Vintage book box and cards…

Well!  What a couple of weeks I’ve had!  I was asked by Michelle Last, UK number one Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator of the year, to design a project for her quarterly training event that took place in Bicester yesterday.

Wow!  I felt over the moon and very honoured to be asked.

So I set about creating something that I thought would get everyone’s creative juices flowing, and also showcase some fabulous designer series paper from Stampin’ Up!

I designed a box to hold four A6 size cards and envelopes …

And a little peek inside the box …

I love the vintage, distressed style that is so popular at the moment and the Botanical Gazette designer series paper, available in the current mini catalogue, was the inspiration for my project.  I particularly love one of the typeface sheets, and this was the starting point for my design.   I made the box to look like a book, and created four different designs for the vintage style cards to go inside.

If you would like to make this project yourself, full step-by-step instructions with colour photos are available to download in pdf format by following the link on my right hand toolbar. 

All the designer series paper from Stampin’ Up! is double sided, and the designs co-ordinate so beautifully with each other… the cards virtually make themselves!

This project would make a fabulous gift… if you can bear to give it away … 🙂

The ladies who attended training seemed to love it and I enjoyed seeing their own takes on my design.  Thank you ladies for all your kind words, and thank you to Michelle too for all your encouragement.  I was exhausted at the end of the day, but it was so worth it!

Thanks for dropping by today


17 Comments to “Vintage book box and cards…”

  1. Gill … your project was absolutely gorgeous! I was thrilled when I saw it and have been finishing it off today. I love it! You are one very talented lady and I’m now going to stalk your blog!!!!!

    Teri xxx

  2. It’s a gorgeous project, well done to you and sorry I missed it x

  3. WOW!! Gill this is just beautiful. The Botanical Gazette dsp is my absolute favourite and you have used it to perfection! I’m lovin’ what you’ve done with the ribbons too – especially the green one ! Superb ! xx

  4. Oh. My. Word. That is just AMAZING!!!

  5. JUST gorgeous!!! Thanks for the inspiration, wil be following you!!!

  6. Absolutely beautiful work!

  7. What an amazing project, it’s absolutely amazing, so beautiful.

  8. What a fabulous project Gill – I wish I could have seen it in real life! Vx

  9. Amazing project and I can see why you were asked, beautifully crafted so so gorgeous.


  10. This is so beautiful, i didn’t know michelle had asked you to design a project for us to make at training. I was gutted that i could not make it (long story), wouldn’t mind i was looking forward to meeting you after we last spoke. Hopefully i will be able to make the next one!!


    Joanne x

  11. Gill, this is a fabulous vintage style box! So creative. Love the papers and distresssing. The buckle is perfect and the cards are gorgeous!

  12. This project is absolutely gorgeous and amazing! You are so talented. Wow, wow, wow!!!

  13. It looks super! I wish I could find the instructions to make this for my daughter.

  14. Truly a work of art. It said that the instructions would be to the right in the tool bar but I wasn’t able to find it. Is there any other place I should look?

  15. thanks! you just gave me an idea on how to make a box

  16. Gill, this is a beautiful box! Each year I make my husband a set of Thank You cards in anticipation of the small gifts he will receive from his students — he teaches 5th grade (10 and 11 year olds here in the States). I’m going to use your idea of a book, but I’ll have to make a larger box — my cards are flatter than your cards, but much more numerous, and I’ll make my book a bit more playful to reflect the age of his students. I may even use a medium chipboard, I just wanted you to know how much I appreciate your idea!

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