Surprise Box from the Occasions Mini Catalog

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Happy “Boxing Day!”  These projects have nothing to do with “Boxing Day,” except that they were mailed in a box.

A very dear friend of mine just had surgery, and she’ll be “convalescing” for awhile.  This is a woman who is used to being on the go.  When she talks about what she does in a day, I get a little jealous, because I only have 24 hours each day.  She must have at least 36 to do all she does.  She’s amazing – and I know having to rest will drive her stir crazy after awhile.

When my brothers and I were younger and would be stuck in bed with a cold or flu or whatever, Mom made us “surprise boxes.”  They were filled with little books, notebooks and pens, tiny games and things to keep us occupied so we wouldn’t whine about being bored and stuck in bed and drive Mom crazy.  I thought this would be a great idea for my friend!  So here are some of the things I added to her box.

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This is a tissue cover idea from Janine Tinklenberg (“Jan Tink”), because even if you’re not sick, you always need tissues.  (I do, anyway.)  I modified it a little, because my tissues opened on the top, not the center.  The Poppy Parade cover is 4″ x 7-1/2″.  I stamped it a few times in Poppy Parade ink with the flowers from Bordering on Romance, punched a scallop oval in the top and backed it with a square of Pool Party card stock with a “large oval” punched in the center.  After gluing the tissues in (with Sticky Strip), I wrapped a piece of Attic Boutique designer series paper around it and tied it with Pool Party seam binding ribbon.

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Here’s another bb game.  Because my friend is very clever (and so is the niece who will be helping to take care of her), I punched the holes with the smaller of the two Crop-a-dile punches.  I thought about adding about 10 holes, but that would be too mean.  The paper is Antique Attic, and the stamp is from Take It to Heart.  I inked the heart stamp in Regal Rose, then sponged Poppy Parade and Soft Suede on it before stamping on another piece of designer series paper.

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I know everyone uses computers and tablets, but I had to alter a little notebook.  It’s very simple; I covered it with Pool Party card stock, then added some designer paper (more Attic Boutique), some Soft Suede taffeta ribbon, and a stamped image from Rue des Fleurs.  The image is stamped in Basic Gray (two times); I punched one, then cut the side with the flowers and glued it to the end of the pen.  I colored the image with markers (Daffodil Delight and Pool Party) and added some Dazzling Details.  And that’s a genuine Stampin’ Up!® pen with it!

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Finally, here’s her get well card.  The image is from Rue des Fleurs, and I stamped it using a Soft Suede marker, because I didn’t want the watches on the umbrella.  Then I colored it with Pool Party and Blushing Bride markers.  And then I realized that Blushing Bride didn’t go well with the designer paper (Antique Attic).  So I used Pink Pirouette card stock, and covered the “Blushing Bride” ink with Dazzling Details to soften it up a little.  I used the Adorning Accents edgelits and embossing folders on the card stock (just the edgelit on the designer paper), and used the Labels framelits to cut out the focal image.  The sentiment and bow on the umbrella are colored with Poppy Parade markers, and I layered the whole thing to a Very Vanilla card.  I didn’t want to use any of the stamped images on the envelope, so I punched a lace ribbon border from the same designer paper and glued it to the side of the envelope.  It would probably pull off in the mail, but this is all going in the box, so it should be safe.

Occasions Mini Catalog products used:
Stamps:  Rue des Fleurs, Take It to Heart, Bordering on Romance; Paper:  Antique Attic designer series paper; Other:  Adorning Accents embossing folders and Edgelits; Framelits – Labels; Pool Party seam binding ribbon
Other products:
Teeny Tiny Wishes, Tiny Tags; Ink:  Pool Party, Blushing Bride, Poppy Parade, Soft Suede, Daffodil Delight, Basic Gray, Regal Rose classic and/or Stampin’ Write Markers; Other:  Scallop oval punch, large oval punch, lace ribbon border punch, jewelry tag punch, vintage trinkets, Soft Suede taffeta ribbon, 2-1/2″ and 1-3/4″ circle punches, crop-a-dile, multipurpose liquid adhesive, circle treat cups

I hope your holidays were happy ones and you have a healthy, happy and prosperous year in 2012.  I have some new stamp sets to play with – and they were all free!!!  I love free rubber.  So now that things have calmed down and I have a few quiet days (and the ceiling fans have been defuzzed…that’s been bothering me for days, but I just didn’t have time to get to it), I’m off to my stamping corner.

Have a wonderful day, and thanks for stopping by!

About buffycooper

Among other things, I am a musician who enjoys papercrafting (specifically with rubber stamps), a Stampin' Up!® demonstrator, Christian, wife and mom to two great boys.
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3 Responses to Surprise Box from the Occasions Mini Catalog

  1. Martha says:

    Buffy, I was so happy –and honored– to receive the surprise box! It was a wonderful lift to my spirits in the hospital, and I’ve been having such a fun time. I make notes in the the adorable notepad to remind myself of stuff I know I’m going to forget because I’m loopy on pain meds! And you’re so right about needing tissues…of course the hospital-supplied box was always on a rolling table someone had rolled too far away for me to reach, but this little packet was right there where I needed it to be. The card was beautiful, including the decorated envelope! But my fave –and you knew this would be the case, didn’t you– is the Buffy-invented game. Erika and I gave been having a great time playing it, although I have to say that it’s not easy to beat! I can get four BBs pretty easily, but that fifth is a tease! 🙂 And I’m especially grateful that Erika is entranced by it as well because I can trade her and actually get my hands on my iPad when I need to use that for a while (like now). I keep thinking I need to take a picture of all the goodies, but of course you already have! Now, Erika and I are thinking about how we could make dozens as a Brownie service project for kids at the domestic violence shelter or hospital! I don’t have very many unused SU embellishment lids, so we’ve got to find something to substitute. And a wonderful part of the package for me was all the sneak peeks of new SU product! I am soooo lucky to have you as a friend. You are thoughtful and kind, besides being a whole lot of fun! Taking time during this crazy-busy holiday season to think if me, create these goodies, box them, and go to the post office? Priceless! Thank you so much for everything!


  2. Patti Leeke says:

    Buffy these all were just so clever and sweet. what fun for Martha to open and use.


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