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 duh..........you 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