Thursday 14 August 2008

A Birthday Gift for a Special Friend

A little while ago I noticed some lovely little sets of drawers on Glenda Waterworth's post about her gorgeous craftroom/studio, one of which she said she bought from TKMaxx. I duly took myself off to my local branch not expecting to be able to find the same set of ceramic drawers but I did find a couple of other items in their clearance section. One was a lovely black box (with plenty of chips) with a hinged lid inlaid with a frosted glass panel. The other item I hope to be able to show you at some later date.

I decided to repaint the box with vinyl emulsion and I then stippled patches of Brilliance Ink in Coffee Bean and Galaxy Gold (and one other colour I can't remember). Because of the shape of the box I knew I wouldn't be able to use an acrylic block so I got rather messy using my fingers and tweezers to stamp images from the Elusive Images Delightful Damask Themeplate. I also knew I wouldn't be able to get a pristine image so I didn't try and ended up with a lovely distressed look. Finally I lined the inside bottom of the box with some lovely dark red velvet paper.

To complete the gift I used the same stamps to create some 'Just a Note' cards and envelopes and a selection of papers printed from my Artylicious Damask Delights CD to make notelets and envelopes.

I was really chuffed with the result and I think my friend was when I gave them to her last week.
Once again I have used some of my fabulous Graphicus and Elusive Images goodies - I LOVE 'EM!


Jo said...

Glad to see you blogging again! Your box and cards are a lovely unique present and you have set them out really nicely for the photo. It looks like a picture from a really classy gift catalogue! I'll bet your friend was thrilled to get that set. Big tease with your 'other item' from TKMaxx. Let's hope you find some quality crafting time again soon because I'm really looking forward to seeing that.

Anonymous said...

Oh, that's a beautiful stationery set, I'm sure anyone would be thrilled to receive that as a gift.

Glynis Peters said...

What a lovely gift! You have given me an idea for a friend who is leaving Cyprus for Dubia.

InkyArtitude said...

I love what you've done to the box and the stationery set is just so elegant. I'm sure your friend is going to be delighted and will treasure your gift. Don't you just love TK Maxx? I'm always popping in to see what little treasure may lay in wait... great fodder for an avid crafter!