Saturday, February 4, 2017

winnie & walter :: february leading lady, part 1 :: from the card to a gift

I have the honor of being Winnie & Walter's Leading Lady this month--which actually means I have a standing date every Saturday in February to guest star on their blog!  I'll have 4 fun posts using W&W products and I'm even hosting a giveaway one of those days.  You'll have to tune each week to find out more about that, though ;)  


I started out in the papercrafting industry making cards and while I still make them, I've become obsessed with wrapping gifts and packaging.  So when I was trying to decide what to do for my first Leading Lady project, I thought I'd take a W&W cutaway item and show you how to take it from a card to a gift.


I'll start with the card...The stamp and cutaway set I focused on was Sketchy Thoughts.  The reason I chose it was because the large word bubble cutaways were the perfect size for a tag on a smallish package.  Plus, I knew I'd have no trouble using them on a card.  (I'm loving everything about this stamp set from the Jan/Feb Release!)


By papercraft nature, I'm a layerer and clusterer.  I'll admit that I prefer to make a big fat card with lots of girth and texture!  So my projects might be a bit untraditional in the stamping sense, but I hope you'll get a few ideas from things I show you.  True to form, I used a few cutaways to trim some shapes like tags and tabs from glitter and patterned scrapbook paper.  Then I made sure to cut out my Sketchy Thoughts bubble (the more circular one in this case).  I adhered two tabs from the Essentials: Katharine Cutaways set, then glued down some pale pink tulle in a ruffled manner--for depth--before adhering the glitter tag on top of it.


After that, I embellished the tag with a black sticker, small tag cut from the new Essentials: Lana Cutaways in the same Maggie Holmes dotted yellow paper, a wooden heart, and a purple fringe bow.  For the card sentiment, I chose 'lots of love' from Sending You with Evelin T. Designs with a close crop and a glitter tape matte.  Then I cut out the Sketchy Thoughts bubble from a sheet of Hazelwood patterned paper (1Canoe2).  I love that shade of pale pink and wanted the single bunch of flowers to be partly visible behind the sentiment.  Adding a few foam adhesive dots to prop it up and add dimension, I stuck it onto my card as the finishing touch.


To complement the card, I wrapped up a small personalized ring dish for a friend. Small packages like this one are so fun and easy to wrap.  Truth be told, I hate pulling out huge rolls of gift wrap so whenever possible, I love to use scrapbook paper or my own stamped wrap on simple copy paper instead.


In this case, I wrapped the box with more of the pink floral Hazelwood paper and used the yellow Maggie Holmes paper for my word bubble tag.  I wanted to keep the packaging somewhat consistent with the card (but not exactly the same) so after dressing up the package with some leafy black fabric and lace, I tied on the smaller Essentials: Katharine Cutaways tag (in gold glitter) and a purple embroidery floss tassel (instead of a bow).  I also swapped out the tulle with a strip of lace.


When it came to the word bubble, I used the square-ish one and a sentiment from the Sketchy Thoughts stamp set because I wanted something a bit bigger than I had used on the card.  Instead of glitter tape as a matte, I used lace.  I tied it to the fabric with a length of metallic thread because the thread gives it kind of a wispy, delicate feel.


This little box is ready to send off to my friend.  It's a 'just because' gift and I like the idea of the little sketch bubble used as a tag.  It's almost as if I'm actually saying "Hello!" from far away!  I have 4 of these little dishes to send to friends across the country and because I made the tags myself from the stamps and cutaways, I can easily replicate all the packaging.  The same goes for the matching card.


I have to mention the cute little ring dishes...they're handmade from Az and Airalee and they are just too sweet--and make the best photo props!  Check out their website if you have a chance.  And, of course, head over to Winnie & Walter and pick yourself up a few stamp and die sets (I'm completely in love with Sketchy Thoughts)!  I can't wait to share a few more W&W projects in the coming weeks!

25 comments:

  1. Absolutely beautiful! Your work is always WOW.

    ReplyDelete
  2. These projects are amazing, as is your photography! Just lovely!

    ReplyDelete
  3. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Your work is so beautifully elegant!! Love the unique styling you bring to your gift wrapping and card!! Very much looking fwd to seeing your amazing art each Saturday in Feb!!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com
    HerPeacefulGarden.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  5. the layers and the texture. Awesome!

    ReplyDelete
  6. Just saw your work at W&W--totally blew me away! Looking forward to all your projects this month!

    ReplyDelete
  7. Awesome!! I love love love the card and coordinating gift wrapping, so dainty and pretty, gorgeous work. All the elements work so well. Definitely something I would like to replicate, coordinating gift wrap+card, how cool! Thanks for sharing the ideas :)
    Cheers
    preety

    ReplyDelete
  8. Beautiful packaging ideas! Love the layers and details! Great color combo too!

    ReplyDelete
  9. Beautiful and quite elegant. Love your creations ♥

    ReplyDelete
  10. Very pretty and elegant. I like the use of tulle and the fringe bows.

    ReplyDelete
  11. Oh how gorgeous! The soft colors and layers are gorgeous!

    ReplyDelete
  12. So pretty! I wouldn't want to open it :)

    ReplyDelete
  13. WOW!!! Beautiful gift wrapping and adorable card, Rebecca!!!

    ReplyDelete
  14. Your IG actually inspired some Feb creations on my blog 😊 Dreamy. Great to see you at WW.

    ReplyDelete
  15. These are just stunning! What beautiful gifts! I wouldn't want to open these!

    ReplyDelete
  16. I usually love to take care of the gift when I give it to the other . But you changed my mind and I fall in love with every single piece you made so elegent and soft . These gems are the best gift wrapping idea. Wanting to see more of your creation this month

    ReplyDelete
  17. Absolutely LOVE your style! congrats on being leading lady you are totally rocking it xx

    ReplyDelete
  18. Just now catching up on your first Leading Lady post and...breath-taken-away! You've created a stunning ensemble for your friend; indeed, the wrapping and tag are gifts in and of themselves! If I received a gift presented with such beauty, style and flair, I know it would sit a long time unopened, as I'd be gazing and admiring, in awe, at its appearance. Thoughtful, gorgeous, inspiring...
    ~carol

    ReplyDelete
  19. All that sparkle and elegant style really makes your projects unique. LOVE that tassel bow!

    ReplyDelete
  20. WOW. The gold and tulle is beautiful together. An elegant package for sure. I probably wouldn't open it! LOL

    ReplyDelete
  21. Lovely ways to
    wrap the gifts
    and card.
    Carla from Utah

    ReplyDelete
  22. wow you totally rock the soft yet trendy look! I love the paring of the pink with black and gold.

    ReplyDelete
  23. I just love the eclectic nature of your work with just a little bit of this and s little bit of that but that still maintains a fantastic cohesiveness. Love this ensemble!

    ReplyDelete
  24. wow! these are such pretty DIY paper embellishments, would never have thought to use dies this way :) thanks a lot for sharing so many cool gift wrapping ideas, loved them all.
    About myself, my favourite season is spring :) I live in Delhi, India and I love all kinds of chocolate treats especially twix and snickers bars !

    Cheers
    Preeti

    ReplyDelete
  25. Love the way you combine things and the soft colors you use!

    ReplyDelete

i do appreciate your comment!
~Rebecca