Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Kate Spade Box regift........challenge



When friends, or friends of my son ask me to gift wrap their own gift purchases I sometimes have to be inventive. Especially if the gift items are of awkward size or shape and they simply won't fit into my custom gift boxes. This is when I go hunting and this is often when I will use a larger department store box, you know..... do that re-gift, reused and recycle thing to beautiful boxes that I seem to enjoy. I just can't let a gorgeous box go to waste, even when it is a challenge.



I mentioned a while back that the new Kate Spade box had recently thrown a challenge my way and I am trying not to take it personally (of course I'm kidding). The logo is now huge on their larger boxes and goes to the very outside edge so the easy application of my larger decorative labels over the store logo isn't going to work anymore. But what a gorgeous box and it was certainly a better option to attempt a more challenging re-gift and re-wrap than wrapping the awkward but lovely shapes in cello. As you may have surmised by now, cello wrapping gift-basket style just isn't my thing. I like the surprise and elegance of a boxed gift much more.



Out came the glue stick and double-sided tape. And a fun and perky polka dot gift wrap paper that I folded into matching strips and then glued and taped down along the entire edge so it wouldn't budge. If you try this, then test the glue on a small piece of the gift wrap, sometimes the glue can wrinkle a lightweight gift wrap paper. One strip to cover the bottom left logo, the other just to balance it out nicely. When I think of Kate Spade, I always think of polka dots and quirky colour combinations so I liked that the olive green paper wasn't an exact match. When I tried a solid Kelly Green gift wrap it just looked too contrived much to my surprise. Well, it did work it just didn't look as interesting.



There would be many colour directions I could have used in ribbon colours (hot pink, coral, red), but I did like the idea of using even more polka dots in matching turquoise grosgrain ribbon. I would have liked to have tried a few other re-gift box options but was short on time. Guess I have to buy another Kate Spade handbag. This blogging is getting expensive.


I didn't mind the green paper flower, but I can't say I loved it. I think this gift went out the door with this pop of coral colour to make it a bit brighter. I am sure I switched the flowers at the last minute. Which do you prefer?


And since I was on a polka dot theme, I wrapped up her second gift in a different colour direction for another shower gift. If I don't know the bridal colour scheme then I don't worry too much about bridal theme wrapping for showers, just hope to make the presentation pretty and fun. Something to stand out among the shower of gifts.


I just love my Kate Spade handbag that I bought a month ago and came in the wonderful new box with the great big logo. As many know, I cannot resist anything in chartreuse, it is simply my favorite colour.Though I may re-gift Kate Spade boxes I really do support her store any chance I get. This is one of my favorite Kate Spade handbags, the inside is lined in Kelly green. It is the perfect handbag size for me and was just sitting there waiting just for me. With a sale tag no less.




All photographs by Sande Chase ~ A Gift Wrapped Life

28 comments:

  1. I think you did a great job. Stripes and polka dots go together like peanut butter and jelly.

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  2. wow - great job. just love your color combinations...

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  3. WHAT a GREAT job!!! It always is a quandry when you have a lovely and sturdy box but have a LOGO to contend with. Perfect way to cover it up....in The Gift Wrapped Life style! xx P&H

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  4. Incredible rework of the box! And your purse is beautiful!

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  5. Those color combination is striking. Thank you for the hints on using a bit heavier paper to address large logos.

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  6. What a beautiful wrapping, handbag is wonderful also.

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  7. wow! the way the colours all marry, how perfect! your wrappings are like little works of art

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  8. Stunning presentation as usual!
    x

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  9. A gorgeously done present as always! Beautiful! I love Kate Spade too. I was surprised to still love it even after she sold the company. I think they really have held to her style.

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  10. Lovely gift box and even lovelier handbag Sande...xv

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  11. Dear Sande,
    I just love the way that you have obliterated the Kate Spade logo. I also love the use of the polka dot ribbon in different sizes. .... and, such a lovely colour combination. You are very good at this, you know !!!! hehe XXXX

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  12. I love this idea - thank you so much for showing your cheeky means of re-gift boxes. The blue hue with the yellow polka dot is GORGUS!! The pink rosette really distinguishes it.

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  13. So cute Sande! Love the play off the polka-dots on each box. Also the stripes! The purse is cute too...such a cheerful color!!

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  14. Oh Sande, it's a tough call what is more classy your fabulous new chartreuse bag or your incredibly skills at wrapping the perfect package? I too love chartreuse, it's just a happy color & seems to go with so much. I loved the package with the pop of coral, but actually, I don't see that you ever do anything wrong!!

    Happy weekend to you. Hoping the skies are blue & you get some fun cycling in! xx

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  15. Oh I just love your handbag, its so bright and sparky, you guys are so lucky to have Kate Spade.

    The wrap job was perfectly done, getting around that pesky logo is no trouble for our wrap guru.
    xoxo DJ

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  16. You definitely defeated the box!!Looks great and you bought the bag I am coveting!! I will have to come back here and gaze upon its beauty, Sigh!!

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  17. Love, love, love what you did with the box - gorgeous color combination! And........the handbag is deeee-lish!!

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  18. Wow, what beautful wrapping and packing! I would get excited just over that let alone the lush content haha <3

    Sarah @http://www.inkandbelle.blogspot.com

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  19. I actually buy the handbags just so I can collect the boxes which I have on some of the shelves in my studio. I love how wrapped the box, gorgeous!

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  20. oh my goodness! the dots on dots in the fourth image is perfect -- such a wonderful idea -- the colours work beautifully and shall rethink all my favourite boxes from now on . . .

    xo

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  21. Your handbag is beautiful. The lining color sounds like so much fun. Your wrapping is so creative. I can imagine a huge smile on the face of the receiver. It's really too pretty to open! I really like the wrap with the coral flower and I love the little polka dot gift with the pink and striped ribbon. Very fun!

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  22. Beautiful Sweetie, you have the most amazing taste in everything. I am just getting back into reality and ha to come by and see what you have been up to. FAB!
    Hugs Sweetie,
    Amada
    P.S. Big Kate Spade fan here too!

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  23. Turquoise and khaki, what a fabulous combination. I actually really love the very first picture. Love from London x

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  24. You did a beautiful job! Love the bright blue and chartreuse

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  25. Lovely! I'm also one who cannot throw away (and even have a hard time parting with) a nice box. And, really like the green flower.

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  26. oooooh... More blog entries on wrapping, please. Where do you buy your paper? Do you buy it in bulk? And your ribbons? Do you have preferred paper: brand, weight, pattern? Have you ever "met" a paper you didn't like?

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  27. Gorgeous gift wrapping, & wow the bag is soooo classy! :)

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  28. Hello, I follow your blog, I love your work. I would inspire one of your gift boxes to make a cake, please give me your permission?.
    I have a blog about cakes decorated flowers are my specialty but I like to make a cake-shaped gift box. A hug.

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