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Friday, September 10, 2010

The Curcio Calamities! & Card Gift Box

Hello, again!  I was inspired when I saw a set of cards in a box that someone had made as a gift.  I have been at a loss as to what to give my secret pal from church, so I decided to make her a gift set!  I wasn't sure of the colors going together at first, but then they grew on me, and I wanted to keep making more cards, and on and on and on...  I'm not sure of the names of some of the stamp sets or who made them, but I will get that info after I get home.  I'm still on vacation in Pennsylvania!  We are in the trailer at a campground in Carlisle, PA, and our truck is being repaired somewhere about 15 miles from here.  It was not driveable and certainly couldn't pull the 5th wheel trailer home as planned. 

Also, yesterday Mike was showing me how to put the awning up, and when I did, it tore off.  The fabric was dry-rotted so badly that it felt and tore just like paper!  I thought about what I could make out of it on a card!  ha ha 

So, here we sit until we hear from the dealership about the truck repairs.  Mike is supposed to be in Kentucky on Monday for work, Wednesday at the very latest!  I hope they get it fixed by tomorrow.  I was looking forward to going home today.

I could make some more cards!  That's a good idea!  I should post the things I have made, so will do that instead while I have internet.

Back to the Card Gift Set and Gift Box...

As I was saying, I like the way the colors came together, and I think my secret pal liked it, but I won't know until our Christmas party in December!  he he
Four Card Gift Set and Gift box. 

I used some sticker edges from the Walmart clearance bin, and punches for the others.  I'm sorry I can't list them for you at this time - some of the stamps were purchased at Michael's, Hobby Lobby or Joann's, and I think they are Inkadinkadoo.  The red polyester ribbon is from Offray.  All cardstock is from Stampin' Up except for the patterned paper, which is from a stack called Mariposa.  I used some of the embossing folders, and a Marianne Design Anja Style Template with paper piercing on one of the cards.

 I colored all the stamping with Stampin' Up markers in Riding Hood Red, Handsome Hunter, Garden Green, Summer Sun, Brilliant Blue, Brocade Blue, and Black.

The vellum flower was punched with a Stampin' Up punch, and I rounded the ends of the petals with scissors.  Two flowers were used, glued together in the center.  The center was a punched 1/2" circle by Stampin' Up, and I used a black SU marker to spot the outer ring and color in the center.  I then applied flocking to the center in black.  I knew if I spent enough time on this post, that I'd remember what the fuzzy black stuff was called, and I did!  Flocking!
I love Psalm 37:4, and I really believe it!  The green background beneath the sentiment was embossed with a floral folder.  I believe the punch for the red border was a Martha Stewart Arches (?), and then the Walmart clearance bin white edging.  I used some Riding Hood Red ink on a sponge for the side edges.

I CAN do all things through Jesus Christ who is my strength!
I used a branch embossing folder and a swiss dot folder on the green cardstock from SU, and a Spellbinders Fleur-de-lis pendant die on the red background.  The flowers are flat vellum lined with the black pen, and the patterned paper is from the Mariposa stack.  The little butterfly was stamped and punched using a SU stamp at a class, and scissors.

The flowers on this card were punched with a SU punch, and I used some generic yellow rhinestones from my collection for the centers.  The embossed edge at the top was sponged with SU's Garden Green classic inkpad.  The ring around the sentiment was stamped with a JustRite stamp, and the sentiment is a Verve stamp.  I sponged Riding Hood Red ink around the torn inside edge of the ring frame, and on the face of the sentiment, sponged some Brocade Blue on.  If I have any of this incorrect, I surely do apologize!  When I get home, it will be fixed!  This card has the Mariposa patterned paper on the bottom, and the blue above is embossed with a Marriane Designs Anja Style template.  I also pierced some of the pattern on the blue, but it's not real noticable here.

I loved the floral embossing folder used on the blue background.  I used my fingernail to roughen up the edges of the green oval behind the sentiment.  I hope everyone believes this!  He is Amazing!  And Grace!  And Love!  And Mine!  And Yours, Forever!  I didn't use the red vellum this time on these flowers, but just colored them with SU markers, and stamped them twice, popping the second one up on dimensionals.  I didn't do all of them though.  I had received some ribbon in the mail from somewhere, and there was just enough for the top.   The white edging was punched with the Martha Stewart Deco Fans punch.  I've got it with me on vacation!  =) 

This gift box was made out of one sheet of cardstock, to fit around a 10 oz. box of Nonni's Biscotti.  I put my secret pal's name on the tag, but to prevent her from seeing it, I have put a big black blob on it.  Please don't look at her name above too closely!  he he  The little butterfly is punched with an EK Success punch, and just various SU punches for the other tags.  The red ribbon is Offray satin.
This is the top of the box, where I popped up a whole Poppy alone.

 Below is the gift box open, showing the placement of two large
square green eyelets, one in the center of the 1/2 circle punched
with a large 1" punch placed halfway over the front edge
of the box.  The other is on the front flap of the lid, then the
ribbon is fed through both and tied in a bow.

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  1. WOW, wow, wow Clare this is one awesome, colourful and very beautiful gift set. The work you have done on this is awesome you have created something special here and I love it so will your friend.
    Lorraine x

  2. I agree with Lorraine. This is totally awesome. I love everything about it. Your friend will definitely love it. Hope you get your truck fixed and get home on time. Have a safe trip.


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