Friday, July 22, 2011

Treasured Friend Gift Basket

Hi Everyone!!

Well, I am so so excited to be able to share this project with you. I made this basket of goodies to take to a special friend in my life while I'm on vacation this week. Actually, she's more than just a friend, she's my sister-in-law and I just think the world of her. I decided to make this for her just as a little surprise for her when we visit next next week. Now, I decided to take pictures of each separate elements of the basket, as well as pictures of the completed basket.
The first items in the basket are an altered journal that I made using OCL's "Treasured Friend" stamp set. Jennifer's favorite colors are aquas and greens and she's from Florida, so I just figured that the beach theme would be perfect for her. I also made a matching pen to go with it. I made a gift card holder as well using more pattern papers from DCWV "Linen Closet" mat stack

The next items in the basket are a gift card holder, and then a bookmark. I took two pictures of the bookmark, so you could see how it opens. It just goes on the corner of your page. I got this adorable idea from Kelly Rasmussen's blog during the Studio Calico/Hero Arts Blog hop last week. So cute and easy! Be sure to stop by her blog to see her sample and also for the instructions. She took a picture of it on a book as well, so you can really see how it's used.
Next, I made 5 note cards for her to be able to send to people for various occasions as she needs them. I embossed the bases with various cuttlebug embossing folders and then used Label 11 Nestabilities and Stampin Up's "Sincere Salutations" for the sentiments.
The final item in the basket is a little tea bag holder which has two bags of her favorite tea. The sentiment on the front is from Verve Stamps "Delightful and Delicious." I took a picture of the inside and the outside. Now, I must apologize because the outside picture is
terribly blurry; and I didn't realize that until too late.
The last two pictures are pictures of the completed basket, one before the final wrapping and one with the wrapping

Ok, so on to the challenges for the different elements of the basket:

1. Art Impressions Stamps: Stitching (I used real stitching on the bookmark)

2. Aud Sentiments: Use a sentiment that would make someone smile or enjoy their day. (I think the sentiment on the journal and the bookmark both fit this requirement!)

3. Craft us Crazy: Anything Goes

4. Crafty Purple Frog: Water inspired (Beach scene on the Altered Journal)

5. Shelly's Images: Anything Goes

Now, as I indicated at the beginning of my post, I will be out of town next week, so no blogging for me! Have a fabulous week and I will see you all soon!!


Michelle said...

Great gift basket and your sister in law is going to love it. I really like the note cards. A person can never have enough of those and isn't real "snail mail" fun to receive! Have a great week.

Julie said...

Gorgeous gift basket. Love the soft colors and papers. Thanks for joining us at Aud Sentiments

Audrey said...

WOw! What a gorgeous gift. That will defininitely make someone smile. Thanks for joining us at Aud Sentiments.

Jacquel said...

Wowzers Dori! What a fabulous basket & all your creations in it are just BEAUTIFUL!!!! I'm sure she's going to LOVE everything you made for her....she's going to feel so very special! Excellent work my friend & TFS!!!

Oh, I hope you have a great trip too!!!!!

sistochris said...

This is GREAT! I love all the goodies you made. What a special gift. Have a great vacation!

Mary said...

What a great gift idea and your instructions are great! Thanks for playing along with the Art Impressions challenge! Hope you win!

Anonymous said...

Wow, what a wonderful and thoughtful gift! Enjoy your vacation.

Unknown said...

What a great set! I love the colors you used!

Unknown said...

Wow these are gorgeous, so very elegant and pretty. Hope you are enjoying yourself on your holiday. Hugs xxx

Amy said...

Thanks for joining Bugaboo at Catch the Bug.