Wednesday 12 March 2014

Geometrical goes soft

Last week a lovely friend of mine had a 'do' to celebrate her 50th birthday so naturally a special gift was called for. In my quest for the perfect piece of jewellery, I found a beautiful bracelet I thought she'd love - and it inspired me with the packaging too. Come and see:

Here's the card and wrapped gift, made using a soft Blushing Bride and Crumb Cake colour palette with touches of gold.

The card was stamped with the swirl from Stampin' Up's Everything Eleanor set (an invaluable addition to anyone's stash) and circles from Geometrical which reminded me of delicate rose petals.

I 'stamped off' some of the circles for a bit of depth and you can see that better in this close up. For that celebratary feel, I sprinkled the card with gold sequins - such a lovely embellishment and very on-trend!

The swirl leads the eye nicely down to the Birthday Wishes, one of the fabulous statement sentiments from Four You.

The bracelet came in a box with a hideously garish lid so I made a different one out of this subtle tone on tone design from the Designer Paper Stack. The box was tied up with soft Crumb Cake seam binding ribbon and I added a pretty rolled rose, made using the new Spiral Flower die from the spring/summer catalogue.

I knew you'd like a peek at that bracelet - isn't it beautiful? And you can see where the swirl idea came from!

I didn't want the gift to get damaged on the way to the party, so I popped it in a plain white bag, tied up with some of the gorgeous chevron ribbon and decorated with a coordinating tag. My goodness my Tag Topper punches are seeing some action - have you got yours yet?!

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It was quite a treat to go out to eat at The Muddy Duck, a beautiful old pub with very fine food in a village not far from Buckingham (highly recommended if you're ever in the area.)

Arriving by horseback is optional of course!

Now, normally I'd suggest dropping in tomorrow for my usual Three Minute Thursday quick card, but this week, there'll be an exciting alternative instead! See you tomorrow when all will be revealed!


  1. How beautiful Vicky, I bet your friend was thrilled. x

  2. What a beautiful gift set Vicky. Can't wait to see what treat you have in store for us tomorrow.

  3. Morning Vicky . . . I see you are using one of my all-time favourite swirls from Everything Eleanor. Absolutely LOVE the colour scheme you've chosen too.

    TOP MARKS. Bet you're friend was pleased.

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  4. Oh how I love this card Vicky :0) My favourite stamp set and I love how you've added shadow to the flourish, was that with a matching marker pen?
    Your friend must have been delighted with such a gorgeous bracelet so beautifully packaged!
    Val x

  5. So very beautiful, love the box and bracelet too.

    Lovely Pub, yes! what a treat.

  6. Gorgeous set Vicky and beautiful bracelet too :) Viv xx

  7. This card is lovely, I love the way you have the very pastel background which makes the Eleanor stamp jump right out at you. Really classy x

  8. Holy Shmoly that is a stunning card (I think I need to get that stamp set now) with an equally beautiful package. And that bracelet....what a lucky friend you have. I love your color scheme too?

  9. Taken note of the pub....... love a country pub with a funny name :0)
    I really love these colours together...... they make me think of ice cream, lovely stamping and the bracelet is rather gorgeous too xx


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