Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Wedding Gift for Elaine

I wanted to give Elaine a personal keepsake gift on her wedding day and selected a Sheila Fleet pendant from the Daisies for Emily collection. This was an item on her wish list but I also chose it because it was designed to help a very special young lady.  In the link below you can read about why the collection was created and how significant the humble little daisy is to the designer herself.

To add a personal touch to the gift I made a daisy themed faux book box to put it in. The measurements and instructions used to make it can be found on the blog I Wanna Build Me a Memory.

A daisy design paper from the Cuddly Buddly Yellow Country Cottage Collection was layered up along with shades of green and cream pearlescent card to make a base layer on the outside cover and the inside of the box. Attached across the front and back of the cover were layered strips of the same card selection and foam pads were used to add die cut hearts on top of these. The wording on the hearts was printed from the computer and then Spellbinder heart dies were used to cut them out.

Attaching the hearts using foam pads left a channel to hold the ribbon used to tie the box closed. The ribbon was also threaded through a diamante heart ribbon slider which was fixed to the spine to secure the ribbon to the box.

A pocket was made on the inside of the cover and this was to hold a set of layered tags.  After finding a daisy poem on the internet I tweeked it to personalise it for our gift and the occasion, printed it from the computer and cut it out using a set of Sizzix framelit tag dies.

On the opposite side was the framed space to put the gift in. To link it to the words in the poem the message “He Loves You” was added to the back of the space and underneath where the gift would be. Daisy patterned strips were used to frame the space, and also to hide the joins of the concertinaed sides, and they were given a decorative edge using Martha Stewart's doiley lace border punch.  A border was added to the frame using thin strips of the dark green card.

Different sizes of Woodware punches along with Joanna Sheen's rose leaves die were used to make the daisy embellishments. After overlapping and gluing two of the daisies together the edges of the petals were sponged with pale green ink and a flat backed pearl was added to the centre. Continuing with the daisy theme the pocket holding the tags was embossed with a daisy patterned embossing folder.
Elaine was delighted with her daisy pendant and wore it everyday whilst on honeymoon. This is my favourite photo of her wearing it and below that is a photo collage Elaine made showing most of the Sheila Fleet jewellery which played a part in their wedding day.  As a thank you gift from Elaine and Andy I received a necklet, which you can see me holding in the bottom right of the collage, and Andy's mum received a brooch.  Both were from the Snowdrop Collection.

This really is the last post about bits and pieces I made for Elaine's wedding. I hope you have enjoyed reading about them as much as I have enjoyed making a written record of them.

Thanks for reading today.