Sunday, May 24, 2009

A gift for mom

Two Sundays ago, we celebrated the fabulous moms in our lives on Mother's Day. My mother in law certainly qualifies as one of the fabulous and dear ones and I wanted to package up a fresh supply of summer essentials for her along with a shopping card so she can treat herself to a little something new for an upcoming road trip. A From the Desk of Timeless Template by Lauren Meader was the perfect packaging solution. Lauren's templates make custom packaging soooo easy. This particular one is one of my current faves. It can be used as one big container as I have done here or there is a custom box divider if you plan to use it more like a file box.
The paper and embellishment choices I made all stemmed from the adorable department store gift card. I worked with the blues, yellow and browns from the card to dress up the box. Although it is tough to see in the pictures, I scored horizontal lines in the kraft paper around the box and it really gave it a designer look. I'll have to try that again and get more detailed pics. The flowers are sizzix dies and the leaves are hand cut. The stamp set is Life from Papertrey Ink using the Vintage Cream ink (love!).

What's a custom gift box without a coordinating card? This card whipped up quickly with more of the same paper, dies, ink and stamps and then I adhered a bamboo skewer to the back so it could poke out of the box.
Since this box was delivered by hand, I had a blast making the elements 3 dimensional and enjoyed the freedom of letting it all hang off the side. The effect was so fun! You know what else was great? My dear MIL left the box packed for a while just because she liked looking at it all packed up just this a woman after my own heart or what?! It's no wonder we are so close!
This is just a quick shot of the rectangle of cardstock I taped to the inside of the front panel to form a 3 sided envelope to hold the gift card. It looked sweet poking out of the front half circle window I cut with my coluzzle.
Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend.
Template: My Timeless Template by Lauren Meader for Papertrey Ink "From the Desk of"
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink and Creative Memories
Dies: Sizzix
Punches: Martha Stewert
Ink: Papertrey Ink
Stamps: Papertrey Ink
Tools: coluzzle, paper piercer and Scor-pal
Other: craft gems


Elise said...

WOW DANE! That is GORGEOUS! (You could be a hand model, btw!) I love that! What a fabulous job! The colors, the shape, the sentiment, functionality and thoughtfulness... Hmmmm: just don't know what I like best... Oh yeah, ALL OF IT! Wahoo!

tg said...

Dana this superb -- we are all so lucky to have you and your craftiness. No suprise that she loved it.

Karen said...

Lauren must Adore having you on her DT because you make her templates SHINE!!!! What a beautiful, fun, and simply splendid collection of papercrafting goodies you have here!! No wonder you MIL left it all dolled up, JUST to look at it and Adore it some more!! YOU and your talents are something to adore in and of themselves! Gorgeous! :>:>

Tracey said...

this is beautiful!!

Paula Pascual said...

This projects are so lovely. They are very inspiring. Thanks for sharing.

Anya said...

So pretty! I love how you used the Life set - it looks great stamped in white on Kraft. What a fabulous collection!

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