This weekend my lovely daughter had two birthdays celebrations to go to and I offered to make her a couple of cards to take. The first one I will show is the 16th card and matching gift box holding a very special hand made gift.
The first thing I made was the gift box. I tried a couple of options, but the Box #2 die worked best with the gift (sorry no pic of that) but I will tell you about it. I wanted to use the Framelits die for the cut out on the front of the box as I knew I could then use the larger frames on the birthday card. I knew the birthday girl likes purple (I think a lot of 16yo girls do!), and so chose Elegant Eggplant, a colour I used to love but haven't used in ages. I decided it would go very well with Pool Party, to give it a lift. I chose Pool Party Seam Binding ribbon to tie up the box and hold the lid shut. The sentiment is from Memorable Moments, stamped and than hand cut.
With the colour pallette for the project sorted out, and knowing I was going to use the Framelits all I had to do was come up with the card - sounds easy right? Well it mostly was, I started with the Very Vanilla layer, stamping the flourish from Creative Elements in Elegant Eggplant, and then colouring in the leaves in Pool Party with my Stampin' Write Marker. The Elegant Lines Embossing Folder seemed to go quite well with this so I embossed the Pool Party layer to give some extra texture. I still wasn't quite happy, so used the oval from the Designer Frames lightly sponged with Elegant Eggplant to give a subtle highlight to the frame. I added the Happy Birthday sentiment from Perfect Punches punched out with the Extra-Large Oval punch and sponged around the edges with Pool Party. I finished off with a little bit of bling on the sentiment, Seam Binding to tie it in with the gift box, and "16" cut out with my Junior Type alphabet die.
Here are the two together. Now what is in the box? My daughter had to design a project for her textiles class this semester, the criteria was that it had to be affordable and easily manufactured. She did a bit of research and came up with a concept, the first I knew about it was "Mum can I borrow your Big Shot?"! She had decided to decorate a Bobby Pin with some material cut out with the Perfect Pennants Die, using two different colours of material. Her project was chosen as one of two in the class!!! I found out while I was at Convention and actually sold one of her creations to one of the demo's there! So she had decided to make two of these for the birthday girl, one in purple and a dark brown, and the other a purple and cream one. They look great and are her first creations as McCrazzy Designs!