Friday, 30 July 2010

Best Wishes and More coordinated gift set

Take a look at this adorable rucksack that I bought for a young relative. Isn't it cute?

How could I resist making a card to match? Here's a close up:

The background is made by stamping the heart from Best Wishes and More in bright colours on Whisper White and adding hearts punched with the Small Heart punch. The flower is a 1" circle of Yoyo Yellow, with a face doodled on it, matted onto a 1 1/4" circle of Basic Black. The petals were punched with the small oval punch, the edges sponged with Bashful Blue and a blue line drawn through the centres with Bashful Blue ink and a blender pen. I stuck the petals to the back of the face and popped the whole thing up on dimensionals. I matted this panel onto Creamy Caramel card stock and adhered it to a Whisper White card blank.

Stamps: Best Wishes and More
Ink: Only Orange, Yoyo Yellow, Lovely Lilac, Pink Passion, Green Galore, Bashful Blue
Card stock: Whisper White, Creamy Caramel, Only Orange, Yoyo Yellow, Lovely Lilac, Pink Passion, Green Galore, Basic Black
Other: Small oval, 1 1/4"and 1" circle, small heart punches, blender pen, Basic Black marker

I was thinking about ways to wrap the rucksack when I came across a shoe box that my daughter's new shoes had come in. It matched the caramel beautifully so I thought I'd add bright, heart-stamped panels to the lid and sides and tie the whole thing up with a length of Ballet Blue grosgrain ribbon. Here's how it turned out:

While I was punching the hearts for the panels I was struck by how beautiful the piles of coloured hearts were - like confetti.

So I thought I'd sprinkle some in with the gift. (Wouldn't it make fabulous table confetti too - for a special anniversary or valentine meal or any romantic occasion!)

You may have spotted the little tag. It was made in the same way as the panels with a corner rounded top. I stuck a 3/4" circle of Ballet Blue card stock to the centre and punched a hole through it, then added a corresponding circle to the back of the tag. Silver elastic thread was knotted through it to attach to the ribbon. I added a flower similar to the one on the card made with the 5 petal punch and small circle punches.

And there it is - ready to pop in the post!

I was so pleased with the way the box matched this project. It's worth making a collection of boxes, tins, jars etc that you can alter to coordinate with your gifts. Of course the problem with that is that you need a new house to store them in...

Thanks for dropping in today.
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Have a wonderful weekend!


  1. ARGH! That is by far the cutest thing I have ever seen! What a fantastic gift.

  2. Super gift. All things are so cute and beautiful.

  3. Gorgeous set Vicky! I'm sure the recipient will be very pleased with the gift (if they make it past the wrapping and card).

  4. What a fun gift set. I like how colorful it is and the happy face in the middle of the big daisy.

    You make 800 Christmas cards a year!?! OMGosh! I was stressed out at making 50 in November. That's why I started the one a week challenge.


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