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.
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