Tuesday, January 18, 2011

A Card And Gift Bag for a Friend

Around about the middle of last year I decided to start one-on-one Pilates classes!  There comes a time in ones life when stretching becomes an imperative, that time arrived last year for me!  I was not happy waking up and feeling like I had to unroll my body one bone at a time (I do exagerate slightly, I am a very fit over mid-40's person, however, I have always neglected stretching!).

Anyhow, all I really wanted to say was that my Pilates instructor celebrated her birthday today, and I go to her tomorrow for my session and wanted to make her a little something, and here they are:

Paper: PTI Carstock, Patterned paper from old stash
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, CTMH (Juniper ink)
Stamps: PTI (frame), Hero Arts (sentiment), Butterfly (gift from Jacqueline)
Other: Flower (Hero Arts), SIlky white flower (unknown), Crochet flower (made by me), brad (old stash), PTI Mat Stack Die, Gemstones (stash)

It's so nice sometimes to not do too much to a card.  I loved that patterned paper and simply added the flowers, the butterfly that was so kindly sent to me already stamped by Jacqueline, and I stamped the Hero Arts sentiment on a die cut that I made from a PTI die. 

Then I decided to make her a little treat bag with some of the yummiest Date, Coconut and Walnut chewy cookies that my wonderful friend three houses down introduced me to over Christmas!  The treat bag design is something that I found in my blog browsing on the Cosmo Cricket blog HERE, really cool idea, all you need is one piece of cardstock.  So here it is:

This is the front view.  I am not really good at decorating, so it looks a litte plain, hey, it's my first one!  My master piece on this is my lovely rose, a close up is on its way.

Here is a side view.  So there is a little goodie bag inside there holding the cookies.  The box itself is really one whole piece of 12 X 12 cardstock.  And then you can add a topper, which is the dark brown cardstock if you want, or use other creative ways to close the box or add some ribbon handles for example.

And here is my rose that I just love.  I used a piece of rustic white PTI cardstock.  I stamped both sides with two different Hero Art stamps that could cover the entire surface.   I stamped them using versamark, then clear embossed and then used Worn Lipstick and Walnut Stain Distress ink and inked up both sides furiously.  Then I rolled the flower, like Jennifer McGuire and many others have explained.  Glued it, pushed down on the petals a little and then spritzed it with Viva Pink Glimmer Mist and that is when I fell in love with my own rose! (It's better in real life, the photo does not do it justice.)

Well, can you tell, I had fun!  I hope she likes it and is not allergic to coconut, dates or walnuts!

Wishing you all a very good night!  It't just  gone midnight here!  I guess a little sleep before the normal daily activities including a run in my countdown to the Marathon in 13 days!  Yippee!  So excited!


Barb said...

I thought your card was beautiful, then I saw the bag! You are so creative, Brenda! I really do love the pretty card! That patterned paper is so lovely. Now let's talk about the bag. . . The shape is fabulous, love the colors and your rose is GORGEOUS! They really are fun to make, aren't they? Your instructor will love both!

Dawn said...

love the box Brenda... and the card is so exquisite. What a nice gift, I've bookmarked the box video. It really is quite easy!

Rosemary said...

the card and bag are fantastic brenda! what a lovely gift for your pilates teacher and she is going to be so excited to receive it!! love the rose... it is perfect!

Wanda G (stampcat) said...

This is so lovely! You are going to make her day! That flower is so gorgeous...I really want to try that. Everything is just perfect. What a nice client you are. I was cracking up at your description about unrolling your bones...so true!! Have a great day.

CinnamonSally said...

Really love your bag and card Brenda, I am sure your friend will be thrilled to receive this. I will take a look at how to make this box, thanks for the tip.

walchowDesign said...

The card and bag are beautiful! I love how you decorated the bag and it's not plain at all - btw, I love plain! I'm sure your pilates instructor will love this!

GrammySue's Creations said...

Brenda, your card and bag are gorgeous. Very creative. Your friend will love this.

Tracey said...

OH MG girl!!! FABULOUS card and gift holder!!!!! She will be over the moon excited to received these beauties!!! I soooo need to start stretching on a "regular" basis!! Thanks for the inspiration to do so :)

Jacqueline said...

Beautiful! What a lovely project too - I can see you have been enjoying yourself!

Tiffany said...

LOVE that soft, watercolor feel to the background, very pretty! And what an amazing and unique gift bag, love the shape!

kathryn said...

These are truly exquisite! The closer I looked at them the more impressed I was by the attention to detail and how much time and effort went in to them. Thank you, Brenda. :)