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This months theme is ANY BUNDLE! So, welcome to the August 2015 RemARKable Blog Tour as I feature the Vintage Leaves Bundle as my "Any Bundle!"
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Vintage Leaves Bundle
The Vintage Leaves Bundle is gorgeous and I fell in love with this bundle when I saw it in the 2015-2016 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog. It features the gorgeous Vintage Leaves with the coordinating Leaflets Framelits. I wasn't originally thinking of featuring this set though, at least not yet, but the opportunity arose and I ran with it!
I've been in Minnesota since the 1st of August, while visiting with a close friend and mentor she pulled out a card then asked if I could recreate the card. As luck would have it, I had brought that stamp set with me and knew I had the supplies with just some minor variations to the original card since it had some retired product on it. Now, the card doesn't feature a bundle but the story only begins there.
In mid-July, our son Caleb was diagnosed with Gluten Intolerance and we've switched him to a Gluten Free diet. My friend and mentor, Ellie, made Caleb Gluten Free brownies. Ellie insisted on paying $5.00 per card for the basic card that I made her even though I wanted to give her a discount. Ellie has been a life-long friend. While making the cards, I had an idea to create a beautiful box to hold the cards and the Vintage Leaves Bundle was the perfect topper for the box.
Vintage Leaves Bundle on a Box
The box base is Crumb Cake and the cover is made using the Early Espresso Neutrals Color Collection Designer Series Paper Stacks. I love this Designer Series Paper Stack with the writing. The box is large enough to hold 6 standard A4 Cards with envelopes. When I make my boxes, I basically figure what I need for the middle section to hold what I'll be placing in the box then based on the paper size, I calculate my sides. For Card boxes, I like to have the sides be about 2" tall.
Ellie has severe arthritis, so she cannot tie ribbon so as much as I wanted to wrap a ribbon around the box I managed to keep myself in check. I started with a Whisper White Banner created using the Triple Banner Punch – LOVE THIS PUNCH! Using the Vintage Leaves stamp set I stamped the leaves using Old Olive, Cajun Craze and Crushed Curry Classic Ink then I used the coordinating bundled product, Leaflets Framelits, to cut out the leaves.
For placement on the box, I started by layering the large Maple Leaf and Oak Leaf on top of the banner then I took the Linen Thread and added that to the box front then I added the third leaf which I think is an Aspen leaf. The "Hello" is the finishing touch to the box front and cut out of Crumb Cake cardstock using another favorite product of mine which is the Greetings Thinlits.
Right before I left to head to the lake in Northern Minnesota, I stopped over at Ellie's house to deliver the finished cards with the Vintage Leaves Bundle Box. Ellie absolutely LOVED the cards and the box. In fact, she loved the box so much that she has ordered 6 more boxes from me to hold Mini-Loaves of Bread that she bakes for family at Thanksgiving. The Mini-Loaf boxes will be a tad smaller and feature the "Thanks" for Thanksgiving. Now I just need to carve out some craft time while I'm at the lake in Northern Minnesota! And… Yes, I DID lug 1/2 of my craft supplies up to the lake much to my Dad's chagrin!
Here are the cards that are inside of the box featuring the Lovely As a Tree stamp set (which I FINALLY bought right before my trip to Minnesota!).
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To continue on with the next blog on the RemARKable Blog Tour, you'll want to visit Janet Wakeland! I'm certain you'll enjoy the projects she has to share with you! To view her blog, you can click on her name or on the Blog Tour Button below.
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