So, on Tuesday night DH and I had tickets to a concert, his birthday present from me last week. Being a school night, we needed someone to stay with the kids, so our lovely neighbor (who has three elementary-school-aged girls of her own) volunteered to come and sit with our kids at our house so they could get to sleep on time. (Her own DH was holding down the fort at their place.) We are ever so grateful!! I have a small thank-you gift I'd like to give her tomorrow and made it my goal today to make fitting gift packaging for it. This is what I came up with:
I've made many of these 2-5-7-10 treat boxes in the past two years and just love how easily they can be assembled. A tutorial for making one can be found on SCS here. One thing I love about them is that you can make one with a single sheet of card stock. Yay!!
Anyway, I was inspired by today's Ways to Use It challenge (WT288) on SCS today. It's called "Ransom Style," and the challenge was to construct a message in the style of a cut-and-paste ransom note. How fun is that?? Here's a closeup of the "ransom" message:
For my design, I used this week's Get Sketchy #55 sketch:
Our gift will be accompanied by a note of thanks, and I thought I'd use this one that I made just last week. So I tried to make my gift box coordinate and used many of the same papers and colors. I stamped the letters of my "thank you" on scraps of paper left from both projects using an old mismatched alphabet set from The Angel Company. My pumpkin is from the recently released Mark's Finest Papers set called Thankful Mums and Pumpkins. It was so easy to paper piece the pumpkin image from this set. I love how it turned out! Oh, before I forget--this treat box also qualifies for Speedy the Cat's Friends Challenge #20 to use fall colors and Delightful Challenges' Pumpkins, Pumpkins Everywhere challenge.
Wondering what will go inside the gift box? Well, in the fall and winter I use an awesome handcrafted goat's milk lotion (from B & D Goats) in an Apples & Spice scent on my hands throughout the day. Every time I wear it, my neighbor comments on how incredibly good it smells. So I got her a tube of her very own to tuck inside the gift box. I think she'll be thrilled!
Oh, and our concert?? It was outstanding!! We had a great time. And we were so pleased to hear from our neighbor that our kids were "delightful" for her while we were out. Whew!! :)
Stamps: MFP Thankful Mums and Pumpkins, retired TAC set (mismatched alphabet)
Paper: DCWV Indian Summer DP, DCWV Indian Summer textured CS, SU pumpkin pie CS, various scraps
Ink: Palette noir black
Accessories: SU wide oval punch, SU scallop trim border punch, foam tape, scissors, scoring tool, bone folder, Scor-Tape, glue pen, satin ribbon
Techniques: paper piecing