Monday 4 November 2013


Having been away (again!) this weekend and back later than expected last night, I'm upside down and all around today! There hasn't been a moment for crafting but I thought I'd show you some little gifts I made recently:

These little folders are made using the Natural Composition speciality designer paper, which looks like clear-embossed kraft and is stunning in real life! There are six different designs, and you can colour the papers in a variety of ways if you choose, but I chose to leave them natural for this project. I tied the folders up with grosgrain ribbon and added a tag, stamped with images from the Chalktalk stamp set and cut out with the coordinating framelit. Are you wondering what's inside the folders? Well, come and see:

A little pocket containing a stack of designer papers all ready to inspire a new creation! These little gifts were sent to some lovely ladies during a recent promotion I came up with for customers of my online shop.

Here's what you'll need to make this project
Stamps: Chalk Talk, Creative Elements
Ink: Old Olive, Early Espresso
Card stock: Natural Composition speciality designer paper, Old Olive
Other: Chalk Talk framelits, Big Shot, Simply Scored, designer paper stack  (retired), Old Olive grosgrain ribbon (retired), linen thread, corner rounder, 3/4" circle punch, stamp-a-majig

Crafting Clare online shop, shopping with Vicky Hayes, Stampin Up clearance rack
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We were treated to a lovely lunch at the White Swan in Pickering at the weekend. The White Swan was a coaching inn dating back to the 16th century and is well worth a visit if you're in the North Yorkshire area!

My youngest son chose a rum and raisin ice cream for pudding which prompted him to tell us this story: At primary school lunch they used to serve a pudding with chocolate bits in it. It was a favourite with the children but one day they swapped the chocolate bits for 'healthier' raisins and the children stopped eating the pudding. As a result, the recipe was changed again - the raisins were swapped for bits of peaches - "Which was worse!" said my son. My eldest son who had remained his usual monosyllabic self during our meal was moved by this story to utter his longest sentence of the day. "Yeah!" he said with feeling. "I remember that!" He relapsed into silence after this effort and continued to do full justice to his Sticky Toffee Pudding!

See you tomorrow,


  1. Gorgeous sets Vicky-and such beautiful packaging as always :)
    Glad you had a lovely weekend away-meal sounds lovely!
    Hugs,Nessa xx

  2. Love the little wallet idea Vicky idea for a gift voucher too....We've also been in that pub when visiting Pickering its lovely...


  3. Beautiful gift set. So pleased you had a lovely weekend.

    Sarn xxx

  4. Lucky ladies Vicky to receive such beautifully packaged gifts:) Sounds like you had a great weekend.
    Val x

  5. Great project Vicky and a very good use of the speciality DSP as it's so substantial ! TFS xxx

  6. Such a lovely and thoughtful gift, Vicky! Thanks for sharing this photo with us, too! It sounds like you had a nice time with your family, and the pudding sounds divine!

  7. A lovely gift idea Vicky - almost as nice as the thought of rum and raisin ice cream and sticky toffee pudding! Lol xx

  8. What a great gift idea! And I enjoyed seeing the picture of the Inn, also. would love to see more of the 'sights' as I'm from the USA.

  9. Lovely gift cards and your son's comments did make me smile.
    Rosie x

  10. What a brilliant gift package, they could house all sorts of stationary goodies :0) I love the embossed Kraft..... Beats doing it yourself for such an all er pattern!!!
    Ahhh lovely Pickering, we have stayed there many a time, because of the preserved railway of course!!! Did you get chance to visit the lovely bakery which I think is almost opposite that inn from the look of the photo? It's such a beautiful gateway town to the moors :0)
    Jenny x

  11. Vicky I just came across your gift folders on Pinterest, and would love the dimensions to make these. I am a Stampin' Up! demo and these would make great gifts for some of my customers.,
    Thanks so much, Cindee


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