Monday, August 9, 2010

Gift Wrap Challenge........No. 3 with sparkle

I am only on No. 3 of my Gift Wrap Challenge here at Summer Camp but is becoming a good exercise in restraint for me. It took me a bit of time to know where I was heading and did have some second thoughts about restricting myself to 2 ribbon colours. It seemed like a good idea when I started this challenge last week. With that thought I dispensed with the ribbon entirely and put myself to the task of wrapping a gift presentation with no ribbon. Absolutely none...............hard to believe I know but occasionally it happens around here. 

But it worked...............and I absolutely love this understated gift presentation. I did have one of those duh moments in working the crystal embellishment off the backing. I have made it quite clear in past posts that I am not the most crafty person and have no working knowledge of scrapbook materials so I was trying to remove the whole embellishment off first which required way too much handling and the loss of several crystals. Yes have to roll this embellishment off the backing from the top (placing top in position on the paper) and then it is quite easy to handle. I will admit that it took me more than a few minutes to figure this out, but I am getting there with this whole scrapbook frame of mind. 

This flourish embellishment is from a company called Recollections and is available at Michaels along with all the other supplies I have been using in this challenge. The package of 3 stickers is 6.99 ( which means quite a bit less in the US) and the rubber backing is clear and almost invisible when all is said and done. This could be a beautiful and tasteful alternative for a shower or wedding gift and has become my summer camp favorite so far. 

Since the paper is ivory I did think this monochromatic gift presentation needed a bit of definition so I used the leftover paper strip and folded it into pleats and used double-sided tape for the rear. Since the flourishes are on a clear backing I could easily see the position before removing and placing in the final position. These rhinestone flourishes are a decent size and certainly have the ability to bring sparkle and elegance to a gift with no ribbon. Feel free to leave comments for your summer camp counselor (me)........she wants to make sure you aren't bored. 

Photographs by Sande Chase ~ A Gift Wrapped Life


  1. This is my favorite out of the three challenges that you have done so far. I think it is classic and elegant, yet with a pop of flare! Wonderfully done!

  2. Blingalicious!
    You've created a truly glamorous gift, one which I'd be tempted to open [ever so carefully] and then repackage for a display in my home.
    x Felicity

    PS: Am loving the music this week

    PPS: My current posting is all about what you think is your gift to the world, I'd love to hear your answer.

  3. Dear Sande,
    I just LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the way that you have done challenge No. 3. Although there are crystals and what seems like a lot of bling, it looks sophisticated and very chic. It's really beautiful and probably my favourite. I hope that I can get similar in the UK. XXXX

  4. Really spectacular! Love this idea!

  5.!...great Job!....I may try that on my nieces wedding gift!

  6. Sande .. that looks beautiful...HHL

  7. Oooh I love this! So stylish and I love the sparkle :)

  8. Stunning...stunning...stunning!

  9. Sande,

    The pleats are one of my favorite things you've shown us since you began your blog-LOVE THEM! This gift is very simple, yet elegant...and I'm not bored! The contrary-I am quite inspired!


  10. Dearest Friend~

    First let me start by saying this box looks like MAGIC! It twinkles. It is the perfect wrapping gift to say SPECIAL~

    I SO miss you too! I have been crazy crazy busy at work. This summer has been full of family & trying to play hooky with no one noticing... not working real good for me. I'm frantic most of the time trying to look peaceful.

    I still love you with all my heart!
    p.s. I will never forget about you!

  11. This is gorgeous. I didn't know these embellishments were out there, so now I'll look for them!

  12. Love love this. Definitely my favourite Summer Camp challenge so far. Just have to find something similar in Australia.

  13. This is just fantastic my dear, totally gorgeous and pretty.

    Yeah didn't know I raided your archives for those 60's hair pic's he he.

    love Dj

  14. Love the sparkle. I have some Swarovsky crystal left from a project i did with them and thanks to you have now a new outlet to put them to good use...

  15. You are helping to make me look good, one package at a time. I will give you the credit though. Thank you so much for your incredibly beautiful, elegant and yet simple ideas for adding pizazz to daily life. I enjoy each visit here.

  16. I really love this idea - enough to possibly try it. The pleats are so elegant.

  17. Can you just imagine
    being the lucky bride
    to receive a gift like
    this {or anyone}???
    I've always admired those
    lovely crystals at the
    arts and crafts store;
    since I haven't scrapped
    in a few years {and therefore
    not needed new supplies}
    I've walked right by them....
    Your series has really made
    me want to spend some serious
    time in those aisles loading
    up for gift wrapping ideas!
    Thanks for leading us outside
    "the box!" Hope you are having
    a delightful summer and your dad
    is doing well : )
    xx Suzanne

  18. Sande, I never would have thought to do the crystals on are so clever! I wonder if it will work on fine tulle? I have done some tote bags with these before. My new merch arrives today from Morocco after a long wait, so stop by in the next few days if you can for preview pics... have a lovely day....

  19. I don't think my comment posted, so I'll say it again.....
    Simply stunning!!!

  20. This is stunning! I love it!!

    x Charlotta

  21. I bet this gift, done with pink paper instead of white, would be WONDERFUL for a girl's 12th birthday present... I'm not a Bling kinda person but there's no denying that this is awfully pretty.

  22. Thank you so much for your blog!!!! You are amazing!!!! I love giving gifts and love making them special. Thank you for sharing your ideas!!!

  23. Beautiful!!!!!! I LOVE the crystals. Such a great presentation & a nice break from ribbon. And with a 40% off coupon an even better deal!!!!!!!! Thanks! Charlene

  24. This one is just exquisite! Love them all, but this is a showstopper!

  25. I just found your blog and I am positively swooning! How glorious!

  26. o my gosh...i am a sucker for all things sparkly. love!

    xoxo Bardot in blue

  27. absolutely beautiful! I used crystals all the time and they never cease to wow! :) I'll be featuring your blog your this week on Everyday Celebrating. :)


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