Tuesday, November 29, 2011

"Come to the Well" Gift Set for my Sis

Do you ever feel like your "bucket" is depleting? You give and give of yourself to others but all the while not making sure you replenish YOU? Many of us women are guilty of not taking time for ourselves to fill up spiritually, mentally and physically. My dear sister is one of them, and she celebrates a big milestone birthday today. In honor of this day of celebrating her, I compiled a gift to "fill her bucket." And I literally filled a bucket!

My sister and I attended a Christian concert with a couple of friends last month where Casting Crowns was the headliner band. It was amazing!

Casting Crowns' lead singer, Mark Hall, wrote a book called The Well, and also Casting Crowns' latest CD is called Come to the Well. It seemed fitting for me to assemble a birthday gift for my sister with these great bucket fillers! Jesus definitely invites us to come to the well and replenish.

And for the first time ever, I used a card sketch to design my card. I knew I wanted to use the bucket from the Country Life Cricut cartridge, but CardPatterns' current sketch challenge # 143 helped me put the card together. I stayed with the colors of the book, the CD, and the Bath & Body Works festive "VanillaTini" products that I also bought my sister. I love when a color scheme emerges out of a gift- it just pulls it all together!

Here is the card:

And . . . The goods!
 Chocolate definitely fills a bucket-
Chocolate Twizzlers and Charleston Chews
are 2 of my sister's faves!

A different angle to see the rest of the bible verse,
"The JOY of the LORD is your strength" Nehemiah 8:10

Now it's all assembled in the bucket . . .

And wrapped up for giving!

Card Supplies:
  • Cricut Country Life cartridge for bucket cut from silver cardstock scrap
  •  Stampin' Up Sage Shadow (retired) cardstock for card base - cut to fit a business sized envelope
  • Stampin' Up Very Vanilla cardstock
  • Stampin' Up scallop edge punch
  • Hero Arts alphabet set for "Fill up." on front
  • Stampin' Up Chocolate Chip ink
  • Graphite Light ATT font
  • Ribbon from Fall Fun spool found in Target's dollar section last year
  • Crystal blue skittles for raindrops
Bucket supplies:
  • Cricut Stone Script cartridge for bible verse welded on my Gypsy
  • Cricut transfer paper (the letters were pretty little and frail, so this was VERY helpful)
  • Brown vinyl purchased from Expressionsvinyl.com  
  • Ivory metal bucket/pail from Joann in planter section
  • Cellophane basket wrap
  • Raffia
This gift was really fun to put together because it combined things I enjoy and wanted to give, it had a theme, the colors all worked together to create a natural feel, I was able to personalize it, and it all was meaningful to my sister. Insert big grin here. :)

Next, I will do a post of Christmas cards past, and then I will post this year's card. Thanks for stopping by! Have a wonderfully crafty week!

8 happy comments:

Carla S. said...

What a wonderful gift bucket and card you made for your sister! I'm sure she will love it! Thanks for sharing your creation at Card Patterns this week!

Monica said...

What a great gift! Your sister is lucky to be related to someone as thoughtful as you Jen! Nice job!

bonnie said...

Oh what an absolutely beautiful gift sweetie...adorable idea! ;) Hugs x

Nicole said...

Very Nice gift!! I love it!

Sarah said...

This is so pretty--she's going to love it!

Rachel said...

What a great bucket of goodies! I absolutely love Casting Crowns. I'm going to see the concert next March when they come to my area. I'm so excited!

laurie said...

You make the best gifts!

Sherrie K. said...

Great gift set...love it!
Sherrie k

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