A couple of times a year Linda at Craftaholics Anonymous hosts a Handmade Gift Exchange. This is always so much fun! I’ve participated several times now, and I love getting to know new crafty people! My partner this time was a very cool lady named Laura, and she really nailed it with my gift! She sent me this amazing twine wrapped letter, and she captured my style perfectly!
Isn’t it gorgeous? And with most of our decorative things packed away in storage, it was awesome to get something like this right now.
I sent her a sort of motley assortment of things. She’s a pretty free form pinner, interested in a lot of different things, so it was hard for me to decide what to do. But she did tell me that she does some mixed media art pieces, and I recently discovered something pretty awesome with my Sizzix machine and some embossing folders, so I decided to send her some materials she can hopefully incorporate into her own creations.
Hobby Lobby sells 12″ x 30″ rolls of 36 gauge copper and aluminum and 40 gauge copper. For church camp this year we used copper and leather to make stamped bracelets like these that I made for a friend’s daughter last year.
That worked pretty well for camp, but we had 3 hours a day to work with crafts, and I was looking for a way to adapt the concept to the 20 minute craft times we would have at Vacation Bible School this month. So I pulled out my Sizzix machine and my embossing folders and played around a bit, and I sent my crafty sisters these cell phone photos in the wee hours of the morning:
The coffee cups! I swoon!
Success! I was addicted! And it went very well at VBS. But anyway, I decided to send Laura some embossed sheets of copper and aluminum.
I also made her a leather cuff.
I even embossed some patent leather, and the effect is subtle, but I like it.
I also made her some note cards with coordinating envelopes.
Of course I neglected to take a good picture of the whole gift, but Laura kindly took one when she got it, so I’m stealing it from her Facebook. It kind of looks like she has the same kitchen table as me.
As always, this was a blast, and I can’t wait till the next one in December!
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