Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Stationery set & box for Mom

My mom's birthday is coming up and I wanted to make her something special, yet practical. She loves all things handmade (although she won't try crafting herself) so I ended up making her a stationery box along with a set of personalized stationery.
I found this 7-1/2"x7-1/2" wooden box at Michaels. I covered the top and bottom with this pretty paper from My Mind's Eye (thanks to Photo Express who gave the paper as part of a National Scrapbook Day free with purchase page kit). I used Spellbinders "Fleur de Lis" pendant to make the 3-D flower on top (another thanks to Scrap & Stamp for their great online tutorial). I lined the inside of the box with more of the My Mind's Eye papers (don't you just love double-sided papers!!!) and created a little divider to hold the pens separately. The pens were an incredible find at Staples. Mom is left-handed (like me) so tends to get ink smeared on her hand. These pens are ultra-fine tip so no smearing, AND they are in colours that perfectly match the stationery. How cool!

The stationery is kept simple. I used a Tiddly Inks digital stamp (available as a freebie to members of her PCP group) which I coloured in Photoshop (hand-colouring bled through the paper). I used a couple of border punches for interest (Martha Stewart for the letterhead and EK Success for the cards) then added some Stickles glitter glue and Glossy Accents for dimension and shine. Overall, I made 5 sheets of letterhead, 5 "hello" note cards, and 10 envelopes. Everything is personalized, of course.

This was quite a fun little project. I particularly enjoyed being able to make a matched set because of the use of digital images.

  • Michaels, wooden box
  • My Minds Eye "Mother" set of patterned paper
  • Gems (stash)
  • Martha Stewart, "scallop dot" border punch
  • EK Success, "dotted scallop" border punch


  1. Lovely box, thank you for joining us at CRAFT Challenge this week and good luck!

    Jo and Tigerlover.

  2. This is gorgeous your mom is going to flip over it. Great job and I love the digi stamp it is just right for any occasion, very versatile. Those border punches worked out great!

  3. Wow, love this! It´s a beautiful gift to give and receive. Your mother will love this:) Thank you for joining us at SSDS this week. Good luck with the draw!

  4. Excellent make, this is so gorgeous!! Thanks for sharing at BTC&G this month.

  5. This is beautiful!!! Your Mom's going to love it...

  6. Very neat, Shelley! :) A creative use of all the pieces and images. :)

  7. Gorgeous gift, beautiful colours.

  8. Very nice gift!
    Thanks for joining EAC!
    Hugs, Alex

  9. What a beautiful box! Perfect for a gift!
    Thanks for playing along at EAC!

    Leonie ~♥~

  10. This box is gorgeous. The perfect present! Love the design papers. Great idea with the envelopes, the note cards and the sheets of letterhead. Thanks for joining us over at By the Cute and Girly this month. Hugs Hanna

  11. Hi Shelley

    A lovely box, thank you so much for your kind comments on my blog and for joining in our Allsorts Birthday celebrations. Also for entering this into Polkadoodles and BTCG this month.

    Good good luck with all the prize draws.

    B x

  12. Gorgeous box, thanks for taking part in the Polka Doodles challenge. Dee x

  13. Lovely gift box. Thanks for joining in at Polkadoodles this week.

  14. wonderful box !!! great designed !! thanks for joining in our challenge.

  15. A really pretty stationery box and such a lovely idea.
    Thanks so much for sharing this with us at Polka Doodles this week.