Friday 25 November 2011

Everything Eleanor birthday set

Last week, I went out to celebrate the birthday of one of my lovely girlfriends. This friend is a woman after my own heart - she appreciates the packaging of a present as much as the present itself and spends ages looking at it, stroking it and guessing what's in it before she tackles the actual opening of it! Here's what I made for her:

It's a card and a gift voucher set made using the most wonderful new set in the catalogue Everything Eleanor. The set includes a wonderful flourish, which I've stamped on the background paper, this fantastic tag shape (SO versatile!) and three beautiful shaded flowers. Let's have a closer look at those flowers:

They're easy to cut out and can be layered as I've done with the blue one. The tiny four-petalled flower is even easier - it's a stamp from the Itty Bitty Bits set cut out with the coordinating punch - easy peasy! My friend is blonde-haired and blue-eyed and looks fantastic in these sorts of soft colours.

The voucher is for a store where we used to bump into each other sometimes when our children were younger. We don't have the time for things like that now but I thought it might make her smile and be fun to spend at the same time! I chose the voucher in a plain white card so that I'd be able to simply embellish it.

A voucher doesn't always look very important, so I presented it in a box with a raised insert. The ribbon is Baja Breeze seam binding - so silky soft and just perfect for tying effortless double bows like this one! I added another little flower tag to tie to the bow so that it all coordinates nicely.

And here we are - the finished set! My lovely friend took plenty of time to open it which I very much appreciated!

Supplies needed for this set:
Stamps: Everything Eleanor, Itty Bitty Bits, Petite Pairs, Afterthoughts (hostess, retired)
Ink: Blushing Bride, Baja Breeze, Old Olive, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso
Card stock: Whisper White, Crumb Cake
Other: Markers, Neutrals Patterns designer paper stack, Baja Breeze seam binding, Itty Bitty Shapes punch, 3/4" circle punch, paper snips, stamp-a-majig
I'd be delighted to order any of these supplies for you and I can have them delivered to your address in the UK. I am committed to providing excellent customer service and am always happy to help and advise. Just send me an email or give me a call on 01280 820593. 

During the week, I tend to write my blog the day before it's published which often confuses me... (frankly, it doesn't take much!) so if you were wondering why I didn't wish my US readers a very happy thanksgiving yesterday, that'll be the reason! I might be a little late but I do hope you're all having a wonderful time!

And to everyone else too - have a lovely weekend and I'll hope to see you very soon.



  1. Vicky, this set is absolutely stunning and I'm sure your friend will love it.
    This stamp set is another on my long list of "Wanted items".

    I've got an order on its way to you via Louise, and I cant wait for it to arrive.So a big Thank You in advance!!!

    You're feeling better now


  2. Beautiful card and box! It's almost too pretty to open.

  3. Gorgeous set, Vicky. You did a fabulous job stamping and creating these for your friend. And if I was presented with such lovelies...I would want to stroke them, too:)

  4. Such a beuatiful set.. you make everything look extra lovely!!!! :)

  5. You design the most beautiful gift ensembles! Once again you have shown me a stamp set that I never noticed in the catalog! And I completely agree about the silky and soft seam binding ribbon. No one should be without it!

    And thank you for the Thanksgiving wishes. It's still Thursday for me, so your sentiment is well timed!

  6. Wow, Vicky, this is such a beautiful, special set for your friend.
    (Thanks for explaining about Bilbo Baggins!!)

  7. Hello Vicky

    What can I say but beautiful, stunning and so gorgeous. I don't blame your friend for not wanting to open up her present.

    Hope you are feeling better .


  8. Another stunning gift set!It's gorgeous.

  9. Just beautiful and I loved the raised insert inside the box. This is such a wonderfully personalised gift, something that you just can't find on the High Street.

  10. Such a gorgeous gift set. You really do the most beautiful packaging! xx

  11. Just BEAUTIFUL Vicky. Totally gorgeous. xxx

  12. Vicky you make such lovely gift sets and you've used the stamps to perfection here!
    Your friends are very lucky to receive such pretty gifts :)
    Jenny x

  13. What a lovely gift, the stamp set is gorgeous but you have managed to make it even more so.
    Hope that you are on the mend as I am, fingers crossed for the 8th!
    Linda x

  14. What a gorgeous set! Love that Baja Breeze seam binding and it looks just stunning with the crumb cake and blushing bride.


  15. Vicky this is so beautiful! I don't remember seeing this set in the catalogue but I think I may need (or is that a WANT)it:))
    Val x

  16. Your friend is very lucky to have someone take so much time to wrap a gift card so beautifully!
    Tara x

  17. Vicky, this is so pretty and feminine ! Such a lovely colour combination, the old olive really sets off the other colours and Everything Eleanor is such a favourite of mine !
    Wonder how it could be adapted for Christmas cards ????
    Jane x

  18. Wow this is gorgeous. I love the colour combination of brown with that lush blue. Karen x

  19. Gorgeous card Vicky! I used this set for the very first time last week, it's scheduled for my blog tomorrow morning, yay!
    Kelly xx

  20. So gorgeous a lovely colour combination, and looks so sumptious, no wonder your friend stroked it and took her time, she probably didn't want to spoil it :)

  21. Hi Vicky I love what you have done with this stamp set. The colour combo is great and I love the little punched flowers. I love to visit your blog as its full of inspiration. Have a lovely weekend x

  22. Morning:0) A beautiful gift Vicky, I understand
    both you and your friend, the wrapping is a delight and must be savoured. What a gorgeous choice of colours and the stamps are brilliant, Love it, Gay xxx

  23. Gorgeous! Think I need to move to the UK and have you as my friend LOL! Helen (Sydney)

  24. Wow, your friend is so lucky!! What a gorgeous gift set Vicky, I love the large flourish, and the soft gentle colours. Beautiful!

  25. BEAUTIFUL! Know your friend love this. So pretty and soft and just perfect.

  26. What a pretty birthday project. Love the lovely flowers and the swirls. :o)

  27. Oh Vicky - this is an AMAZING set. AMAZING. I adore the colours, and our layering and now I have to go have another look at that stamp set. I agree with you about the Stampin' Up seam binding. I have a couple of spools and it is my very favourite.
    Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful project!
    Cheers, Karen

  28. I've been having a catch up on your blog Vicky, you've certainly made some stunning projects. Particularly like your daughter's birthday card and gift box and your mistletoe card. Great new pic btw.

  29. You've really made this stamp set stand out. I love the composition and what a lucky friend you have to receive such a gorgeous gift. x


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