Monday, March 28, 2011

nightmare before valentine's day swap for apryl

This is what I sent Apryl at Meridian Ariel for our Nightmare Before Valentine's Day Swap:
She blogged about it here.

I loved the theme of this swap, and I really enjoyed putting this package together for Apryl. I first mentioned the swap here. In that same post, I mentioned that Apryl's favorite Tim Burton character is Jack Skellington, so I used him and his black/white pinstriped suit as a theme. I used red as an accent color, as well. It worked out nicely because Apryl mentioned those were some of her favorite colors.
For the swap, we were to send a craft treat, a Valentine's Day treat, and two handcrafted items.
Apryl mentioned she liked buttons and vintage papers (my kind of crafter), so that's just what I sent her for the craft treat "requirement": The other day I shared the whimsy jar I sent her: I stuck the buttons in there, along with some striped grosgrain ribbon, a Jack Skellington tiny book (I'll be sharing the book in more detail soon), cupcake liners, and cupcake toppers. Apryl enjoys baking, and I thought she could use those cupcake liners and toppers. (I am itching to make these banana and coconut muffins, this apple upside down cake, and strawberries and lime cheesecakes featured on her blog.)
For the two handcrafted items, I decided to send Apryl a pocket organizer:
Apryl likes doilies, so I embellished the pocket organizer with a vintage doily:

See other pocket organizers I've made here.

Then, I made Apryl a paper bag album:

I used vintage papers in the book:
I thought Apryl might be able to use the book for her storybook page paintings.

(See more of my paper bag albums here. If you're interested in making your own paper bag album, I have tutorials here and here).

I put Apryl's treats in this decorated matchbox:
I put Mounds in her box; Apryl likes dark chocolate and coconut (and even the wrapper fit the color scheme nicely):
I sent some extra Mounds alongside the box, as well.
Sign me up for the next one. ;)

See more petite inspiration boxes (they're matchboxes!) here.
See more of my artistic kits here.


  1. I am speechless! How insanely cool are all the fab goodies you put together! Love all the b/w stripes, the red hearts and the adorable pics! My son is Jack so I have alway had a special love for "Jack" Skellington. :)

    When you do a swap, I am totally there! Would love to work with you again! :)

  2. This is fantastic! Who wouldn't LOVE to receive that in the mail!!!! =)

  3. What a neat collection of unique items. When you host your swap, let me know...I think it would be a blast to join.

  4. What a fabulous package!!! Awesome paperbag album! And I just LOVE the pocket organizer...waiting for you to host another! Did you see Cerri is hosting an Easter basket swap?! xoxo

  5. That is the most amzing package of goodies. I love all your embellishments!! Looking forward to hearing about the swap you plan on hosting!

  6. I am so happy with everything you sent me. It is all wonderful and I'm so amazed than it is all mine. I haven't blogged it yet but i will things have been rediculously busy here but today is MINE and I'm not sharing it with anyone. Im going to drink coffee, find inspiration in the sunshine and do some writing, blogging and hopefully a tiny bit of sewing too.

  7. as always, everything you do is perfection! the sewn pages of that joural are to die for! xoxo