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Sunday, November 15, 2015

A little hostess gift...

We were invited to dinner last night and the hostess is a dynamite cook. Her specialty is Indian food, which we love! I wanted to take her something other than the usual bottle of wine as a hostess gift, so I decided to make a little set of notecards.

I dug out this paper stack because it has some lovely foiled papers and the quality of the cardstock is top-notch.

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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.

The fancy white scroll piece on the front of each card is a die that comes with the Sizzix set. I added some double-sided adhesive to one side of some cardstock and then cut this embellishment out for each card. That way, I could simply peel off the backing of the adhesive and stick it down onto the card front. I didn't want to try gluing something onto the foil. I'm a messy gluer, and any extra that squeezed out from under my die-cut would have really shown.

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.

Here's one last look at all the pieces. Again, I'm only showing you four of the eight cards here. I had a hard time trying to fit everything into the photo, so I just displayed these four.

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.


designbydonna said...

What a beautiful and thoughtful hostess gift. That white scroll trim really sets off the cards.

Mona Pendleton said...

Oh my Cheryl! So beautiful and elegant! What a great gift!

Glittered Paws said...

What an awesome gift - very pretty.

Unknown said...

It is a stunning hostess gift. I am sure your friend will use them with pride.

Sue said...

How thoughtful, I am sure she loved these beautiful cards. And the matching box is lovely too Cheryl. So much more personal and nicer than a bottle of wine.