A Vintage Feel

Hello my friends!
I hope you have had a wonderful Christmas and are enjoying being with family and friends.  One thing I love about working for the school system is having this time off between Christmas and New Year.  We are really blessed that Mike has also been able to take the week off too.  We have been enjoying having all the kids here and relaxing.  We are headed out soon on a little adventure with my parents. (We are so lucky to have them living up the street from us so we see them often!)  Today we are going to take the Virginia Railway Express from here in Manassas to Union Station in Washington D.C.  We went up to see the station last Christmas and loved the decorations and had a wonderful time so we thought we'd do it again.  I'll be posting pics so stay tuned.

Tomorrow we'll be celebrating Christmas with Mike's Dad and stepmom and also his brother and his wife.  I have been planning on making a box of assorted "all occasion" cards to give to Mike's stepmom and I finally sat down this morning and did it.  So I'm sharing it here with you today.  I hope you like it.  It has such a vintage feel and I think she'll love it.  Here are a couple of pics.

The box is made using Basic Black card stock for the lid and Crumb Cake card stock for the box bottom.  The gorgeous DSP on the box lid is a piece from the  Mocha Morning Specialty DSP pack.  I LOVE IT!  The monogrammed oval is embossed with the Designer Frames embossing folders and the Big Shot.   The "V" is from the Lovely Letters stamp set and is embossed with Black embossing powder.  I added a little "bling" with a Basic Pearl to make it "pop".  The flower is made with a brand, spankin' new punch that is coming out it the New Occasions Mini Catalog at the end of January.  I punched out two of them from Cherry Cobbler card stock and then stamped a piece of Very Vanilla CS using the En Francais Background Stamp and Basic Black ink and punched out a third flower from it.  I then sprayed each flower with my Stampin' Mist and crumpled each of them up and then opened them up.  The mist helps to break down the fibers in the card stock and adds a nice texture to the petals.  Cool, huh?  I punched a 3/4" circle out of Cherry Cobbler and placed it in the middle to add a touch of color and then added an Antique Brad to finish it off.  The ribbon is one of my faves....  It's the Black/White Striped Grossgrain Ribbon.  
I then picked out 10 assorted cards that I have here in my "stash" and added envelopes to  match.  It's a great gift for someone who loves sending cards.

Be sure to stop by my ONLINE STORE and check out the deals there on the Clearance Blitz.  That offer ends on January 4th. 

Ok....I'm off on our adventure!  I'm so excited!  I'll be back soon with photos.

Have a magical day!


  1. Michelle, I love the box and how you embellished it. Would you be willing to share the instructions for making the box?

    Sue F. at highlandsstamper@yahoo..com


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