Blessed are the curious...for they create a better world.

Friday, June 29, 2012

Marie Antoinette Coin Envelope Tag Book

This past month I have had a number of swap opportunities come my way that I haven't been able to pass up.  I love it when I find swaps that challenge me to do something I haven't done before, and this was one of those. This little book was created for a swap in my Marie Antoinette Mail Art Group.  The challenge was to create a little book using coin envelopes as the inside, and to create tags for each envelope. 

I found some fabulous little pink envelopes at Paper Source.  I sent them through the cuttlebug embosser and scraped my ink pad across the raised portions.  I glimmer misted them for a little added pizzaz.  The envelopes are then glued together to create the inside of the book.  The cover of the book is created by using your envelope inside to decide on the size and wrapping them with scored chipboard.  The chipboard is then covered with papers and decorated. 

My outside is decorated with a vintage french perfume label and a Marie image.  My new fave embellishment is festooning, so I added a row of pink.  A few flowers and a dove complete the look.  Their are 10 tags inside, which I created on top  of a business card that was from Paper Source and was designed to go inside the envelope.  I added a tab and images of Marie and my book was done! 

I loved this little challenge, and I can't wait to make more books.  This one is already in the hands of Jody Jara, and I am looking forward to seeing what she creates!

Happy Pink Saturday to my  pink blogging girlfriends!

Friday, June 22, 2012

Happy Birthday Matchbox Swap

What a fun theme for a swap:  Happy Birthday!  And since this is my birthday month I couldn't wait to participate.  The challenge was to design a matchbox with a birthday theme and fill it with goodies.  I love little cakeboxes, and knew this would be perfect if designed in scale for the top of the matchbox.  I decorated the cake slice with pretty papers, festooning, tulle, netting, seam binding robbon and flowers.  I couldn't resist making a birthday crown to send with my matchbox.  I have recieved both of my swap boxes from my partners Marsha and Sheila but haven't opened them yet because I thought it would be so fun to wait for my birthday!

Happy Pink Saturday to visitors from Beverly's fabulous link party.

Friday, June 15, 2012

A Cute Gift Idea

Here is a cute hostess gift idea - decorated bar soaps!

I read about this in a magazine somewhere and it left an impression on me. In typical fashion I have then been obsessed with finding inexpensive bars of soap.  I happened up these at Ross.  They are scented with lavender and vanilla and smell so wonderful!  The package of three was only five dollars.  They were already wrapped in paper, so I left that on as protection and wrapped them again in vintage music paper.  I wrapped the burlap ribbon around the bar of soap and glued the ends of the ribbon together so that it can slide on and off the bar and could possibly be saved for another use when the recipient uses the soap.  I then created flowers out of strips of burlap and glued them on the ribbon, and embellished it with some netting and tulle and some additional small flowers.  Voila!  A perfect hostess gift and it took me very little time to create all three.

A very Happy Pink Saturday to my link party friends.  And a Happy Father's Day to all!