Friday, October 8, 2010

In Memory of Geri Hoffman

Earlier this week I mentioned a Gift Tag I helped design for a friend's memorial gift in honor of her sister. Gina's sister, Geri, passed away this summer after a prolonged battle with breast cancer. Gina and her sister wanted to give a small gift to Geri's caregivers and to some family members. They had pink Pens printed up with the cancer ribbon and "In Loving Memory of Geri Hoffman"  in black lettering and black coffee Cups printed with: 

Donate to Cancer Research
A penny at a time…….

Gina wanted to make a Gift Tag to go with the Mugs and Pens. She wrote a poem about how donating your change makes a difference. The pennies reference also represented a treasured memory of Geri, who was often teased for picking up pennies from the ground. 
"See a penny, pick it up.
Toss into a memory cup.
When you have a buck or two,
Help to make a wish come true."
Here's a closer look at the final Gift Tag. I printed the poem onto Whisper White cardstock, spacing the lines to accomodate the Full Heart Punch. Then we stamped the flourish from Elements of Style in VersaMark ink and heat embossed it with Clear Embossing Powder. Finally, we sponged Pretty in Pink and Regal Rose ink over the heart, being sure to sponge the edges a little darker. This is matted onto a Regal Rose mat from the heart in the Punch Windows Movers and Shapers Die for the Big Shot. We added a few Rhinestone Jewels and did a similar treatment to the banner piece. For the tag base, we stamped the flourish from Elements in Style stamp set in Basic Black Craft Ink and heat embossed it with Clear Embossing Powder to add an elegant shine. The Pretty in Pink Satin Ribbon is tied through a Basic Black Circle and knotted with some black hemp. Gina had ordered these Doll Coins from somewhere and they were the perfect finishing touch for this Gift Tag.

Here's another version of the Gift Tag - the predecessor for the final version, I guess. This one uses the same poem, but in a text message style.

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Kay Kalthoff said...

Oh, my goodness. This is beautiful beyond words. The thoughts, the caring the love and joy of remembrance. Thank you, Mary, for sharing.
Hugs -

Holly/Rubber Redneck said...

Beautiful, the thought, caring and love. Just wow!

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