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Beautiful Wings February 3, 2010

I’m ahead of the game (for once).  My Mom loves butterflies.  Her birthday is in the beginning of March.    I wanted to make her something that she could use.  With her love for butterflies, I decided to make her a card giftbox with an assortment of cards, with different sentiments, that she can send out to her friends.

 Here is the outside of the box.  I used Soft Suede cardstock to create the box and lid.  To keep the lid secured on the box, I used small white grommets to the sides of the lid and threaded Melon Mambo ribbon through so I could tie a bow on top.  The added strips of Soft Suede cardstock running vertically on the outside of the box is a nice subtle touch of detail……it also adds extra strength to the box making it sturdy.

I added details to the front of the lid only.  This is the theme that continues to the goodies that are inside the box.  I kept the details just to the lid as to not take away from the Soft Suede cardstock strips.  It all works so well together.

Untie the ribbon and remove the lid to expose 8 cards and envelopes inside the box. 

I’m the first to admit that it is extremely hard for me to create simple cards.  I FORCED myself to try and keep the 8 cards simple.  I think they turned out just right.  Easy to re-create.  Above is the cardfront.  I used the same layout on all of the cards.

Above is a picture that shows the inside of the cards.  Enough Whisper White cardstock so my mom can write a personal message inside.  I wasn’t wasting any of the butterflies that were die-cut, so I added them to the insides.



Using Tiny Tags stamp set from the Occasions Mini Catalog, I was able to use these tiny little sentiments….2 cards for each sentiment in the box.   I stamped the sentiments using Tempting Turquoise ink on Whisper White cardstock.  Punched out with my Word Window Punch.  I used my My way punch to create the cuts to the right.

**I don’t have a template, directions,or dimensions to this project.  Unfortunately, when I’m creating, I don’t write information down during the process.  


STAMPS:  Tiny Tags (Occasions Mini Catalog)

PAPERS:  Sweet Pea Designer Series Paper Stack; Soft Suede, Tempting Turquoise, Old Olive, Whisper White, and Melon Mambo cardstock.

INKS:  Tempting Turquoise Classic Stampin’ Pad.

ACCESSORIES:  Basic Small Grommets Designer Hardware; Playground Designer Buttons; Melon Mambo 1/2″ Polka-Dot Grosgrain Ribbon; Linen Thread; 1-3/4″, 1-3/8″, 1-1/4″ Circle Punches; My Way Punch; Word Window Punch; Scallop Circle Punch; Mat Pack & Paper-Piercing Tool; Big Shot Die-Cut Machine; SU! Beautiful Wings Embosslit Die (Occasions Mini Catalog); SU! Pennant bigz xl die.


8 Responses to “Beautiful Wings”

  1. Holly Says:

    I love this!! Great color combo, I think she will really like this…

  2. Debi Hadley Says:

    Cute stuff. I’m sure your mom will love it. In fact, I remember last year’s card for her. Wasn’t it inspired by Martha Stewart’s Weddings magazine? It was abolutely b-e-a-utiful!!! Couldn’t stop admiring that one for a long time. Anyway, as always, you did an awesome job.

  3. Lydia M. Says:

    this is so cute! I LOVE the color combo and the butterflies. I love butterflies, too. The box is awesome. I never thought of adding extra strips of cardstock to reinforce card boxes when I made them. I have just been frustrated by the flimsiness of my boxes. I may have to see if I can adapt your technique. 😀

  4. Cindy Major Says:

    Oh wow, look at that box! I love how you used the grommets on the sides and tied the ribbon on top, and I love the curved sides at the top!

    Making simple cards is not simple – I second you on that one! I always have to fight the urge of adding more details myself… I think you did a great job. I bet your mom will love her gift!


  5. Caroline Says:

    Such a beautiful gift! All of your work is really lovely!

  6. Charlene Says:

    Lovely, you’re Mom is sure to love it. Hee,hee…I don’t write down dimensions either and usually live to regret it…you’d think a little regret would help me remember…nope!

  7. Erin Says:

    Do you have a template for the box. It is beautiful. I would love to create one myself…. I’m not sure who I will give it to yet, but I’m sure I can think of someone!

  8. Linda Henry Says:

    What a great box and card set. Are you going to make a tutorial for the box? It is so unique, I really hope You will consider sharing this with all of us!?

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