• Tara Hendrickson

Gift Idea! - Card Station Box/Stationary Box

Updated: Nov 14, 2019

I play Bunco once a month with some amazing women. Each month we take turns hosting and the hostess gives a small gift to the person who gets the last Bunco of the night. Instead of buying a cheesy gift (which is also quite fun on occasion), I decided to make something special. I also thought it was an excellent opportunity to use up some supplies from my craft stash. I scoured Pinterest until I came across this awesome idea! It's a Card Station or Stationary Box.

I have to tell you, the girls went CRAZY over this gift! There was some stiff competition to see who could hang onto it until the end of the game. It contains six 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" greeting cards with envelopes, five 3"x3" cards with envelopes, ten gift tags, a booklet with room to write important dates, addresses, and notes, a postage pocket, and a pen holder. It's all in a self contained box that closes with a lid.

This particular project took me several hours to complete, but that is because I made every single card and tag in it unique. You could streamline the project by making multiples of the same card. I also made the address book completely from scratch. I love projects like this. I can just sink in and focus on what is in front of me instead of all of life's little stresses. I had so much fun that I honestly drug it out on purpose. Let's take a closer look.

You can see that each gift tag is stamped with a unique sentiment. They were cut using one of the Close To My Heart digital collections in Cricut Design Space. Each 3"x3" card has a unique design and every card has an interior sentiment as well. The stamped images on those cards were hand colored with a water brush and Close To My Heart Exclusive Ink Pads. I cut copy paper for the address book and hand stamped every page. I then organized it into folios and stitched the book together.

You can see here with the full-sized greeting cards that each one has a different design as well. They, too, are stamped on the interior. I wanted to make sure the recipient had a good variety.

Most of the supplies used in this project are retired products from my stash. Projects like this that involve a lot of different components are an excellent way to use up those supplies that are just lying around. If you would like the instructions for how I made this gift box, check out my blog post here to see a step-by-step example with photos.

Let me know what you think about this gift idea and be sure to send me photos if you create one too!

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