Friday, November 23, 2012

Butterfly Gift Set - SNSDC81

I hope each of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  Our daughter and her fiance are here for the weekend.  They helped me cook (or maybe I helped them cook) dinner for us and for my husband's mom, brother & niece.  It was a nice day and the weather is fantastic.  I missed our son and his family.  He works retail in another state and works Thanksgiving Day and all weekend.  It was the first time in his life I haven't been with him on Thanksgiving (honestly, I'm sure it bothered me more than him).  I realized today what a privilege I've had to get to spend that many with him. I know the day will come when I won't have either one of our children with us on the holidays but I'm going to enjoy it and treasure it for as long as it lasts.  :)

In honor of Black Friday and the official start of the Christmas shopping season, The Sweet 'n Sassy Digi Challenge Blog is challenging us to make a card or project that has an image of a gift or is a gift.  I chose to make a gift set.

One of the companies where I used to work purchased black markers by the dozen.  They came in these cool plastic bins.  The company would just throw the bins away so I received permission to take them off their hands.  :)  They make great gift set boxes.  I've used them before for card sets here & here

For the cover of the box, I used one of the sentiments from the Everyday Miracles set and printed one of the butterflies from the set twice on patterned paper.  I then used copic markers to add some teal color.  Some pearls make up the butterflies' bodies and bling added their flight trail. I bent the wings a bit and only glued them down in the middle so they would have dimension. They are layered with a couple mats onto a lacey circle.  Some baker's twine finishes it all off.

This time I included a couple of notebooks with a set of 6 cards and envelopes.  Note:  The envelopes aren't pictured because they still need to be made or purchased. 

Here is a view of all the items in the box and what it looks like with the lid opened.  By adding paper to the inside of the lid, I didn't have to worry about any adhesive showing.  

Here are close-ups of the two notebooks.  They are approx. 4" x 6".  I thought the "Notes" book could either be used for sermon notes or just as a general note pad to keep in a purse.  I kept the covers pretty plain/flat so that embellishments would not get knocked off during use.

 This is the inside cover of the Prayer List notebook.  I thought this quote by John Bunyan was quite a good reminder.

The cards are also 4" x 6".  I also kept them flat so that the recipient of the gift would not have to use extra postage when she mails them.  As you can see, the basic design is the same while I used leftovers from all the other papers used in the project.  I used this sentiment because it is so generally appropriate -- whether you're just saying "hello" or lending support during a rough time. The insides of the cards are plain.

Cardstock:  Bazzill (Two Scoops -Moose Tracks), Recollections (cream)
Patterned Paper:  Prima (Madeline)
Stamps:  Sweet 'n Sassy Digis (Everyday Miracles, Pray Without Ceasing, Praying for You, Rejoice in the Lord)
Embllishments/Tools:  brads (JoAnn's), baker's twine (The Twinery - Honeydew & Cappuccino), bling (Prima), pearls (Prima), Copics (BG01, BG000), Spellbinders (Petite Ovals Small, Petite Scalloped Ovals Large, Standard Circles Large & Small, Lacey Circles, Deckled Rectangles Large & Small), SU Corner Rounder

I'm entering this set in the following challenges:
Word Art Wednesday #55:  Positive sentiment
Paper Pretties Monday Challenge (PPMC66):  Anything but a card
Stamptacular Sunday #190:  Recipe Challenge {ribbon or twine (twine), pearls or gems (both), punches or dies (both)}
Spark Your Creativity Now! Challenge #3 - Anything Goes
Cute Card Thursday #244 - Featuring a Girl or For a Girl (mine is for a girl)

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Be sure to stop by the Sweet 'n Sassy Store for their specials.


Diane Noble said...

This is a beautiful set, Stephanie! What a fabulous gift idea. All the decorated items are so pretty, and I know it will be a treasured gift. Obviously love and real talent have been invested!

Karen Letchworth said...

Such gorgeous, creative work Stephanie. The ladies on your Christmas list are going to be VERY blessed by your talents, and I'm sure anyone would enjoy receiving any of your sweet projects. You can always tell that your heart goes into everything you make. Thanks for sharing with us in this week's challenge at WAW. I appreciate your willingness to boldly share God's goodness, and pray that He will continue to richly bless you as you serve Him.
Glad to hear your Thanksgiving was a wonderful day.
Karen L
Word Art Wednesday

Cynthia said...

Great gift set, Stephanie! Love the card set. Perfect way to use some scraps on my desk! Glad you had a good day with your family yesterday!

Unknown said...

The butterflies are so encourging to me as is seeing those lovely journal pages. It is dear to my heart that you share these things with us. A beautiful journal calls out to me written in. Thank you for linking with us at WAW, we look forward to it.
Psalm 103 Blessings,
Carole Robb Bisson,
Word Art Wednesday
PS I still want to know what the favorite hymn you and your husband sang?

Penny said...

What a lovely set Stephanie! Your butterflies are absolutely gorgeous! Love the wonderful sentiment, too! Thank you for sharing this with us at Stamptacular Sunday Challenge! Hope to see you again next week! :^)
Hugs, Penny

Sharon said...

Beautiful sentiment and butterflies. thanks for sharing with us at CCT.x

Jo Ann said...

Wow, you've been one busy Crafter. All of these things are fabulous and your choices of papers are superb. Love all the sentiment/verses that you featured here. Thanks for blessing us with your wonderful artwork this week at Word Art Wednesday. Have an awesome day!



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