Thursday, July 22, 2010

Happy birthday, Becky!

Becky's birthday is Sunday and I needed to get her present wrapped (see blog entry of 7/11) and didn't have a box.  Well, since I'm all about using what's on hand and recycling, I opted to wrap her birdcage art piece in tissue paper then carefully place it in a brown paper bag that I decorated with one of Tim's masks and a 3-d flower made from a Spellbinders scalloped circle and different papers (maps, tissue paper, book pages, etc.) and old buttons.  (Becky LOVES buttons!)  I was going to add some grungepaper leaves but found some real ones that Becky had collected and given to me just the other day that were quite lacy (a special 'thanks' to the local Japanese beetle population!).  I added some green distress inks to them and think they're just right for this project.  Two holes were punched in the top of the folded over bag, a length of twine for the bow, added the tag/card and I'm done!

Seeing Tim's new stamp release and projects helped me realize I didn't want to make a regular birthday card.  I love using all sizes of tags and really liked his post card idea so I took a #8 tag and stamped the 'post card' (source unknown) in black archival ink on the front side.  I used a calligraphy marker to write her name and address.  Brown distress ink finishes the edges. 

The back side has numerous stamps from Tim and Wendy.  The large scroll also has distress embossing powder on it.  I used a mixture of weathered wood and a brown (or 2), and maybe even a green.  I was just in a combining sort of mood playing around with what was on my table from an earlier project.  The sentiment (Wendy's) was stamped with black archival ink.  Again, more brown and black distress inks finish the edges.

Becky loves anything that looks old, is grungy and rusty.  I think she'll be quite happy with the gift, wrapping and tag/card.  If you hear any unexplainable squeals Sunday morning you'll know where they came from!  lol


  1. How lovely your wrapped gift is, so original and individual, I would love it and I'm sure Becky will too. Love your calligraphy too and that flower is stunning. Tracy Evans x

  2. Wow!! This is a beautifully wrapped gift and the card so unusual. Love how you've written her pen - would love to be able to "do" calligraphy!

  3. This is really spectacular Susan! Love the bag idea, and the flower and tag are fantastic!

  4. Hello Susan,

    a simple but very nice decoration on the plain brown paper. It makes it a very special wrapping paper !
    The tag finishes it off : I like how you wrote her name in calligraphy and the stamps you used.

    It's a gift that makes you happy even before you see what's in it !

    greetings from belgium