Handmade Gift Exchange


 I've been participating in The Silhouette Challenge Facebook group since last fall.  When they announced the next group event, a Handmade Gift Exchange, I couldn't wait to play along.  We each got paired with another crafter and had to design a special gift for them.  Today, I am sharing the gift that I created for Michelle Beaton.  Be sure to check out her blog:  Weekend Craft.  She is so talented and I know you'll love to see what she made for me.


 At first, I struggled with what to make for Michelle.  I eventually decided to stick with what I do best…..papercrafts.  And I had to throw in just a little vinyl, too.


My gift set included 4 dress-shaped cards.  I used a file from the Silhouette store for the dress pattern.  Michelle loves vintage & shabby chic, so I selected papers from the Venetian Romance Designer Series paper (retired) for the layers.


Each dress was embellished differently using a combination of flower trim and neutral candy dots.


All four cards and matching envelopes were packaged in this little gift bag.  I started with the Chevron Tag a Bag Gift Bag.  The banner pieces were cut with a file from the Silhouette store.  And don't you just love the stamped saying?  It is from a new stamp set called Work of Art.


The framed quote was the final piece of my gift.  I used a coordinating paper for the background and the flower trim around the edges.  The quote is from the My Digital Studio download, Life is all Around.  I love this download for all of it's crafty quotes and it's easy to import the SVG files into the Silhouette Designer Edition.

If you'd like to see even more gifts from the Handmade Gift Exchange, check out the links below.  Thanks so much for stopping by!



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  1. Kelly Hedgespeth of Simply Kelly Designs | 16th Jun 14

    Hi Melissa! I think the papers you picked for the dresses are perfect for shabby chic! Love the quote too. I know Michelle loved what you made her because she told me so herself!

  2. Karen Marie Kedzuch | 16th Jun 14

    You are so detailed in your work it certainly makes a beautiful gift. Maya Angelo is one of my favorite people.
    Thanks for sharing your creativity.
    Karen Marie,
    Dragonfly & Lily Pads

  3. Helen Gullett | 17th Jun 14

    This set is gorgeous!!! Beautiful gift you made for your swap partner! love the gift bag with doily and banner 🙂

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