I dug out this paper stack because it has some lovely foiled papers and the quality of the cardstock is top-notch.
It's by Craft Smith and is called "Holiday Elegance." Even though it is meant for the Christmas holiday, there are many papers that can be used for other things. In fact, only a couple of the patterns are clearly Christmas, with ornaments and Christmas trees on them.
I decided to use my Sizzix die that cuts nice little notecards that are about 3 1/2" X 5 1/2" with a fancy front edge. I made two of each of the designs you see below for a total of eight cards.
I also made some envelopes for my cards using my CTMH Envelope Punch Board. I edged the back flap with a gold metallic marker and stamped a little flourish on each one with some metallic gold ink.
Just these two little touches really dressed up these envelopes!
Finally, I needed a little box to hold my notecards. Once again I used my Envelope Punch Board to make this box and added a belly band to keep it shut without having to glue it. I figure my friend can reuse this box for a gift, if she chooses.
I think my friend really appreciated this different kind of hostess gift. And I had fun making it!
Thanks so much for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.