. wow.. you are so clever with the details.. i just love them.
    thanks so much for sharing

  60. on 24 Mar 2012 at 19:13Luanne

    very beautiful projects! love the image and touch of pink color on them. The box is so gorgeous! love the papers and the flowers on the handle

    craftersreference at gmail dot com

  61. on 24 Mar 2012 at 19:14Serena

    Gorgeous card! Love the pearls and flowers! That box is awesome!! Would you consider sharing the instructions for making it, please? Thanks for the wonderful eye candy and inspiration today!

  62. on 24 Mar 2012 at 20:00Mary gutierrez

    What a beautiful set tommake and receive as a gift

  63. on 24 Mar 2012 at 20:25jean w.

    Wow the card and the gift box are beautiful!

  64. on 24 Mar 2012 at 21:45Sabrina Jackson

    WOW, Holly, this is gorgeous!! I love that sweet card and super fun basket!! Absolutely amazing!! Hugs, Sabrina

  65. on 24 Mar 2012 at 22:16Charlette

    First off your card is so soft looking just a beautiful card. But the picnic basket just wonderful. Hope you find that perfect gift to put inside. TFS

  66. on 24 Mar 2012 at 22:37Becki Bertuccelli

    What a blessing! Such a wonderful gift.

  67. on 24 Mar 2012 at 22:48Rebecca Ednie

    I’m sure she will love it. It’s so cute!

  68. on 24 Mar 2012 at 23:16Lori Turner

    Wow – this gift set is totally amazing! You are so talented! Thanks for the chance to win some blog candy!

  69. on 25 Mar 2012 at 06:20auntie em (emily)

    What a lovely card and the little picnic basket it precious! So many pretty details on both. I really like the handle and ribbon garland on the basket.
    I am sure your MIL will be so pleased with this set. (85 and still independent. What spirit!)

  70. on 25 Mar 2012 at 08:49Angela R.

    this is beautiful and so thoughtful! love all the pretty dp and pearls!

  71. on 25 Mar 2012 at 08:53Barb Plummer

    So beautiful Holly! The colours are so soft and feminine. Thanks for your inspiration.

  72. on 25 Mar 2012 at 08:54Sheila - UK

    Oh my!! What a stunning gift and card. How clever of you….it’s amazing!

    Love Sheila xx

  73. on 25 Mar 2012 at 08:59Marilyn

    Gorgeous card, love everything about it!! Your box is stunning, what a cherished gift it will be.
    To those who have a mother to celebrate with, cherish every moment, there is no love like a Mother’s love.
    Since I don’t have my wonderful mom with me any more, my newest tradition is to make beautiful Mother’s Day cards and I give them to my co-workers (by the way they aren’t crafty at all!!), they cherish each card and love the fact they have something handmade with love to give to their moms!!!
    Thank you for a chance at blog candy!!

  74. on 25 Mar 2012 at 09:21Maureen R

    Your projects are just perfect! I know your MIL will love them. I think the little gift basket to go along with your card is devine! I am sure your mother in law will be thrilled long before she ever gets to whatever little treasure will be hiding inside! TFS

  75. on 25 Mar 2012 at 09:25Theresa Grdina

    I am speechless…that box is amazing! It is absolutely glorious!!

  76. on 25 Mar 2012 at 09:36Susan Bugalski

    Beautiful card and basket. What a fantastic idea.

  77. on 25 Mar 2012 at 10:07Andrene

    Oh my!!! What an elegant and feminine card! Gorgeous colors. And the basket is beyond creative. You did an awesome job on both. TFS.

  78. on 25 Mar 2012 at 10:28Julia

    Love it love it love it. The box is gorgeous. It’s sure to put a smile on her face.

  79. on 25 Mar 2012 at 11:24Barb in Ontario

    Great card! Pink is my mom’s fave colour! Very elegant and feminine.

  80. on 25 Mar 2012 at 13:05Donna

    Oh Holly, you did a superb job on the basket and the card, such talent, that basket is just wonderful, you did such a great job, love the colors and that checked material on the inside is so perfect, I am sure what ever you put inside will be great, but the packaging is PERFECT!! I know I would love it., as I do already!!!
    Have a great day,

  81. on 25 Mar 2012 at 13:40Debbie Dunham

    Your projects are beautiful!

  82. on 25 Mar 2012 at 15:26Corrine Ann

    Absolutely beautiful card and basket! Your MIL will be very happy when she receives these in her mail box. If she is like me, she will shed a few “happy tears”.

  83. on 25 Mar 2012 at 15:32Peggy

    Pretty card and basket. Love the flowers, pearls, images and ribbon.

  84. on 25 Mar 2012 at 15:36Diana Newman

    Oh, how I want some of that pretty floral paper on the basket! Both the basket and card are wonderful! Lucky MIL!

  85. on 25 Mar 2012 at 16:27LynneZ

    Holly – Love your card and the basket for a gift. So beautiful. I’m sure your mother-in-law will love it. Thanks for sharing.

  86. on 25 Mar 2012 at 16:53Joanne O'Brien

    The colors you used on your project are so soft and lovely! Loved the card and the cute little basket,too. Thanks for sharing.

  87. on 25 Mar 2012 at 18:23Lynn Noe

    (Sigh) This is such a beautiful combination. Your mother-in-law is going to love it probably more than the actual gift you’ll put inside the basket. Thank you for sharing it.

  88. on 25 Mar 2012 at 18:44Victoria Merrick

    Beautiful card and adorable picnic basket!!! Thank you so much for a chance to win some gorgeous blog candy in my favorite color combination!!

  89. on 25 Mar 2012 at 19:06Marilyn

    Beautiful card and basket ,love the flower and pearls . Thanks for sharing and a chance to win some blog candy.

  90. on 25 Mar 2012 at 20:06Lorrie

    What a lovely set that you have made. I am sure your MIL will be thrilled. Thanks for showing us your lovely work and for the drawing chance.

  91. on 25 Mar 2012 at 21:16Janet L.

    I’m not sure which I like most, the card or the picnic basket. They’re both perfect and your MIL is bound to love them both! Great job, Holly!

  92. on 25 Mar 2012 at 21:39Miriam White

    I love your pretty card, the pink bow, the pearls, and the lovely roses, but I really love the cute little picnic basket box! Your Mother-in-Law is bound to be overjoyed to receive such a wonderful gift! Thank you for sharing!

  93. on 26 Mar 2012 at 06:33Gladys R.

    What a lucky MIL to be getting these lovely gifts.
    Your card and basket is gorgeous. I know a lot of love,
    as well as work, went into creating these.

  94. on 26 Mar 2012 at 09:45Tema

    What a pretty set. It’s great that your MIL appreciates the time & thought put into your creations. Beautiful set. The prize this week is a stunning color combo. love it.

  95. on 26 Mar 2012 at 12:42Debbie

    Beautiful pairing and so clever! It’s a perfect gift to open from a distance and will make a forever keepsake. Love it.

  96. on 26 Mar 2012 at 13:42Betty Goodson

    My MIL was my best friend and I miss her every day. I’m so glad you appreciate yours. Lovely projects.

  97. on 26 Mar 2012 at 15:26Stacie

    Gorgeous duo creation!!!

  98. on 26 Mar 2012 at 23:12Debbie

    Stunning!, what mother wouldn’t appreciate receiving this. I’m thinking Victorian, especially with the pearls and basket covered in such beautiful flowers. Such a lovely set, thanks for sharing.

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  102. on 04 Apr 2012 at 11:05Jeanne

    Your basket is adorable! And the gorgous bow on your card. What a lucky mother to receive this set! Great job.

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