Wednesday 25 April 2012

Beyond the Garden gift voucher set

It's my sister's birthday today! Since I won't be able to see her today I thought a voucher for the online fashion emporium ASOS would be easy to post and fun for her to spend - she is a very stylish woman who looks elegant even in jeans and a t-shirt! I bought the voucher online, printed it off and then set about making it look exciting with some of this month's free papers! Come and see:

First a little bag which is a piece of the gorgeous Beyond the Garden designer paper, folded in half, scalloped round the sides and top, and sewed up the sides. The voucher fits exactly in the bag!

I attached a strip of Wild Wasabi card stock to the back of the voucher with Sticky Strip then folded it over...

... and it tucks neatly down between the nesting labels to close. But where did I get those gorgeous nesting labels and that amazing stamp that fits so perfectly? Well, there are exciting things afoot at Stampin' Up and these framelits dies are just one part of it - watch this space for more news!

A pretty gift bag requires a coordinating card so I chose another of the Beyond the Garden papers in similar colours and cut a piece a little smaller than my card base.

And beyond matting it onto Wild Wasbi card stock and adding a sentiment I left it at that. My sister isn't a fan of fussy cards and this paper really is a show-stopper in its own right anyway.

I inked up my sentiment first in versamark, then straight into Melon Mambo ink and stamped it onto the card front before heat embossing with clear embossing powder. This really does make it stand out against the bold pattern.

The remains of the paper I'd used for the gift bag was perfect for lining the envelope for a touch of luxury.

And there we are - a birthday set all easy for posting. And hopefully she has it today!

Here's what you'll need to make today's set:
Stamps: Happiest of Birthdays (hostess set), Afterthoughts (retired) Apothecary Art
Ink: Melon Mambo,
Card stock: Whisper White, Wild Wasabi, Calypso Coral
Other: Markers, Labels Collection framelits, corner rounder, scallop border punch, stamp-a-majig
I'd be delighted to order any of these items for you and can have them delivered to your address in the UK. I'm committed to providing excellent customer service and am always happy to offer help and advice. To place your order, just send me an email or give me a call on 01280 820593. And don't forget to add a free pack of designer paper if your order is £45 or more (Offer limited to one pack per qualifying order - click here for details).

My eldest son's voice has become very manly all of a sudden. "When did your voice get so low?" I asked him. "I dunno," he said. "But I can still go high if I see a puppy: aaaah!"

I shall be back with Three Minute Thursday tomorrow when I'll be showing you a quick card using designer paper and a punch I've fallen in love with all over again! Hope to see you then,


  1. A beautiful gift set. Love the way your tag fits behind your label. Those papers are just fab on their own. I'm sure your sister will be delighted with her special gift. x

  2. Fabulous set, such good use of these papers. I am so excited about the framelits dies, I can't wait to get my hands on them!

  3. I love the scalloped edge and the sewing Vicky! Super idea...I must remember that :D.
    A gorgeous gift set which I'm sure she'll adore :) Please wish her a very Happy Birthday from us. Sarah xx

  4. Fantastic pressie and lovely pictures of everything. Hope your Sis has a lovely day.


  5. Love the card, gift set and envelope. How do you make the envelopes..they look so gorgeous. Helen (Mel)

  6. What a lucky lady your sister is to receive such a lovely gift set. You are so clever, you can make the most boring gift voucher into a work of art! Mind you I wouldn't mind a boring ASOS voucher any day of the week gift wrapped or not!
    L x

  7. Such a gorgeous set Vicky, love the bright colour too.How clever to make everything to match, I bet your sister will love it all, including the voucher! funny your son's comment, I think your kids and mine have the same sense of humour lol :) Viv xx

  8. Gorgeous set, lucky Sister - you wouldn't like to adopt another would you??


  9. Hello Vicky

    Wow this is just gorgeous, and yes the design paper is fabulous, bright, and stunning. I am sure your sister will be thrilled.

  10. Fabulous set Vicky and love the way you have lines your envelope...I have just received my mini catalogue...mmmmmm lots of lovely new things..


  11. What a beautiful gift set which I am sure will be very much appreciated by your sister! The sewn gift bag is a great idea. Your son's comment did make me laugh!

  12. What a bright and beautiful gift set, Vicky. Lots of attention to detail, I love the envelope liner and the framelit dies...beautiful papers, too.
    Your sons comment about his voice was so funny xx

  13. Ha ha your children ARE comedians!
    Superb set of card, giftbag and envelope co-ordinating them gives such a luxurious look. Your sister will be thrilled. Thanks for your last comment.

  14. A gorgeous little set! That paper really is lovely and can totally stand on it's own. And your son is hilarious as always! :)

  15. Fabulous set of creations Vicky! What a lovely way to give a gift voucher. Those papers are so yummy hugs Karen x

  16. LURVE the colours on this project Vicky, a smashing card and the envelope is just right, love the voucher pack too

  17. Such a pretty gift set! i love the decorated envelope!

  18. I love your beautiful gift set, Vicky, and those framelits dies look wonderful!

    LOL, that is so funny (and cute) about your son being able to make his voice go high if he sees a puppy!

  19. What a lovely gift set, I'll bet your sister will be thrilled to receive it. Those papers are so bright and cheerful. Helen (Sydney)


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