A Sweet Little Gift

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InitialPresentation and personalization can make a gift turn from ordinary into extraordinary. With the help of May Arts Ribbon and Sweet Stamp Shop, I transformed a small gift of gum balls and a thank you card into a grand affair.

First I’ll show you the gift. I purchased two bags of gum balls at the local super store for just a dollar a piece and filled a clear package to the brim with the colorful balls.

Step1Next, I cut about 3 feet of May Arts 1.5 inch Faux Linen Ribbon in White (length will depend on the width, length and depth of your package, pre-measure before cutting!) and in the center adhered some large letter stickers.
Step2I then did a simple stitch through the letters and ribbon. The faux linen ribbon is wonderful for this application as the stitching doesn’t pull and scrunch at the thread line. 

Finally, I wrapped the ribbon around the box and tied a big, beautiful bow on top. I really like the linen ribbon for big bows too, because it is thin enough to tie easily but still strong enough to keep the bow shape!

CardFinalAnd I can’t give a gift without a card! I chose the sweet gumball machine image from Sweet Stamp Shop’s Sweet Tooth Set, stamped it onto white cardstock, colored it with markers and then for a cute touch, added some beads and glossy accents to the glass part. Isn’t that such a cute way to bring in color, texture and realism to a stamped image? I trimmed out the focal image after stamping a sentiment from Scootin’ By and then adhered it to the card base with foam adhesive. However, I decided that the card needed a bit more, so I added a scrap piece of May Art’s delicious candy striped pink ribbon! (RG17)

CardStepI only had about three inches left of the ribbon so after cutting about two inches from the length at an angle, I looped it and stapled the loop. I then tucked it under the focal image on the card and adhered it with a glue dot. I used the last one inch length of ribbon as a tail to the loop, and adhered that to the card base as well. A neat little trick to use up scrap ribbon!

Blog post by: Karen Baker




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